Todays Readings

Today's Readings

Psalm 71:1-24
Genesis 42:29-38
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Mark 4:21-34
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Lent
Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Joel 2:13

Confession of Sin

Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen

The Lessons

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Psalm 71

(1) In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. (2) Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. (3) Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. (4) Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men.

(5) For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. (6) From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you. (7) I have become like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. (8) My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.

(9) Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone. (10) For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together. (11) They say, 'God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.' (12) Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me.

(13) May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace. (14) But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. (15) My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. (16) I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.

(17) Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. (18) Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. (19) Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you? (20) Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.

(21) You will increase my honor and comfort me once again. (22) I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. (23) My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you-- I, whom you have redeemed. (24) My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.



Genesis 42

(29) When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said, (30) The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land. (31) But we said to him, 'We are honest men; we are not spies. (32) We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.'

(33) Then the man who is lord over the land said to us, 'This is how I will know whether you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for your starving households and go. (34) But bring your youngest brother to me so I will know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will give your brother back to you, and you can trade in the land.'' (35) As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man's sack was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the money pouches, they were frightened. (36) Their father Jacob said to them, 'You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!'

(37) Then Reuben said to his father, 'You may put both of my sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him back.' (38) But Jacob said, 'My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow.'

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



1 Corinthians 6

(12) Everything is permissible for me'-- but not everything is beneficial. 'Everything is permissible for me'-- but I will not be mastered by anything. (13) Food for the stomach and the stomach for food'-- but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (14) By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. (15) Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!

(16) Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, 'The two will become one flesh.' (17) But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. (18) Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. (19) Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

(20) you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



Mark 4

(21) He said to them, 'Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don't you put it on its stand? (22) For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. (23) If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.' (24) Consider carefully what you hear,' he continued. 'With the measure you use, it will be measured to you-- and even more.

(25) Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.' (26) He also said, 'This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. (27) Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. (28) All by itself the soil produces grain-- first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.

(29) As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.' (30) Again he said, 'What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? (31) It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. (32) Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.'

(33) With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. (34) He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.


The Lord's Prayer   
Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy Name,
  thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
  on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
  And forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
  and the power, and the glory,
  forever and ever. Amen.


Seasonal Collect:  Second Sunday in Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Personal Prayers and Reflection

This is a time to pause, consider and listen. Pray for yourself and others.



Closing Prayers   

Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory, and, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Conclude with following
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.



This concludes the Daily Prayer
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord