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The beginning of the year “the beginning of the gospel.”

BibleGateway: Mark 1:1-8

ESV Text: Mark 1:1-8

KJV Text:

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     1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 121:
For Thy Mercy and Thy Grace

— Organ Audio

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1. For Thy mercy and Thy grace, 
Faithful through another year, 
Hear our song of thankfulness; 
Savior and Redeemer, hear! 

2. Lo, our sins on Thee we cast, 
Thee, our perfect Sacrifice, 
And, forgetting all the past, 
Press unto our glorious prize. 

3. Dark the future; let Thy light 
Guide us, bright and Morning Star. 
Fierce our foes and hard the fight; 
Arm us, Savior, for the war. 

4. In our weakness and distress, 
Rock of strength, be Thou our Stay; 
In the pathless wilderness 
Be our true and living Way. 

5. Who of us death’s awful road 
In the coming year shall tread, 
With Thy rod and staff, 0 God, 
Comfort Thou his dying bed. 

6. Keep us faithful, keep us pure, 
Keep us evermore Thine own. 
Help, oh, help us to endure; 
Fit us for the promised crown.