SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2022

Luke 13:31-35 | Observations

OPENING SENTENCE
The Lord is my light and salvation

HYMN

GREETING

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”

The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

There is no other commandment greater than these.

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

God is love and we are God’s children.

There is no room for fear in love.

We love because God loved us first.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father, we confess to you

and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,

and in what we have failed to do.

We are truly sorry.

Forgive us our sins,

and deliver us from the power of evil,

for the sake of your Son who died for us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

ABSOLUTION

God, who is both power and love,

forgive you and free you from our sins,

heal and strengthen you by the Holy Spirit,

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

LENTEN PROSE/KYRIE
sung by Sue Turner

COLLECT

O God,

you see that we lack the strength to help ourselves:

protect us both inwardly and outwardly;

that our bodies may be guarded from adversity,

and our minds might be defended

from such thoughts as assault and harm the soul;

through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, world without end. Amen

PROCLAIMING & RECEIVING GOD’S WORD

FIRST READING GENESIS 15: 1-12, 17-18
read by Robyn Brotherston

God’s Covenant with Abram

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After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness. Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.

Genesis 15:17-18

When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,

SECOND READING Philippians 3: 17-4:1
read by Annabelle Guthrie

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow, I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Pressing toward the Goal

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.

Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

Reflection on Philippians 3:1-14 | New Life Narrabri

GRADUAL HYMN

GOSPEL LUKE 13: 31-35
read by Reverend James Clark Maxwell

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Luke chapter 13 beginning

at verse 31

The Lament over Jerusalem

Luke 13:31-35 - Holy Textures

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel.

Praise to Christ our Lord

SERMON

I don’t know if you have ever watched the movie ‘Apollo 13’. At the end of the movie three astronauts in a spaceship, far from earth, hang in the balance. They depend on a little community of engineers in Houston who find themselves in the life-saving business. One of the engineers says to his superiors that he fears this will be the worst catastrophe in the History of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The character played by Ed Harris straightens up, squares his shoulders and says ‘To the contrary-with all due respect-I believe this will be our finest hour.’

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All throughout the movie Harris’s character has laid out before his team the seemingly impossible problems they must solve, the resources at their disposal, the size of the stakes at risk: Failure is not an option.’ Giving up is not an option. Time after time you can see team members’ shoulders straighten as he speaks to them; they sweat, they pray, they work, always he goads them on, always he believes they can do it.

It is not at all certain that the space capsule will withstand the heat of re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere. The suspense is heightened when, during the re-entry, the crew of Apollo 13 is out of radio contact for four minutes. Life and death are on the line. The silence lasts an eternity. The whole world holds its breath. Will they make it home? Finally, out of the silence, amid a rumbling of static, a voice is heard ‘this is Apollo’. The men are safe. They are home.

People on screen start jumping up and down. Engineers are dancing and embracing and pounding each other on the back. Then, in the midst of the pandemonium, the camera pans back to Ed Harris in the control room at NASA. He is simply standing there, with emotion too deep for words. And you realise, watching, that his whole life-his work as a scientist, his dreams and labour, his every thought-had led up to this one shining moment. And you realise that though he may live many years, grow to be an old man, and do many things, this is his finest hour.

Scripture for Today, 1-20-20: Herod the 'Fox' - JESUS, OUR BLESSED HOPE

All around us are people searching, seeking, attempting re-entry, for whom life and death hang in the balance. In today’s Gospel text life and death hang in the balance for Jesus. Some Pharisees came to Jesus to point out the death threat that hung over his life. They feared for his life. Their advice was “Give up”. Herod is after you. He has you marked for death. Get out of town quick. Give up your mission here. Your mission is doomed to failure! It will be the worst catastrophe in history! Go now while you have the chance!

