Readings for the Week ~ October 13

Psalm 90 • Amos 5:6-15 • Hebrews 3:1-6 • Mark 10:17-31

“Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”

 

‘Abba Father’

Rowan Williams, the soon to be former Archbishop of Canterbury, is quoted in one of the daily reflections from Celtic Daily Prayer. Appropriate words and a perfect prayer for unsteady times. The Cry to God as ‘Father’ in the New Testament is not a calm acknowledgement of a universal truth about God’s abstract fatherhood. It…

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Readings for the Week ~ Oct 7

Psalm 8 • Genesis 2:18-24 • Hebrews 2:1-18 • Mark 10:2-9 Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and…

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The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled,…

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Readings for the Week ~ September 29

Psalm 19 • Numbers 11:4-29 • James 4:7-5:6 • Mark 9:38-48 Of all Scripture the Psalms seem most fit to express the unmitigated goodness, beauty and quality of God. Psalm 19 is especially powerful in this respect. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day…

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Readings for the Week ~ September 22

Psalm 54 • James 3:16-4-6 • Mark 9:30-37 “Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you…

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Readings for the Week ~ September 15

Psalm 116 • Isaiah 50:4-9 • James 2:1-18 • Mark 8:27-38 Mark 8 is the pivotal chapter in Mark’s gospel. Other than the story of Christ’s passion, Peter’s proclamation of Jesus as the Messiah along with his subsequent rebuke of Jesus, serves as the climax of Mark’s account of Christ’s life. In chapter 8 we…

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Healing

“We constantly try to start from somewhere other than where we are. Truthful living involves being at home with ourselves, not complacently, but patiently, recognizing that what we are today, at this moment, is sufficiently loved and valued … ” – Stanley Hauerwas

Readings for the Week ~ September 8

Psalm 146 • Isaiah 35:4-7a • James 1:17-27 • Mark 7:31-37 “Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives…

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Readings for the Week ~ September 1

Psalm 15 • Deuteronomy 4:1-9 • Ephesians 6:10-20 • Mark 7:1-23 “Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through…

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