Lenten Sermon Series: “Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate”
Note: The resource book for the Series is Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. The Book Cellar will be stocking copies of the book and each sermon will be keyed to a chapter in the book. Also, for each sermon, pages in notes from a Lenten class of the same title are indicated.
Second Sunday in Lent, March 16
“Ungodliness: The Ignoring of God” (Bridges, chap. 7; Notes pp. 9-10)
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, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP, Collects: Traditional, p. 166)
Lectionary (Year A)
Genesis 12:1-8 (Abraham as an example of godliness)
Romans 1:18-25 (the origin of ungodliness)
John 3:1-17 (the cure for ungodliness)
Our 9:00 a.m. service has the largest attendance, and a significant number of young families worship at that time. There is no incense used except on high holy days. While still reverent and worshipful, this earlier service feels somewhat more relaxed.
Our 11:15 a.m. service provides the whole “smells and bells” worship experience, with incense used to waft our prayers to heaven every week. This simple difference serves to make the later morning service seem more formal, although the same sense of fellowship and friendliness is found in the congregation.
Our 5:00 p.m service, Veritas: An Anglican Service of Praise, is our contemporary service in which praise and worship songs rise rather than traditional hymns. The liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer still anchors the service, but the joyful noise is comprised of contemporary music led by a worship ensemble. All worshipers are welcome!
Our 12:10 pm service is a special, intimate service of Eucharist and Healing. Planned to bring refreshment in the midst of busy workdays, the service lasts less than an hour. This quiet and beautiful service also affords our community an opportunity to intercede for the sick among us and to receive for ourselves the sacrament of Unction of the Sick, which includes an anointing with holy oil by which “God’s grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body” (BCP, p. 861). Come experience this magnificent liturgy and you may find yourself looking forward to Wednesdays in a whole new way!
Principal Feasts and Special Liturgies
5 Ash Wednesday liturgies at 12:10 and 7:00 pm
10 Stations of the Cross at 5:30 pm
17 Stations of the Cross at 5:30 pm
19 Feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary observed at the 12:10 pm Eucharist
24 Stations of the Cross at 5:30 pm
26 Feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary observed at the 12:10 pm Holy Eucharist
31 Stations of the Cross at 5:30 pm
7 Stations of the Cross at 5:30 pm
13 Palm Sunday liturgies at 9 and 11:15 am and 5:00 pm
14-16 Private Confession heard 12:30-2:00 pm
17 Maundy Thursday liturgy at 7:00 pm
18 Good Friday liturgies at 12:10 and 7:00 pm
20 Easter Day liturgies at 9:00 and 11:15 am
27 Children’s Catechumenate Festal Eucharist at 9:00 am
30 Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist observed at the 12:10 pm Holy Eucharist
4 Confirmation at 9:00 and 11:15 am
7 Feast of St. Philip and St. James, Apostles observed at the 12:10 pm Eucharist
11 Baccalaureate at 9:00 am
4 Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary observed at the 12:10 pm Holy Eucharist
8 Feast of Pentecost with Holy Baptism at 9:00, 11:15 am and 5:00 pm
11 Feast of St. Barnabas the Apostle observed at the 12:10 pm Eucharist
14 Consecration of the New St. Peter’s Anglican Church