Sunday, March 27, 2022

Photo credit: Lara Stoudt
Reading by Mark Beingessner
Joshua 5:9-12 (New Century Version)

Fourth Week in Lent, Sunday, March 27, 2022

Joshua 5:9-12
Then the LORD said to Joshua, “As slaves in Egypt you were ashamed, but today I have removed that shame.” So Joshua named that place Gilgal, which it is still named today.

The people of Israel were camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho. It was there, on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, they celebrated the Passover Feast. The day after the Passover, the people ate food grown on that land: bread made without yeast and roasted grain. The day they ate this food, the manna stopped coming. The Israelites no longer got the manna from heaven. They ate the food grown in the land of Canaan that year.

(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We bow down in worship to you! We lift our hands with shouts of celebration! We dance for joy in the land you have promised! 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, 40 years of nothing but manna to eat – no more! Now we feast on the fruit of the land and celebrate the harvest you prepared in advance for us.

Thank you, Loving Yahweh, for this precious time with you. We come together to celebrate that we are your beloved, and to rest in your loving arms. Thank you for removing our shame and replacing it with love. 

I dine at your banquet table today, Loving Yahweh, and thank you for…

We find peace with you in your promised land, in the presence of your holy mountain. We take in the beauty of this place with all our senses. We smell the blossoms, earth, and rain, we taste the harvest. We feel the breeze kissing us as Life-giving Spirit moves among us. We hear laughter, music and singing. We see the colours of creation bursting forth in glorious splendour. How can we keep from singing?

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 32:1-11
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

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