God has blessed us in very many ways: God has showered grace upon us. During today’s gathering, we give thanks to the Lord for all we have received. Penitential rite: Mindful of God’s mercy, let us call to mind our sins: (pause) I confess…
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Amos 7:12-15 — Amos explains that he didn’t decide to be a prophet by himself, but that he did what God told him to do.
Ephesians 1:3-14 — Most Sundays from today until the end of August, the Second Reading will be from Ephesians. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Ephesus while he was in prison. The part we hear today is like the whole letter — a poetic description of the beautiful way God deals with us.
Mark 6:7-13 — Jesus sends the disciples out in pairs, to preach the message of repentance — as the prophets did of old.
Introduction (by the Presider) God’s help is near for those who turn to him, so let us present our intentions to the Lord.
- For all who have been sent out to preach the message of repentance, that whatever their reception, they may persevere (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those who find belief in God hard, that, seeing the sick healed and evil conquered, they may find faith (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people who hunger and thirst for social justice, that they may be rewarded for their dedication (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For the sick and all who suffer, that God may heal them, according to his will (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For our friends who have died, (for N who died recently and N whose anniversaries occur) that they may have eternal peace in God’s presence (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- A moment’s quiet prayer for our own needs, and for each other….. (long pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Lord God, your help is the strength of your people: accept our petitions and continue to give us your help, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgical Suggestions Penitential Act page 379-380 (or substitute with the Blessing and Sprinkling of Holy Water, Roman Missal, page 1353). Preface VIII of the Sundays in Ordinary Time, page 454. Eucharistic Prayer 2. Solemn Blessing 14 (Ordinary Time VI, page 555). Songs ‘Here I Am Lord’; ‘My God Accept My Heart This Day’; ‘God’s Blessing Sends us Forth’.