Lent Reading: March 9

Luke 4:24-30

New International Version (NIV)

24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

Closing Prayer

Merciful God, 
Free your Church from the sins of this world 
and protect us from evil we see 
and the evil we prefer to ignore. 
We need your guidance, Lord 
for we cannot do this alone. 
Only with your help can we be saved. 
Thank you for your desire to save us and love us. 

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life.