Sunday, March 6, 2022

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First Week in Lent, Sunday, March 6, 2022

Mark Beingessner reads Luke 4:1-13 (NCV)

Luke 4:1-13
Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. The Spirit led Jesus into the desert where the devil tempted Jesus for forty days. Jesus ate nothing during that time, and when those days were ended, he was very hungry.

The devil said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, tell this rock to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written in the Scriptures: ‘A person does not live on bread alone.’”

Then the devil took Jesus and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant. The devil said to Jesus, “I will give you all these kingdoms and all their power and glory. It has all been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. If you worship me, then it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written in the Scriptures: ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only [God].’”

Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem and put him on a high place of the Temple. [The devil] said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, jump down. It is written in the Scriptures:
‘[The LORD] has put [God’s] angels in charge of you
    to watch over you.’ Psalm 91:11

It is also written:
‘They will catch you in their hands
    so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.’” Psalm 91:12

Jesus answered, “But it also says in the Scriptures: ‘Do not test the Lord your God.’”

After the devil had tempted Jesus in every way, [the devil] left him to wait until a better time.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

You have promised to never leave or forsake us. You promise to lead and walk with us. Even in the wilderness, you lead us and speak to us; Life-giving Spirit whispers encouragement and tells us of your love and plans for us. The intruder is always close by, waiting to distract us. But nothing comes to us unless it first comes through you.

We come together in this prayer space to hear you tell us we are loved, precious, and blessed. Your spirit fills and guides us. How easily we forget that you desire intimacy with us. We forget our intrinsic worth. The world entices us to believe the lie that to be of any worth we need to be independent, relevant, spectacular, and powerful. Instead we incline our ears to your loving voice and embrace the intimacy of relationship with you.

I seek your voice today, Life-giving Spirit, and thank you for…

Surround us on all sides, Yahweh, and guide us with your gentle voice. Lead us and walk with us on our path, Jesus, and speak your wisdom to us as a friend. As surely as the sun rises over us and the moon guides us at night, so also are you with us. We rejoice in your loving faithfulness to us. 

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Romans 10:8b-13

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