David J. Lull

4th Sunday in Lent

April 3, 2011
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Year B
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Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter II

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
John Cobb on Death of Jesus
Cobb/Lull: Romans

Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Reading 2: 
Psalm 23
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 5:8-14
Reading 4: 
John 9:1-41
By David J. Lull

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3rd Sunday in Lent

March 27, 2011
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Year A
Year B
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Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter II

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
John Cobb on Death of Jesus
Cobb/Lull: Romans

Reading 1: 
Exodus 17.1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 95
Reading 3: 
Romans 5.1-11
Reading 4: 
John 4.5-42
By David J. Lull

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2nd Sunday in Lent

March 20, 2011
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Year A
Year B
Year C

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings

Preaching Lent/Easter I
Preaching Lent/Easter II
Preaching Lent/Easter II

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus
John Cobb on Death of Jesus
Cobb/Lull: Romans

Reading 1: 
Genesis 12:1-4a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 121
Reading 3: 
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Reading 4: 
John 3:1-17
By David J. Lull

Focal theme:
Paul’s treatment of Abraham’s story (Romans 4) shows that the basis on which both Jews and all non-Jews will be “justified” and the “righteousness” required of Jews and all non-Jews alike are the same: namely, “the righteousness of faith.” This “righteousness of faith” is trusting belief in God’s faithfulness to do whatever God promises to do. Trusting belief is beautifully expressed in Psalm 121. It is also at the heart of today’s Gospel reading (John 3:1-17).

1st Sunday in Lent

March 13, 2011
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Year A
Year B
Year C

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings
All Liturgies

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus

Preaching:
Lent/Easter I
Lent/Easter II
Lent/Easter III

Reading 1: 
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 32
Reading 3: 
Romans 5:12-19
Reading 4: 
Matthew 4:1-11
By David J. Lull

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Ash Wednesday

March 9, 2011
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Year A
Year B
Year C

Lenten Candle Liturgy
Lenten Benedictions/Commissioning/Blessings
All Liturgies

John Cobb on atonement
John Cobb on redemption
John Cobb on Jesus

Preaching:
Lent/Easter I
Lent/Easter II
Lent/Easter III

Reading 1: 
Isaiah 58.1-12
Reading 2: 
Psalm 51.1-17
Reading 3: 
2 Corinthians 5.20b-6.10
Reading 4: 
Matthew 6.1-6, 16-21
By David J. Lull

Focal theme:
The “imposition of ashes” on Ash Wednesday is a reminder of Jesus’ death on a cross, and a sign of mourning and repentance. As the ashes are “imposed” on our foreheads, we are told “you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This ritual marks the beginning of a special time of introspection and self-denial, and meditation on the promise of resurrection, as God’s response to sin and death. The focus of Lent should be not only on human sin, but also on God’s desire for the creative transformation of our embodied lives and of the whole creation.

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