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On Ash Wednesday the church began its journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This year, the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes in the Hebrew Scriptures and to use them as lenses through which to view baptism. First Peter connects the way God saved Noah’s family in the flood with the way God saves us through the water of baptism. The baptismal covenant is made with us individually, but the new life we are given in baptism is for the sake of the whole world.

Prayer:

Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings:

Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

This Weeks Readings

MondayJob 4:1-21
Ephesians 2:1-10
Psalm 77
TuesdayJob 5:8-27
1 Peter 3:8-18a
Psalm 77
WednesdayProverbs 30:1-9
Matthew 4:1-11
Psalm 77
ThursdayGenesis 15:1-6, 12-18
Romans 3:21-31
Psalm 22:23-31
FridayGenesis 16:1-6
Romans 4:1-12
Psalm 22:23-31
SaturdayGenesis 16:7-15
Mark 8:27-30
Psalm 22:23-31
February 18, 2018 - First Sunday in Lent