Morning Prayer: 18 January – Mark 2:18-22 ~ accept my love and service

Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” (Psalm 50:14-15)

Morning Reading: Mark 2:18-22 (NLT)

Once when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and asked, “Why don’t your disciples fast like John’s disciples and the Pharisees do?”

Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can’t fast while the groom is with them. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

"The New and the Old Clothes. The New Wine and the Used Wineskins" by Kazakhstan Artist Nelly Bube.

“The New and the Old Clothes. The New Wine and the Used Wineskins”
by Kazakhstan Artist Nelly Bube.

“Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.

“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”

Morning Prayer

Christ has given me a share in his priesthood. Lord, in union with you, accept my love and service.

+ Jesus Christ, you are the eternal priest – make my morning sacrifice of worship acceptable to the Father.
+ Lord, you are love itself – grant that I may love you and serve you throughout the day.
+ Give me today the fruits of the Holy Spirit – make me patient, kind and gentle.
+ Give me the discernment to know the needs of my neighbors and the courage to love them as family.

Almighty Lord and God, protect me by your power through the course of this day, even as you have enabled me to begin it. Do not let me turn aside to any sin, but let my every thought, word and deed aim at doing what is pleasing in your sight. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

“Take All of Me” – Hillsong


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!r

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