March 18, 2018 --- Fifth Sunday of Lent
Theme: Our Lenten journey is almost over. We still have a long way to go before we are completely at one with Jesus. The way is full of challenges and risks. Let us be ready to be changed into something new, like the grain of wheat, a newness that gives life to all.
PS 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15.
Reflection on the WordJER 31:31-34PS 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15.HEB 5:7-9JN 12:20-33
Prayers of the Faithful
God of Compassion, you invite us into new life. We bring before you these prayers.
May the newness of life infuse our church and world, so that peace, love, justice, and harmony prevail. God of Compassion…
May the world’s leaders seek the common good, so all peoples and the earth can live lives of decency and peace. God of Solidarity…
May our congressional leaders enact laws that restrict the owning of assault weapons and reduce violence. God of Compassion…
May we hold in our prayers and our hearts those that need our compassion, including Cheryl Booth, Evelyn Gordon, Ray Lynch, Bob O’Harrow, Nancy Perez, and all those listed in our bulletin. God of Compassion…
May those who have died continue to inspire us to live following Jesus our Lord. God Compassion…
May the prayers held deep in our hearts be heard. (Pause) God of Solidarity…
God of Compassion and solidarity, thank you for hearing our prayers. Help us to follow your Son, Jesus, in his way of non-violence, compassion and solidarity. We pray this through Christ our Lord. AMEN
Let us remember God is Compassion. Let us ask God for forgiveness and strength as we go about our daily life.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Holy Week begins one week from today. Palm Sunday is March 25, and after Mass we have a pancake breakfast. Lindy and Logan Gibbons have agreed to organize this breakfast and they need lots of help in set up, cooking, serving, and clean up. Sign up sheets are at the entrance to the church. Sign up today and be part of this annual feast.
As mentioned, this next Sunday is Palm Sunday. We will meet with Salt and Light Lutheran Church for a shared Palm Sunday Procession. Our meeting place is 30th and Emerson where we will share the blessing of the palms and then head back to our own churches for Mass. This is a chance for us to connect in a new way with our neighbors. See the bulletin for more details.
Lenten Evening Prayer continues this Wednesday at 7:00 pm. Phyllis Spaulding will be our presider. Also, there are Stations of the Cross on Friday at noon.
Please read this week's bulletin where you will see the schedule of services for Holy Week. Lots of other important news in the bulletin as well.
If you can help with the flowers for Easter, please use the envelope that is in your packet and bring it next Sunday and put it in the collection. Thank you for helping us decorate our church for Easter.
Please join us for GIFT Sunday next Sunday. GIFT means Growing In Faith Together. Join us after the 10 am Mass for good food, great conversation, and terrific learning. Our topic is “Standing with Those Who Suffer.” What is GIFT?