March 3 Transfiguration of the Lord
Title:First Things First
Scripture: Exodus 34:29-35 & Luke 9:28-36
Thought for Reflecion: Prior to Jesus turning toward Jerusalem for his final encounter with the religious authorities and his execution by the Romans he took Peter, John, and James up a mountain where he was transfigured. This odd miracle where Jesus became dazzling white is a reminder what Jesus' purpose on earth was. He is Lord and savior and nothing else is.


March 10 First Sunday in Lent - Wearing of Blue Shirts
Title:"Learning to Trust"
Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 & Luke 4:1-13
Thought for Reflection: Jesus' sojourn in the wilderness is fundamentally an exercise in trust. Trust in provision, trust in humility, trust that God has a plan for humankind. Jesus endured his own temptations and his responses were recorded by the gospel chroniclers to remind us to trust fully in God too.


March 17 Second Sunday in Lent - Wearing o the Greens Sunday
Title:"On the Third Day I Will Reach my Goal"
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 & Luke 13:31-35
Thought for Reflection: The gospels are full of patterns that reveal God's plan for salvation - if we are willing to open our eyes and see them. The world too, is full of evidence of God's plan for creation.


March 24 Third Sunday in Lent
Title:"Deserving of the Axe"
Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-9 & Luke 13:1-9
Thought for Reflection: The gospels are full of stories about God's abounding good grace. Humans see calamity in the natural world and point to evidence that God is not in control or, even worse, that God is capricious or malicious - this presumes innocence. The story of salvation is about humankind's fallenness, not humankind 's righteousness. God chose to save us despite our turning away.


Fourth Sunday in Lent - Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer
Title:"Who Is my Neighbor?"
Scripture: Luke 10:27-39