First News

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A Prayer based on Chapters 1 to 3 of the Gospel of Mark

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You are the beginning of the good news
You are the Saviour
You are the Son of God

The Kingdom of God is at hand

Prepared the way for You
By calling people to repent
So that they might be forgiven for their sins
And ready to receive You

We repent
And ask You to forgive our sins
That we might prepare the way for You
And receive You more wholly into our lives

You were baptized
Affirmed in Your ministry by Your Father
And tested in the desert

We thank You for the times of rededication to You that we have experienced
We thank You for all the ways You have spoken words of affirmation to us
And we thank You for the times of testing You have brought us safely through

You called fishermen –
Simon and Andrew, James and John –
To follow You
And, straight away,
They left their nets and followed You

When you call us to be fishers of men
Help us not to overvalue what we must give up
And not to hesitate to follow You

You brought a new teaching – with authority
And people were astonished
You told the unclean spirits what to do
And the spirits obeyed
You healed people with fevers, diseases and disabilities
And everyone who the crowds brought to You who was ill
You cured

We call out to You
To speak to us with authority
To deliver us from evil
And to heal us from our physical, mental and emotional wounds

You commended four friends
For their faith in bringing a paralysed man to You
And You freely forgave his sins

Help us be equally zealous
In bringing our friends to You
In the certain hope
That You will freely offer Your forgiveness to them also

You called Levi to be Your disciple –
A tax collector who had betrayed his faith and his people –
And You visited and ate with those
Others looked down on

Despite how we have betrayed You and Your people in our lives
We ask that You would call us to be Your disciples also
And teach us, in turn,
To befriend people others reject

You are the Healer
You are the Bridegroom
You are the New Wine;
The Wine of the Kingdom of God

Enable us to admit our need of Your healing
Help us to celebrate Your presence among us
And change us
So that our church can be the new wineskins
Filled with the life of the Kingdom of God

The disciples struggled to understand who You were
The Pharisees plotted a way to destroy You
And Your own family accused You of being out of Your senses

Help us –
Through the illumination of the Holy Spirit
Through prayer
And through the reading of the Scriptures –
To know You as You really are

We pray all these things
For ourselves
For our families
For our friends
And for our neighbours
To the Glory of God
And for the Honour of Your Name

The Kingdom of God is at hand


Posted by Anthony Brown