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1st Sunday of Lent


Texts & Discussions:

Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13



Call to worship

L: God of rainbow and promise,
P: God of wilderness wanderings.
L: God of dark nights of doubt.
P: God of comfort and call,
L: Dwell with us this holy season of Lent
P: And lead us from temptation to trust, from fear to love, from despair to hope, from sadness to joy.



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Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt:

Fasting and Famished, Yet Faithful
based on Luke 4:1-13
by Rev. Randy Quinn

....In our text for today, Jesus spends a long time praying and fasting.  He spent a long time being tormented and tested and tempted by the Devil.  He was there for forty days.

By the way, forty days is also the length of time between now and Easter; there are forty days in the season of Lent Ė though if you count the days youíll notice that there are actually more than forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

Thatís because the Sundays in Lent donít count.  Sunday is always a day of celebration.  Itís always a day of feasting.  Itís always a day in which we remember the resurrection.  Sunday is the Lordís Day; it is always a celebration of Easter, a weekly reminder that Jesus was raised from the dead on ďthe first day of the weekĒ (Lk 24:1).

So Lent is the forty days of fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, not counting Sundays.  But either way you count it, Lent will last a long time.  Long enough to make us notice it.  For those of us who are using this season as a time to fast or to practice new disciplines, it will seem especially long.  Lent will be long enough that we will need to be reminded that God is still with us. . . .

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