Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. (Mark 6:30-31)
Holy Spirit, please guide Bishop Bill and the leaders and teachers of this diocese into a place of quiet waters where they may find rest for their souls.
So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:32)
Jesus, please help all the priests, deacons, and lay leaders of this diocese strive to enter your rest. (From Hebrews 4:11)
But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. (Mark 6:33)
Father, grant that your people throughout this diocese will show the same zeal in seeking out your son Jesus.
And Jesus, when he came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
Jesus, help us have your compassion for all those who come to the prayer table: so many are like sheep having no shepherd. Help us introduce them to you.
When the day was now far spent, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.” (Mark 6:35-36)
Lord Jesus, help us look to you and your resources and not our own as we seek to minister to those who come to us.
But he answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?” (Mark 6:37)
Jesus, we so easily lose sight of what you can do.
But he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” (Mark 6:38)
Holy Spirit, help us bring every resource we have to the table for your work and ministry.
Then he commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fish he divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. (Mark 6:39-42)
Father, as Jesus did, we look to you to multiply our loaves and fishes to feed your people.
And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. (Mark 6:43)
Jesus, please gather up the fragments of our lives.
Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men. (Mark 6:44)
Jesus, thank you for doing for us what we are unable to do in our strength.
Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all who truly turn to him.
* COME unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matt. xi. 28.
* So God loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John iii. 16.
* Hear also what Saint Paul saith. This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15.
* Hear also what Saint John saith. If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the Propitiation for our sins. 1 St. John ii. 1, 2.
Praying the Nicene Creed daily: the Father Almighty,
Father, thank you for being a father to me. Thank you that by your might you have made your son Jesus known to us so that we can become your children.
A word received: I AM with you; keep your eyes on me. Let me be Lord of your circumstances — give me the details of your life.
Thursday: 85, 86: Genesis 46:1-7,28-34; 1 Corinthians 9:1-15; Mark 6:30-46
Friday: 91, 92: Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Mark 6:47-56
Notes from the Front Line
***** CLARIFICATION. The Healing Service for the Hudson and Metropolitan Deaneries is this Thursday, Feb 28 at St. Peter’s, Albany. The remaining Lenten Healing Services are
Mon, Mar 3 – Messiah, Glens Falls (Southern Adirondack & Upper Hudson Deaneries)
Wed, Apr 9 – St. Mark’s, Malone (Northern Adirondack & St. Lawrence Deaneries) – reschedule of postponed service.
***** Please pray for Bishop Bill as he prepares to attend the House of Bishops Spring Meeting at Camp Allen, Texas, March 7-12.