Morning Prayer: 29 January – Mark 4:26-34 ~ a work in progress

Friday of Third Week in Ordinary Time

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

Opening Sentence

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Morning Reading: Mark 4:26-34 (NLT)

Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”

Trinity Church, Wall St
Trinity Church, Wall St

Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”

Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.

Morning Prayer

Sovereign God: by your grace, you have sown your Kingdom seeds in my life – may they produce a bountiful harvest in me.

+ Renew my mind – that I may be transformed into the image of Christ.
+ Live in me – that I may display your good and perfect will for me.
+ Watch over me – that your Word and Spirit may finish what you have begun in me.
+ Humble me – that I may be content with small victories until you come again in glory.

Almighty Father, let your light so penetrate my mind that, living by your Word and Spirit, I may always follow you, my leader and guide. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

“Take Heart My Friend” – Fernando Ortega


“I am certain that God, who began the good work within us, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6)

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