Read: Philippians 3:7-11
For centuries, Christians have been encouraged to give up something during the season of Lent, and in doing so, increase an appreciation of the sacrifice of Jesus. Apostle Paul recognizes his own personal sacrifices to follow Jesus, but he confesses how much he has gained. the sacrifices pale in comparison to the gain in Christ. More than anything, Paul wants to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. Hear the word of God.
Ponder: What does it mean for you to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper?
Pray: Gracious God, we thank you for the gift of Word and Sacrament. Open our hearts to the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Open our lives toyour freeing love; for you alone can feed our hungry spirits through your Word and satisfy our every need. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.