Third Sunday after Pentecost – 10 Jun – Mark 3:20-25 ~ Christ crushed Satan’s power

Third Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer

God our Redeemer, in Jesus, your promised Messiah, you crushed the power of Satan. Sustain your people in our struggle against evil, that, hearing your word and doing your will, we may be fashioned into a household of true disciples who share in the victory of the cross. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name” – Michael W. Smith


Gospel Reading: Mark 3:20-25 (NLT)

One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.

But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.”

Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.

Prayers of Intercession:

Lord God: hear our prayers as we approach your throne of grace to receive mercy in our time of need –

+ For believers around the world— that we may always bear witness to your loving-kindness, mercy, and grace….
+ For those who are fearful and anxious — that they may experience your loving-kindness and receive hope….
+ For those struggling with difficult situations at home — that they may receive the help they need….
+ For those who are sick in body, mind, or spirit — that they may receive the healing they need….
+ For those who are dispossessed and displaced – that they may receive mercy and help in their time of need….
+ For those who are suffering for their faith – that they may be delivered from evil and their persecutors crushed….
+ For those who are traveling, especially during the summer – that may return home safely, rejoicing at the wonders you have shown them….
+ For those who have died in Christ – that they may live forever, rejoicing in your eternal glory….

With you, O Lord, there is mercy and fullness of redemption – hear our prayers and show us your loving-kindness, through Jesus Christ our Lord who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

“From The Depths of Woe” – Indelible Grace


Blessing – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (CEV)

We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.

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

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