We are a given a new birth as children of God

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Third Sunday in Lent

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W20200308-LNT2_01During Lent we journey with all those around the world who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. In today’s gospel Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born of water and Spirit. At the font we are a given a new birth as children of God. As God made a covenant with Abraham, in baptism God promises to raise us up with Christ to new life. From worship we are sent forth to proclaim God’s love for all the world.

Readings and Psalm

Genesis 12:1-4a

The blessing of God upon Abram

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills; my help comes from the Lord. (Ps. 121:1, 2)

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith

John 3:1-17

The mission of Christ: to save the world