SUNDAY (March 14, 2021)
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:15–17)
“From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.” (Numbers 21:4–6)
After God delivered the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, the people wasted no time forgetting God’s mercies to them. He continued to provide for them, even though they were rebellious and impatient. But sometimes “the wages of sin is death” comes sooner rather than later. How do we learn from this passage of scripture, and how does it teach us to trust in God’s mercy all the more?
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Dennis, O Lord, and teach him 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
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.