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The second covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will remain in everlasting covenant. Paul says this promise comes to all who share Abraham’s faith in the God who brings life into being where there was no life. We receive this baptismal promise of resurrection life in faith. Sarah and Abraham receive new names as a sign of the covenant, and we too get new identities in baptism, as we put on Christ.

Prayer:

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings:

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

This Weeks Readings

MondayGenesis 21:1-7
Hebrews 1:8-12
Psalm 105”:1-11,37-45
TuesdayGenesis 22:1-19
Hebrews 11:1-3, 13-19
Psalm 105”:1-11,37-45
WednesdayJeremiah 30:12-22
John 12:36-43
Psalm 105”:1-11,37-45
ThursdayExodus 19:1-9a
1 Peter 2:4-10
Psalm 19
FridayExodus 19:9b-15
Acts 7:30-40
Psalm 19
SaturdayExodus 19:16-25
Mark 9:2-8
Psalm 19
February 25, 2018 - Second Sunday in Lent