In our lesson from St Mark today, we find the healing and preaching mission of Jesus expand from a single healing to regional fame. May we all find Christ to be our healer both spiritually and physically, and may we all avail ourselves to bring his healing touch to others.
St Francis is doing a Lenten Supper and Small Group study on the 5 Marks of Mission adapting the Hitting the Mark study from the Diocese of Bermuda (see the links on the bottom of the resources page) along with some video supplements. These marks of mission, as endorsed by the global Anglican Communion, seek to define and summarize what the Church’s purpose is. So to introduce the study, I preached on these Marks of Mission on Ash Wednesday, so we might ask God’s forgiveness in those ways we have “missed the mark” in terms of trusting and sharing the Gospel, teaching and supporting each other in spiritual growth, serving the needy, promoting biblical justice, and caring for creation. May we all grow in holiness this Lent, not just in obedience and purity, but in vocation, as well.