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.

      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

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.

O God of compassion and boundless mercy,
undaunted, you seek the lost,
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.


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:
    For those who feel themselves to be unlovable and unforgivable(pause)
    May they come to know the love and mercy of God.  We pray:
  3. For young people who have wandered into the “far country” of crime and drugs; we pray:
  4. 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.

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.


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


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


May God’s compassion be your comfort and peace.


And may our merciful God bless you,

+   the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.



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

Download printable file here: 24th Ordinary – C

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