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The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses: those who look on the bronze serpent will live. In today’s gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith, for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.

Prayer:

O God, rich in mercy, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world and rescued us from the hopelessness of death. Lead us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Readings:

Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21

This Weeks Readings

MondayExodus 15:22-27
Hebrews 3:1-6
Psalm 107:1-3,17-22
TuesdayNumbers 20:1-13
1 Corinthians 10:6-13
Psalm 107:1-3,17-22
WednesdayIsaiah 60:15-22
John 8:12-20
Psalm 107:1-3,17-22
ThursdayIsaiah 30:16-18
Hebrews 4:1-13
Psalm 51:1-12
FridayExodus 30:1-10
Hebrews 4:14-5:4
Psalm 51:1-12
SaturdayHabakkuk 3:2-13
John 12:1-11
Psalm 51:1-12
March 11, 2018 – Fourth Sunday in Lent