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“Truly this man was God’s Son!” —Mark 1:39

Sunday, March 8

The Lord’s Day

International Women’s Day

Minute for Mission: Celebrate the Gifts of Women


On Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday, we celebrate women in the household of God who regularly engage in faithful acts of service in communities of faith, hope, love, and witness.

There are women in Scripture and women in our congregations who are remarkable saints in the faith. You know some of these women. If I ask you to think of someone, more than one woman may come to mind.

There are also women who quietly serve the church. We do not know the many acts of service they perform. Some give quietly, without fanfare, and we may not even know their names.

One difficulty in many of the passages that feature women in the Bible is that, while we may remember the woman’s gift of ministry, we do not know her name.

On Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday, we are given an opportunity to name and remember our sisters, our mothers, our grandmothers, and other women in the faith, and the many gifts that they have given.

Jesus said of one such woman, “Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her” (Mark 14:9).

Rev. Dr. Rhashell Hunter, director, Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries

Let us pray

Loving God, thank you for faithful women, who lead us to Christ through their love, ministry, proclamation, and service. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Exod. 20:1–17
“O God, Who Gives Us Life”
GTG 53

Ps. 19
“Let’s Sing unto the Lord” /
“Cantemos al Señor”
GTG 669, PH 472

1 Cor. 1:18–25
“When I Survey the
Wondrous Cross”
GTG 223, 224, HB 198, PH 100, 101

John 2:13–22
“Christ Is Made the Sure
GTG 394, HB 433, PH 416, 417

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 84; 150
First Reading Jeremiah 6:9-15
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel Reading Mark 5:1-20
Evening Psalms 42; 32

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