BRATTLEBORO -- The Rev. Peggy Yingst will reflect on the day’s Scripture readings for the second Sunday in Lent on March 16. The gospel story comes from the book of John and recounts Nicodemus’ encounter with Jesus and his teaching about being born again. Until the 19th century, the church understood "being born again" as referring to baptism.

In Lent, catechumens are prepared for Easter baptism, and the community, as Martin Luther says, daily crawls back to the font, to be renewed in the promises of this second birth. This conversation is the gospel’s first lengthy discourse about the identity and significance of Jesus. In discussing the Spirit of God, Jesus is presented to a Jewish religious authority as the Son of God who brings life to the world.

Everyone is invited to worship, to hear words of hope, to pray for strength to live God’s ways, and to share in Holy Communion, the meal of grace and forgiveness.

Sunday School for all ages and the Adult Forum gather at 9 a.m.

Trinity meets for worship at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro, across from Holton Home. Trinity has been an Open and Affirming Congregation since 2004.