First Sunday in Lent
March 9, 2014
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Prayer of the Day
Lord God, our strength, the struggle between good and evil rages within and around us, and the devil and all the forces that defy you tempt us with empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your word, and when we fall, raise us again and restore us through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
The Scripture Readings
Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7
Sermon title: Necessary Knows
Sermon text: Matthew 4:1-11
In the first reading God forbids Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Why is that? Why wouldn’t God want them to know the difference between good and evil? It is important knowledge because what will hurt us is often a delight to the eyes and is desirable.
Once the fruit was plucked from the tree it could not be put back on. Paul says, “Sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned.” Today’s psalm proclaims, “Happy are those whose sin is covered.” Would that be covered as in Adam and Eve sewing fig leaves together for loincloths? God will provide a better cover for us than that.
The one who covers us is the one we see in the Gospel reading saying no to the same Tempter to which Adam and Eve said yes. He says no to the same temptations to which God’s people in the wilderness said yes. Could it be that with Jesus a whole new creation is in the works and a whole new people of God being formed? Yes, indeed. These new things are coming about through the same Jesus who covers us with his righteousness and love. He says no in order to say yes to us.
||A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
|Hymn of the Day
||Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word
||Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song
||Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
||O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days
In our prayers on Sunday we remember the Harmony Community Church Food Pantry.
Adult Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.
The Bible study group meets this Sunday morning in the conference room.
This Christian Life. Facilitated by Ernie Tiemann. View a short video and then participate in the discussion. Sunday’s topic comes from the Qideas video, “The Moral Case for Capitalism,” with American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks. Can the economic paradigm of free enterprise be applied in a way that is consistent with the way of Jesus?
Urban Ministries. This three-part series explores organizations supported by Grace's Benevolence Fund. Doug Low, Executive Director of Kidz Express will discuss the failure of education in impoverished communities. Kidz Express is a not-for-profit organization committed to building a continuum of community support to strengthen family economic security and foster positive youth development in the South Austin area.
Sunday School and Confirmation
Sunday School students meet in the school commons for Joyful Worship.
Teen Talk and Confirmation classes meet at 9:45 a.m.
The Church Library, near the Division Street entrance, has a wealth of resources for the adult education program and in other areas of interest. The library is staffed Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is open for self-service during the week.