27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – A

Greeting (See 2nd Reading)

May the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
be with you all.

Brief acknowledgment of the presence of plants etc in the Church and Car Park.

The Presider may wish to refer to the feast of St. Francis. Ecology Sunday.

Special Celebration at noon.

Introduction and Litany of Praise     –   Mass of the Day.

A       We are the new people of God, the vineyard planted and cared for by Christ. God looks to us to produce the fruits of justice, holiness, and peace. This is a great privilege… but also a great challenge.   [pause]

B       We are God’s chosen people – the ‘vineyard of the Lord’ according to today’s readings. But we also face a challenge – we cannot take our privileged position for granted. Has the word of God’s Son really found a home in our hearts?   Does it bear fruit in the way we live?

A & B

Lord, you make us as your cherished plant and expect good fruits from us:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you send messengers to remind us to live good lives:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you tell us to direct our lives to all that is true, honorable and just:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
Yours, O God, is the vineyard and the harvest,
yours the kingdom of justice and peace.
You call your people to tend its growth.
Bless the work entrusted to our hands,
that we may offer you
an abundance of just works,
a rich harvest of peace.

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.

B
Just and merciful God,
you care for your people
and do not abandon them.
Cultivate your church, we pray;
enrich it always with new shoots,
so that, grafted onto Christ, the true Vine,
your people may bear fruit in abundance
and produce a rich harvest for eternal life.

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.

                                    GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       St. Paul encourages us to let our requests be made known to God by prayer and supplication… so let us pray:

CM      Lord, hear the people that you love.

Please repeat:

  1. That Christians everywhere may always remember their dignity as the Lord’s cherished plant – his special possession – and strive to produce fruits of goodness and justice. In faith we pray:
  2. For world leaders. (pause) That, inspired by Francis, they may seek the way of negotiation and diplomacy, rather than war, to resolve problems among nations. In faith, we pray:
  3. For our beleaguered environment: rivers, lakes and seas, air and soil, all creatures great and small, and all living things. (pause) That they may find us as their allies as they face the threat of extinction because of our consumerist lifestyles. In faith, we pray:
  4. For all who amass wealth from trading in fossil fuels, artificial fertilizers, pesticides and other harmful chemical products. (pause) That they may be awakened to God’s call in our world today to change their ways and help save the planet. In faith, we pray:

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

P       Creator God, may we really become what you have called us to be – your vineyard, your holy people, who respond to your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Creator God,
we bring these gifts before you –
bread from wheat,
wine from grapes.
Let them become for us –
the bread of life
and our spiritual drink.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A       With Jesus, let us now make our requests known to God by prayer and supplication:

B       Called to labor in the vineyard of the Lord, let us pray as Jesus taught us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us your peace…
a peace which surpasses all understanding.
Direct our thoughts to all that is true,
all that is honorable, beautiful and good,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“I am the vine, you are the branches.
United with me you will bear much fruit.’

Lord, strengthen the bonds that unite us
with you and one another,
so that we may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

The peace of God ‘which is so much greater than we can understand’
is given to us to share with one another. Let us do that!

Optional Prayer to accompany the ‘Breaking of Bread’

May this blessed bread, now broken for all,

be a symbol of your love

and a reminder of the charity

that we are called to share with one another.

 

Like the grapes that have been pressed into this holy wine,

press us together in your love and understanding.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the true vine.
It is in him that we bear fruit for eternal life.
Blessed are we who are called to Supper of the Lamb.

Prayer after Communion

Lord of creation,
you are the landowner… you are the vinedresser;
we are the vineyard where you have planted your word.
May it produce in our lives
the fruit that will promote your kingdom.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Blessing [based on 2nd Reading]

May the blessing of God, which surpasses all understanding,
guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   AMEN.

May the Lord bless you with everything that is true, honorable, and just.   AMEN.

Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received from Christ and the God of peace will be with you.     AMEN.

Dismissal

As laborers sent into the vineyard to work for an abundant harvest,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Download printable file here: 27th Ordinary – A

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