4th Sunday of Lent UMCOR SUNDAY
Joshua 5:9-12 • Psalm 32
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 • Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
5:9 The LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of
Egypt." And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.
5:10 While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening
on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho.
5:11 On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land,
unleavened cakes and parched grain.
5:12 The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites
no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.
32:1 Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
32:2 Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there
is no deceit.
32:3 While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by
the heat of summer. Selah
32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will
confess my transgressions to the LORD," and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
32:6 Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the
rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
32:7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me
with glad cries of deliverance. Selah
32:8 I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my
eye upon you.
32:9 Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be
curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
32:10 Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who
trust in the LORD.
32:11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
5:16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even
though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that
5:17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away;
see, everything has become new!
5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us
the ministry of reconciliation;
5:19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their
trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
5:20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we
entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might
become the righteousness of God.
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.
15:2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow
welcomes sinners and eats with them."
15:3 So he told them this parable:
15:11b "There was a man who had two sons.
15:12 The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the
property that will belong to me.' So he divided his property between them.
15:13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant
country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.
15:14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that
country, and he began to be in need.
15:15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent
him to his fields to feed the pigs.
15:16 He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and
no one gave him anything.
15:17 But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired hands have
bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger!
15:18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned
against heaven and before you;
15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired
15:20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father
saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed
15:21 Then the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I
am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly, bring out a robe--the best one--and
put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
15:23 And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;
15:24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' And
they began to celebrate.
15:25 "Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house,
he heard music and dancing.
15:26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.
15:27 He replied, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf,
because he has got him back safe and sound.'
15:28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to
plead with him.
15:29 But he answered his father, 'Listen! For all these years I have been working like
a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given
me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.
15:30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with
prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!'
15:31 Then the father said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is
15:32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead
and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'"