As next Sunday is the day before St. Patrick’s Day, let us start with this prayer:

May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
– Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.

This Sunday not only happens to be an excuse for remembering Patrick of Ireland (although those who are followers of the old religion tend to be less than enthusiastic about his time on that island), it is also the second Sunday of Lent.  The readings for Lent 2A can be found here.

The major choice for this weeks appears to be between Journey into the Unknown, and Born-Again, and possibly (for those who did not do it a couple weeks ago, or who want to re-visit it) the Transfiguration.

Which way will you go?

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Nicodemus

Are you with Abram, packing up his life and leaving home?

Are you with Nicodemus, sneaking in to see Jesus under cover of night?

Or are you on the Mountain top, blinded by the light? (revved up like a deuce another runner in the night)

Then again there is Paul and Romans.  Law and grace (it is Paul after all) and Abraham and faith…

Feel free to let us know where you are headed.  And to share your struggles with the text.  And to share insights or articles that helped you along the road.

12 thoughts on “RCL Leanings — Lent 2A — Crawl Back into the Womb??? Edition

    1. Thanks Gord – and you know I never understood those lyrics before, so you’ve cleared up one of life’s great mysteries!

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  1. I’m reading both Genesis and John and will be talking about journey. I think mainline protestants tend to encourage people to be Nicodemus. He isn’t a bad guy. He acknowledges certain things about Jesus and wants to be a good person. But he certainly doesn’t want anyone else to know about it. How have we encouraged our people to be Nicodemus–coming in the dark of night to make quiet claims about Jesus and then going back into anonymity by day?
    Abram is going to be the encouragement for those of us who feel like Nicodemus–God called him on a journey, but not because of any apparent giftedness of Abram’s. Abram’s best qualification was a willingness to say ‘yes’ to an unknown sojourning.
    That’s the plan right now at least!

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  2. I like the Nicodemus story, but I shudder to deal with John 3:16. It’s such a cliche and yet…it has truth…so how to deal?

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    1. Use an unfamiliar translation for your congregation, so they’re not tempted to just parrot 3:16 with you? If I was preaching Sunday, I’d be tempted to dwell on the first bit “God so LOVED the world”. Quite a lot of protestant heritage talks about separation from “the world”, certainly in my context a reminder that God LOVES the world would not go amiss…

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    2. I think naming and claiming our hesitation with that verse is important. And gets the elephant out of the sanctuary.
      I want to make a sign for a football game that reads “John 3:17”. We need more of those.

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  3. Going with addiction- we are all addicts to the law and it hurts us and separates us. The being reborn is the gift of the Spirit to move into recovery daily- to be freed from being bound to our addiction and letting it go.

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