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March 22

Prayer for the day

by ted loder

O God, this is a hard time, a season of confusion, a frantic rush to fill our pantries, our schedules, and our minds, only to find ourselves empty. Give us hope, Lord. Remind us of your steady power and gracious purposes, that we may live fully. Renew our faith that the earth is not destined for dust and darkness, but for frolicking life and deep joy. Being set free from our anxiety for the future, may we take the risks of love today. Amen.

Scripture Reading

mark 14:52-72

And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 

Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 

Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 

But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 

And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 

And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.

And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” 

And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” But again he denied it. 

And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. 

And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Prayers of Our Community

Please take a moment to pray for the following joys and concerns of the Hillside Community.
You can submit your own prayer request using the form below.

kathleen

Please pray for my oldest friend, Sally. Last week Sally’s love of many years died. It was unexpected, but at least Rick and Kristy were with her at the time. So let us also pray for those who support us during tragic times. They help get us through.

shannon

For the health and safety of all family friends and neighbors and for those who have demonstrated gluttonous behavior, hoarding essential items that others may not have access to, I asked they find some Sense Of humility and compassion and share with those in need.
A prayer for my friend and colleague Francesca who is currently stuck in Scotland, I ask for her safe return home

rebecca, alex and freddy

For all the single parents, and parents who cannot stay home with their children, for those without access to insurance or healthcare, we pray that our country will support them through this difficult time. We pray for Jesus to show us how we can help them and all others who need help.

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