Ordinary Time C

Sept 2016

 

 

23rd Sunday - Sept 4th

24th Sunday- Sept 11th

25th Sunday - Sept 18th

26th Sunday - Sept 25th

 


 

23rd Sunday - Sept 4th

 

Greeting
Grace and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all. (Philemon v. 3)

Introduction and Litany of Praise
People’s commitment to a cause can be measured by the sacrifices they are prepared to make for it. We cannot hope to be genuine followers of Christ without making sacrifices.

What does it mean for me to be a Christian?
How does it really affect my life?
What does it cost me? [pause]

Lord Jesus, you were willing to die on a cross in order to bring us life:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, unless we are willing to give up all that we are attached to
we cannot be your disciples:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you never abandon us in our struggles;
and your power is revealed in our weakness:
Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer
God of all ages,
you call the Church to keep watch in the world
and to discern the signs of the times.

Grant us the wisdom which your Spirit brings,
that with courage we may proclaim your prophetic word
and complete the work that you have set 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 We want to be faithful followers of Jesus not only in words but also in deeds. And so we pray:

CM Lord, be our light and our strength.
Please repeat:

1 May the Church, the community of believers, be proud to acknowledge the cross of Jesus which is the clearest expression of the power, wisdom and love of God. For this we pray:

2 May our religious and political leaders have the wisdom to know what is really good for the people and the courage and perseverance to bring this about. For this we pray:

3 That we may not be discouraged when faced with opposition, hostility or outright persecution while trying to promote gospel values in the workplace.
For this we pray:

4 For all those in pain of any kind: that they may learn from the example of Jesus to bear their sufferings with courage and hope: we pray:

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

P Loving God,
receive our prayers
and guide us as we walk humbly in your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
Eternal Wisdom,
accept our humble gifts and prayers,
and grant that all who carry their cross
may gladly unite their lives
to the sacrifice of Christ your Son.

May they know that their names are written in heaven
among the company of the elect.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
A Let us ask God to supply our daily needs,
as we pray in the words of Jesus:

B Setting our hearts on the unfailing treasure of God’s kingdom,
and trust in God’s daily care for us, we now pray:

Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us the wisdom
that will help us discover your will in our daily lives.
In your mercy,
set us free from all attachments and possessions
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to the crowds:
‘Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me
cannot be my disciple.’
Look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the wisdom and peace of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.


Sign of Peace
‘Welcome Onesimus as you would welcome me’, says St. Paul today.
Let us welcome Christ in each other as we offer our sign of peace.


Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
Loving Father,
you have fed us from our earliest days:
in your faithfulness,
nourish us today with this blessed bread,
bread broken so that all may share and grow
in the life-giving Spirit of your Son.


Invitation to Communion
Behold Jesus,
the Lamb of God who gave his life that we may live.
Happy are we who are called to share in the banquet of the Lamb.


Prayer after Communion
Most gracious God,
your word and sacrament give us food and life.
May this gift of your Son
help us to carry our own cross each day
and follow him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.


Blessing
The Father of mercies has given us an example of unselfish love in the suffering of his only Son. (pause)

Through your service of God and neighbor
may you receive countless blessings.
AMEN.

You believe that by his dying Christ destroyed death for ever.
May he give you everlasting life.
AMEN.

He humbled himself for our sakes.
May you follow his example and share in his resurrection.
AMEN.

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

Dismissal
Go in peace and follow the Lord Jesus.

 

 

24th Sunday- Sept 11th


Greeting
Blessed be the Lord God,
slow to anger, and rich in kindness.
May God’s grace and compassion be with you all.


Introduction and Litany of Praise
A Jesus did not look down on sinners, nor avoid them; on the contrary, he reached out to them, assuring them that his Father is a God of mercy and compassion, always ready to forgive.

B Jesus welcomed sinners and sat down at table to eat and drink with them. As we gather round the Lord’s table we are conscious of our sinfulness. But we are even more conscious of the Lord’s welcome. As we prepare to celebrate this Eucharist we rejoice in God’s love and forgiveness.

A & B Lord Jesus,
you welcome sinners and eat with them:
Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus,
you rejoice when sinners repent and you receive them with joy:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
you are the Good Shepherd
searching for the lost ones and leading them back to your fold:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
A Undaunted… you seek the lost, O God,
exultant… you bring home the found.

Touch our hearts with grateful wonder
at the tenderness of your long-suffering love.

Grant us delight in the mercy that has found us
and bring all to rejoice at the feast of forgiveness.

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 What do you look like, O God of compassion?
A shepherd who carries home the lost sheep:
a woman who sweeps the whole house to find a single coin:
a father who never gives up hope that the child who hurt him
will come home to be loved.

So in Jesus you have come searching for us.

May we never forget how much we are loved.
May we never refuse to love others as much.

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 We offer our prayers with one heart and mind to the Father, who not only forgives sin but heals the wounds caused by sin.

