Sunday, September 27th
10:00 AM – Bilingual Service
Pastor José Reyes
Reading – Lectura
Luke – Lucas 16:19-31
Prayer of Intercession and Thanksgiving
We thank You, God, for everything we delight in –
sunlight in autumn days, colour in nature and art,
rhythm in poetry and music;
human achievement and family success;
work well done;
love and friendship
and all your gifts to body and soul.
Most of all we delight in Your salvation,
the knowledge of Your love,
the assurance of eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
We commend to You those who work in harsh conditions,
and those who have no work;
those whose lives are drab and grey;
those whose poor health takes away delight in living;
those who are lonely;
those who have no home of their own.
Grant them the human help and comfort which they need,
and the spiritual encouragement
which will enable them to live with hope and courage,
for the sake of Jesus Christ who leads us to salvation.
We pray for the elderly,
asking for them clear faith and human support.
We pray for those in middle years,
asking for them wisdom in their choices,
and the recovery of a sense of wonder.
We pray for the young,
asking for them good opportunities,
and that their ambitions include the desire to serve.
May we all continue to seek the God of every age,
made known in Jesus Christ,
the greatest friend of all.
We bless You, God,
space-maker, cloud-rider, earth-lover.
We bless You for the great company of saints
who have gone before us
and now delight in Your presence.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and as they were taught to pray so do we say,
Our Father …
Readings to share
Do we take communion seriously enough? Regardless of our church traditions when it comes to this sacrament (Transubstantiation, Consubstantiation, Symbolic) do we realize what a big deal communion is? It is so big that Paul warns those who partake in it that they are sipping down judgment, not wine, if they do so without taking their sin and Christ’s cross seriously in the process.
“So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.” 1 Corinthians 11:27-30