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Thought For The Day 02/15/15

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Transfiguration Sunday

Post #1437

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Transfiguration Sunday

In Christian teachings, the Transfiguration is a pivotal moment, and the setting on Mount Tabor is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place for the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth and celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transfiguration_of_Jesus

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 A Prayer For Today  

February 15th, 2015

Majestic Glory,
Heart of God:


on mountaintops crowned with mist and in museums filled with wonder;in tents pitched by singing brooks and in theaters filled with laughing children; in this sacred space as well as all our ordinary neighborhoods where we live, you are with us, hearing us, answering us, and we do not lose heart.

Holy Beloved,
Face of God:

we glance at you out of the corners of our souls, and see grace surrounding us; we look at you conversing with the poor and the rejected, and see our family; we watch you as you come to us, to touch us, to heal us, and to give us back to God. And we will not lose heart.

Holy Spirit,
Ear of God:


when our lips cannot shape words, you speak them for us; when we can only sigh our deepest needs, you gather them up and offer them to God; when our hopes are scattered on the ground, you pick them up and give them back to us. And we dare not lose heart.

God in Community, Holy in One, we lift our voices, as well as our hearts, as we pray as Jesus teaches us,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.  

http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/2015/02/liturgy-wcommunion-for-february-15-2015.html

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Author of Today’s Gospel Reading

St Mark the Apostle

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The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother’s house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.

St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark’s cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome with St. Peter and St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.

St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. His feast day is April 25. He is the patron saint of notaries.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=305

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Our Old Testament Reading

Daniel 7: 9-14 NIV

“As I looked,

“thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.

“Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)

“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

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Our Gospel Reading

Mark 9: 1-10 NIV

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.

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Hymn For Today

Jesus On The Mountain Peak

 Text: Brian Wren
Music: Theodore A. Beck
Performed by: “LutheranWarbler”

 1 Jesus on the mountain peak
Stands alone in glory blazing;
Let us, if we dare to speak,
Join the saints and angels praising.
Alleluia!

2 Trembling at his feet we saw
Moses and Elijah speaking.
All the prophets and the law
Shout through them their joyful greeting:
Alleluia!

3 Swift the cloud of glory came:
God proclaiming in its thunder
Jesus as his Son by name!
Nations, cry aloud in wonder,
Alleluia!

4 This is God’s beloved Son!
Law and prophets sing before Him;
First and Last and only One.
Let creation now adore him!
Alleluia

 

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 02/08/15

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

The Fifth Sunday In Ordinary time

Post #1429

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 A Prayer For Today  

February 8th, 2015

Our gracious Heavenly Father, we pray that we will not merely offer lip service to your Son when we call Him “Lord” but we truly desire that He be Lord of every area in our lives. We pray that we will allow Him to mold our character so that our thoughts, words and actions will mirror His character. We pray that His will rule over the way we treat our spouse, our children, our parents, and all other human relationships in our lives. We ask that You will help us invest our time and talents to honor Christ by using our talents and faith to build bridges which lead to Your Kingdom. Know that we will be willing to surrender all of our lives to You and we ask that You teach us what our priorities should be.

We ask these things in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray saying:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.  

adapted from a prayer found on the following site: http://www.klangwesley.com/prayer-list-february-8-2015

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Author of Today’s Gospel Reading

St Mark the Apostle

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The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother’s house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.

St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark’s cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome with St. Peter and St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.

St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. His feast day is April 25. He is the patron saint of notaries.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=305

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Our Old Testament Reading

Job 7: 1-7 ESV

Job Continues: My Life Has No Hope

“Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand? Like a slave who longs for the shadow, and like a hired hand who looks for his wages, so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery are apportioned to me.

When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn.

My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt; my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and come to their end without hope. 

“Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good.

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Our Gospel Reading

Mark 1: 29-39 ESV

Jesus Heals Many

And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

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Hymn For Today

I Will Sing The Wondrous Story

 Performed by Robin Mark (Shout To The North Album Version)
Composed by Francis H. Rowley in 1886

I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me;
How He left the realms of glory
For the cross of Calvary.

Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
raised me up and gently led me
… to the narrow way.

Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then at last he’ll bring me over
saved by grace and made complete.

Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 02/01/15

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

The Fourth Sunday In Ordinary time

Post #1422

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 A Prayer For Today  

February 1st, 2015

Gracious God, as we face economic challenges, higher cost of living, and uncertain times, we pray that You will use these situations to draw us into a deeper relationship with You. We pray that as we go through troubled and uncertain times we will trust in Your grace  to be sufficient for us so that these tough times will not paralyze us from moving forward. We pray that we will learn to see difficult situations from Your perspective, and with Your help and strength, come through these situations as better people – stronger, more compassionate, more faith, and more appreciative of all the good things that the You have blessed us with.

We ask these things in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray saying:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.  

adapted from a prayer found on the following site: http://www.klangwesley.com/prayer-list-february-1-2015

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Author of Today’s Gospel Reading

St Mark the Apostle

st__mark_the_evangelist_by_lordshadowblade-d62zolm

The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother’s house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.

St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark’s cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome with St. Peter and St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.

St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. His feast day is April 25. He is the patron saint of notaries.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=305

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Our Old Testament Reading

Deuteronomy 18: 15-20 ESV

A New Prophet like Moses

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—  just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.  And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’

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Our Gospel Reading

Mark 1: 21-28 ESV

Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit

And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.  And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,  “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

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Hymn For Today

Here I Am Lord

Daniel L. Schutte is an American composer of Catholic liturgical music and a contemporary Christian songwriter best known for composing the hymn Here I Am, Lord, also known as I, the Lord of Sea and Sky,.

Here I am Lord
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide,
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them,
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/28/15

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Making A Joyful Noise To The Lord!

Post 1418

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“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”

Ronald Reagan 

http://www.famousquotes123.com/songs-quotes.html

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Writing today’s post was a no-brainer when I happened upon an editorial response in a news publication that was referring about the travesty that has been introduced into our worship services by including (dare I even write the words?) the heathen style of worship music made commonplace by today’s Christian rock bands. And suddenly I was transported in mind to the 1984 movie “Footloose” and to the infamous scene where Kevin Bacon’s character addresses the town council meeting in an attempt to change the local ordinance banning the rite of passage for High School students everywhere, the Senior Prom. But it was his use of Biblical passages to support his view that made the greatest impact in his address to these people. And, as we know, he fails to change the law, but he does succeed in opening some eyes to thinking about the possibilities that there is a time and a place for all things. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sow; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
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Why is it that the more life and times change, the more they stay the same? Why do some people not see that this form of praise is still praise and worship in the eyes of the Almighty? When so many young people are turning away from Him, why do some seek to drive still others away? And especially over an opinion about a medium that has celebrated every milestone and event in human life for thousands upon thousands of years? The notes of songs resonate with the magic of life. When you are experiencing the depths of despair, the magic can lift you up and help you to overcome your anguish! And even our moments of happiness can be transported to moments of sheer bliss through music!
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Almost 3500 years ago, a fair-haired shepherd boy lived and dreamed and wrote what might just be the greatest collection of songs of praise ever compiled into one literary masterpiece. In fact, the works are described in a way in 1 Chronicles 13:8 NKJV, that resonates like a story of any conventional rock group of today. “Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.” And yet, by today’s standards, David’s tributes which range from moments of utter despair to the moments of the ecstasy of his greatest joys, might just raise a few eyebrows. And yet, should we be able to peer into a crystal ball and see our world in another thousand years, I have no doubt that some of our more successful contemporary rock musicians such as  DC Talk, Newsboys, Jars of Clay and Audio Adrenaline, might well be viewed in the very same light.
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Instead of seeking to tear down the heart, mind and soul of today’s young people, who are just now discovering and reveling in the magic and joy that faith gifts us with, why not try for a moment to see the world through a new set of eyes….young eyes. What you discover might just surprise you! What these young musicians are striving to do is to give new believers the tools, in a language that they can understand, to strengthen their walk along the new pathways that faith is leading them to! And isn’t this the very same thing that evangelist and song-leader George Bennard tried to do in 1912 when he wrote, “The Old Rugged Cross”, and when Leonard Cohen wrote “Hallelujah” in 1984! These songs, both songs of praise, resonate differently with everyone but they each evoke emotions that draw us even closer to the Almighty. And isn’t that what compelled David to begin writing his psalms of praise more that 3 millenia ago?
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The most famous and popular of all of the Psalms of David!

