Morning Prayer: 17 February – Mark 1:15; Mark 6:7-13 ~ time to go

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

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

Opening Sentence

Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6)

Morning Reading: Mark 1:15 (NLT)

“The time promised by God has come at last!” Jesus announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

Morning Reading: Mark 6:7-13 (NLT)

Travel light

And Jesus called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes.

“Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town. But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”

So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God. And they cast out many demons and healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.

Morning Prayer

Blessed be Jesus Christ my Savior. In him I become a new creation, the old order passes and all things are renewed. Renew me in your Spirit, that I may enter your Kingdom and rejoice in you for ever.

+ Fill me to overflowing that I may work to fill the world with your Spirit.
+ Conform my will to yours that I may work for justice, charity and peace.
+ Grant that I may put aside my apathy.
+ Help me to recognize with joy the power you have given me.
+ Set me free from all evil.
+ Show me the things that really matter in the confusion around me.

Renew me, Lord, in your Spirit. Look with favor on my Lenten journey and while I deny my self-interest to follow you, renew my spirit with the grace that prompts me to good works. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“The Kingdom of God” – Taizé

The kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.

Closing Sentence

Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. (Isaiah 55:7)

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

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