Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Thank you for joining us for this time of prayer. We are enriched by your presence with us.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Dear friends, God is with us. As we connect here today with open hearts, the presence of Christ surrounds and affirms us. We are one in this Divine embrace of Spirit. As we open our hearts for worship, let us take a moment and reflect on those things we have said and done which we are proud of, and offer to God the things in our life that we have said and done that we wish to confess.
All: Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.
B: May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by the Holy Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect of the Day
Almighty God, your Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence.
Give us pure hearts and constant wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
First Reading Jeremiah 23:1-6
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.
Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.
The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: "The LORD is our righteousness."
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.
23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.
The Holy Gospel Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.
Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.
And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
This is the Word of the Lord
A Homily will be offered by Bishop Deb
A time of intercessory prayer ‑
God of mercy and healing,
you who hear the cries of those in need,
receive these petitions of your people
that all who are troubled
may know peace, comfort, and courage.
-Prayers for the World
-Prayers for those whom we love
-Prayers for ourselves
you call us into a rhythm of work and rest
that our lives may be the better for it.
So shape our leisure and our labor,
that the world will recognize us
as Jesus' disciples
and our ministry
as what you would have us do. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen
Concluding prayers and comments
Bishop: Linked by spirit, voice, and intention, we are in communion with each other and all with the Creator. We are wrapped in the love of God, all one in spirit, beyond the limits of time and space. Around the world at this very moment countless prayers are being lifted, songs of praise are being offered, bread and wine is being blessed to nurture Creator’s dear children. United in Christ, we lift our prayers and praise to God and give thanks that we too are spiritually fed in this time of worship.
All: We are all one; all fashioned by the love of God; all gifted by God’s grace; all embraced together by God’s love. Today as we connect with that constant, unbounded presence, may our lives be filled with joy and may the blessings that we receive in this sacred connection move us to be blessings in the world.
May we be the hands of Christ assisting one another.
May we be the voice of Christ, speaking up against injustice and unloving actions.
May we be the heart of Christ, reaching out with compassion and healing.
May we have the understanding of Christ, and see all as our brother and sister, and this planet as a sacred and holy world. And, may the Holy Spirit guide us and empower us this day to accomplish our purpose with Love and abundant joy. Amen.
Priest: The peace of God ,which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And may the blessing of God Almighty, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier be with us this day and forevermore. Amen
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