The Son Returns Home

The Prayer of the Day:
Eternal God, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and
resurrection of your Son. Help us to hear your word and obey it, and bring your saving love to
fruition in our lives, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lessons for the Week:
The warnings are plentiful and blunt on the third Sunday in Lent. Cut it out or get cut
down! The warnings are accompanied by God’s invitation to attentiveness: “Incline
your ear and come to me; listen, so that you may live.” The landowner’s ultimatum is
forestalled by the gardener’s readiness to till the ground one more year. That is good
news for all of us. Thanks be to God!

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