To you I lift up my eyes…as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, so our eyes look to the Lord our God until he show us his mercy… [Psalm 123:1a, 2a, 3]
I know a person in Christ who… heard things…that no mortal is permitted to repeat…to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh…I appealed to the Lord…but he said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power in made perfect in weakness”… Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults…for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. [2 Corinthians 12:2, 4b, 7b, 8a, 9a, 10]
Then Jesus said to [the disciples], "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house"... He said to [the disciples] …if any place will not welcome you and they refuse to you, as you leave shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” [Mark 6:4,10a, 11]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ O Lord our God, stand us on our feet and speak to our souls of Your sufficient grace. Quicken our ability to recognize and endure the thorns in this life for the sake of Christ, whose power dwells within us and gives us strength through our weakness.
~ O Lord our God, You know the hearts and souls of us all, including those who govern in this World, this Country, and this Community. Fill us with ever-increasing fortitude and determination to persist in speaking Your truths of love, justice, and mercy on behalf of the most beleaguered and oppressed near and far. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ O Lord our God, restore hope and wholeness to all who struggle with chronic illness, homelessness, or recovery, and infuse their supporters with energy and endurance. We now join our hearts together to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ O Lord our God, ease the sorrow of all who mourn as those who now live again in You, are filled with joy in the bliss of eternal peace. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ O Lord our God, we give You thanks for all those ordained to guide us on our journey to You. Grant them continuing renewal of faith and confidence in teaching and proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: Almighty Creator, our Eternal God, embolden our willingness to shake off the dust of rejection and mockery when we step out in faith and turn our lives to Christ. Fill us with humility in spirit to be as the footsteps of Jesus on all the paths we travel. We ask through Jesus, our Prophet and Redeemer; and the Holy Spirit, the Breath of God; who together with You reign as One God, now and forever. Amen.