SUNDAY (February 28, 2021)
Second Sunday in Lent
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:5–6)
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” (Genesis 17:1–7)
This text in Genesis actually precedes the text from last week where God commands Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Here, Abraham is still Abram. God makes His promise to Abraham that he would be the father of a multitude of nations, and then renames Him. Abraham at age 99, would soon become father of more than one son.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Anne O Lord, and teach her to hope in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week
O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.