From God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Savior,
grace and peace be with you. [Titus 1:4]
Introduction and Litany of Praise
Each of us has received specific gifts and talents from the Lord.
Have we made use of them …..
Or have we misused them… or even abused them? (pause)
Lord, you have blessed each of us with special gifts:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, you want us to recognize and appreciate these gifts:
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, you want us to share these gifts with others:
Lord, have mercy.
Into our hands, O generous God,
you have entrusted many graces and blessings.
Give us the wisdom to multiply your gifts
and make us industrious and vigilant
as we await your Son’s return.
May we rejoice to hear him call us
“good and faithful servants”
as we enter into the joy of your kingdom.
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 Jesus teaches us to prepare for his coming by using well the gifts and opportunities he has given us. And so we pray:
CM Our response is: Lord, let all our actions praise you.
1 For our Church leaders: that they encourage the laity to develop the gifts that God has given them and use them for the common good. We pray:
2 May our political leaders utilize their positions and abilities for the service of all, especially of the poor and the needy.
3 Like the industrious and reliable servants of the Gospel, may we appreciate hard and honest work as a means to build our lives. We pray:
4 After having labored hard in this life, may our beloved dead at last come to their reward in heaven. We pray:
[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]
P Generous God, listen to our prayer. Help us to remain faithful in the small things of life, so that we may be trusted with greater things when we come into your kingdom. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Prayer over the Gifts
we thank you for the talents that you have given to us.
“Teach us to be generous,
to give and not to count the cost
to labor and ask not for reward
except that of knowing that we do your holy will.”
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Now let us pray to the Father
in the words our Savior gave us:
Deliver us Lord
Deliver us Lord, from the fears
that prevent us from using our talents
for the spread of your kingdom.
Rather, help us to develop them
so that we may give a good account to him who is to come,
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
“Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give to you.”
Look not on our sins,
and help us not to look upon the sins of others,
for we all need the peace of your forgiving love
and of each other’s pardon.
Grant us the peace of your kingdom
where you live forever and ever.
Exchange of Peace
One talent that we must use
is that of spreading the peace of Christ.
let us offer one another a sign of peace.
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus Christ.
He will come back on the last day
to bring us into the joy of his Father.
Blessed are we who are invited to his Supper.
Prayer after Communion
we thank you for the gift of Jesus, your Son,
and for the many other gifts you have given us.
May we use them for your greater honor and glory
by being ‘good and faithful servants ‘
“reaching out to the poor and needy”.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
May you always know the depth of God’s love for you.
May you continue to live as children of the light.
And may you always reach out to the poor and needy.
The Lord has given each of you many gifts… many talents.
Go… and use them in building up God’s kingdom.