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Speaker: Rev. CJ Valenti

Third Sunday in Lent

The third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history: the gift of the law to those God freed from slavery. The commandments begin with the statement that because God alone has freed us from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives. When Jesus throws the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the ways commerce and profit-making can become our gods. Centered first in God’s liberating love, we strive to live out justice and mercy in our communities and the world.

Accompanying Scripture:
Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, John 2:13-22

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Second Sunday in Lent

This Sunday we remember another covenant. We are connected to a wide family of faith, as numerous as the stars, through Abraham and Sarah. In the gospel reading, Jesus poses this famous invitation to the crowd and disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” What does it look like today to hold onto our crosses and follow? 

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31, Mark 8:31-38

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First Sunday of Lent

In this first week of Lent, we hear the familiar story of promise with a rainbow and of wilderness. No matter what messiness we find ourselves in, this story reminds us we are not alone. While Satan may show up, there also promises to be wild beasts, angels and Jesus in the midst of it all. 

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-10, Mark 1:9-15

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Transfiguration Sunday

On Transfiguration Sunday, we get a glimpse of Jesus divine and it is both comforting and terrifying. In worship, we show up to encounter God in the water, in the word, at the table and in one another. May we wake up to God’s liberating light which shimmers in all people, places and beings. 

Accompanying Scripture:
2 Kings 2:1-12, Psalm 50:1-6, Mark 9:2-9

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Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

 In Isaiah God is the one who sits above the earth with its inhabitants as small as grasshoppers and also strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up and healed to serve. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.

Accompanying Scripture:
Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c, Mark 1:29-30

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Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111 God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word, around which we gather, the word that prevails over any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.

Accompanying Scripture:
Deuteronomy 18: 15-20, Psalm 111, Mark 1:21-20

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Baptism of Our Lord

In the beginning of the gospel of Mark, Jesus is baptized by John the baptist in the River Jordan and this jumpstarts his ministry. For us, baptism reminds us that we too begin as children of God and are proclaimed beloved. Through water and holy spirit, God celebrates not for what we do but who we are.

Accompanying Scripture:
Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Mark 1:1-11

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Christmas Eve

Listen as Pastor CJ explores the familiar story of our Lord’s nativity in the context of today’s reality, as war rages in Jesus’ birthplace. In the midst of war and the daily stresses of our modern lives, Jesus comes.

Accompanying Scripture:
Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96

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How Does a Weary World Rejoice?

We can be weary in various ways. We can be weary because of our age. We can be weary because of our waiting. We can be weary because of the state of the world around us. We can be weary for various reasons, but must we stay weary? Listen as Pastor CJ explores how we can exchange our weariness for hope.

Accompanying Scripture:
Luke 1:1-23, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

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25th Sunday After Pentecost

This week the “fun” parables continue as we hear about three different people who take the wealth given to them and do different things. Two of them invest it and the third buries it. How can we take all God has entrusted to us with care and creativity?  

Accompanying Scripture:
Judges 4:1-7, Psalm 90:1-8, 12 and Matthew 25:14-30

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Faith Lutheran Church

3313 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

703.525.9283 (Church)
703.525.1375 (Preschool)

Worship Times

9 am Contemporary Worship

11 am Blended Traditional Worship with Livestream

We invite you to join us this Sunday.