When Jesus hears this warning, he surprises those Pharisees by both disregarding and embracing their message. Jesus dismisses the threat of Herod with a flip and a quip. Herod is nothing but a “sly fox,” Jesus quips, forever plotting but powerless against God’s mission in the world. Jesus will not give up his mission. Jesus has his own schedule, his own agenda, his own mission to fulfil, and the time-frame has already been divinely determined. He will see his mission to completion. No obstacle or hurdle will cause him to give up. What he will give up is himself- not the mission. He will give himself up. He will travel to Jerusalem and meet head on the traumatic tradition of that city encapsulated in this phrase-“Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it” Jesus will give up everything, his very life, in order to fulfil his eternal mission of salvation. Far from being the worst catastrophe in history -it will be his finest hour!

His finest hour would highlight fully the extent of his care, protection and love for his people, whom he longed, would draw near and stay close to him, and be shielded from the evil blows of the devil. He longed to gather them like a mothering hen gathers her chicks under her wing but the people of Jerusalem would not come! Chicks don’t stray far from the protection of the hen’s wings. Such behaviour would be counter to their nature–counter to the natural order God created. Sure, its instinct, but for all of that even the least intelligent animal offspring stay close to the one who gave them life; they cry out to the one who nurtures and protects them. But people? – that’s another story. Only human beings stray; only the children of God exhibit the unnatural behaviour of turning away from the love and protection of the God who made them. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!”

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‘You would not’-in those words of Jesus we hear the voice of God’s lamenting. We hear the sound of God’s heart breaking. With the tender fierce love of a mother- God loves his children. And yet, says Jesus, the children have strayed: they have killed the prophets and stoned those sent to them. As a mother hen spreads her wings over her brood, so God would spread protective wings over his people. But unaccountably, unnaturally, unrepentantly, they would not. What chicks and kittens would not do — could not do — the children of God have done: they have counted the love and protection of God as nothing, choosing instead to go their own way. Behold your house is forsaken.” And the mother hen weeps. How could such a thing be? How could the children of Israel have been so foolish, so unnaturally rebellious as to turn away from the warm wings offered to them? Especially when those wings had brought them safe through so many difficulties! Especially when God had delivered them time and again from their enemies and bestowed on them so much that was the envy of the people around them.

Hard questions these. But harder yet is this question: How could we do such a thing? – How can we be so foolish or behave so unnaturally as to stray from the sheltering love of God? God’s lamenting cry rings sharply in our ears because we too “would not.” — We would not hear the call of comfort, the cry of invitation. We would not trust our worries, our pain, our sin to the wings of God, preferring instead to peck here and there in the hopes that we will stumble upon some morsel that will fill our stomachs, numb our minds, and take our thoughts away from the realization that more often than not we too have wandered far from the protection of God. We are if you like, suspended in space, like the astronauts, and we need the Engineer to bring us safely home. As it cost the team of engineers bringing the astronauts home much sweat, agony and tears, so it dearly cost -Jesus, our Engineer, who gave himself up. Today he waits anxiously and longingly in the silence for those words – we are home- we are safe. Safe because Jesus did not give up his mission; safe because he gave himself up as the mothering hen for her chicks.

Jesus our Mother Hen, Lent 2 2019 – Theologybird Writes

Jesus’ giving up of himself as the mother hen for her chicks is a strong image and reality. It is like the true story of a fireman who was clearing away all the debris from a fire when he kicked something dark, scorched and hard. He was startled to discover at his feet the carcass of a mother hen. He wondered why she had not flown to safety, and then he realised why-at his feet to his utter amazement were five healthy little chicks-they had just come running out from under the carcass of their mother. The mother literally had given her life for the chicks out of love and compassion. Jesus is our mothering hen who gave his life out of love and compassion for us on the cross. Will we let him the Engineer bring us safely home from our rebellious travelling?

Coming home from rebellious travelling is what Lent is all about. It is about turning our lives around-sorting out priorities. It is about drawing close to God and staying by him. In a way I suppose each time we turn around to God it is like his finest moment relived- he rejoices in our presence, he delights in our new resolve and in our longing after him. We are home-we are safe, we are under his wings at last!!

