The Spirit that God has given to us is no cowardly spirit,
but one that makes us strong, loving, and wise.
May this Spirit be with you always.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A       We are all called to serve God. It is an honor, a privilege, a duty.
We are called to serve with generosity and with love.    (pause)
Lord Jesus, you help us to give and not to count the cost.

Lord, have mercy.

You help us to toil and not to look for rest.

Christ, have mercy.

You help us to seek no reward
except that of knowing that we do your will.

Lord, have mercy.

B       In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks about two qualities of a good servant of God, namely, Faith and Dedication to Duty.  We all need help to be better servants and so we pray.   (Pause)

 Lord Jesus, our faith is weak:
increase our faith.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, we are useless servants;
we have done no more than our duty.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus,
we have received from God a spirit of love and self-discipline:
teach us to be thankful.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A       God, the rock of our salvation,
we bow down in worship,
we kneel before you.

Increase our faith
and let its power be seen in us, your useless servants,
who, at our appointed tasks,
are working to build up your kingdom.

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.

      You hear, O God, the prayer of those
whose faith is the size of a mustard seed.
Give us humility that we may work with all our strength
for the growth of your kingdom
Give us the wisdom to recognize
that we are only useless servants,
doing our duty.

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.


P       Let us ask the Lord to increase our faith and stir into flame the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we may live as God’s faithful servants.

CM      Our response is:   Lord, increase our faith.

Please repeat:

  1. May our religious and political leaders see themselves as servants entrusted by the Lord with the care of his people, and so serve them faithfully. We pray:
  2. For all who have received the ‘laying-on-of-hands’ for service in the church.
    May they be strong, loving and wise in their ministry. We pray:
  3. For those whose lives are given over to terrorism and violence: that their hearts will be touched by the Spirit of God so that they will learn to walk the way of reconciliation and peace. We pray:
  4. For ourselves, unprofitable servants whom the Lord invites to eat and drink at his table.  May we hold fast to the standard of sound teaching we have heard from the apostles.  We pray:

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

P       Hear, O God, the prayer of those whose faith may be just the size of a mustard seed. Grant that your gifts may keep us strong in hope and love.  All this we ask through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

O Lord,
graciously hear the prayers of those who cry to you.

Receive the gifts of your church
and fill all people with your Spirit
so that enemies speak again to each other,
adversaries join hands in friendship,
and nations seek to live in harmony.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Let us acknowledge our need for an increase of faith
as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us.

Deliver us Lord       (based on 2nd Reading)

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us the peace of knowing
that the Holy Spirit lives within us.
Do not allow our sins to weaken our faith
but help us to guard the treasure entrusted to us
as we prepare for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

‘A peace which the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.’

Increase the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace

The Spirit of love and self-discipline has been given to us.
Let us share these gifts with the persons beside us.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Breaking of Bread

Jesus is the true bread of life,
now broken into many pieces
to give us nourishment
and to be a constant reminder
that we are children of the same Father.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus who says:

“Come here and take your place at table”.

Even though we are unworthy servants
we are blessed as we come and pray:

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
you have given us Jesus
to revive our spirit and strengthen our faith.

Help us to hold on to the sound teaching
that we have heard from him
as we continue to do all that we are obliged to do.
This we ask in the name of Jesus the Lord.


May God the Father, who loves us,
help you to experience love in your lives.


May the Lord Jesus, who died for us,
raise you up each day with him.


May the Spirit of power
and of love
and of self-discipline
be evident in your lives.


And may almighty God bless you,

+  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.



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

Download printable file here: 27th Ordinary – C

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