The First Sunday in Lent; Year B (2/18/2018)

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

Prayer of the Day:
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.

 1.9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” 12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

St. Mark 1:9-15 New Revised Version Bible (C)1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

Worship Like You Mean It!

Date: February 11, 2018
Liturgical Day: The Transfiguration of Our Lord; Year B

The disciples gave themselves to Jesus for 3 years!. Along the way they experienced him fully. They came to expect something extraordinary every time they were with him. As we give ourselves, whole heartedly, to God in worship, it opens up the possibility that we too will experience God more fully in our times of worship. How can our active participation, and a heightened sense of expectation, enhance this?

Some discussion Questions:
1. What are the dangers of not understanding the way we worship as Lutherans?
2. How might it help us to have a deeper appreciation of our worship traditions?
3. In what ways might worship be richer for me (us) if we had higher expectations of what God is planing to accomplish among us?
4. What can I (we) to be well-prepared for worship, and ready to enter into to it most fully?

Download Sermon: 2018-02-11 Sermon

Download Brochure with Discussion Questions: 2018-02-11 LIturgy & Worship