Psalm 23 KJV

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

A Gospel version of the 23rd Psalm

performed by: Cissy Houston & Hezekiah Walker
Accompanied by: The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/25/15

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

The Third Sunday In Ordinary time

Post #1415

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 A Prayer For Today  

January 25th, 2015

Gracious God, we pray that when we face challenges in life, we will not react to our circumstances in the flesh, but respond to our challenges in the Spirit. We pray that You will give us the grace and the strength to follow the example of Jesus, your Son, who always maintained a perfect attitude in every situation. We know that this is because Jesus prayed about everything and worried about nothing, never becoming defensive, discouraged, or depressed because we know the goal of Jesus was to please the You, rather than to achieve His own agenda. We pray that we will seek to attain a Christ-like attitude by asking You for strength and wisdom to appropriately respond to every situation so that ultimately it is You who is given the glory.

We ask these things in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray saying:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.  

adapted from a prayer found on the following site: http://www.klangwesley.com/prayer-list-january-25-2015

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Author of Today’s Gospel Reading

St Mark the Apostle

st__mark_the_evangelist_by_lordshadowblade-d62zolm

The second Gospel was written by St. Mark, who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother’s house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there.

St. Mark was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark’s cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome with St. Peter and St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria.

St. Mark wrote the second Gospel, probably in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D.; he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile converts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. His feast day is April 25. He is the patron saint of notaries.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=305

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Our Old Testament Reading

Jonah 3: 1-10 NIV

Jonah Goes To Nineveh

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:

“By the decree of the king and his nobles:

Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

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Our Gospel Reading

Mark 1: 14-20 NIV

Jesus Announces the Good News

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

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Hymn For Today

I WANT TO WALK AS A CHILD OF THE LIGHT

Words and Lyrics written by Kathleen Thomerson (1934-)

I want to walk as a child of the light;
I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world;
The star of my life is Jesus.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all;
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God;
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I want to see the brightness of God;
I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of righteousness, shine on my path,
And show me the way to the Father.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all;
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God;
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I’m looking for the coming of Christ;
I want to be with Jesus.
When we have run with patience the race,
We shall know the joy of Jesus.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all;
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God;
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/18/15

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

The Second Sunday After Epiphany

Post #1408

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 A Prayer For Today  

January 18th, 2015

Gracious God, you see into the deepest needs of our hearts and call us to follow you and to listen to your voice:  Receive our prayers as we call upon you in your Temple:  Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.

You have called the Church your children and given to us the Holy Spirit, O Gracious One:  Grant that we may share with our friends the Good News of Jesus of Nazareth and invite them to “come and see” so that others may share our fellowship in his Name. 

You search our hearts and know us, Almighty God:  Lay your hand upon our nation and upon all in authority, that they may be instruments of your compassion and peace, known as a people in whom there is no deceit. 

You have woven our bodies in the depths of the earth, O God our Creator:  Look upon the needs of a suffering world and bless all humanity, that your healthful Spirit and presence may do marvelous works for the relief of the world. 

You visit us in friendship and invite us to be generous and hospitable neighbors to all among whom we live, O Loving One:  Fill us with your grace, that we may be a community of kindness and compassion. You fashion our lives day by day in your Spirit.  Increase in us your vision that we may see great things for our community. May all people see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.

We ask these things in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray saying:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.  

adapted from a prayer found on the following site: http://www.stpaulsfay.org/id105.html

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Author of Today’s Gospel Reading

St John the Apostle

Saint John

St. John, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year of His public ministry. He became the “beloved disciple” and the only one of the Twelve who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion. He stood faithfully at the cross when the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother. His later life was passed chiefly in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. He founded many churches in Asia Minor. He wrote the fourth Gospel, and three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation is also attributed to him. Brought to Rome, tradition relates that he was by order of Emperor Dometian cast into a cauldron of boiling oil but came forth unhurt and was banished to the island of Pathmos for a year. He lived to an extreme old age, surviving all his fellow apostles, and died at Ephesus about the year 100.

St. John is called the Apostle of Charity, a virtue he had learned from his Divine Master, and which he constantly inculcated by word and example. The “beloved disciple” died at Ephesus, where a stately church was erected over his tomb. It was afterwards converted into a Mohammedan mosque.

