The 3rd Sunday of Lent: 04 Mar – John 2:13-25 ~ he knew what was in each person’s heart

The Third Sunday of Lent

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Holy God, the folly of the cross mocks our human wisdom, and the weakness of the crucified puts worldly power to shame. Banish from our hearts every pretense of might and of knowledge, that by the power flowing from Christ’s resurrection your people may be raised up from the death of sin and fashioned into a living temple of your glory. Grant this through Christ, our redeemer, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, holy and mighty God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Only a Holy God” – City Alight


Gospel Reading: John 2:13-25 (NLT)

It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”

Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”

But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”

“All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

“What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.

Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart.

Prayers of Intercession:

Holy God, we come before your throne of grace in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ: grant us mercy and help us. We pray especially –

+ For your church – Fill us with the desire to search for your truth revealed in Christ crucified, that we may transform the world, becoming fools for your sake….

+ For your creation – Fill us with your wisdom, that the earth may reflect the wonder of the universe, in the glory of the risen Christ….

+ For our companions – Show us the narrow path among the brambles and pitfalls on this Lenten journey . And, thank you for friendships in Christ that endure through times of sorrow and joy….

+ For all those who suffer – Bind the broken-hearted, release the captives, and comfort those who mourn. Bless them with beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness in place of grief, and a garment of unending praise in place of despair….

+ For the communion of saints – Raise in Christ all who have died in him, especially Billy Graham, that they may rest in your eternal home and join the flights of angels singing your glory….

God of wisdom and light: Guide us by your Word and Spirit and, in your mercy, create in us clean hearts we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Clean Heart” – Matt Maher

Woke up this morning | The whole world was yelling | I wish I was dreaming | Of all that we’ve been through | My soul has been searching | For some deeper meaning | I know there’s a kindness | That leads me to the truth

When everybody’s looking for another fight | When trouble’s on the rise, no end in sight | Oh Savior, won’t You come and make the wrong things right | Let me be the place You start | Give me a clean heart | Give me a clean heart

What is forgiveness if it isn’t given | We measure our mercy | When mercy is a flood | Give us a vision | Your eyes of compassion | In all this division | May we be known by our love

You blessed those who cursed You | You loved those who hated You | On the cross You died for me | To bless those who curse You | And love those who hate You | You said to love my enemies!

Blessing – Jude 24-25

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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