Praying the Apostles’ Creed:
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
As with the dying thief on the cross, we too say, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42)
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
Father, please get your Church out of foster care and into the adoption you have prepared for us. Thank you.
Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. (John 6:60-66)
A word received: That is the choice my disciples are making today: some will follow me and some will fall away. What will you chose to do?
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-11)
Jesus, please help us have this mind which was in you and which you gave to Paul. Help us by your Holy Spirit to know what is of value and what is rubbish. Thank you.
Holy Spirit, you raised Jesus from the dead, raise us and our parish and your whole church to new life in you. Thank you.
Sunday: 118; *; 145; Jer. 23:16-32; 1 Cor. 9:19-27; Mark 8:31-9:1
HC: 126; Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:8-14; Luke 20:9-19
Monday: 31; *; 35; Jer. 24:1-10; Rom. 9:19-23; John 9:1-17