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March 14, 2021 • 4th Sunday of Lent

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Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

Introduction

Leader: We gather today in this season of Lent to be reminded that
God sent Jesus to be with us
so we could see what love looks like.

Greeting

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: Heavenly Father,
you know what it's like to see your Son get hurt.
Give us courage, strength, and wisdom
to protect others from being hurt in our world.
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.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

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

Gospel

Reader 1: In today's Gospel, Jesus explains why God sent him to be with us. 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: Jesus said to Nicodemus:
And the Son of Man must be lifted up,
just as that metal snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert.
Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life.
God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!
No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned.
But everyone who doesn’t have faith in him
has already been condemned for not having faith in God’s only Son.
The light has come into the world,
and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light.
People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light,
because it clearly shows what they have done.
But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light,
because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.

Reader 1: Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflections on the Readings

  1. The Bible tells us that God loves us so much that God sent his only Son to become one of us, to know what it is like to be human, and to teach us how to be the best humans we can be. God could have kept Jesus safe from anything bad by keeping him in heaven, but sent him to be with us anyway. Who are the most important people in your life? Can you imagine sending them to a different, new, dangerous, or far-away place where they might get hurt so they could tell others they are loved? Why or why not?
  2. When Jesus became human, he was like a light coming into a dark place, shining on all the good and bad things that people were doing. People who were not caring for the poor, the sick, and the outcasts, and people who were greedy or wanted power and honor, didn’t like Jesus shining a light on how they were living and asking for them to change. That kind of situation still happens today where people who are doing hurtful things try to keep it secret and don’t want others to know. They often get angry with people who tell the truth about what’s happening. Can you think of any examples like this? (Parents, some examples might be when public officials are caught lying about something they did wrong, when abuse comes to light, or when a child bullies another and tells them to keep it a secret). What happens to the person who speaks up and tells the truth?
  3. This Gospel passage tells us that whoever is doing the right thing has nothing to be afraid of when others see or find out what they are doing. It’s a good reminder that if we are tempted to hide something we are doing, it might not be a good thing. What are some examples of things you—or other people you know—may be tempted to hide or keep secret from others? Do you think Jesus wants it to be kept a secret?

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


The Lord is my light, the Lord is my light,
The Lord is my light, my salvation.
The Lord is my light, the Lord is my light,
The Lord is my light, my salvation.

Tell me now, whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold, the strength of my life.
Tell me now, whom shall I fear?

One thing I ask, one thing I seek:
to dwell in the house of the Lord
all my days; only to gaze
on the wonder of the Lord,
for the Lord will hide me in his shelter.
In times of trouble the Lord covers me.

When evil abounds and hatred surrounds,
please save me, Lord, from my despair.
Show me your way and lead me this day
on the path that takes me there.
I believe that I shall see your goodness
In the land of the living I will find peace.

Wait for the Lord and be strong
and let your heart be bold, take courage.
Put all your hope in the Lord, hope in the Lord.

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