John is credited with the authorship of three epistles and one Gospel, although many scholars believe that the final editing of the Gospel was done by others shortly after his death. He is also supposed by many to be the author of the book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, although this identification is less certain.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=228

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Our Old Testament Reading

1 Samuel 3:3-19 NIV

The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”

Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.”

Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

“What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.”

The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.

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Our Gospel Reading

John 1: 35-42 NIV

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

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Christian-Music1

Hymn For Today

I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry

Lyrics written by John Ylvisaker in 1985.
Arrangement by Martha Lynn Thompson.
Performed by Wendy Sue Hunt. 

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.
I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well;
In a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell.

When you heard the wonder of the Word
I was there to cheer you on;
You were raised to praise the living Lord,
to whom you now belong.
If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme
from dusk ’till rising sun.

In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young,
I’ll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I’ve begun.
When the evening gently closes in,
and you shut your weary eyes,
I’ll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise.

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2015 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 01/11/15

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

The Baptism of Christ

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Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, and it’s a good time to remember our own baptisms, and the baptisms of our family members. And as we reflect, we are reminded of the following verse and what it means for us!

 “Thou art my beloved son; with thee I am well pleased.”

We are reminded that it is through the birth of Christ, that God the Father offers us all His promise that, just as He loves His son, so does He feel the same way about each of us! 

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 A Prayer For Today  

January 11th, 2015

Fill your Church with the power of your Holy Spirit, O God, that we may bring the light of your blessing to the whole world. 

Let your gentle spirit be upon this nation and upon all in authority, that we may share in your work to bring forth justice upon the earth. 

Let your prophets speak powerful words of repentance and transformation to the ends of the earth, that the breath of your creative love and the sound of your blessing may go forth throughout the world. 

Let your grace descend and dwell among the people of this community, that we may be united in love, abounding in compassion, and proactive in peace. 

May your heavens open and your Spirit descend upon us, bringing your comfort and healing to all for whom we pray.

Hear our grateful thanks and praise for your manifestation of presence and grace in our lives and in the lives of others.

Welcome with your divine pleasure all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal domains. 

Amen.  

adapted from a prayer found on the following site: http://www.stpaulsfay.org/id105.html

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Author of Today’s New Testament Reading

St Luke the Apostle

Luke

 

The patron of Artists and Physicians
Memorial Day / Feast Day: October 18th

Saint Luke  lived during the 1st century AD. He is credited with being  the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He was a companion of the Apostle Paul, and the most literary of the New Testament writers. Luke was born in Antioch, Turkey of a wealthy family. He was well-educated and became a Physician. Luke converted to Christianity and become a disciple of the apostles.

Information about his life is scanty. His writing style indicates a cultivated literary background. Tradition based on Gospel references has regarded him as a physician and a Gentile. Saint Paul’s companion and friend, Saint Luke and probably accompanied him on several missionary journeys. Luke followed Paul until the death of his friend.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Luke died in A.D. 70. Cause of Death: Natural Causes.

http://www.catholic-saints.info/patron-saints/saint-luke.htm

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Our Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7 NASB

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have sent my spirit upon him, he will bring fair judgement to the nations.

He does not cry out or raise his voice, his voice is not heard in the street; he does not break the crushed reed or snuff the faltering wick. Faithfully he presents fair judgement; he will not grow faint, he will not be crushed until he has established fair judgement on earth, and the coasts and islands are waiting for his instruction.

I, Yahweh, have called you in saving justice, I have grasped you by the hand and shaped you; I have made you a covenant of the people and light to the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison, and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.

 

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Our New Testament Reading

Acts 10: 34-38 NASB

It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. There were in all about twelve men.

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Christian-Music1

Hymn For Today

I Love To Tell The Story

“I Love to Tell the Story” is one of two hymn texts derived from a long poem on the life of Christ written by A. (Annabelle) Catherine Hankey in 1866. Hankey wrote the poem during a long period of convalescence following a serious illness. The first part of the poem, ‘The Story Wanted,” is the source of the children’s gospel song “Tell Me the Old, Old Story,” while the second part, “The Story Told,” contains this text. Beginning in 1866 different versions of the full poem were printed in various publications. This hymn text, with the tune HANKEY and a refrain written by William G. Fischer, were published in Joyful Songs (1869).

 

I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory,
Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.
[Chorus]
I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
’twill be the old, old story
That I have loved so long.
[Chorus]
I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

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