Lent 1 Preview

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“But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Matthew 4:2

Today’s gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God’s mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days ahead.

Sunday’s Worship Music

Traditional Worship Hymn of the Day: 504 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.  Today’s hymn of the day is the quintessential hymn about God conquering all that would stand between us and salvation. God, the mighty fortress with sword and shield, fights by our side with weapons of the Spirit. Singing this as the hymn of the day reminds us that God will always grant us the kingdom, regardless of our response to sin and temptation, because God’s Word (that’s Jesus!) will forever abide. Talk about gifts that last!

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New Day Worship Hymn — Salt and Light –  “When I lose my way and forget my name, remind me who I am.  In the mirror all I see is who I don’t want to be.  Remind me who I am.   In the loneliest places when I can’t remember what grace is.

For Further Reflection

Have you had a “wilderness experience”?  (And that does not mean a hike up to Buzzard’s Rocks at camp Kirchenwald).

· A time when you felt completely alone?

· A place where you could recognize neither the people nor the things around you?

· A moment when hope was gone and despair was your closest friend?

The First Sunday of Lent confronts us with the fear found in being truly alone and disconnected from all your cherish … but also the opportunity to find God in the midst of that apparent emptiness, by seeing the world through eyes of faith.  It is what Jesus did in his temptation experience in today’s Gospel.  What about you?

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Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

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