Lent 1a


Scripture for the Day:

 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
 Psalm 32
 Romans 5:12-19
 Matthew 4:1-11

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1st Reading

 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 (NIV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


 Psalm 32 (NIV)

Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

2nd Reading

 Romans 5:12-19 (NIV)

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin,and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


 Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV)

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Contemporary Song Suggestions for the Day: 

 WE CONFESS  Glenn Packiam \ Ian Morgan Cron | CCLI Song #6476506

 BROKENNESS ASIDE David Leonard \ Leslie Jordan | 2011 | CCLI Song #5881109

 CARRIED TO THE TABLE  Leeland Mooring \ Marc Byrd \ Steve Hindalong | 2006 | CCLI Song #4681678

 REIGN IN US  Ben Glover \ Jon Neufeld \ Tim Neufeld | 2008 | CCLI Song #5207587

 FARTHER THAN WE CAN FALL  Daniel Doss \ Marc Byrd \ Sarah Hart | 2010 | CCLI Song #5856031

 LORD I NEED YOU  Christy Nockels \ Daniel Carson \ Jesse Reeves \ Kristian Stanfill \ Matt Maher | 2011 | CCLI Song #5925687

 OUR GOD SAVES  Brenton Brown \ Paul Baloche | 2007 | CCLI Song #4972837

 REMEDY  David Crowder | 2007 | CCLI Song #5013898

 BENEATH THE WATERS (I WILL RISE)  Brooke Ligertwood \ Scott Ligertwood | 2011 | CCLI Song #6179573

 LOVE CAME DOWN  Brian Johnson \ Ian McIntosh \ Jenn Johnson \ Jeremy Edwardson \ Jeremy Riddle | 2009 | CCLI Song #5148938

 GRACIOUS GOD  Jesse Manibusan | 2009 | CCLI Song #5767838 

 THE WORD OF GOD HAS SPOKEN  David Moffitt \ Jonathan Lee \ Travis Cottrell | 2011 | CCLI Song #6090463

 WE LIFT YOU UP  Brenton Brown | 2010 | CCLI Song #5883028

 HERE I AM TO WORSHIP  Tim Hughes | 2000 | CCLI Song #3266032

 ANCHOR  Christine D’Clario \ Leslie Jordan | 2013 | CCLI Song #6504818

 REFUGE  Vicky Beeching | 2010 | CCLI Song #5677777

 THIS IS AMAZING GRACE  Jeremy Riddle \ Josh Farro \ Phil Wickham | 2012 | CCLI Song #6333821

 YOUR GRACE IS ENOUGH  Matt Maher | 2003 | CCLI Song #4477026

 OVERFLOW  Matt Maher | 2006 | CCLI Song #4613763

 OPEN UP OUR EYES  Chris Brown \ London Gatch \ Mack Brock \ Stuart Garrard \ Wade Joye | 2012 | CCLI Song #6386696

 40 DAYS  Matt Maher | 2003 | CCLI Song #4509358

 WORD OF GOD  Andi Rozier \ Brenton Brown | 2012 | CCLI Song #6365930

 STRONG GOD  Jason Ingram \ Jon Egan \ Meredith Andrews | 2011 | CCLI Song #6223670

 LEAD ME TO THE CROSS  Brooke Fraser | 2006 | CCLI Song #4785828

 VICTOR’S CROWN  Darlene Zschech \ Israel Houghton \ Kari Jobe | 2013 | CCLI Song #6454621

 YOU ARE MY SHEPHERD  Jennie Lee Riddle \ Jonathan McElhenny Lee | 2010 | CCLI Song #5720095

 LOVE THE LORD  Lincoln Brewster | 2005 | CCLI Song #4572938

 This week’s worshipcurrent pick for Holy Communion/Eucharist
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Hymn Suggestions for the Day:

 COME YE SINNERS POOR AND NEEDY  Joseph Hart \ William Walker | Public Domain | CCLI Song #22111 |Hymnary

 HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW  Charles Hutchinson Gabriel \ Civilla Durfee Martin | Public Domain | CCLI Song #77692 | Hymnary

 JESUS STILL LEAD ON  Adam Drese \ Jane Laurie Borthwick \ Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf  | Public Domain | CCLI Song #195921 | Hymnary

 O JESUS I HAVE PROMISED  Arthur Henry Mann \ John Ernest Bode | Public Domain | CCLI Song #40454 |Hymnary

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