Old Testament: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Epistle: Romans 4:13-25
Gospel: Mark 8:31-38
God of the covenant, in the glory of the cross your Son embraced the power of death and broke its hold over your people. In this time of repentance, draw all people to yourself, that we who confess Jesus as Lord may put aside the deeds of death and accept the life of your kingdom. Amen.