March 7, 2021 • 3rd Sunday of Lent

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Just Before You Begin


Opening Song


Leader: We gather today in this season of Lent to be reminded that
people do not always do what God wants them to do
and we need to stand up for what is right.


Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
(The response is: Blessed be God forever.)

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family
to learn how to live more like Jesus.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Penitential Rite

Leader: As we prepare to hear about God's love for us,
let us remember that the Lord always offers forgiveness,
for God is full of gentleness and compassion.
Lord Jesus, you came to teach us how to love each other better:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you bring us Good News in times of trouble:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you came to bring us life:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: God of justice,
you always look out for those who are bullied, hurt, and forgotten.
Help us to notice them too,
and to do everything we can
to make the world more into the place that you want it to be.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.


All: Glory and praise to you, Word of life! Jesus! Jesus Christ!


Reader 1: Today's story tells about a time when Jesus became very angry. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of John.

Reader 1: Not long before the Jewish festival of Passover, Jesus went to Jerusalem.
There he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves in the temple.
He also saw moneychangers sitting at their tables.
So he took some rope and made a whip.
Then he chased everyone out of the temple, together with their sheep and cattle.
He turned over the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins.
Jesus said to the people who had been selling doves,
“Get those doves out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace.”
The disciples then remembered that the Scriptures say,
“My love for your house burns in me like a fire.”
The Jewish leaders asked Jesus,
“What miracle will you work to show us why you have done this?”
“Destroy this temple,” Jesus answered, “and in three days I will build it again!” The leaders replied, “It took forty-six years to build this temple.
What makes you think you can rebuild it in three days?”
But Jesus was talking about his body as a temple.
And when he was raised from death, his disciples remembered what he had told them.
Then they believed the Scriptures and the words of Jesus.
In Jerusalem during Passover many people put their faith in Jesus,
because they saw him work miracles.
But Jesus knew what was in their hearts,
and he would not let them have power over him.
No one had to tell him what people were like. He already knew.

Reader 1: Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said,
“Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to him,
“What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said,
“This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.
While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
many began to believe in his name
when they saw the signs he was doing.
But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all,
and did not need anyone to testify about human nature.
He himself understood it well.

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflections on the Readings

  1. Usually we think of Jesus as gentle, kind, and patient, but in the Gospel story today he is very angry. What do you think about that? How does it make you feel?
  2. Jesus was furious because the people selling things and changing money into different coins in the Temple were taking advantage of people who had come to pray. They were cheating them in their sales and exchanges, and many of the people were already poor. Jesus shows us that it is normal to get angry when people do things that hurt others. What kinds of situations do you think Jesus would be angry about in the world today?
  3. What makes you angry? Do you think Jesus is angry at the same things? Why or why not?

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: For people who cheat others,
that they can realize that what they are doing is wrong and make a change,
and for those that they cheat,
that they can find the help they need, let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For those who do not have a warm and safe home,
that they can find the lodging that they need,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For all students who are struggling to learn because of how school has changed,
and for teachers, staff, and administrators,
that they may work together for the good of all students,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, thirsting for you, my God.
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, thirsting for you, my God,
thirsting for you, my God.

O God, you are my God, and I will always praise you,
In the shadow of your wings I cling to you and you hold me high.

Through the day you walk with me; all the night your love surrounds me.
To the glory of your name I lift my hands, I sing your praise.

I will never be afraid, for I will not be abandoned.
Even when the road grows long and weary your love will rescue me.

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