Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
During Lent and especially on Easter, we have the opportunity to participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing, which responds directly to the Isaiah 58 needs God has called us to fulfill. This is one of the Special Offerings during the year, and it provides funding for the • Presbyterian Hunger Program, • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance • Self Development of People. Total national OGHS funds raised for 2020 were $3,188,365. Every donation counts! You can use the special yellow envelope that was in your packet for February, or you can write a check to St. Mark and indicate OGHS (One Great Hour of Sharing). Click here for more.
Please participate along with your Lenten Water Challenge donation that benefits Marian Medical Mission, providing clean water wells to communities in Africa.
LENTEN WATER CHALLENGE
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kills more people annually than all forms of violence, including war. In the world, 663 million people do not have access to clean water. About half of the world’s population who lack clean water live in Africa.
Marion Medical Mission has played an active role in the fight against dirty water. Since 1990, they have built over 31,000 wells in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia providing over four million people with a sustainable source of safe drinking water. Without Christ, that would not have been possible! With Him, all is possible. And by His power, we believe that countless millions of others will receive life-giving water.
For the past 19 years, St. Mark has supported Marion Medical Mission through our Christmas Alternatives Gift Fair. During the past three years, St. Mark member donations have funded the construction of 30 wells.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
March 28, 2021
SPECIAL MUSIC “Blessed is He Who Comes" Choplin
Christine Polak, soloist
† THE DOXOLOGY
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
† HYMN “Rejoice, the Lord is King” Hymnal #363
† CHARGE AND BLESSING
† BENEDICTION RESPONSE “Shalom to You” Eslinger
POSTLUDE “Ride on in Majesty” Dykes
†You are invited to stand, as you are able.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
I appeal to you, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Daily Readings for Friday, March 26, 2021
- Morning Psalms 22; 148
- First Reading Jeremiah 29:1 (2-3) 4-14
- Second Reading Romans 11:13-24
- Gospel Reading John 11:1-27
- Alternate Gospel John 12:1–10
- Evening Psalms 105; 130
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord. Keep the church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace; bring all creation to worship at his feet, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Clothe us with the power promised from on high, and send us forth to the ends of the earth as heralds of repentance and witnesses of Jesus Christ, firstborn from the dead. Merciful God, strengthen us in prayer that we may lift up the brokenness of this world for your healing, and share in the saving love of Jesus Christ. We pray for those in positions of authority over others, the lonely and forgotten, children without families or homes, agents of caring and relief. (Add your prayers.) Amen.
May God in endless mercy bring the whole church, the living and departed, to a joyful resurrection in the fulfillment of the eternal kingdom.
(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.)