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    Today Is: Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sun, 14 Mar 2021 -- The Lectionary Cycle is: B

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Collect for: Fourth Sunday in Lent
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.

Old Testament
Numbers 21:4-9

4 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. 5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: 'Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.' 6 So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. 7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, 'We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us.' So Moses prayed for the people. 8 Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.' 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

1 Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Psalm
Psalm 107

15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 16 For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

17 Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. 18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

19 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 16 For He has broken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

17 Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted. 18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

19 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. 20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

*At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


New Testament
Ephesians 2:1-9

1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Officiant: The Word of the Lord.
The People: Thanks be to God.


Gospel
John 3:14-21

Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John.
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from John's Gospel chapter 3, beginning at verse 14.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.'

After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.

Prayers of the People

Prayers of the People for: Fourth Sunday in Lent

Brothers and sisters, it is by grace that we have been saved. Therefore, with faith let us place our needs and the needs of the whole world before God who is rich in mercy.

That the Church will be a channel of God's love and mercy.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That the persecuted Church will be supernaturally comforted and sustained by God's grace.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That righteous men and women will be raised up to positions of authority in government.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That the sick will unite their sufferings with Christ until their healing is received.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That we will shine forth as witnesses to God's abundant mercy.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

That the unemployed will find suitable work, that the poor will find mercy and the lonely, friendship.
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

For our own personal intentions. (Pause)
Lord in Your mercy,            Hear our prayer.


Heavenly Father, we rejoice because in Your Son Jesus we have been mercifully set free from the darkness of sin. Hear our prayer and give us the grace to be faithful witnesses to Your goodness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN