Intercession List

24 & 25 February 2018 Intercessions

Birthdays: Gretchen Hathaway (25)

Anniversaries:  John & Morag Witteborg (4)

For the sick and those needing healing and support: 

Tina Nancy Maria Maudeen Barb
John Ginevra Billy Rebekah Sandy
Fiona Sue Diane Leah Larry
Gary Craig Laura Chuck Joanne
Betsy Aidan Tim Dale Anne

For the departed: 

Troy Jim Ron Russ Ken
Clayton Jerome Mary Gerard Dale

Other Intentions: 
For people suffering from religious persecution 
For people experiencing violence throughout the world 
For safety and protection for all travelers 
For people suffering loss from fires or floods 

  337 – And now, O Father, mindful of the Love  
  401 – The God of Abraham Praise  
  675 – Take up your cross, the Savior said 

Sermon Title:   “Right title——wrong meaning”

Looking ahead to Easter baptisms,this weekend’s readings point to . . .

As the ancient story in Genesis unfolds (first reading), a ‘nobody’ from ‘nowhere’ named Abram, is visited by the almighty invisible God with a promise. In Abram’s response he becomes ‘somebody’ – with a new name, Abraham – for whom the future lies open, calling for a leap of faith.

Paul, in a complicated argument about the Law vis-à-vis faith, makes Abraham’s leap in faith a pattern of the response required of them as well. It is the essential step to a new life with a new identity; God has promised. (second reading)

But the way to new life lies in costly faithful obedience, even to death — as Mark’s original hearers would have understood. This is the hard lesson even Jesus’ disciples, when he was with them, didn’t get. (Gospel reading)

Next Week’s Readings (3 Lent): 
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 
1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22  

Past Intercessions:
  • 24 & 25 February 2018 Intercessions
  • 17 & 18 February 2018 Intercessions
  • 10 & 11 February 2018 Intercessions
  • 3 & 4 February 2018 Intercessions
  • 27 & 28 January 2018 Intercessions
  • 9 & 10 December 2017 Intercessions
  • 2 & 3 December 2017 Intercessions
  • 25 & 26 November 2017 Intercessions