Holy Eucharist, Rite II, will be celebrated in historic St. John's Episcopal Church on the First Sunday in Lent at 11:30 A.M. Celebrant is The Rev. Scott Hoogerhyde. Assisting deacon is The Rev. Sylvia L. Howard. Barbara Crain is organist and music director. Steve Shook will serve as acolyte, with Tom Walsh in the capacity of usher. Judy Holmes will hostess the coffee hour in the undercroft immediately following the Mass.

Father David Baumann provides this illumination of the lessons for this Sunday:
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT (February 18)
"The First Sunday in Lent is always dedicated to the Temptations of Jesus. The first lesson is from the book of Genesis, and recounts the occasion when God promised Noah never to wipe out all life on earth again. The psalm is a portion of Psalm 25, in which the psalmist begs God to show him the right way to live, and professes faith that those who live rightly will find true joy. The second lesson is from the first letter of Peter in which Peter compares the saving of Noah’s family through water to the profession of Christian baptism. Finally, the Gospel lesson is from Mark, and is the account of Jesus’ fasting in the wilderness and the temptations He endured."

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Rev. 2/12/2018 - dlb