Ordinary Time C

Aug 2016

 

 

19th Sunday - Aug 7th

20th Sunday- Aug 14th

21st Sunday - Aug 21st

22th Sunday - Aug 22nd

 


 

19th Sunday - Aug 7th

 

Greeting
The Lord Jesus is here with us,
welcoming us at his table.
May his grace be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise
A We are all stewards of the Lord. We are all entrusted with the care of God’s people. How worthy are we of that trust? Let us now examine ourselves (pause)

Lord Jesus, when we consider earthly possessions more valuable than the never–failing treasure you have in store for us in heaven: Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, when we do not prepare for your coming with faith, hope, and loving service: Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, when we abuse the trust you give us by being unkind and sometimes cruel to our brothers and sisters: Lord, have mercy.

B Today’s Gospel warns us that Jesus will come ‘at an hour we least expect’. Like faithful servants we must be always on the alert for his coming. But are we? Do we not often live foolishly as if we were not accountable to God for our lives? (Pause)

Lord Jesus,
you advise us not to be afraid but always to trust you:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you command us to be always ready to open the door for you.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you expect us to live as your faithful servants.
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer
O God of the covenant,
on whom our faith rests secure,
sustain us by word and sacrament;
keep us alert for the coming of the Son of Man
on a day we cannot know
and at an hour we do not expect.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN


GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS
P As we stand ready, like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, we ask the Lord to listen to our prayers.

CM Let our response be: Lord, make us your faithful servants. Please repeat:

1 May the community of God’s people set their hearts on never-failing treasures: faith, hope, love, peace, and life eternal. We pray:

2 May we not measure success in terms of material possessions but instead see in them an opportunity to render service to the community. We pray:

3 May God protect from harm those who keep watch through the night such as policemen, firemen, security guards, and hospital staff. We pray:

4 May those who live foolishly and recklessly as if they were accountable to no one for their behavior hear the voice of God and change their ways: we pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P Lord, we know that much has been given to us
and that much will be required from us.
May we, your servants,
be granted what we have just prayed for
because we do so in the name of Christ the Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
Sustainer of life,
here are our gifts of bread and wine,
the signs of faith and hope.
Thank you for your words of encouragement
that we need not be afraid,
for you have set before us the table of your Son, Jesus Christ.
We believe that he will strengthen our hope
in the future that you have prepared for us.
We ask this in the power of his name. AMEN


Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
With Jesus our Lord
we entrust ourselves to our Father in heaven
since we know that all good things come from him.


Deliver us
Deliver us, Lord,
from reliance on all things that perish.
Help us to be dressed for action
and to have our lamps lit
as we await with joyful hope
the arrival of our Master,
the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:
“Where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”
Grant that we will remain alert
and be prepared to welcome you
as the master of the kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.


Sign of Peace
We are the servants who know that we are blessed.
Let us share our joy with those around us.


Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
It is the Lord Jesus who speaks to us:
“Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking;
if you hear my voice and open the door,
I will come in to you and eat with you,
and you with me.” (Rev. 3:20)


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, who has invited us to his banquet.
He wants us to sit down to eat;
he will come and serve us.
We are truly blessed…. and so we say:


Prayer after Communion
Faithful God,
Your Son, Jesus, has waited on us at his table.

Keep our lamps burning brightly
and our hearts ever watchful for your Son’s return,
that we may open the gate as soon as he knocks.
Grant that we all may be worthy of the trust he has placed in us
and one day be admitted by him to the eternal banquet.
We ask all this through Jesus, our Master and Lord. AMEN


Blessing
May the Lord inspire your thoughts and actions. AMEN.

May your faith increase and your hope grow strong. AMEN.

May you preserve the treasure that will never fail you. AMEN.

And may almighty God bless you all,
+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN


Our Banquet is ended.
Dismissal
Go and be faithful stewards of the Lord.

 

 

20th Sunday- Aug 14th


Greeting
May the peace of the Lord which purifies and saves
be with you all.


Introduction and Litany of Praise
The Bible is a great source of comfort to us.
But it should also challenge us.
If it does not do so, it can only mean that we are not really listening.
Christ’s teaching is like a sword that divides… like a fire that burns.
Let us reflect on this to see where we stand – with Christ or against him?
(Pause)
Lord Jesus, your Word is like a blazing fire
that tests and purifies our inmost thoughts:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you set the world on fire
through your passion, death and glorious resurrection:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, your teaching is like a sword
that separates the true from the false:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
To set the earth ablaze, O God,
your Son submitted to a baptism unto death,
and from his cup of suffering
you call the Church to drink.
Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus
and give us strength in time of trial
and determination to run the race that lies before us.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.


GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS
P Let us pray that the fire Jesus came to kindle may burn brightly in our lives and that we may enkindle it where we live and work.

CM Our response is: Lord, hear our prayer.
Please repeat:

1 For all those leaders who are genuinely working for peace and for a more just world: that the Lord may uphold them when they suffer because of their efforts, we pray:

2 That politicians, judges, policemen. revenue collectors, and other civil servants may prove to be persons who serve the people with integrity and dedication,
we pray:

3 For families where there is conflict and division: (pause)
May time, love and God’s healing grace open the way to reconciliation,
we pray:
4 That we may be true to our Faith even at the expense of popularity and material rewards, we pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P Lord, help us to be messengers of hope, instruments of peace, and agents of love to a world that is riddled with injustice and division.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
Strong and faithful God,
we bring before you our bread and wine,
gifts of peace and joy.
In our struggles in life
may we never buy an easy peace by sacrificing,
for the sake of our own comfort,
the truth and justice demanded by the gospel.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. AMEN.


Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
In faith and hope
we pray to our Father in heaven in the words of Jesus:


Deliver us
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
May we not lose sight of Jesus
so that we may not grow weary
in our struggle against sin,
as we prepare in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:
“Blessed are the peace-makers,
for they will be called children of God.”
Help us to put an end to all that divides us
so that we may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.


Sign of Peace
St Paul likens the Christian life to a race.
Let us encourage all those who run alongside of us
with a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
This bread which we break is the bread of life.
It is the sign of Christ’s body
prepared by the Father
and offered in sacrifice by the Son
in a spirit of obedience to the Father’s will.


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus our Lord,
who accepted the cross
and disregarded its shame.
He invites us to his table
to inflame us with faith and love.


Prayer after Communion
God of light and life,
your Son has challenged us today with his message.
He comes to disrupt false peace based on injustice.
He comes to bring true peace
where all your children have their basic rights respected
and live in freedom and dignity.
Give us courage
so that we can be makers-of-peace in our communities.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN


Blessing
Jesus came to bring fire to the earth.
May our living faith burn like a flame. AMEN.

May we not lose sight of Jesus
who has taken his place at God’s right hand. AMEN.

May we turn aside from the easy way,
and always persevere in our decision to follow Christ. AMEN.

And may almighty God bless you,
+ the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN


Dismissal
Our celebration is ended.
Let us go forth with the fire of Christ’s love burning within us.

 

 

21st Sunday - Aug 21st


Greeting
However different we may be from one another,
the Lord has gathered us here,
to become one in and through Jesus. (pause)
May the Lord be with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise
Christ warned his contemporaries not to pin their hopes of salvation on the mere fact that they were born in Israel. He warned them that, like everyone else, they must make their way into the kingdom ‘through the narrow door.’

(pause)

Lord Jesus, You tell us to strive to enter through the narrow gate:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, we ate and drank in your company
and you have taught in our streets:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, You came to gather all peoples to the feast of your kingdom:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A To the banquet of your kingdom,
O God of the nations,
you have invited people of every race and tongue.
May all who are called to a place at your table,
come by the narrow way to the unending feast of life.
We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B From east and west, from north and south,
O God of all nations and languages,
you gather a multitude at the table in your kingdom.
Narrow is the door by which we must enter;
limited is the time to answer your summons.
May we be among those Jesus recognizes
when we knock at the door of your feast.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.


GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS
P Let us pray that we may have open hearts to welcome anyone and everyone as a brother or sister especially at the table of the Lord. With confidence we pray:

CM Lord, listen to your people.
Please repeat::

1 That we may not see ourselves as the only ones who will be saved, but as partakers, like the rest, of the Lord’s gift of salvation, we pray:

2 That those who feel that they will have difficulty passing through the “narrow door”, may become closer to Christ who saved us through his cross, we pray:

3 For all government leaders: (pause)
that they may strive to promote the welfare of all their people and not just that of a privileged few, we pray:

4 For the unity of all Christians, that they may not remain enclosed within their own religious traditions but may learn from and enrich one another, we pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P Fill our family with your Spirit, Lord,
so that our lives may give you praise and glory.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
Provident Father,
you have gathered us here around the table of your Son.
Let us never exclude anyone from joining us.
We look forward to the day
when people from every nation on earth
will take their places at the heavenly banquet.
We ask this in the name of Jesus
who is our Lord for ever and ever. AMEN.


Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
A Let us pray in the words of Jesus
that the kingdom may come to all God’s children
scattered throughout the world:

B Let us unite our prayer with all the peoples of the world who acknowledge God as Father when we say / sing:


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
especially from our tendency to exclude others
from what we consider to be ours by right and privilege.
Open our hearts to all peoples and cultures
so that they too can come to accept the Lordship
of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ,
you ate with outcasts and sinners
in order to let them know that they too were precious to God.
Help us, your followers,
to reach out to those who feel that they are rejected by society
so that we will all enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.


