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Readings for March 5, 2017

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First Sunday in Lent

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’

The First Sin and Its Punishment

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.” ’ But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Romans 5:12-19

Adam and Christ

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned— sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one mans trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one mans sin. For the judgement following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one mans trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Therefore just as one mans trespass led to condemnation for all, so one mans act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one mans disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one mans obedience the many will be made righteous.

Matthew 4:1-11

The Temptation of Jesus

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
   but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
“He will command his angels concerning you”,
   and “On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.”
Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour; and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
“Worship the Lord your God,
   and serve only him.”
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.


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Thanks to all volunteers who make Bethany keep on working

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A big thanks to all the people who are here throughout the week helping to keep Bethany Lutheran Church up and going. Here's the short list:

To Dave Christensen, who helped fix the lights in the narthex.

To Tad Marten, for everything.

To Gary Bech, for replanting the big rhodies upended in the windstorm.

To Ron Fenner, for fixing the electricity to the dishwasher.

To Joe Michael, pictured here, and Dick Coar, for replacing the crumbling tiles in front of the dishwasher.

To the group that crowd-sourced us to move 500 pillows out of the sanctuary.

To the Altar Guild and especially Ruth Bartunek, for preparing the sanctuary for Lent.

To the roofers, who will face big rain today.

To Maria Marsala, who is going to paint the benches that Joe Michael refurbished.

Thank you, all.

- Rachel Pritchett, office administrator



Be sure to attend the adult-education hour at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, when Pastor Paul kicks off a DVD series on our "Reformation Roots." Sunday's topic is "From Night to Dawn."

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