PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP,
March 24, 2019
Third Sunday of Lent (Oculi)
TESTAMENT: Exodus 8:16-24
The Third Plague: Gnats
Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike
the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats in all the land of Egypt.’”
they did so. Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of
the earth, and there were gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth
became gnats in all the land of Egypt.
magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So
there were gnats on man and beast.
the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh's heart
was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the
The Fourth Plague: Flies
Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself
to Pharaoh, as he goes out to the water, and say to him, ‘Thus says the
Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.
else, if you will not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on
you and your servants and your people, and into your houses. And the houses of
the Egyptians shall be filled with swarms of flies, and also the ground on which
on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that
no swarms of flies shall be there, that you may know that I am the
Lord in the midst of the earth.
I will put a division
between my people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall happen.”’”
Lord did so. There came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh
and into his servants' houses. Throughout all the land of Egypt the land was
ruined by the swarms of flies.
Walk in Love
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as
walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering
and sacrifice to God.
sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among
you, as is proper among saints.
there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of
place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who
is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ
no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of
God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
do not become partners with them;
at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as
children of light
the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),
GOSPEL: Luke 11:14-28
Jesus and Beelzebul
he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute
man spoke, and the people marveled.
some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,”
others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven.
he, knowing their thoughts, said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against
itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.
if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you
say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.
if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore
they will be your judges.
if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God
has come upon you.
a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe;
when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor
in which he trusted and divides his spoil.
is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Return of an Unclean Spirit
the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places
seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I
when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order.
it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and
dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”
he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”
“Blessed rather are those who
hear the word of God and keep it!”
Altar during Epiphany, 2019
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