Third Sunday of Lent
For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair is calling his sermon “The Water Is Wide.” “We have a huge, adverse reaction to deprivation. To be deprived of the needs of life foments rebellion and a profound loss of faith in the goodness of things. Wilderness without water is death. Suffering without transformation is torture. To be without sight is desolation. But the water is wide, and the sudden touch of a wet, willing, and wondrous hand changes everything.”
For the organ prelude, Dr. Patricia Wright will play Canzona in D minor and two Lenten chorale preludes by J.S. Bach as well as the Méditation by Maurice Duruflé. For the postlude, she will play Bach's Toccata in D minor. The Metropolitan Choir will sing Ich Lasse Dich Nicht (I Will Not Leave Thee) by J. S. Bach and Come, I Pray Thee by W. H. Anderson. At the Offertory, a quintet of singers will sing Adoramus Te (We Adore You) by Claudio Monteverdi. The final piece in Roy Lee's carillon prelude is Lake Music by Terry Vaughan.
The Bible readings are Exodus 17:1-7 (water from the rock), Romans 5:1-11 (results of justification), and John 4:5-42 (Jesus and the woman of Samaria).