Trust in God’s faithfulness
Collect: Second Sunday in Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from thy ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of thy Word, Jesus Christ thy Son; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Genesis 17:1-7. . . God affirms his faithfulness to Abraham.
Psalm 22:22-30. . . The Cry of the Forsaken
Romans 4:13-25. . . Paul appeals to Abraham as an example of justification by faith not works.
Mark 8:31-38. . . Jesus speaks openly and unambiguously about his death. So, what does it mean to pick up one’s cross and follow? Is to boldly walk in love in the midst of sin, fear or whatever obstacle to God?