Readings and Prayers for the 3rd Sunday in Lent

7th March ~ 3rd Sunday of Lent

The Collect:  Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first He suffered pain, and entered not into glory before He was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Epistle is written in the 18th verse of the 1st Chapter of St. Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians:

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. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise one? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than mankind’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than mankind’s strength.

This is the Word of the Lord All: Thanks be to God

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John: Glory to You, O Lord

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts He found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So He made a whip out of cords, and drove them all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves He said, “Get these out of here! This is a house of prayer, you have turned it into a den of thieves!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” Then the Jews demanded of Him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple Jesus had spoken of was His body. After He was raised from the dead, His disciples recalled what He had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

This is the Gospel of the Lord:  All: Praise to You, O Chris

Prayers

Everlasting God, be with us in this time of prayer, and help us to feel your presence. Mindful of the Commandments that you gave to Moses we pray that you would be worshiped above all else, and that we can at all times be given the strength to reject the idolatry of our secular world. Lord Jesus, you were tried and tempted by the forces of evil. They tried to make you use: popularity instead of faithfulness; fame instead of service; power instead of sacrifice. These temptations still come to us. Lord give us strength to shun them as you did so we may be loyal and willing disciples.        Lord in your mercy: Hear our Prayer

Creator God, we pray for the governments of the world and all world leaders, that they may always seek for peaceful solutions in their dealings with other nations and rule their own countries with compassion and justice. We continue to pray for the people of those countries where there is war and unrest, The Yemen, Myanmar and all other areas praying that their governments will find some meaningful legislation to prevent such events and peace will prevail.   Lord in your mercy: Hear our Prayer

O God, even as we pray for the day when no one’s children will be sacrificed to war, we pray for the children in our community. We pray for all who will be returning to school tomorrow, give them, in the midst of the confusion around us, moments to play and to rejoice in your creation. For all teachers as they adjust to life in the classroom again. Give all of us grace to be still, to know that you are God, and join our children in moments of simple joy that remind us all that life and love are your enduring gifts.  Lord in your mercy: Hear our Prayer

Gracious God, we pray for all who are in pain or are suffering at this time. We remember especially those who are facing long or incurable illnesses. In a moment of quietness we pray for them, asking that you will surround them with your healing arms and any we know who are in any kind of need at this time we name before you now.                                                       Lord in your mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God, we pray for those we love but see no longer. Grant them your peace, let light perpetual shine upon them, May they rest in peace and rise in glory. We remember before God those who have recently died especially… Lord in your mercy: Hear our Prayer

Faithful God, as we go out into this new week we thank you for promising to be our constant help and friend.                                                                                             Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.