Second Sunday after Pentecost – 03 Jun – Mark 2:23-28 ~ a Sabbath day of rest

Second Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer

Gracious God, Maker of Heaven and Earth – May this Sabbath day be about you. Quiet my heart, give rest to my soul, and refocus my spirit—for true renewal comes only from you. Holy Spirit please help me to be intentional with my time and worship, and encourage me to find rest in you alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“Gadol Adonai” – Sarah Liberman (Lev Tahor • A Pure Heart)


Deuteronomy 5:12-14 (NLT)

“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God….”

Gospel Reading: Mark 2:23-28 (NLT)

One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat. But the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look, why are they breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”

Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you ever read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God (during the days when Abiathar was high priest) and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. He also gave some to his companions.”

Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”

Prayers of Intercession:

Heavenly Father – Grant us rest for our souls; and display your loving-kindness to all whose needs we bring before you. Lord, hear our prayers –

+ That your presence may dwell within all who put their faith and trust in your Son, Jesus Christ….
+ That our faith and trust in your Son, Jesus Christ, might continue to grow stronger….
+ That all believers may be refreshed and renewed through the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation….
+ That all believers may be guided along the path of Life by your Word and Spirit in every decision made….
+ That all believers who suffer because of their faith may be delivered from evil and sustained by your grace….
+ That all who are destitute because of war and violence may receive comfort and rest for their souls….
+ That all who are burdened by responsibility and worry may receive relief and rest for their souls…
+ That all who have gone before us in faith may be raised to eternal life and rest forever in your presence….

Heavenly Father: you sent your Son to share our burdens and our hopes, to be our life and strength: hear our prayers and grant us the rest for our souls that we so desperately need – we ask through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

“The Lord Bless You And Keep You”



May the Lord bless and protect you;
May he show you mercy and loving-kindness.
May the Lord be good to you and give you peace;
Through his Son, Jesus Christ


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