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Getting Ready for Lent 4

Introduction to the Word for Worship

Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

- John 6:4-6 (ESV)

Jesus spoke the same way to Moses in the Old Testament, for he did not bring about a sign until he had asked him, “What is that in your hand?” Because things that happen unexpectedly and all at once are liable to throw us into forgetfulness of what happened previously, Jesus first involved Philip in a confession of the present circumstances. In this way, when the astonishment comes upon him, afterwards he might be unable to drive away the memory of what he had confessed, and thus might learn by comparison the greatness of the miracle, which in fact takes place in this instance. -St. John Chrysostom

The Collect of the Day

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Word:

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Psalm 122

1 I was glad when they said unto me, *

“We will go into the house of the Lord.”

2 Now our feet are standing *

       within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built as a city *

       that is at unity in itself.

4 For there the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord, *

       as was decreed for Israel,

       to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord.

5 For there is the throne of judgment, *

       even the throne of the house of David.

6 O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; *

       they shall prosper that love you.

7 Peace be within your walls *

       and plenteousness within your palaces.

8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, *

       I will wish you prosperity.

9 Indeed, because of the house of the Lord our God, *

       I will seek to do you good.


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