Old Testament: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalter: Psalm 32
Epistle: Romans 5:12-19
Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
God of mercy, your word was the sure defense of Jesus in his time of testing. Minister to us in the wilderness of our temptation, that we who have been set free from sin by Christ may serve you well into life everlasting. Amen.
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