Lent Season Sermons (2011)

Date: March 27, 2011 The Third Sunday in Lent Living with the Heart of Christ

twelve noon at the well an outcast Samaritan graced and loved by Christ

Summary: There were a number of reasons why Jesus shouldn't have had anything to do with the Samaritan he met at the well one day. He paid no mind to them, though, and set an example for us. We too are invited to ignore the walls that divide us, and reach across them to share grace and life with others.

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Date: March 20, 2011 The Second Sunday in Lent Born Again

God so loved the world not condemnation, but grace resurrection life

Summary: There is a great difference between a "religious person" and a "person of faith." Nicodemus begins his encounter with Jesus as a religious person, but by the end of the conversation, he is beginning to glimpse what it means to live a life of faith — a life of trusting in God for the gifts of life and faith and salvation. Lent is a time when it is easy to get trapped in religiosity. But it is also a time when it is possible for us enter more deeply into the life of faith, and with greater confidence, place our trust in God.

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Date: March 13, 2011 The First Sunday in Lent It Is Written

forty days of lent a journey to life in Christ come, travel with us

Summary: As Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, so too we are tempted. As he found strength in God's word, so too can we. And so we dedicate ourselves to reading and studying God's word, that it might become our power and strength in time of temptation.

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Date: March 9, 2011 Liturgical Day: Ash Wednesday To Be Seen by God

ashes to ashes marked with the sign of the cross brokenness and grace

Summary: On Ash Wednesday we deal with the tension between Jesus' command that we, “Beware of practicing [our] piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then [we] have no reward from your Father in heaven” (in today's Gospel lesson), and his command that we “...let [our] light shine before others, so that they may see [our] good works and give glory to [our] Father in heaven.” (in Matthew 5:16). The key is that we do it not to be seen by others, but because God, who sees in secret, calls us to this faithfulness.

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