Sunday, April 11, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
God is love, and those who abide in love, abide in God, and God abides in them.
Daily Readings for Friday, April 9, 2021
- Morning Psalms 96; 148
- First Reading Daniel 12:1-4, 13
- Second Reading Acts 4:1-12
- Gospel Reading John 16:1-15
- Evening Psalms 49; 138
Eternal God, we praise you for your mighty love given in Christ's sacrifice on the cross, and the new life we have received by his resurrection. We thank you for the presence of Christ in our weakness and suffering, the ministry of Word and Sacrament, all who work to help and heal, sacrifices made for our benefit, opportunities for our generous giving. God of grace let our concern for others reflect Christ's self-giving love, not only in our prayers, but also in our practice. We pray for those subjected to tyranny and oppression, wounded and injured people, those who face death, those who may be our enemies. Eternal God, your love is stronger than death, and your passion more fierce than the grave. We rejoice in the lives of those whom you have drawn into your eternal embrace. Keep us in joyful communion with them until we join the saints of every people and nation, gathered before your throne in ceaseless praise. (Add your prayers.) Amen.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Opening sentences, prayers, and blessings are from the Book of Common Worship. Readings are from the daily lectionary in Daily Prayer. Both are published by Westminster/John Knox Press.)
Thursday, April 8, 2021
As we approached Holy Week this year, my mind wandered back to a painting that hangs in the Narthex. I did not know the backstory for the painting but with a little help from my friends, this information that appeared in a March, 1986, St. Mark Newsletter found its way to my inbox.
Charles Long’s Prophecy Fulfilled, a painting in acrylic and oil was presented to St. Mark by Charles on Thursday, March 27, 1986. We are most appreciative of Charles’ talent and generous contribution to St. Mark.
Prophecy Fulfilled depicts events leading up to and including the Crucifixion.
Anointing of Jesus at Bethany, Matthew 26:10-13
Palm Sunday with Christ on the donkey entering Jerusalem, Mark 11:7-10
The Passover Supper with broken bread and chalice, Matthew 26:17–19
The washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus, John 13:1-17
The betrayal by Judas, Matthew 26:14-16
Joseph of Arimathaea and the three women at the foot of the cross, Mark 15:42-47
The slain lamb as the sacrificial Lamb of God, John 1:29
The Cross with blood from the nails and a purple robe at the base, depicting Christ. Matthew 27:27-31
I did not know Charles Long but we all know his daughter Pat Marshall. During this Holy Week may we all pause and reflect on the events shown in the art work. When we are back in Church, take time to enjoy the painting, a gift of love to share the story with all who enter the Narthex.
Mary Beth Powell, March 27.2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Now, our water is polluted and many of our brothers and sisters throughout the world die from disease in the water that they drink.
We know that you are faithful to us and supply what we need but it is also our responsibility to protect what you have given us.
Please help those with power to use their resources and influence to help those lacking clean water.
Please hear our prayers as we strive to do what we, people of power are able to do to provide life sustaining clean water for those who lack it.