Today’s Sermon is the second of the Lenten Season.

A reading from Psalms 22:22-27

“I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:  You who fear the Lord, praise the Lord! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!  For God did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; did not hide from me, but heard when I cried out.  From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear God.  The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!   All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before God.”
And a reading from the Gospel of Mark ( Mark 8:31-38 )

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.  He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.  But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”  He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.   For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?  Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?  Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of God with the holy angels.”