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Sunday March 18, 2018


Lectionary texts

Jeremiah 31:31-34

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt — a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Psalm 51:1-12

Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy
   blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly
   from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
   and my sin is ever before me.

Against you, you alone,
   have I sinned,
and done what is evil
   in your sight,

so that you are justified
   in your sentence
and blameless
  when you pass judgment.

Indeed, I was born guilty,
   a sinner
when my mother conceived me.

You desire truth
   in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom
   in my secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop,
   and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter
   than snow.

Let me hear joy
   and gladness;
let the bones
   that you have crushed rejoice.

Hide your face
   from my sins,
and blot out
   all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart,
   O God,
and put a new and right spirit
   within me.

Do not cast me away
   from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit
   from me.

Restore to me
   the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me
   a willing spirit


Psalm 119:9-16

How can young people
   keep their way pure?
By guarding it
   according to your word.

With my whole heart
   I seek you;
do not let me stray
   from your commandments.

I treasure your word
   in my heart,
so that I may not sin
   against you.

Blessed are you,
   O God;
teach me your statutes.

With my lips I declare
   all the ordinances
of your mouth.

I delight in the way
   of your decrees
as much as in all riches.

I will meditate
   on your precepts,
and fix my eyes on your ways.

I will delight
   in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.

Hebrews 5:5-10

So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"; as he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek." In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

John 12:20-33

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

"Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.