1Samuel 21:1-15 OR 2Kings 4:38-44
Matthew 15:29-39; 16:1-12 OR Mark 8:1-26
OPENING PRAYER [from GREATER ATTENTION: LERW, YEAR D]
Praise be to you, O God of Israel, for sending your only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to cure the sick and to restore to life those long dead. Showing us your great compassion, Christ Jesus feeds the hungry, makes the mute to speak, the lame to walk, the blind to see, and the maimed to be made whole. He himself, once dead and buried, was raised to eternal life, and thus fulfilled the sign of Jonah. Now reigning with you and the Holy Spirit in glory, he comes with the dawn to receive the worship of those who are baptized in his name, those who long for his glorious appearing. Therefore, let nothing worldly weigh down our words, our songs, our hearts, our spirits, but come and receive, O Triune God, the thanksgiving and praise that is due you! Praise be to you, O God of Israel, for you alone are worthy of praise.