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Resources for the 3rd Sunday of Lent
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Call to Worship

L: Father, teach us your laws.
P: And help us to obey them.
L: Lord Jesus, teach us of your love.
P: And help us to share it.
ALL: Holy Spirit, guide and direct us as we seek to live within God’s covenant. Amen.

 

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Understanding God's View of Justice
John 2:13-22
by Carolyn Bingham

I have a kitty cat named Prissy. She has long hair. She is black and orange on top and white underneath. She is not all that bright, but she has a lot to say about what happens at my house. I order special cat food over the Internet. Prissy tells me when to go to bed, and then she sleeps on me. I brush her and pet her and let her curl up in my lap. But sometimes I throw a wrench in things. One warm lovely day this week I put her outside. I know it is good for my sedentary little feline to get some fresh air and sunshine and to have the opportunity to chase little critters. Wouldn’t you think she would appreciate my thoughtfulness? Wouldn’t you expect her to joyously embrace the great outdoors?

 You’re probably already running ahead of me here. Prissy was not impressed. As far as she was concerned, I had disrupted her happy life. I upset her little applecart. I was totally outrageous. What right did I have telling her she needed to be more than a couch kitty? Well, you may think Prissy needs to broaden her horizons. (Actually, you probably think I need to get a life.) I am majoring on minor issues. Because like my cat, I sometimes need a wake-up call. I get in a rut. I find myself doing things that have no value—sometimes I even find myself doing things I should not do at all. I forget what it is I’m really supposed to be doing. You do it too. And so did those guys who worked at the temple in first century Jerusalem. Listen to happened to them:

Read John 2:13-22

You have to understand that this started out as a normal day for these fellows. Passover was a busy time of year—like Christmas is for us. People came to the city of Jerusalem from all over. They came to the temple to offer sacrifices and pay monetary offerings throughout the year, but during Passover, everyone came at the same time. Just imagine what it would be like for you today if you needed to go to Jerusalem to offer up a little lamb as a sacrifice...Subscribers: Click here for all resources for Lent 3

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