Opening Prayer: Almighty God, when You are in control the death of something old is always the birth of something new. Help me to live in the light of the new things You have created in my life. Amen.
Read: Mark 7:14-23
Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself
Hymn: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
A mighty Fortress is our God,
A Bulwark never failing;
Our Helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And armed with cruel hate;
On earth is not his equal
And thought this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim-
We tremble not for him.
His rage we can endure,
For, lo, his doom is sure;
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go-
This moral life also.
The body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still.
His kingdom is forever.
Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, as lent is drawing to a close, please prepare my heart to hear Your voice, and worship You this Palm Sunday and Holy week. Amen.