Old Testament: 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15) or Genesis 3:8-15
Psalter: Psalm 138 or Psalm 130
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Gospel: Mark 3:20-35
God of judgment and mercy, when we hide ourselves in shame, you seek us out in love. Grant us the fullness of your forgiveness, that as one people, united by your grace, we may stand with Christ against the powers of evil. Amen.
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