Sermon Introduction –
There is a phrase that is often used in the Christian faith: “born again.” It comes from John 3, which is one of our readings for this Sunday. But what does it actually mean? How can we be transformed into something new?
Introduction to This Week’s Readings
During Lent we journey with all those around the world who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. In today’s gospel Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born of water and Spirit. At the font we are a given a new birth as children of God. As God made a covenant with Abraham, in baptism God promises to raise us up with Christ to new life. From worship we are sent forth to proclaim God’s love for all the world.