CM Our response is: God, hear our cry for mercy.
Please repeat:

1 For the Church throughout the world: (pause)
that, like Jesus, she may always welcome sinners and be a constant sign of God’s love and compassion. We pray:

2 For parents: (pause)
that they may create homes where their children will know they are forgiven and loved. We pray:

3 For those who feel themselves to be unlovable and unforgivable. (pause)
May they come to know the love and mercy of God. We pray:

4 For young people who have wandered into the “far country” of crime and drugs;
we pray:

5 For ourselves: (pause)
may our experience of God’s mercy enable us to be more merciful to others.
We pray:

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

P God of love and mercy,
may we always experience and celebrate the joy of your forgiveness in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
Compassionate Father,
your Son welcomed sinners
and ate with them at table.
May our gathering here around this table
bring us - sinners though we are –
pardon and peace.
As we break bread together
may we be reconciled with one another and with you.
Grant this through Jesus our Lord. AMEN.


Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation #1 or 2 is appropriate for today’s Liturgy.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
In the words of Jesus,
we now pray to the Father
to forgive us our sins
as we forgive others.


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
When in moments of weakness
we have turned away from you
let the memories of your mercy
be stronger than our feelings of guilt.
Strengthen us as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ,
you ate with tax-collectors and prostitutes
to show them that they too were precious to God.
Help us, your followers,
to reach out to those who are rejected by society,
so that we can all together enter the kingdom of God
where you live for ever and ever.


Sign of Peace
Since we all share in God’s forgiveness,
let us exchange a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
When we break this bread and share this wine,
we declare that we regard all people
as our brothers and sisters.
With God as our Father
we are all members of one family.


Invitation to Communion
Behold Jesus who seeks out sinners
and invites them to his supper.
Blessed are we who have been invited to this altar-table.


Prayer after Communion
God of mercy,
accept our thanks
for the love you offer us in Jesus your Son;
it is always greater than our sins.
May we carry out with joy
your mission of reconciliation among those who are broken.
All this we ask in the name of the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Blessing
May the peace of Christ, the Good Shepherd,
be in your minds and hearts.
AMEN.

May the love of God, which is in Jesus,
be your hope and joy.
AMEN.

May God’s compassion be your comfort and peace.
AMEN.

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

Dismissal
Sinners who have been cleansed, healed and forgiven….
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 

 

25th Sunday - Sept 18th


Greeting
We have come to worship God
through Jesus Christ,
the only mediator between God and the human race.
May the peace of God be with you.

Introduction and Litany of Praise
We have been entrusted by the Lord with many gifts and talents.
One day we will render to him an account of our stewardship.
Can we say now that we are trustworthy stewards? (Pause)

Lord Jesus, we are part of a world that tramples on the needy
and often brings to “ruin the poor of the land”:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have warned us
that someday we will have to render a full account of our stewardship:
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have called us to be good stewards,
but we have let money and possessions become our masters:
Lord, have mercy.

Free us from our sin, Lord,
make us better stewards of the earth’s goods,
and lead us to the fullness of life. AMEN.


Opening Prayer
A You have called us, O God,
to love and serve you as the one only God.

Make us wise and resourceful,
children of the light who continue your work in this world
with untiring concern for justice and the integrity of creation.


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 Not by what we say, God of justice,
but by how we treat one another
do you judge if our worship is acceptable,
our service pleasing in your sight.

Let the sincerity of our worship
be matched by the depth of our commitment to justice.

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 St. Paul asks us to lift up our hands in prayer…. to make supplications and intercessions for everyone especially for those who are in high positions. Let our response be:


CM Lord, make us your faithful servants.
Please repeat:

1 May those in authority –
the leaders of Church and State,
parents and educators –
prove to be good stewards,
attentive to the needs of those under their care. We pray:

2 In the face of the widening gap between the rich and poor in our society may our economic leaders help create a social agenda that will alleviate the plight of those that have no work. We pray:

3 May the human dignity of each one be respected,
and may we all work harder to stop the exploitation of the poor
and the oppression of the weak. We pray:

4 As children of light,
may we be as resourceful and dedicated in our pursuit of goodness
as the children of darkness are in the pursuit of evil. We pray:

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

P God our Father,
make us be aware of your many gifts to us.
Help us to be thankful and to share willingly what we have received.
This we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts
God of justice,
you call us into your service.
May these gifts which we now present to you
be a sign of our readiness to work for a better world
where all peoples can share in the bounty of your creation.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
A ‘God desires everyone to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth.’
So with Jesus we now pray:

B With hearts set on God’s kingdom
and hands open to serve our neighbor,
let us pray as Jesus taught us:


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and extend your peace throughout the world.
Let it be a peace based upon justice.
‘Let no one trample on the needy,
and bring to ruin the poor of the land’.
But may we all work together
for the full coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
‘Whoever is faithful in a very little
is faithful also in much.’
Look not on our infidelities in the past
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
Christ Jesus gave himself to redeem everyone,
and made our peace with God.
Let us offer each other a sign of that peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’
May we become as this blessed bread, a blessed people,
blessed and broken in the love and care of one another.
We who eat of the same bread
are one in the body of Christ.


