Readings for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, March 17th

First Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Second Reading: Psalm 27

Epistle Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1

Gospel Reading: Luke 13:31-35

Sermon: “Refusing Grace”

Luke 13:34 NIV

[34] “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

Readings for the 1st Sunday in Lent, March 10th

First Reading Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Second Reading: Romans 10:8b-13

Gospel Reading: Luke 4:1-13

Sermon: “Forty Days”

Luke 4:1-2 NIV

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday Night Study Series: March 13th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

Faith AND Science

Dinner begins at 5:30,

Bible Study and Discussion at 6:15pm

How often have we heard someone refer to “the warfare” between science and religion! Maybe it was a Christian complaining that scientists are arrogant, obnoxious atheists. Or maybe it was a scientist complaining that every Christian opposes science, rejects evolution, and believes the earth is flat and rests on the back of a very large tortoise.
The truth, of course, is more complex. Sure, scientists and religious leaders have sometimes disagreed. But “warfare”? Hardly. Experts who study the history of the science-religion relationship insist that it is a complicated mix. Occasionally they tangled. Nevertheless, mostly religion supports and encourages science.


Vacation Bible School: May 20th – 24th

We invite you to join this great cooperative effort between the St. John’s Lutheran Churches, First Methodist, First Christian and First Presbyterian Church. Online registration is available here: