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September 5, 2004 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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July 25, 2004 Seventeeth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING: Wis. 9: 13-18 "Who can comprehend the will of God?"

Who could have understood the will of God had wisdom not been granted?

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 90 "O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next."

SECOND READING: Philemon 9-10, 12-17 "Receive him, not as a slave any more, but as a very dear brother."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

Psalm 118, 135 "Let your face shine on your servant, and teach me your laws."

GOSPEL: Lk. 14: 25-33

"Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple."

Jesus speaks to the crowd demanding that if they want to be disciples they must carry their cross and give up all their possessions.

FOCUS: We are called constantly to renew our commitment to the Lord and free ourselves from the imprisonment of the material world. It is only by the grace of God that we can live faithful lives.

REFLECTION: "Do as the storekeeper does with his merchandise; make a profit on every article. Suffer not the loss of the tiniest fragment of the true cross. It may only be the sting of a fly or the point of a pin that annoys you; it may be the little eccentricities of a neighbor, some unintentional slight, the insignificant loss of a penny, some little restlessness of soul, a slight physical weakness, a light pain in your limbs. Make a profit on every article as the grocer does, and you will soon be wealthy in God."

St. Louis de Montfort

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the liturgy by stating that our conversion is an ongoing process. We are called to discipline our lives in response to the grace we receive. Without grace our spiritual lives would be impossible for as the first reading reflects, "As for your intentions, who could have heard it had you not sent the Holy Spirit."

"Let your face shine on your

servant, and teach me your laws."

General Intercessions

Introduction: My sisters and brothers, we are gathered in the infinite richness of prayer. Let us ask God our Father to remove the obstacles to our path:

For all who have dedicated themselves to the Lord, that in their poverty they find the richness of communion with the Holy Spirit

For peace among nations, that world leaders see the necessity of putting the value of life of material gain;

For all those who suffer from loneliness, especially the aged, that we share the wealth of existence with them;

For all of us gathered here, that God will teach us to use wisely the good things given to us, that we may learn to reject materialism and mover closer to God, the fountain of all blessings

Preface: Sixth for Sundays in Ordinary Time

Eucharistic Prayer: Third

Prayers over the People: Sixth

or

Solemn Blessing: Fourth for Sundays in Ordinary Time

Faith Formation

We are always in need of renewal of faith. We will always depend on grace for our spiritual development. Therefore our conversion is never complete.

What did Jesus mean when he

said that we should renounce

family and friends in order to

follow him?

What does it mean to carry one's

cross?

What are and have been the

obstacles that keep you from a

fuller conversion?

How do you see the church

community and the liturgy

helping you to overcome these

impediments?

Song suggestions:

Seek Ye First (Lafferty) BB/MI, 704

CBW II, 317 WCH, 580 WP

Children's Liturgy of the Word

After reading the gospel relate that Jesus' message is quite shocking. Jesus often said shocking things because people need to be shocked out of their non-helpful lives into a more helpful way of living. Read the gospel again, substituting the words, "put God first" in place of the word "hate".

Why is God more important than

anyone or anything else?

 

 

Suggested musical selections:

GATHERING SONG:

A Touching Place (Bell) GC, W&S

All Poor Men and Humble (Ehret) 332-

00616

Blessed Are the Poor (Marchionda) WCH

WS, W&S

Blessed Are They (Dean) 7200 OCP, S&S

Canticle of the Sun (Haugen) ACH, BB/

MI, CCH, GPCOMP, G2, GC, GTR, RS,

WCH, W&S

Come, Come Ye Saints (Cornwall) 392-

00638

Come, Lift Up Your Hearts BB/MI, HM

Come Now, and Praise the Humble Saint

WP, WP3

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing 446

CVH, 45 TWC

Come to Me, All Who Are Weary

(Schutte) BB, GP, GPCOMP, S&S

For the Healing of the Nations 643 WP

Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CCH

CVH, 78 GPCOMP, GC, G2, GTR, 170

WCH, S&S, WP

Happy Those Who Hear the Word of God

(Norbet) ACH, BB, GP, JS, WCH

Humbly We Adore Thee 369 CVH,

PMB, WCH

Sing, Children, Sing (Ramseth) 11-2293

Sing to the Lord (Dameans) BB/MI, CCH,

GP, GPCOMP, S&S

Take Up Your Cross BB, CBW III,

651 CVH, PMB, 496 WOV, 634 WP

The Lord Jesus Humbled Himself PMB

There's a Spirit in the Air CBW III, CVH,

PMB, WP

There Is One Lord (Dameans) BB/MI,

GP, GPCOMP, S&S

We Are Called (Haas) G2, GC

We Are the Light of the World BB/MI,

643 CVH, HM, PMB, S&S, W&S, WCH

We Have Another View of the World

CCH

Where Charity and Love Prevail BB/

MI, CVH, GTR , GC, G2, PMB, WCH,

W&S, WP

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Psalm 68: God, in your goodness

(Guimont) CCH

Psalm 68: God, in your goodness (Cooney)

G2, GC, RS

How Blessed Is This Place RS, WP

Psalm 68: God, in your goodness PARM,

vol. 3 (Chepponis)

