Greeting    (Eph.6:23)

From God the Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ,
peace and love be with you.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Jesus criticized the Scribes and Pharisees because they did not practice what they preached. We, too, often deserve that criticism, so we ask forgiveness.   (pause)

 When our deeds did not match our words:

Lord, have mercy.

When we imposed on others rules which we ourselves did not observe:

Christ, have mercy.

When we sought popularity and acclaim, yet failed to serve others:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Sovereign God,
we have no father but you,
no teacher but Christ.
Conform our lives to the faith we profess,
preserve us from arrogance and pride,
and teach us the greatness of humility and service.

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.

In humility and service, O God,
your Son came among us
to form a community of disciples
who have one Father in heaven,
and one teacher, the Messiah.

Fix in our hearts his stern warning
that neither by robes of office,
nor seats of honor,
nor titles of respect,
can true greatness be measured,
but only by deeds of love.

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       Jesus is an example of true greatness. He who is Teacher and Messiah is also the servant of all. In our desire to be like him, we pray:

CM      Lord, teach us to be faithful.      

Please repeat:

1          For the leaders of the Church: that they may practice in their own lives what they preach to others.  We pray:

2          That the Church may never lay heavy burdens on fragile shoulders, but lighten the struggles of the weary.  We pray:

3          For all who hold public office: that they may not seek their own glory but only the good of others, especially the most deprived.  We pray:

4          That wealthy nations may not exalt themselves in military and economic power, but humble themselves to serve the poor and hungry of the world.  We pray:

5          May parents and teachers instruct those under their care by the good example of their lives. We pray:

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

P       Lord, grant that what we have said with our lips, we may believe with our hearts,

and practice with our lives. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of all creation,
as we present these gifts of bread and wine
we pray that we may be able
to serve you as you deserve
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to labor and not to ask for any reward
except that of knowing that we do your will.
This we ask through Christ, our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

We have only one Master, Jesus the Christ.
We have only one Father, and it is to him we pray:

Deliver us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
from false appearances…
from pretending that we are better than we really are.
In your mercy protect us from all anxiety
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:

“The greatest among you will be the one who serves the rest.”

Look not on our sins of selfishness,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

Because God’s message is a living power among us,
let us offer each other a sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus Christ, our only Master.
He, the greatest among us,
made himself the servant of all.
Blessed are we who are called to his supper.

Prayer after Communion

Creator God,
your name is reverenced among the nations.
We have listened to your word,
and have been strengthened by this Eucharist.
May we follow the example of the saints, prophets and witnesses
who have faithfully served you and your people.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.


May the Lord God grant you
a heart that is sincere,
a mind that seeks the truth,
and a will to walk in the way of Christ Jesus.   AMEN.

And may the blessing of our compassionate God,

+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

come down upon you
and remain with you forever.  AMEN.


Sent to proclaim God’s kingdom with confidence
and to serve others with humility,
go in peace to love the Lord.

Download printable file here: 31st Ordinary – A

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