Thursday March 20 :: In Him

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Colossians 1:15-23

sound  ::  Oh God, Look Down From Heaven, Old New Things; J.S. Bach, arr. Taylor Barnett (2010)

image  ::  The Washing Place, Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch (b.1824, Dutch)
The Washing Place, Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch (b.1824, Dutch)

O Lord, strong and mighty,
Lord of Hosts and King of glory:
Cleanse our hearts from sin,
keep our hands pure,
and turn our minds from what is passing away;
so that at the last we may stand in Your holy place
and receive Your blessing;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer

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