Psalm 68: God, in your goodness WP

(Batastini)

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

All That is Hidden (Farrell) BB/MI, GC,

S&S

All Who Hunger (Moore) G2

Be Not Far From Me (Nelhybel) 392-00603

Beatitudes CBW III, SM, WP

Beatitudes (Dameans) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP, S&S

Blest Are Those (Haas) CCH, G2, GC, RS

Come to Me (Norbet) BB/MI, CBW III, GC,

S&S

Come to Me, All You Weary CCH, G2,

GTR, RS

How Can I Repay the Lord BB/MI, HM

OCP 7119

If My People's Hearts Are Humbled

(Cloninger) TWC, WOV

In Christ There Is No East or West

BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, CCH, G2

GPCOMP, HM, PMB, S&S, WCH,

WOV

Justice Shall Flourish (Marchionda) W&S,

WCH

Let Us Give Thanks CC-210, CCH

Love Consecrates the Humblest Act

PMB, W&S

Prayer of St. Francis (Voorhaar) HP-AG-

7267

O Christe Domine Jesu (Berthier) G2, GC,

GTR, RS, TAIZE II

Rise Up, Jerusalem (Foley) BB, GP, S&S

Seek Ye First (Lafferty) BB/MI, CCH,

CBW III, S&S, WCH, WP

Seek First (Berthier) TAIZE II

Servant Song BB, G2, S&S

The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP, G2, GTR, GC, S&S, WCH

The Lord Is Near (Dameans) BB, 259

GTR, GC, S&S

Walk in the Reign (Cooney) GC

We Believe You (Berrell) WLP 7387, W&S

Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch) ACH, BB/

MI, CBW III, CVH, GP, PMB, S&S, W&S

WCH

What You Hear in the Dark (Schutte) BB,

GP, GPCOMP, S&S

COMMUNION:

As We Break the Bread CBW III, CCH

WOV

Be Not Afraid (Dufford) ACH, BB/MI,

CBW II, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,

GTR, JS, RS, SM, S&S, WCH

Blest Are They (Haas) ACH, BB/MI,

CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, SM

Blest Are All Who Fear the Lord CC-206

Come, Host of Heaven's High Dwelling

Place (Bell) G2

Earthen Vessels (Foley) BB/MI, 13 GP,

64 GPCOMP, S&S

I Am the Way (Englert) HM, PMB, SM,

WCH

In the Breaking of the Bread (Hurd)

BB/MI, GC, GTR, S&S

In the Breaking of the Bread (Ward) W&S

WCH

Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service

CVH, WP

Love is His Word PMB, SM, WCH

Merciful Savior, Hear Our Humble Prayer

747 PMB

Motet (Schultz) 312-41468

My Soul is Thirsting CCH, GC, GTR

One Bread, One Body (Foley) BB/MI,

GP, GPCOMP, G2, GC, GTR, SM, S&S, W&S, WCH

O Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit 620 WP

O Lord, Give Me Grace (Filas) 332-40014

O Taste and See (Pasquet) 362-01184

Servant Song (McGargill) BB/MI, GC,

S&S

Table Prayer (Damiens) G2

Tis a Gift to be Simple ACH, HM, PMB,

WCH, WOV

We Come to Your Altar (Brubaker) 7957

WS, W&S

SONG OF PRAISE:

All Ye That Cried to the Lord

(Mendelsohn) 312-41354

Amen, Praise and Honor (Telemann) HP-

MW-1222

Bless the Lord (Mozart) 352-00459

My Soul Is Longing PMB, WCH

Those Who Seek Your Face BB, OCP

7150, S&S

CLOSING SONG:

All Creatures of Our God ACH, BB/MI,

CBW III, CVH, CCH, HM, PMB, SM,

TWC, WCH, WOV, WP

All Praise to God Our Heavenly Father

(Handel) 312-41276

Blest Be the Lord (Schutte) 524 BB/MI, 10

GP, 36 GPCOMP, 264 GTR

Blessed Are They (Schlutz) G-2634

Christ Be Beside Me CBW III, CCH

PMB, WOV

Come, You Sinners, Poor and Needy 756

WP

Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte)

BB/MI, GP, GPCOMP, G2, GC, GTR, S&S,

WCH, W&S

Go, Be Justice PMB, SM, WCH

Go Ye Now In Peace (Eilers) HL-40207034

God's Blessing Sends Us Forth 605 CVH,

153 PMB, 182 WCH

Hail to the Lord's Anointed CCH

Humbly! Let Us Voice Our Homage

PMB, W&S, WCH

Jesus, the New Covenant (Deiss) PMB,

W&S

Lord of Nations, God Eternal PMB, WCH

Now Let Us from This Table Rise BB

CBW III, PMB, WOV, WP

Sent Forth by God's Blessing BB/MI,

HM, PMB, WCH

Sound the Cymbal (Schubert) 312-40539

Tell Out, My Soul BB/MI, CBW III,

WP

The Kingdom of God (Parry) CCH, CVH,

WP

Yahweh (Norbet) BB/MI, CBW III,

GP, PMB, WCH

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