Opening Prayer

In thy house, O Lord, let us dwell in peace and concord; Give us all one heart, one mind, one true interpretation upon thy word; that all who believe in thee may together extol thy name; O Lord God, most glorious and excellent over all. Amen.

— Anonymous, 1552


John 9:13-23 NLT

Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”

Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.

Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?”

The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”

The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?”

His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”


Lord of Light shine on us;
Lord of peace dwell in us;
Lord of might succour us;
Lord of love enfold us;
Lord of wisdom enlighten us.

Then, Lord, let us go out as your witnesses, in obedience to your command; to share the good news of your mighty love for us in the gift of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
—Anonymous (Wales)


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