1 September (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Hebrews 13:2 ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.’
We saw a stranger yesterday.
We put food in the eating place,
drink in the drinking place,
music in the listening place;
and with the sacred name of the triune God
she blessed us and our house,
our cattle and our dear ones.
As the lark says in her song
‘Often, often, often goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise'
(A Celtic rune of hospitality)
8 September (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Philemon 1:6 ‘I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ.’
we thank you for breaking the bonds of sin,
and releasing us to be the people you want us to be.
May we never take the freedom we enjoy for granted,
but be inspired by your call to set the captives free,
to help those whose lives are characterised
by oppression rather than freedom,
injustice rather than equality,
and bigotry rather than fairness.
We pray for a time when all will be set free from the bonds
of partiality, poverty and pride to experience true freedom.
This we ask in your name.
From a liturgy for Racial Justice Sunday (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Richard Reddie)
15 September (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
1 Timothy 1:14 ‘and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.’
Deliver us from our endless desire for certainty and signs.
Have mercy on our striving after worldly wisdom.
For you have been made known to us
in the insecurity of human flesh,
and reached out to us
from the foolishness of a cross.
Give us instead humble and open hearts,
that we might receive your saving message;
the power of self-offering love,
and the wisdom of faith.
22 September (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Jeremiah 9:1 ‘O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!’
Prayers of the People
Today our tears are mixed with yours weeping for the cities in the world.
We have not loved the things that make for peace.
We weep for the holy cities and especially for Jerusalem:
Where brothers and sisters kill each other,
Where hatred feeds and nourishes anger, where animosity blinds mercy, where religions divide, when children learn to hate and the elderly live in old grudges.
We weep for the oppressed cities and in particular for Jerusalem:
Where rigid laws imprison freedom,
Where thinking is confined and conscience is abated,
Where those who question are branded as traitors,
Where creativity and righteousness are beaten,
Where pluralism is chained.
We weep for our cities and especially for Jerusalem. And we weep for ourselves, for we have not learnt the things that make for peace.
O Lord, transform the tears into love and love into action.
O Lord, transform action into justice and teach us the road to peace.
We ask all this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
From A Liturgy of Worship written by Palestinian Christians for the observance of World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, 22-28 September 2013)
29 September (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
1 Timothy 6:8 ‘but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.’
'You have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they rest in you' (St Augustine)
you know that we are hungry for many things,
acceptance and recognition,
meaning and purpose,
a sign that we are valuable.
We are hungry for love.
It is so easy to fill ourselves with other things,
to pursue the love of money,
to follow vain desires.
In a world of great inequality,
Where Lazarus still begs at the rich man’s gate,
give us thankful acceptance of the gift of life,
and recognition of the common wealth of sharing.
Teach us the meaning of contentment with enough
and a purpose not in our own needs alone
but in the needs of others.
You have given us such worth;
fill us with your love,
show us what really satisfies.
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