Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday at 2:00 AM.
Don’t forget to change your clocks (spring forward) before you go to bed Saturday night.
Third Sunday in Lent – March 8, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Exodus 10:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22. Pastor George Detweiler will preside and preach.
Following Irenaeus, the second century leader of the church, who said that there were four covenants: with Noah, Abraham, Moses and then through Christ with the church, we have been reading about them in order this year of Mark.
This covenant of God with the people of Israel through Moses is the best known one, at least in principle. (When asked in surveys about the 10 Commandments, most Americans can name three or fewer.) This is the only one of the covenants where the Lord asks for a specific response from the people. The giving of the law is a community creating event; Israel became a people in the experience at Sinai and the wandering in the desert. This is how they learned to follow and trust in the Lord.
The fourth covenant on Ireneaus’ list is taken up by Paul in the second lesson. This one is sealed by Jesus’ death on the cross. Again it is God who is the prime actor, raising Jesus from death to show God’s steadfastness in reaching out to us. It is foolishness that the son of God would die, but this is yet the latest attempt of this God of mercy to reach out to us to save us from ourselves.
In the gospel we have a story of Jesus that breaks the popular assumption that he went around being “nice” and people believed in him. Instead, he comes into the Temple in Jerusalem and is upset by the noise of commerce superseding the cadence and silence of prayer. Making a whip, he overturns tables and drives out the merchants with their animals for sacrifices. In the ensuing conversation it becomes clear that John’s purpose in this story is to let us know that Jesus is the embodiment of the new covenant; his body–the church–has replaced the Temple.
The early church saw Communion as a covenant ritual. They were sharing the body and blood of Christ, the embodiment of the new covenant. Similarly, we believe that the covenant God makes with us in our baptism into Jesus’ death and resurrection is renewed in the Eucharist. What about our relationship with God or God’s people needs renewing? How can we grow as followers of Christ in this Lenten season?
Bach Vespers at 5:00 PM 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.
Music for March 8
Prelude: “Andante Sostenuto” from Symphonie Gothique, C.M. Widor
Offertory: If Ye Love Me, Thomas Tallis
Communion: A New Commandment, Richard Shephard
Postlude: “Allegro” from Symphonie Gothique, C.M. Widor
#803 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
#806 O God, My Faithful God
#326 Bless Now, O God, the Journey
The Paul Enger Memorial Play Reading Series
The Play Reading Series Committee is proud to present the March selection for the Paul Enger Memorial Play Reading Series. This month, we welcome Howard Emanuel with his play SUNDOGS, a play about a returned soldier preparing to leave again on deployment. Please join us this Tuesday, March 10, at 7PM in the Community Room for this fantastic play!