Invitation to Communion
Behold Jesus,
the Lamb of God who sacrificed himself as a ransom for all.
Blessed are we who are invited to the supper of the Lamb.


Prayer after Communion
  Creator God,
grant that the sacrament we have shared
may instill in us a strong desire to be good stewards of the earth,
so that none of your poor will go needy,
none of your children will be oppressed.

May you alone be our master
and may we give you glory in serving one another.
Grant this through Christ, the Lord. AMEN.
 

Blessing
May the Father keep you safely in his care.
AMEN

May the Son guide you always on the right path.
AMEN.

May the Spirit free your mind and heart to do God’s will.
AMEN.

And may….

Dismissal
Our celebration is ended.
Go and be responsible stewards of the Lord.

 

 

26th Sunday - Sept 25th


Greeting
  Blessed be the Lord who hears the cry of the poor.
  May his grace and peace be with you.
 

Introduction and Litany of Praise
A In today’s Gospel we hear the story about a rich man who feasted sumptuously every day and refused to share even the crumbs from his table with a starving beggar at his gate.
Try to picture the scene. (pause)

We are all tainted with selfishness.
We don’t find it easy to share our possessions with others.
We find it even harder to share ourselves with them.
But we are all beggars before God.
We need his forgiveness especially for our refusal to share.
Let us ask for this forgiveness. (pause)

B The Eucharist is a celebration where sisters and brothers sit at the same table. To discriminate against the poor and the weak is to fail to recognize the Body of Christ.
Are we worthy to take part in this celebration?
Let us now examine ourselves. (pause)

A & B We see so much suffering around us, yet we are not affected;
we think only of ourselves:
Lord, have mercy.

Even today, Lazarus is the name of those who go hungry because they only get the crumbs that fall from the tables of rich nations:
Christ, have mercy.

It is a fact of life that those who are greedy and unconcerned with the plight of others can never be truly happy:
Lord, have mercy.


Opening Prayer
God of the poor and the powerless,
you reach out to us,
in every empty hand,
in every hungry person.

Teach us to understand sin
not only as doing evil
but also as failing to do good.

Open our eyes to see you,
and our hands to serve you
in everyone we meet.

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 We come before our God who loves the just and raises up those who are bowed down. Let us pray that God will bless the Church and the world with a new spirit of justice and compassion.

CM Our response is: Lord, teach us to share.
Please repeat:

1 May the rich among us realize that there is more to life than the accumulation and enjoyment of wealth, and that it is ‘more blessed to give than to receive’.
We pray:

2 For all the poor who sit patiently waiting for someone to invite them to the banquet of life. We pray:

3 That the leaders of nations may come to appreciate the fact that too much money is being wasted on weapons of destruction and not enough on the welfare of peoples. We pray:

4 That we may be moved by the message of the gospel to be more generous in our use of time and money and the promotion of justice in our world. We pray:

5 Today we remember the thousands of Filipino seafarers and their families.
May they remain strong in times of temptation and loneliness.
And may prayer and love be the unbreakable bond that unites them.
We pray:

[The Presider may wish to add a petition that is topical / relevant]

P Lord, you said that whatever we do to the least of our sisters and brothers we do unto you. May we put this into practice.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


Prayer over the Gifts
God of mercy and compassion,
look upon our gifts,
drawn from the good things you have given us.
May they inspire us to share what we have with others.

Accept the poverty of our own hearts
and may you be our only and lasting treasure.
Grant this in the name of Jesus, the Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Recognizing that we are all poor before our Father in heaven,
we pray with confidence the prayer of Jesus:


Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from selfishness
that closes our hearts and hands
to the needs of the people around us.
Help us to free your people from want and fear
as we prepare for the manifestation
of the King of kings and Lord of lords,
our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer for Peace
The Prophet Isaiah said:
‘They will hammer their swords into plough-shares,
and their spears into sickles.
Nations will not lift sword against nation,
and there will be no more war or training for war.’
Lord, grant that the world may turn away from terrorism and war,
so that all of God’s children
may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace
As children of the God of peace,
let us offer one another
a sign of reconciliation and peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread
As we break this bread together
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 invites us to share this meal with him
and to learn from him how to share with others.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.


Prayer after Communion
God, who gives life to all things,
from your bounty we have received the bread from heaven.

We ask that it renew our hope and strength,
so that we may be always ready to share what we have
with those who need our help.
Grant this in the name of Jesus the Lord. AMEN.


Blessing
A May the Lord be above you to bless you,
about you to protect you,
within you to empower you. AMEN.

B St Clement wrote this blessing:
“The wisdom of God
is not bought with earthly money
but with the money of justice,
the coin of gold.
May the world know the wisdom of God
by the justice of your ways”. AMEN.

A & B May the blessings of our Generous God,
+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit
descend upon you
and remain with you for ever. AMEN.


Dismissal
In this Eucharist we have sat at the table of the Lord.
Now let us go and share what we have received with our sisters and brothers.


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