Second Sunday in Lent
GIVE US GRACE TO RECOGNIZE YOU AS OUR GOD AND SERVE YOU AS YOUR FAITHFUL PEOPLE
God of Sarah and Abraham, long ago you embraced your people in covenant and promised them your blessing: give us grace to recognize you as our God and serve you as your faithful people: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Reading: Romans 4: 13-25
Gospel: Mark 8: 31-38
PRAY together AT THE TIME OF COVID-19
God, who affirmed Jesus as the Saviour of the world even as he faced rejection, teach us to take up our cross in this season of COVID. Help us to set our minds on divine things and follow you as your disciples to the place of healing and wholeness, to fair distribution of vaccine and the common good of all people. AMEN
COMMISSION & BLESSING
Go now, and live before God in openness and integrity.
Set your minds on the ways of God,
not clinging to your own life,
but taking up your cross and following Jesus.
The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen