Second Sunday in
Peter is rebuked because he misunderstood what it
meant to follow Jesus. Jesus must suffer, even be put to death. To be his
disciple means sacrifice as well. Such a thought was difficult for Peter, just
as it is for us today. To lose oneís life for Christís sake is to put self
behind and serve others without thought of reward.
We are invited
to walk with God.
We are welcomed
by God as people of the covenant.
to stand in the presence of our Creator!
We bring our
praise to glorify God.
God calls us by
name and gives us new names.
We are summoned
to faithfulness and fruitfulness.
God not only
speaks to us but also listens.
our cries and meets our need.
Let the ends of
the earth remember and turn to God.
families of all nations worship the Creator.
We will pay
our vows to the One who calls us.
the God of all nations and all peoples.
of the Day
Let us pray.
trust and confidence, we call on your name, almighty God, eager to know you
more fully and serve you more faithfully. We have heard your amazing promises
given to our ancestors in the faith. We seek your word for us in our day, for
we want to grow strong in our faith as our ancestors did in theirs. As they
gave you glory and praise, we gather to do the same. As they passed on their
faith to new generations, we seek to teach and live in such a way that our
children and their children will be drawn to minister in your name. Amen.