Thoughts: Jesus had just been baptized by John the Baptist. When he came up out of the water, the heavens opened, and the Spirit of God descended upon him like a dove. A voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Truly, a mountaintop moment.
But immediately, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. For forty days he fasted. Then, desperately weakened by hunger, Jesus was tempted by the devil.
The devil tempted him with food, with freedom from bodily injury, and with complete worldly power. In response to each temptation, Jesus quoted scripture. “It is written” – in Deuteronomy, in Psalms, and in Deuteronomy again. And the devil went away.
Discussion: What Biblical texts could we quote to a tempter?
Activity: Memorize Deuteronomy 6:4-6
Remember in prayer this week Martha Blair, Nancy Dolehanty, Bob Grusnick at Brookdale Center, Chris Gullion, Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, Sylvia Peacock and Mildred Wyse.
Please join us tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30pm for our Ash Wednesday service with Communion in our sanctuary.
Thursday, March 2, at 7:30pm, the Albion College choir featuring our own Isaac Verhelst will be performing a concert at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Street, Rochester. A free will offering will be received. Pastor Weatherly highly recommends this experience for your second day of Lent.
Sunday, March 5th, will be the 2017 Youth Dinner Auction at 4:30pm. Many items will be available and all bidding and monies go to support the Youth Mission Trip this June to Pittsburgh.
Concerns and Joys from Sunday, February 26th are:
Lois Durnil – Prayers for my sister who is having back surgery this Thursday.
Marie Watson – Prayers for my special friend Terry Oliver for a successful medical procedure tomorrow (Monday).
Williston Family – Prayers for Scott’s mom Joan and her dear friend Larry who have moved to a memory care facility in Flint.
Jayne Saeger – Son-in-law, Mike Stefanski, in hospital with kidney problems. Thanks for your prayers and support.
Carole Bauer – Prayers for my friend Ann’s son who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Karen Belt – Yea! Go Jets! My grandson Davis (10) playing in a tournament in Bay City Friday and Saturday and today he scored one for Grandma Friday. Saturday he scored two and hopefully they will win today and come home champs! Of course he makes Grandma proud. Also RJ played at Troy Saturday and scored the one goal Grandma always requests of him. Very proud of RJ who is 7.
Megal Corera – Prayers for my brother Stanley in Sri Lanka celebrating his 81st birthday today.
Jim Gaul – Thank you to UMW for continued support of N.O.A.H. (Networking, Organizing, and Advocating for the Homeless). 535 sandwiches were prepared in one hour on February 15 and delivered the following morning to Central UMC in Detroit.
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