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.’


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

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.

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 heavenly 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.


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.

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.


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


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


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


May the blessing of our loving God,

+  Father, Son, and  Holy Spirit,

descend upon you all
and remain with you for ever.



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

Download printable file here: 21st Ordinary – C

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