Third Sunday in Lent
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.
Old Testament 1
And God spoke all these words, saying: 2
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3
You shall have no other gods before Me. 4
You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5
you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6
but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. 7
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. 8
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10
but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. 12
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. 13
You shall not murder. 14
You shall not commit adultery. 15
You shall not steal. 16
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.'
1 Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2
Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3
There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. 4
Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, 5
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. 6
Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. 7
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10
More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11
Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. 12
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. 14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. *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 18
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19
For it is written: 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.' 20
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23
but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24
but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel 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 2, beginning at verse 13
Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14
And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business. 15
When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables. 16
And He said to those who sold doves, 'Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!' 17
Then His disciples remembered that it was written, 'Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.' 18
So the Jews answered and said to Him, 'What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?' 19
Jesus answered and said to them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.' 20
Then the Jews said, 'It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?' 21
But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22
Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.
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 PeoplePrayers of the People for:
Third Sunday in Lent
Brothers and sisters, with contrite hearts, let us place our needs and the needs of the world before our God.
That the Church will have the zeal of Christ as it proclaims the Gospel. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That governments and legislators will enact laws with wisdom and integrity. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That a godly and just rage will inspire Christ-like action where injustice prevails.
That nations will protect the rights of Christians everywhere to worship God freely. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That men and women who acknowledge Christ will give witness to Him in their workplace through their word and deeds. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That those who are praying for the salvation of loved ones will cling to the promises of Christ, our strength and our Redeemer. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That we who are gathered around this Table will desire Christ and His Word more than wealth or possessions. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That God's people will remain faithful to the Gospel until the end. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
God of mercy, Your Word brings wisdom and hope to all people.
Hear our prayer, and give us the grace to keep Your commandments.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.AMEN