Sunday, January 29, 2012

Third Sunday after Epiphany: Let these fruits we have borne be their forgiveness

Opening Sentence
I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6b

Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 24, 29

Lessons: Genesis 18:16-33, Galatians 5:13-25, Mark 8:22-30

O Lord, remember not only the men and women of
     good will,
   but also those of ill will.
But, do not remember all of the suffering they have
   inflicted upon us:
Instead remember the fruits we have borne because
   of this suffering –
Our fellowship, our loyalty to one another, our
     humility,
   our courage, our generosity,
the greatness of heart that has grown from this
     trouble

When our persecutors come to be judged by you,
   let all these fruits that we have borne
   be their forgiveness.

Found on the clothing of a dead child at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp

How Deep the Father's Love for Us