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Fourth Sunday in Lent (year B)

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A Good Shepherd Prayer of Incarnation
(based on the prayer of St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier)

God of compassion, may every beat of my heart be a prayer to obtain your grace and care for those most lost in our world.
May every breath I take be a prayer for your mercy for those who are most in need.
May all those whom I make eye contact see themselves as you see them.
May all those I touch experience your touch experience themselves as valuable because of your tender and forgiving presence.
And may I always be open to receiving your love, and being an instrument of your love in the world.

Prayerful Meditation based on John 9:1-41

O Jesus, light of the world, why were you born,
and why did you die in such obscurity?

Bethlehem was hardly a shining place,
the stable hardly a burning stand
for Light come into the world.

Was not Calvary too an ending place for life and light;
And would not a cross in the afternoon sky,
turn all eyes away?

Blind man, did your eyes turn away too?
Or were you so accustomed to the dark
as to see what others could not see?

For once, it was not long ago,
Someone seeing you all in darkness
touched your eyes and told you to wash
until you saw God's glory
shining through your beggar's clothes.

And you believed, no one could stop you,
or explain it all away, you believed.
 

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Hymn Suggestions:
Amazing Grace
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
He Touched Me
We Would See Jesus
Simply Trusting Every Day
God of Our Fathers
I Know Whom I have Believed
God of Grace and God of Glory
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Christ is the World's Light
The race that long in darkness pined
The people that in darkness sat
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
What Does the Lord Require
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Another Look
a sermon based on Psalm 23
by Rev. Cindy Weber

(This sermon borrows from Walter Brueggemann’s sermon: “Trusting in the Water-Oil-Food Supply” from The Threat of Life, pp.90-96.)

I heard a story once about these prisoners who had been together so long that whenever they told jokes, instead of actually telling the whole joke, they would just call out the number of the joke, and everyone would crack up. One day a new guy came in, and experienced this for the first time. One of the inmates said, “Joke number 3,” and everyone just laughed and laughed. Then another one of them said, “Joke number 12,” and that one was even funnier, evidently, because they laughed until they cried. Then another one of them said, “Joke number 9,” but this time no one laughed at all, not one bit. The new guy said, “What happened? Why didn’t anyone laugh?” One of the other prisoners replied, “Aw, that guy never could tell a joke.” . . .

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