Mark 10:46-52

Now they came to Jericho. As he went out of jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. (Mark 10:46)
      Lord, we cry out to you for those who are blind — either physically or spiritually — that you will restore their sight. Please provide for all those who have been reduced to begging: move our hearts with compassion for them.

And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47)
      How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:14-15a) Raise up and send forth many to preach you word so that the blind may receive their sight. Thank you.

Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:48 )
      Father, please hear the cries of your people. Don’t let their cries be stifled by well-meaning people who value decorum over healing and deliverance.

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, he is calling you.” (Mark 10:49)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing the cries of Bartimaeus and our cries as well. Help us all respond to your bidding to be of good cheer and come to you for your blessing and healing. Come with your full power on the Healing Service at the Diocesan Convention in June.

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:50)
      Holy Spirit, help us throw off everything that would impede our coming to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” (Mark 10:51)
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to purity of heart so that we may see Jesus (see Matthew 5:8 ).

Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:52)
      Lord Jesus, as we receive our sight, help us follow you on the road you have chosen. Thank you.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Exod. 10:21-11:8: 2 Cor. 4:13-18: Mark 10:46-52
Palm Sunday: 24, 29 * 103; Zech. 9:9-12**: 1 Tim. 6:12-16**; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9***: Luke 19:41-48***
* For the Invitatory: ** Intended for use in the morning: *** Intended for use in the evening
Palm Sunday Holy Communion:
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11      Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72) 15:1-39(40-47)

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Palm Sunday, Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Mark 11:1-11a; Liturgy of the Word: Psalm 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark (14:32-72), 15:1-39(40-47)).

***** Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      I am writing in bed it is dark and 5.30am. My dog is dreaming as he leans against me. He is making such cute noises and shaking all over. I wonder what he is dreaming about. Sadly I shall never know. He was born the day before I came out of hospital. He reminds me of “abundant life” as he seems to have such fun and enjoys himself whatever is going on. I need to watch him more…

Albany Intercessor

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