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Third Sunday in Lent

This week is the third Sunday in Lent. 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

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.

Call to Worship – Based on Psalm 19

One: The heavens are telling of the glory of God; Many: and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. One: Your law, O God, is perfect, reviving our souls, Many: and your commandments are sure, rejoicing our hearts. One: Let our words and worship, the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable to you, Many: O God, our rock and our redeemer! Amen (written by Rev. Kathryn Matthews Huey and Rev. Susan A. Blain for the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website)

Collect

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Liturgy of the Table

(From Lift Up Your Hearts: Year B, OSL Publications) One: The Lord be with you. Many: And also with you. One: Lift up your hearts. Many: We lift them up to the Lord One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. Many: It is right to give our thanks and praise.