The word of God is very near to us;
it is already in our mouths and in our hearts.
May Jesus, the living Word of the Father,
be always with you.
Intro and Litany of Praise
Today we hear again the parable about a man lying wounded by the roadside, and how two people passed him by….. while a third stopped and helped him.
Let us stop for a moment and call to mind the number of times we have passed by someone who needed help. (pause)
Christ is our Good Samaritan. He does not pass us by.
He cares for us, and binds up our wounds. (pause)
you are the wounded man lying half-dead on the road waiting for our help: Lord, have mercy.
You are the stranger we are not inclined to help
because he or she is not one of us:
Christ, have mercy.
You bring us to the Father’s inn
where we can experience God’s loving care:
Lord, have mercy.
A God of mercy and compassion,
in Christ you draw near to us,
lifting us out of death,
binding up our wounds,
and nursing our spirits back to health.
Let such a tenderness as yours compel us to go and do
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy
God for ever and ever. AMEN.
B God most merciful,
you have established the great commandment of love
as the summary and the soul of the entire law.
Fill our hearts, then, with compassion and generosity
toward the sufferings of our sisters and brothers,
so that, like Christ,
we may become Good Samaritans where we live and work.
We ask you 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.
P: Moved with compassion for all who are on life’s journey, especially those who live on the margins of society, we pray:
Lord, hear us in your love.
- That church leaders may be distinguished by compassion and selfless service, imitating Christ, who came among us as servant of all: we pray:
- For those whose profession it is to help the sick and the needy – doctors,nurses, social workers: (pause) that they may always be motivated by compassion: we pray:
- For those who “lie wounded on the road” – the street children, the victims of sexual abuse, the old and the lonely; (pause) that they may find good Samaritans who will assist them and restore them to health and hope: we
- For all those who have been good neighbors to us; (pause) that the Lord may reward them: we pray:
[The Presider may add a petition that is topical / relevant]
P: Lord, give us eyes that see the wounds of others;
give us a heart that feels compassion for them;
and give us the will to respond to their needs.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Prayer over the Gifts
your Son Jesus has given meaning
to death as well as to life.
In his own body he experienced our sufferings
and died our death.
As we join him in his sacrifice,
help us to bear with him the burdens of our brothers and sisters,
that, with him, we may live with you forever and ever. AMEN.
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Our God is a God of compassion…. a God who cares.
And so we pray with Jesus, our Good Samaritan:
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Help us to love our neighbor as you yourself love us
– with all our heart and soul –
as we work in joyful hope
for the return in glory
of our Lord and 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 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
Jesus has made our peace by his death on the cross.
Let us now greet each other in that peace.
Invitation to Communion
This is the Lamb of God
who laid down his life that we might live and be life-giving.
Happy are we to be united around the table of the Lord.
Prayer after Communion
God of mercy and compassion,
when, exhausted and hungry,
we lay by the side of the road,
you sent us Jesus your Son.
He has spoken to us,
and has healed our wounds.
We ask you, Father, to continue to care for us
through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN
May you love the Lord, your God, with your whole being,
and your neighbor as yourself.
May the Word of God be always in your heart and in your mouth.
May God, who listens to the cry of the poor,
give you a compassionate heart.
And may the blessings of our loving God,
+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
come down upon you and remain with you forever.
A The Samaritan has given us an example of unselfish love.
Let us go and be ”Good Samaritans” to others.
B As disciples of Jesus, servants of the gospel,
and neighbors to all in need,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.