God Will Call You By Name

Second Sunday in Lent, Year B, Old Testament Lesson

Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

This week we travel further into the book of Genesis to learn about God’s covenant with Abraham and Sarah (Formerly: Abram and Sarai.) Abram and Sarai were faithful followers of God. For many years Abram and Sarai followed where God sent them. God promised to make Abram’s off-spring “as numerous as the stars in the heavens” (Genesis 15:5) but Sarai’s womb remained barren. Now, in their old age, God makes a new covenant with Abram. As a sign of the covenant God changes their names to Abraham and Sarah and, once again, promises that Sarah will have a child – a son. What we do not hear in this passage is that Abraham and Sarah laugh in response to God’s promise, they cannot believe that in their old age they will finally have the child they have desired so long. However, God is, indeed, faithful to this promise. This week we learn the importance of a name. Just as we are called by name at our baptism, God calls Abraham and Sarah by a new name before sending them into a new calling: to be the parents of a new nation.

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God Promises Abram and Sarai

Second Sunday in Lent, Year C, Old Testament Lesson
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

In this week’s lesson, we turn to one of the foundational stories of our faith, which tells us how God made a promise to Abram and Sarai to make them the starting place of the family of God, even though it seemed impossible, as they had no children of their own.

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Take Up Your Cross

Second Sunday in Lent, Year B
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38

Just prior to our reading today, Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they offer the various responses that they have heard from others. “But who do YOU say that I am?” asks Jesus. Who are you following? Today, Jesus once again teaches those around him who he is, therefore, what is ahead for the Son of God and what that means for the followers of Jesus.

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Faith in God

Second Sunday in Lent, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4a

Abraham is the great patriarch of our religion, known as the prime model of faith. He put his total trust in God when he said yes to leaving his familiar homeland to journey to an unknown land.  His example becomes a blessing to all of us. The story’s connection to the Baptismal Rite is the concept of saying yes to God. It is not enough to say no to evil; we must be ready to say yes to Jesus. In the Baptismal Rite we are asked: “Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior? Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love? Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?” [Book of Common Prayer, pp. 302-303.]

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The Choice to Risk Believing

Second Sunday in Lent

Scripture: John 3:1-17 

What color is the wind? What shape is the love of a parent for a child? Some things are easily quantified. In some matters, we simply fall, trustingly, into the arms of faith.

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As a Hen Gathers Her Chicks

Second Sunday in Lent
Scripture: Luke 13:31-35

Lights! Camera! Action! The drama is about to begin. The powers that be collaborate to extinguish the ministry of Jesus. Jesus, keenly aware that time is running out, continues his work. In this poignantly feminine image, Jesus muses that he had longed to gather these children as a hen gathers her chicks. The hollowness of power confronts the powerfulness of the gentle.

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