Midweek Lent Series, 2013 (at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday)

Stories of Sin and Forgiveness, Part II

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive;
and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

(Psalm 86:5, KJV)

Sin is always a setback for humanity. Each time we yield to sin, we work against God and his good intentions for the world. That does not mean the Lord cannot forgive sin and get things back on track. Still, sin is a setback for us. All sin is bad, and yet some sins seem outrageous. They are extraordinary and deep. In last year's Lent Series we explored some of them: The fall of Adam and Eve; Cain's murder of his brother, Abel; Jacob's deception of his father, Isaac; Joseph and his brothers; David and Bathsheba; and Peter's denial of our Lord. But there other Biblical sins awaiting to be considered. Here is this year's list:

DATE

BIBLE STORY

TEXT

February 20

The prophets Hananiah and Jeremiah. (Click for sermon text in .pdf format.)

Jeremiah 28

February 27

Herod's Massacre of the Innocents. (Click for sermon text in .pdf format.)

Matthew 2:10-18

March 6

Lazarus and Dives. (Click for sermon text in .pdf format.)

Luke 16:19-31

March 13

The Woman Caught in Adultery. (Click for sermon text in .pdf format.)

John 8:1-11

March 20

Ananias and Sapphira. (Click for sermon text in .pdf format.)

Acts 5:1-11

March 27
(Holy Wednesday)

Judas betrays our Lord.

John 13:21-32

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These stories of sin are human, passionate, and in the end hopeful thanks to the goodness of the Lord.

It is good old-fashioned Lenten discipline to try to increase worship during this holy season. Please count these 6:30 p.m. Wednesday liturgies among your Lent opportunities.

The Rev. Gregory P. Fryer, Pastor



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