Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds,that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviourwe may be ready to receive him,who is our Lord and our God.
Father in heaven, who sent your Son to redeem the worldand will send him again to be our judge:give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first comingthat, when he comes again,we may be ready to greet him with joyful love and firm faith;through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Old Testament Isaiah 40.1-11Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." A voice says, "Cry out." And I said, "What shall I cry?" "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever." You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!" See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.Epistle 2 Peter 3. 8-15aBut do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation.Gospel Mark 1.1-8 This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: "God said, "I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.' Someone is shouting in the desert, "Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!' " So John appeared in the desert, baptising and preaching. "Turn away from your sins and be baptised, and God will forgive your sins." Many people from the province of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to hear John. They confessed their sins, and he baptised them in the Jordan River. John wore clothes made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. He announced to the people, "The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals. I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit." ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Our Benefice PrayerYou gave for us Your Son, that all may have life;You give us our faith, that we may trust in His Holy Name;You send us out rejoicing, to live and to tell this good news, that all may know of these gifts and live.Following the light of Jesus, and trusting only in His name, lead us into the fulfilling of Your Kingdom here in Burrington, Butcombe, Redhill & Wrington,that all may choose to live Your life._ _ _ _ _