Getting Ready for the Fourth Sunday in Lent
Reflection on the Word in our Worship
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
-2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
We ought to live for Christ not just because we belong to him, not just because he died for us and not just because he rose again on our behalf. We ought to live for him because we have been made into something different. We now have a new life. The old things which have passed away refer to our sins and impiety -St. John Chrysostom
The Collect of the Week
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.
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
Old Testament Reading: Joshua 5:1, 9-12
Psalm 34:1-8 (below playlist)
New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Gospel Reading: Luke 15:11-32
1 I will always give thanks unto the Lord; *
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; *
the humble shall hear this and be glad.
3 O praise the Lord with me, *
and let us magnify his Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me; *
he delivered me out of all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were made glad, *
and their faces were not ashamed.
6 Look, the poor man cries, and the Lord hears him, *
and saves him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord camps round about those who fear him, *
and delivers them in time of need.
8 O taste and see how gracious the Lord is; *
blessed is the one who trusts in him.