Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 – Turn to God who “is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.”
OR Isaiah 58:1-12 – False and True Worship. The fast that God chooses is “to loose the bonds of injustice, undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, to share your bread with the hungry, bring the homeless into your house, to clothe the naked.”
Psalm 51:1-17 – The Psalmist’s prayer to God for reconciliation and forgiveness.
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 – Be reconciled with God because God sent Jesus to bear our sins so that we might become right with God. Paul entreats his readers to humbly accept God’s grace today.
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 – From the Sermon on the Mount: Almsgiving, Prayer, and Fasting. The skipped verses are the Lord’s Prayer without the “Protestant Ending”.
February 18, 2018 – First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-17 – God’s covenant with Noah to never again flood the earth and the sign of the covenant will be a rainbow.
Psalm 25:1-10 – The Psalmist implores God to teach him/her God’s ways. Do not remember, he/she pleads, the sins of days past, but remember God’s steadfast love.
1 Peter 3:18-22 – Christ suffered and died to bring us to God.
Mark 1:9-15 – Baptism (vs 9-11), Temptation (12-13), and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (14-15) as only Mark can do it: short and to the point.