The Church of
in the Town of Secaucus, New Jersey
the Lord's Day
Second Sunday in Lent
20 March 2011
Eucharist - 9:30 am
God, your glory
is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone
astray from your ways, and bring us with penitent hearts and
steadfast faith to embrace the 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.
Genesis 12:1-4a / Psalm
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 / John 3:1-17
- The God of Abraham praise
- Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
- Just as I am, without one plea
- God himself is with us
from the Book
of Genesis 12:1-4a
The Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country
and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I
will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will
bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a
blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who
curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the
earth shall be blessed."
So Abram went, as the Lord had told
him; and Lot went with him.
121 Levavi oculos
I lift up my eyes to the hills;
from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the LORD,
the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved
and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep;
The LORD himself watches over you;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
So that the sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
it is he who shall keep you safe.
The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in,
from this time forth for evermore..
artistic reflection on the Psalm by Australian liturgical
artist Susan Daily
to the Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
What then are we to say was gained by
Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham
was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but
not before God. For what does the scripture say? "Abraham
believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness."
Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but
as something due. But to one who without works trusts him
who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as
For the promise that he would
inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his
descendants through the law but through the righteousness of
faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the
heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law
brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there
For this reason it depends on
faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be
guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents
of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham
(for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, "I
have made you the father of many nations") -- in the
presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to
the dead and calls into existence the things that do not
Gospel According to John 3:1-17
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a
leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to
him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come
from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart
from the presence of God."
Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I
tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being
born from above."
Nicodemus said to him, "How can
anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a
second time into the mother's womb and be born?"
Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell
you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born
of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and
what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished
that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind
blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but
you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it
is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus said to him, "How can
these things be?"
Jesus answered him, "Are you a
teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these
"Very truly, I tell you, we speak
of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do
not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly
things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell
you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven
except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes
in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his
only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not
perish but may have eternal life.
"Indeed, God did not send the Son
into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the
world might be saved through him."
on the Readings
The Diocese of Montreal
offers an attractive and useful guide to the
lectionary readings (including the Psalm and Gospel).
It comes from of the Anglican Church of Canada which
follows the Revised Common Lectionary, and therefore may be most helpful. Link
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