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Third Sunday in Lent

Texts & Discussion:
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42


This Week's Themes:

Don't quarrel-be faithful!

God's Grace and Our Justification
Jesus--Living Water

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Call to Worship

L: O come, let us sing to the LORD
P: Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
L: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
P: Let us make a joyful noise to him with songs
of praise!

L: For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
All: O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!


Invocation / Opening Prayer (Lent continued)
Gracious and all mighty God,
Let this holy season continue to be a time of grace
for us and all the world.
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Turn to us, Lord God,
and we shall turn to you. Amen.




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To Trust or Not to Trust
Exodus 17:1-7
by Rev. Randy L Quinn

Some of you know that during Lent this year one of the spiritual disciplines I am practicing is a form of fasting. I am not eating sugar and I am not drinking caffeine. I know others who participate in this annual tradition with similar Lenten disciplines. But for me it is more than an annual ritual. Its a fast.

Each year I choose to give up something that I know I will miss to remind me of my false dependence upon things, things that I often substitute for my dependence upon God. As I said when I first announced my plans this year during our Ash Wednesday service I am fasting to remind me to trust God to meet my needs.

And as much as I miss my daily cup of coffee and my snack foods, Im learning that I can live without them but I cant live without God.

Years ago, I was attending a safety class for airplane pilots when the instructor gave us a check list of emergency equipment and provisions. He prefaced his remarks by asking us a couple of questions. Let me ask you those same questions.
How long do you think you can live without food? (Jesus fasted for 40 days. We could probably live several weeks.)
How long do you think you can live without water? (Im not sure we could live more than a few days.)
How long do you think you can live without air? (Not more than a few minutes!)

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