SUNDAY XVI

2014-01-16 09.27.43

Invitation to  Worship

Come, let us sing to  Adonai, let us praise the God of all creation!

 

O Holy One,+ open my lips.

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

 

Let everything that lives and that breathes-

~give praise to Adonai, alleluia!

 

Sunday Morning Hymn

The first of all the days of time

The day that darkness lost its dread,

becomes the everlasting day

The first-born rose of all the dead.

 

So we arise again, alert,

Renewed by salutary sleep

To gird ourselves for life ahead,

Your loving covenant to keep.

 

Your Holy Spirit gives the words

To psalms and canticles we pray;

Give us this day our daily need

To join our hearts to what we say.

 

Grant, loving Abba, what we ask,

Addressed to you through Christ your Son,

Who with the Spirit Paraclete,

Have joined us all, to make us one. Amen.

 Text:  St. Meinrad (1967); Melody: Ambrosian Chant Mode 1

 

PSALMODY

Antiphon/Refrain

Let the faithful rejoice in Adonai,

shout for joy and take their rest. Alleluia!

Psalm 149

Sing a new song to Adonai,

sing praise in the assembly of the faithful!

Let Israel rejoice in her Maker,

let the children of Zion exult in their God.

Let us all praise the Holy Name with dancing

and make music with timbrel and harp.

 

For Adonai takes delight in this people,

And crowns the poor with salvation.

Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,

shout for joy and enjoy the feast.

Let the praise of God be on our lips

and the sword of truth near at hand,

 

to teach God’s justice to the nations

revealing the consequences of their actions;

to break the chains of oppression

and unbind its fetters of iron;

to do God’s will on earth as in heaven,

the joy and honor of all who are faithful.

 

Glory to the ONE through the WORD

In the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

Sing praise to Adonai,

whose loving kindness endures forever!

 

READING   2 Timothy 2:8, 11-13

Remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, was raised from the dead.

You can depend on this: If we have died with him we shall also live with him;

If we endure with him to the end, we shall also reign with him.  If we deny him, he will deny us; But if we are unfaithful he still will remain faithful, for he cannot deny himself.

Responsory

R.  If we die with him, we shall live with him; *if we endure we shall reign with him.  V. If we deny him, he will deny us.  If we are faithless he keeps faith, he cannot deny himself. *If we endure we shall reign with him.  V.  Glory to the Abba and to the Word and to the Holy Breath of Love.

 

 

Canticle of Zachariah

Antiphon

The Reign of God is like a mustard seed sown in a field. 
This smallest of seeds, becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds come and dwell in its branches.’”

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.

 

God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.

 

Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;

 

That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.

 

And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.

 

For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

The Reign of God is like a mustard seed sown in a field. 
This smallest of seeds, becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds come and dwell in its branches.’”

 

Litany of Intercession

Your Reign is like good seed planted in a field invaded by weeds; ~give us ears to hear and patience to refrain from judging others.

 

Your Reign is like yeast kneaded into three measures of flour ~ give us ears to hear and strength to bring your love into everything we do.

 

Your Reign is like a mustard seed which someone plants in a field ~ give us ears to hear and   hearts to make others welcome.

 

You invite us while we are still stuck in selfishness and sin to join you in building your Reign  on earth as it is in heaven; ~may the love we bring to the world today be seed and leavening for your reign.

 

 

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father…

 

 

Closing Prayer & Blessing

God of Life and Love, you sent Jesus to announce the Reign of Heaven in parables and in  his way of living and loving among us.  Like a woman who makes bread for her family and friends, knead the leaven of your way of life and the love of  your Holy Spirit into our hearts that our lives may become bread for those who hunger, sustenance for those who are oppressed, nourishment for those who search for truth and satisfaction for those who seek justice and peace. For yours is the power and the glory of love, now and forever. ~Amen.

 

May the God who gives seed to the sower , flour to the baker, and bread to the hungry + bless us and all of creation with the fullness of life.  ~Amen 

 

Let us bless Adonai.     ~Thanks be to God.