Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
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Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From Gospel for 3rd Lent
Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, `Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Image courtesy of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University. Christ and the Samaritan woman by Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709) Image cropped. Shared under Creative Commons license 3.0.
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Photo (cropped) is courtesy of the Heard Library at Vanderbilt Divinity School from Fra Angelica’s, Deposition of Christ.
We had a perfect night for a bonfire in the park across the street. Connaisseurs of S’mores had different opinions of whether it was best to burn or lightly brown marshmallows. The group then gathered upstairs in Musselman Hall for corn toss and board games – and more food. Special thanks to Mike Barnard for bringing over the fireplace for the bonfire.
We had a larger turnout for our second men’s breakfast held Saturday, March 8 in Musselman Hall. There were 17 men attending. Jim Cooper presented his sports memorabilia collection and talked about the art of procuring photos and signatures, authentication, and how it has provided good family time for him, Kathy and the kids.
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
REMEMBER: This is Daylight Saving Time on Sunday. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night before you go to bed.
Image courtesy of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University. Adam and Eve by Marc Chagall, 1887 – 1985. Image cropped. Shared under Creative Commons license 3.0.