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Lord, help us to heed your words and rely on your grace.


(Introductory Prayers)
 


THE GOSPEL
Mark 13:24-32


Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.

Our
cars will
rust and fall apart,
       condos crumble to the ground.
      Our fondest dreams will disappoint.
 
Everything will go.
Investments.
Worries.
 Honors.
 Pains.

Yet,
you
say to us,
“My words will not
pass away.”

Jesus,
please fill us
with your words.
which will never pass away.

You 
are love.
Love remains.


THE FIRST READING

Daniel 12:1-3


But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament
.

Look up! at the
splendor of the universe,
light years from the dimness of our earth.

The wise are shining
like those stars:

points of light,
showing the way.
How did they get there?
How did they attain
 such heights?

They offered a cup of water,
or their house or food or anything they could find.
They gave away their time, their money and
their lives, never counting the cost.
They used every gift they had
and also some they didn’t
and spent a lifetime
teaching others
how to use
what is
given.

Lord,
Let these stars
guide us.


THE SECOND READING

Hebrews 10:11-14, 18


But this one offered one sacrifice for sins.

The priests in ancient times
daily repeated the same
sacrifices, again and
again, yet did not
one thing to
destroy
sin.

O
Jesus,
just that
one time you
offered perfect
sacrifice. The fight
fought, the battle won,
sure redemption was ours,
free for the taking. It was then,
is now, and will be through all ages.

We thank you, Lord, for loving us well,
and for giving us your mercy.
We love you,
Lord.

Amen.

Anne Osdieck

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