The Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 15, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21. Pastor Jonathan Linman will preside and preach.
Pastor Detweiler is on vacation until March 25, when he will return to the office.
The theme of God’s love expressed in covenant continues. Last week we read the Mosaic Covenant: the 10 Commandments. This week we read about the consequences of the people’s faithless ignoring of that covenant. But even in their faithlessness, God does not abandon them, but provides a means of salvation. A symbol of their affliction becomes the means of salvation for them.
This image is taken up in the reading from John’s gospel. Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be lifted up on the cross like the serpent on the pole. His lifting up–in his death, his resurrection and in his ascension–will bring eternal life. In him a means of death–a cross–becomes the means of salvation for all. In John’s gospel, the parallel to Jesus’ three fold announcement in the other three gospels that he must suffer and die and be raised is this announcement of his lifting up. This is the first of three such pronouncements.
The Ephesians reading highlights the covenant of God’s grace and mercy that we have in Christ. As in Numbers and John, we have the image of being raised up, here seated with Christ in the heavenly places. Making the lesson of the other readings explicit, the writer tells us “for by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing.”
Bach Vespers at 5:00 on Sunday
Each Sunday in Lent, Bach Vespers presents a three-fold meditation on lamentations with an organ recital, word and song, and a featured concertized work. A reception follows downstairs in the Community Room. All are welcome. This Sunday, features David Lang‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion, with ensemble & (Ampersand). Mark Bighley will play the organ recital.
Music for Sunday
Prelude: Adagio from Trio Sonata 1, BWV 525, Johann Sebastian Bach
Offertory: Sicut Moses, Heinrich Schütz
Communion: God So Loved the World, John Stainer
Postlude: Variations on Wondrous Love, Daniel Pinkham
#323 God Loved the World
#666 What Wondrous Love Is This
#604 O Christ, Our Hope
HUG and the Holy Trinity Women’s Shelter host an evening with Music Kitchen
On March 25th from 7-9pm, HUG and the Women’s Shelter welcome back Music Kitchen, the wonderful organization led by our own Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Some of the finest musicians in our city will volunteer their time and talents to play for these two ministries of our parish, and we’d like to include the entire congregation for this special occasion. Please join us for a potluck dinner, as we show support for HUG and Shelter. All congregants are invited and encouraged to sign up to bring a dish to share. The sign up sheet will be located on the bulletin board downstairs in the community room.