Also he said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?” (Mark 4:21)
Lord, please let the light of your gospel shine forth in every parish and institution of this diocese. Help us repent wherever we have hidden your light by our words or deeds.
“For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” (Mark 4:22)
Father, we pray for those who have loved darkness rather that the light of your gospel, turn their hearts into your ways; reveal their hearts to them so that they may repent.
“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)
Holy Spirit, help us hearken to your word to us.
Then he said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.” (Mark 4:24)
Jesus, help your people make the right choices about what they choose to listen to. Give your people a hunger to hear your word. Move us to demand preaching inspired by your Holy Spirit.
“For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:25)
Jesus, you have taught us that if we do not use the talents you have given us, they will be taken away from us and given to others who have used what you have given. Please help us recognize every gift you have given us and use them all in your service.
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,” (Mark 4:26)
Father, you have scattered the seed of your word far and wide, I pray it will take root and flourish in the Episcopal Church.
“and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” (Mark 4:27)
Holy Spirit, we do not know how your word grows in our hearts, but we ask you to guide our seeing and listening and doing so that it will grow and prosper.
“For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.” (Mark 4:28)
Father, help us water and nurture the growth of your gospel among us — help us recognize each stage of growth and encourage it.
“But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:29)
LORD, the harvest times are hidden in your heart, but they will surely come. Please help us be ready by prayer, reading of your word, and doing your will. After the harvest will come the threshing, please help us let go of every piece of chaff in our lives. We pray that no good grain will be lost with the chaff. Thank you.
Blessing from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with you in your going out and your coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver you from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver you.
And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen.