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Jesus, Lamb of God, when you walked this earth
you did not consider heavenly equality,
though that was yours to choose,
But took the role of servant, and in humility and obedience
allowed the rough nails of our sin to be hammered into your flesh
For the sake of our salvation.
And so it is that we acknowledge you as Lord of all,
to the glory of God the Father, Son and Spirit, Three.
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You were a man of suffering
acquainted with grief, loved and despised in equal measure.
You understand humanity, know our failings,
love us despite the people that we are.
When we, like Peter, deny you by word or action,
When we, like Judas, are tempted to follow a different path,
When we, like those in the crowd allow you to be crucified,
Bring us to the foot of the Cross to stand next to the one who,
looking into your eyes declared ‘Surely this is the Son of God’
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This Season of Lent, we are reminded of Your greatest gift to mankind, Your Son Jesus.
Through Jesus teachings and sacrifices, we learn the value of selflessness and of giving.
Through giving we feel more blessed.
May You always guide and bless us to be more giving to our brothers and sisters
that have less or nothing in life. Please bless us that we can give more to those in need.
Lord, we pray that You bless those most broken in our world.
Provide them with courage and hope to face any adversities they encounter
and heal them from all pain and suffering.
May they continue to see the beauty of life and find comfort in their distress.
We pray Lord, that You bless the hearts of your people,
that they may learn to accept, respect and show compassion to our most vulnerable.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
Jonah Flees From the Lord
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.
But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”
7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”
9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”
10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)
11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”
12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.
17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
May the God of Grace and Glory
go with you as you follow this Lenten path.
Wherever it takes you,
and to whomever it takes you,
may you go with the blessing of God the Father,
God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,
both now and forever.