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Fourth Sunday in Lent

This week is the fourth Sunday in Lent, also known as Laetare Sunday coming from the Latin word of “Rejoice.” Something noteworthy about the language here – in other seasons we would say, “The first Sunday of Advent,” but for Lent we say it is a Sunday in Lent. Sundays are in Lent, but not of Lent. That is because Sunday is always a feast day, even in the season of fasting. Sunday is always a celebration of the resurrection!

Liturgical Color – Purple / Rose

This color is used during the season of Lent for multiple reasons. The first being that Jesus was clothed in a purple robe during his passion. Purple cloth, due to its expensive nature, was reserved typically for royalty who could afford it. The color is also associated with the bruising and bleeding that Christ experienced during his passion and crucifixion. The purple used during this season reminds us that Christ is King and his Kingdom is unlike any the world had seen before as it is one of service, compassion, and love for others.

This Sunday, however, uses Rose (pink)as a sign of rejoicing and hope. Even in the midst of our penitential season we are to look forward to what is to come.

Call to Worship – Based on Psalm 107:1-3

One: Bless the Lord, who forgives all our sins. Many: His mercy endures forever. One: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Many: Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the land. One:  from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. Many: Amen

Collect

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.