UNION — The sign of God’s love was the subject of the Meditation sermon at this week’s Lenten Service at Grace United Methodist Church.
Traditionally, Lent lasts for 40 days, the number of days Jesus spent in the wilderness following his baptism by John the Baptist and prior to beginning His earthly ministry. Wednesday was the fifth in a series of Community Lenten Services that began on Ash Wednesday and will continue through Easter. Each service features a Meditation sermon delivered by a different minister from a different church in Union County.
This Wednesday, the Meditation was delivered by Father Mike McCafferty of St. Augustine Catholic Church. During his sermon, McCafferty spoke of the gift God has given the human race, the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. He pointed out that John 3:16 not only states that Jesus is God’s gift to humanity, but also why God gave Him.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
— John 3:16 (KJV)
McCafferty said that because of this “the sign of God’s love can be seen in the cross of Jesus.”
The Lenten service also includes a Responsorial Psalm and this week’s Responsorial Psalm was from Psalm 51 which emphasizes humanity’s need for God’s gift.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight,
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
— Psalm 51 (KJV)
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