The Church of
in the Town of Secaucus, New Jersey
the Lord's Day
Third Sunday in Lent
27 March 2012
Eucharist - 9:30 am
God, you know that we
have no power to help ourselves. Keep us both in our bodies
and in our souls, that we may be defended from all
adversities and all evil thoughts. We ask this with
confidence in your love. Amen.
Exodus 20:1-17 / Psalm
Romans 7:13-25 / John 2:13-22
The Book of Exodus 20:1-17
Then God spoke all these words: I
am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of
Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other
gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an
idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven
above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the
water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or
worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God,
punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third
and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but
showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those
who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not make wrongful use of
the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit
anyone who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep
it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But
the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall
not do any work-- you, your son or your daughter, your male
or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in
your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh
day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and
Honor your father and your mother,
so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your
God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness
against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor's
house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or
female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to
(To be read by Lori Saurborn)
19:7-14 Caeli enarrant
The law of the LORD is perfect
and revives the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure
and gives wisdom to the innocent.
The statutes of the LORD are
and rejoice the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is clear
and gives light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean
and endures for ever;
the judgments of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than
ore than much fine gold,
sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.
By them also is your servant
and in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can tell how often he
cleanse me from my secret faults.
Above all, keep your servant from
let them not get dominion over me;
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.
Let the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my
heart be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.
(To be read by Brandon Saurborn)
Paul's letter to the Romans 7:13-25
Did what is good, then, bring death
to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through
what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin,
and through the commandment might become sinful beyond
For we know that the law is
spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under
sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do
what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do
what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in
fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells
within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me,
that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot
do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do
not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is
no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within
So I find it to be a law that when
I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I
delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my
members another law at war with the law of my mind, making
me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of
death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our
So then, with my mind I am a slave
to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law
(To be read by Lori Saurborn)
Gospel according to John 2:13-22
The Passover of the Jews was near,
and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found
people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money
changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he
drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the
cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers
and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling
the doves, "Take these things out of here! Stop making my
Father's house a marketplace!"
His disciples remembered that it
was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me."
The Jews then said to him, "What
sign can you show us for doing this?"
Jesus answered them, "Destroy this
temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
The Jews then said, "This temple
has been under construction for forty-six years, and will
you raise it up in three days?"
But he was speaking of the temple
of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his
disciples remembered that he had said this; and they
believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had
(To be read by Dorothy
The Prayers of the People will
be led by Tyler Saurborn
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made available by The
Franciscan Brothers of the White Cross, in Spain.
on the Readings
The Diocese of Montreal offers an
attractive and useful guide to the lectionary readings.
Because it comes from of the Anglican Church of Canada, the
readings sometimes may vary from those of the Episcopal
Church, but it is still helpful.
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