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Being home and safe for the astronauts meant trust, faith and hope in the engineers, the same is true for us, we must trust and lean on Jesus, Our engineer. In the case of the astronauts communication was vital in their safe coming home- communication with God is key in our coming and staying at home. To stay at home- that place where God’s love is, we need help from one other. We need others to pray and look out for us. Who have we that looks out spiritually for us, and who do we look out for? Under God we are guardians of each other. We can ennoble and inspire. We can remind one another that we hold our lives and calling as a sacred trust, that our best efforts matter, that our worst failures will one day be redeemed. We must labour as co-engineers with Christ to bring us others safely home and to ensure they stay under the shadow of his wings.

A Shelter In The Time Of Storm” John 16: ppt download

This home coming is Jesus’ daily invitation to us. He calls us to the shelter of his protecting wings. He calls you and me to the safety of his arms stretched out for us on the cross. He calls us to trust him, no matter what our fears, hurts, or troubles; to trust that his outstretched arms are strong enough, his wings broad enough to keep us safe. In the shadow of His wings we are secure-this is Jesus’ finest moments! Amen.

Christ The Savior Lutheran Church

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God,

the Father, the almighty, maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living

and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,

the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father.

with the Father and the Son,

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen

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PRAYERS

Lord Jesus, you long to be our shield and protector,

and yet we so often we turn and flee from your presence

and seek refuge in other people and things.

Remind us in our vulnerability and weakness

that in you is our strength

and in you do we find refuge.

Lord of compassion and love

Hear our prayer

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Lord Jesus, help us as your followers in your church

to understand what it fully means

to love and serve you.

At times of testing strengthen us,

at unexpected or undeserved suffering support us,

at the end of our energy revive us

and teach us through it all

the inexplicable peace and joy

that comes from doing your will.

Lord of compassion and love

Hear our prayer

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Lord Jesus, Prince of peace, 

our politicians are predicting

the biggest war in Europe since 1945,

and we simply cry out to you urgently

to write another story in our time.

Thwart the dark machinations of evil men and women.

Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to peacemakers

seeking an equitable and less violent way.

May politicians exercise the wisdom from above,

which is peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, and full of mercy.

Lord of compassion and love

Hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, the fount of all hope,

we pray for the church in Ukraine,

a nation in which 70% of the population

call themselves Christian.

Give our many brothers and sisters in that nation

courage in this crisis

that they may proclaim the good news of your kingdom,

bind up broken hearts,

and bring comfort to all who mourn.

Lord of compassion and love

Hear our prayer

Lord of all protection, 

you make wars cease to the end of the earth;

you break bows, shatter spears,

and burn shields with fire.

And so, we ask you now

to save the lives of many people in Ukraine.

Make a peace that is strong and not weak.

De-escalate this crisis.

Restore stability and order

and empower people

to rebuild their devastated lives.

Lord of compassion and love

Hear our prayer

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Lord of all hopefulness,

we remember today the incredible suffering

in other parts of the world in Yemen and in Haiti.

We thank you for the aid agencies,

working there and ask your blessing on their ministry.

I think too of the Russians

who have protested against the Ukrainian war

and have been held captive,

we praise you for their bravery and pray now for their protection.

We lift to you as well Russian soldiers

who are caught up in this war

and do not support it,

help them to work out

according to their conscience,

what is the right course for them.

Lord of compassion and love

Hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, you are with us as stand staring into the darkness.

Strengthen and help us in all our sufferings.

Be near to those struggling with illness, depression,

anxiety, conflict or family problems.

In the church community we remember…

Hold them in your love, guide and direct their path,

and meet them at their point of need with your healing touch.

Lord of compassion and love

Hear our prayer

Lord Jesus, you hold open the door to eternity.

Strengthen all who stand on its threshold in faith and fear

and bring them in due course to the loving place

that you have prepared for them.

Lord of compassion and love

Hear our prayer

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Lord Jesus, your love for us is so great,

greater than we can imagine.

Your desire to help and strengthen us

is there for the asking,

help us as we serve,

to be willing to be served by you and by others.

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ who taught us to pray together

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Do not bring us to the time of trial

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

HYMN

BLESSING

May Christ, give you grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.