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Alternative Lenten Readings

"Answer the Call"

These readings were chosen as texts to represent the challenge and cost of responding to God's call in our lives.

  • Schedule of Readings with Sermon Links
  • Litany
  • Prayer of Dedication


  • Schedule of Readings with Sermon Links

    Lent 1

    The Costly Cup - Jesus Prays Alone
    Luke 22:39-46

    Lent 2

    Voices for Justice - Milcah Finds Voice
    Numbers 27:1-11
    Sermon - Daughters of Z

    Lent 3

    Civil Disobedience - Midwives Take Action
    Exodus 1:1-20

    Lent 4

    Confronting Culture - Thecla Follows Paul
    Acts of Paul and Thecla 2:1-4ff (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/thecla.html)
    Sermon - Thecla's Story

    Lent 5

    Picking up the Cross - Moses Comes Home
    Exodus 3:1-10
    Sermon - Burning Bush

    Litany

    Katherine Hawker, 2004

    Jesus is called into the garden to pray, alone.
    God is still speaking...
    May we hear your Wisdom as we journey
    from sadness to solitude.

    Milcah's response empowers her demand for justice.
    God is still speaking...

    May we hear your Wisdom as we journey
    from abdication to advocacy.

    Thecla follows her call away from cultural expectations.
    God is still speaking...

    May we hear your Wisdom as we journey
    from fear to faith.

    The Midwives hear truth in the cry of the vulnerable.
    God is still speaking...

    May we hear your Wisdom as we journey
    from passivity to pacifism.

    Moses returns home to speak truth to power.
    God is still speaking...

    May we hear your Wisdom as we journey
    from cowardice to courage.

    Prayer of Dedication

    Accept our offerings, Living God
    as reflections of our commitment
    to hear and respond to your voice speaking,
    still.
    God is still speaking...