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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Prayer and Scriptures for the Third Sunday in Lent (2014)

A Prayer for the Week:
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:
Old Testament: Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm: Psalm 95
Epistle: Romans 5:1-11
Gospel: John 4:5-42
Lectionary Reflections:

Tamed Cynic: The Banquet of Perfect Light

Ekklesia Project

The Brazos Blog

Glory to God for all Things: The Fullness in Lent

Jesus Creed: No Needy Among Us?

From the Common Prayer reading for 23 March:
John Chrysostom, a great fourth-century preacher in Constantinople, said, “When we suffer anything for Christ’s sake, we should do so not only with courage, but even with joy. If we have to go hungry, let us be glad as if we were at a banquet. If we are insulted, let us be elated as though we had been showered with praises. If we lose all we possess, let us consider ourselves the gainers. If we provide for the poor, let us regard ourselves as the recipients. Do not think of the painful effort involved, but of the sweetness of the reward; and above all, remember that your struggles are for the sake of our Lord - Jesus.”

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