Third Sunday in Lent – February 28, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.
Today’s theme is repentance, which means to turn around, to change direction. The reading from the Hebrew Bible is the beginning of the third section of Isaiah. It is an invitation to repentance, to directional change, and will be read again at the Vigil of Easter. The people are invited to seek the Lord who gives the food of life freely, without price. For those who return, the Lord will have mercy and abundant pardon. The psalm continues the imagery of seeking the food of life and finding it only in the Lord.
The second lesson is a warning from Paul not to presume upon the grace of God. God is gracious and merciful, but flaunting God’s law can lead to destruction. God is faithful and will watch over us.
Jesus uses a story of random death to focus his disciples’ attention on repentance. We are not to think that we are better than others, or that somehow our faith makes us immune to suffering. The parable of the fig tree is a story of a second chance, an opportunity for repentance fueled by manure. What are the second chances you have received? From what do you need to repent this Lent?
Lenten Meditation III is Sunday at 5:00PM
with the Antioch Chamber Ensemble performing Heinrich Schütz’ Symphoniae Sacrae.
Music for Sunday
Prelude: Psalm Prelude No. 2, Set 1 – Herbert Howells
Offertory: Like as the Hart – Herbert Howells
Communion: Sicut Cervus – G. Palestrina
Postlude: “Prelude” from 12 Short Pieces (1901) – Max Reger
#331 As the Deer Runs to the River
#624 Jesus, Still Lead On
#326 Bless Now, O God, the Journey
We are on a very busy corner in a crowded city, one block from Lincoln Center. Thousands of people walk by every day. Whenever the front doors are open, people come in off the street to look, to sit and pray, or maybe just to rest. Nevertheless, the open doors are an invitation that people accept and they provide an opportunity for us to begin a relationship with our guests.
On the other hand, the opaque red doors, when they are closed, portray us as closed off to the outside world and cut off any possibility of establishing a connection with those thousands who walk by. One of our staff members was talking recently with a development professional who asked how many people come into the church every day. When told that the doors are locked except for a half hour before and after services, his response was “You are kidding me! You are missing an incredible opportunity.”
From time to time the staff has discussed keeping the nave open during business hours. It came up again today. As an experiment, we plan to have it open each day in Holy Week. Hopefully we can continue beyond that, and be a more open presence in our community.
You can now make a contribution to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with a quick text message!
Simply send a text to 631-938-7285 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount. Example: $25. The default is to the General Operating Fund. You can give to the Capital (Building) Fund by leaving a space after the dollar amount and typing Cap. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically!
Parish Life Survey
In an effort to better understand the various factors that impact attendance and participation at worship and other activities at Holy Trinity, the Parish Life working group has created a short online survey, the results of which will be used to help schedule upcoming events in the Lenten and Easter seasons. We ask that you please respond to this survey within the next few days. The survey should take 3-5 minutes to complete, and responses are anonymous. Please click here to complete the survey. Thank you!
Scripture Readings, Week after Lent 3
Sunday – Isaiah 55:1 – What does this image mean: to buy wine and milk without price?
Monday – Isaiah 55:2-3 – What is being offered here?
Tuesday – Isaiah 55:4-5 – To whom is this promise being offered?
Wednesday – Isaiah 55:6-7 – How do we return to the Lord?
Thursday – 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 – How were the people of Israel formed as a community?
Friday – 1 Corinthians 10:6-13 – What is Paul’s message to us here?
Saturday – Luke 13:1-5 – What do you think Jesus is trying to tell his disciples here?
Sunday – Luke 13:6-9 – How might this parable apply to your life?