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4th Sunday of Lent


Texts & Discussions:

Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 32
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32



Prayer for God's Grace
(traditional Pakistani Christian)

O Creator and mighty God,
You have promised strength for the weak,
rest for the laborers, light for the way,
grace for the trials, help from above,
unfailing sympathy, undying love.
O Creator and mighty God,
help us to continue in your promise.  Amen.

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Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt:

Reconciled to be Reconcilers,
2Cor 5:16-21; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Rev. Randy Quinn

While my mother was having her heart surgery, I was sitting in the surgery waiting room with my father and sister. I've waited in those rooms with other people before, but not very often have I sat waiting with my own family.

Sitting there, I found myself reflecting on the wonder of modern medicine and how amazing it is that they can do what they were doing! It's hard for me to comprehend how they open up a heart, sew a few pieces of veins on to it, and close it up again. And yet they've been doing this for over 30 years!1

I vaguely remember the first heart transplant surgery. I remember the discussions about it and the almost whimsical questions of whether or not it would eventually lead to other kinds of transplants.

In one school assignment, I remember writing a paper projecting what it would be like to have a brain transplant.

I don't know if we'll ever get to that in modern medicine, but I still wonder what it would be like. Would you remember the other person's life or your own? Who would you really be? The person whose body you have or the person whose brain you have?

These are pertinent questions for us today, since Paul suggests that in Christ we become new creatures. We are no longer the person we once were. In Christ, we take on a new reason for living, a new purpose in life, a new attitude towards other people.

Let's hear what he has to say to us today: Read 2Cor. 5:14-21

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