Sign of Peace
We are the family God has chosen as his own.
Let us recognize Christ in each other as we offer a sign of his peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
When we break this bread and share this wine
we meet Christ our Lord.
In him, peoples of all nations will sit down at table
as sisters and brothers in the kingdom of God.


Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus who gathers people
from east and west,
from north and south,
to join him in the banquet he has prepared for those who love him.
Blessed are we who are invited today.

Prayer after Communion
  Lord God,
  we have been refreshed with the one bread
  by which you continue to renew the human family.
  Grant that our sharing in this sacrament of unity
  may fill us with a strong and unselfish love
  that will inspire us in our efforts to end discrimination
  and bring all peoples into your kingdom.
  We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
 

Blessing
May you enter the door the Lord has opened for you.
AMEN.

May you take your place at the feast the Lord has prepared for you.
AMEN.

May the Lord of all nations give you a special blessing.
AMEN.

May the blessing of our loving God,
+ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
descend upon you all
and remain with you for ever.
AMEN.

Dismissal
We have shared in the banquet of the Lord.
Let us go forth with joyful hearts to serve his people.

 

 

22th Sunday - Aug 22nd


Greeting
  Blessed be the Lord
  who raises the lowly and humbles the proud.
  May the Spirit of the Lord be with you all.
 

Introduction and Litany of Praise
In today’s Gospel Jesus says to us:
‘If you are invited to a party take the lowest place.’
Yet we often want to be recognized…. and acclaimed! (pause)

Jesus also says to us: ‘Give to those who cannot repay you’
but we often give only to those who will return the compliment! (pause)

We know that these attitudes are unworthy of a follower of Christ,
so let us ask the Lord and the poor to forgive us. (pause)

Lord Jesus,
you are always available to the sinful and the forsaken.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus,
you invite everyone to your table.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you humble the proud and exalt the lowly.
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A God and judge of all,
you show us that the way to your kingdom
is through humility and service.
Enable us to renounce the quest for power and privilege.
Give us the reward promised to those
who make a place for the poor and the suffering.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

B God of compassion,
to the festive assembly of the new covenant
you have invited
the poor, the sinful and the forsaken.
Let your church always honor the presence of the Lord
in the little and the lowly,
recognizing in them our sisters and brothers
whom you welcome to your table.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.


GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS
P Let those who are the last and the least in the eyes of society be the first in our prayers to the Father. Let us say:

CM Lord, come and save us.
Please repeat:

1 For those in society who are always left out or who have to be content with the lowest place. We pray:

2 For true generosity of heart, so that we may be able to give as Christ gave, without expecting anything in return. We pray:

3 That wealthy nations may not exalt themselves through military and economic power, but humble themselves to provide for the poor and hungry. We pray:

4 May government officials see their office as a public trust and so serve the people with dedication and competence. We pray:

5 May church leaders strive for humble service and simplicity rather than for power and influence. We pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]
P Lord of justice,
defender of the poor and humble,
we commend our intentions to your provident care,
through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
God of the powerless,
you overlook the poverty of our hearts
for you have given us a place of honor
at the table of your Son.
May we learn from him
to be at the service of all your people.
We ask this in the name of Christ the Lord. AMEN.

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer
Aware of our own limitations,
we expect good things from God….
and so we pray with Jesus:


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from all pride and greed
which sets us up against one another
and makes us unwilling to share.
In your mercy
keep us free from the evil spirit
who tempts us to seek gain and fame at the expense of others,
as we await the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:
“All who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted”
Look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace
In a spirit of humility,
and conscious of being equal in God’s sight,
we offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread
When we break this bread and share this meal
we meet Christ the Savior.
In him,
peoples of all nations will sit down as sisters and brothers
at the banquet of the Lord.

Invitation to Communion
This is the Lord
who invites us to the table which he has prepared
for the weak and the poor.
Blessed are we if we are among them,
and are seated at the lowliest places.


Prayer after Communion
Lord God,
we have been guests at the table of your Son.
We thank you that he has accepted us
without judging or condemning us.
May we be willing to accept as friends
the poor and the weak who cannot repay us.
And we do this in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Blessing
May God the Father,
who invites you to his heavenly kingdom,
strengthen you in his love. AMEN.

May God the Son,
from whom all good things come,
sustain you in your faith. AMEN.

May God the Holy Spirit,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
lead you to ever greater hope. AMEN.

And may almighty God bless you,
+ the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

Dismissal
Our celebration is ended.
Go and serve one another with humility and joy.


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