Midweek Lent 5: March 31- based on Philippians 2:5-11, read each week:
Theme for the fifth week of lent: Let the Same mind be in you.
Philippians 2:5-11 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
The reading this week is the version most often used in our church, the New Revised Standard Version. This is the same translation as we read at our first meeting.
1. As you read the passage this week, what do you notice this time, compare to the first time we read this together 5 weeks ago?
2. Being in the same mind as Christ involves many things, – humility, obedience, and faithfulness to the call of God. Is there a time in your life when you were faithful to God’s call despite personal sacrifice?
3. Has there been a time in your life when Christ’s death and resurrection had a special meaning to you?
The hymn for today was written by a great hymn writer, Isaac Watts for a communion of service.
1.In light of our physical distancing, and denied of the opportunity to gather together for communion, can you think about times when you may have experienced the joy of Eucharist other than in celebration of the Great Thanksgiving? Does this Hymn help us see the Eucharist, the body of Christ, in another way?
2. If you were a hymn writer, what feelings and thoughts would you incorporate into a hymn (or letter) as you think about Christ’s gift of his life and death for our relationship with God?
Hymn ELW 803 LBW 482 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When I survey the wond’rous Cross
On which the Prince of Glory dy’d,
My richest Gain I count but Loss,
And pour Contempt on all my Pride.
2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the Death of Christ my God:
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his Blood.
3. See from his Head, his Hands, his Feet,
Sorrow and Love flow mingled down!
Did ever such Love and Sorrow meet?
Or Thorns compose so rich a Crown?
5. Were the whole Realm of Nature mine,
That were a Present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my Soul, my Life, my All.
Peace be with you in the security of the love of God, our creator, The Son, Jesus Christ + our redeemer and the Holy Spirit, our strength.
Let this hymn be our prayer as we approach Holy Week.