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September 12, 2004 Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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June 21, 2004 Tweflth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Cycle C
July 25, 2004 Seventeeth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING:

Ex. 32: 7-11, 13-14 The Lord relented and did not send the evil he had threatened.

The Lord told Moses to go down, because his people had turned to idolatry. God revealed that his wrath would destroy them. Moses beseeched the Lord to remember his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and God relents.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 51 "I will leave this place and go to my father."

SECOND READING:

1 Tim. 1: 12-17 "Christ came to save sinners."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

2 Cor. 5: 19 "God was in Christ, to reconcile the world to himself; and the Good News of reconciliation he has entrusted to us."

GOSPEL: Lk. 15: 1-32

"There will be joy in heaven over one sinner who does penance."

Through the parables of the prodigal son, the lost lamb, and the woman who lost a coin, Jesus teaches of the joy experienced in heaven over the return of the wayward soul.

FOCUS: God wills that those who have wandered away should return, for God's mercy and compassion is without fathom.

REFLECTION: "If thou wish to reach the prefection of love, it befits thee to set thy life in order."

St. Catherine of Siena

"The Lord sees your need and your efforts, and will give you a helping hand... No support can be better than His. The greatest danger lies in the soul thinking that it can find this help within itself; then it will lose everything. Evil will dominate it again, eclipsing the light that as yet flickers but weakly in the soul, and it will extinguish the small flame which is still scarcely burning. The soul should realize how powerless it is alone; therefore, expecting nothing of itself, let it fall down in humility before God, and in its own heart recognize itself to be nothing. Then grace-which is all-powerful-will, out of this nothing, create in it everything. He who in total humility puts himself in the hand of the merciful God, attracts the Lord to himself, and becomes strong in His strength. Although expecting everything from God and nothing from ourselves, we must nevertheless force ourselves to action, exerting all our strength, so as to create something to which the divine help may come, and which the divine power may encompass. Grace is already present within us, but it will only act after man has himself acted, filling his powerlessness with its own power. Establish yourself, therefore, firmly in the humble sacrifice of your will to God, and then take action without any irresolution or half-heartedness ." Theophane the Recluse

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the liturgy by raising the question, "How often do we identify with the second son, the one who wanted to limit the father's compassion?" God's love is extraordinary and unlike ours, and knows no limits.

Penitential rite: Third form with fourth set of sample invocations

General Intercessions-

Introduction: My sisters and brothers, let us turn our prayers to God whose love and mercy are infinite:

- That Christians everywhere may be responsive to the word of God and compassionate to God's creation;

- That people everywhere who hunger for justice find peace in God's mercy;

- That all who have grown complacent in faith may turn to God again and be reconciled as bearers of the gospel,

- That our community and families who welcome Christ into their lives, learn to receive him in all peoples throughout the world.

Preface: Sixth for Sundays in Ordinary Time

Lord's Prayer: Third suggested introduction

Prayers over the People: Second

Faith Formation

- What relationship do you see

between the first reading and the

gospel?

- Is the parable of the prodigal son

hard for you to accept?

- Who do you identify with in

today's gospel?

Custom at the time of Jesus dictated that this acceptance by the father of the wayward son would have been unthinkable. The father would have written off the son, never to associate with him again. This parable must have shocked many.

- How do we put limits on what we think God should do?

- Can we accept a totally merciful God?

- Can you be totally merciful?

Children's Liturgy of the Word

The poem "The Hound of Heaven' by Francis Thompson is an account of his flight from God and God's loving, relentless pursuit. God is imagined as a big faithful hound, chasing us through the corridors of time. This hound wants to play with us, and be with us always. Using this image make the comparison between this hound and the father of the prodigal son in today's gospel.

- What does this say about how we should treat others?

 

Suggested musical selections:

GATHERING SONG:

Canticle of the Turning (Cooney) GC, RS, G-3407

City of God (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, S&S, RS, W&S, WCH

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation BB/

MI, CBW III, 485 CVH, WCH, 343 WOV,

617 WP

King of Every Nation BB/MI, HM

Keep in Mind (Deiss) BB/MI, 69 PMB,

WCH, W&S

Come Home (Landry) BB, 40 GPCOMP

Come, Our Almighty King 307 CVH, 114

PMB, 143 WCH

Father Almighty (Walsh) BB/MI, S&S

Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, 624 CVH,

78 GPCOMP, 311 GTR, GC, G2, S&S,

W&S, WCH, GC, RS, 665 WP

God of Our Fathers 660 CVH, PMB,

WCH, 764 WP

God of Peace (Willcock) BB/MI, GP2

I Long for You (Dameans) BB, 204 GP, 105

GPCOMP, S&S

I, the Lord (Kendzia) 109 GPCOMP, S&S

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise BB/

MI, CVH, PMB, SM, WCH, 512 WP

Lift Up Your Hearts (O'Connor) BB/MI,

214 GP, 142 GPCOMP, 231 GTR, GC, RS,

S&S

Mighty Lord (Foley) 120 GP, 162 GPCOMP

Rejoice, People Gathered This Day

(Dohm) WCH, W&S

Table of Plenty (Schutte) BB/MI, GP2, JS,

S&S

The King of Glory (Jabusch) BB/MI, CBW

III, 541 CVH, 128 GPCOMP, PMB, S&S,

WCH, 501 WP, W&S

Ubi Caritas 386 CVH, 598 WP

Yes, I Shall Arise (Deiss) 166 PMB, WCH

We Come as Guests Invited (Walsh) BB/

MI, JS, S&S

We Gather in Worship (Moore) GC, G-3861

What Is This Place (Oosterhuis) BB/MI, GC, GP2, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, S&S, WP

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

9 PCY (Isele)

14 PSALMS (Kreutz)

Psalm 51: Create in Me (Kenzia) BB

Psalm 51: Create in Me (Hurd) BB, S&S

Psalm 51: Be Merciful, O Lord (Willcock)

BB, HM

Psalm 51: Be merciful, O Lord (Haugen)

CCH, GTR, GC

Psalm 51: Be Merciful O Lord (Guimont)

CCH

Wash Me, Cleanse Me (Young) G2

Psalm 51: Create in me (Haas) G2

Give Us, Lord, a New Heart (Farrell) BB/

MI, 7104 OCP

Have Mercy, Lord, on Us 250 CVH, 196

PMB, WCH, 753 WP

Spare Us, Lord (Ps. 51) PMB, WCH

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

All Who Hunger GC, RS

Ashes (Conry) BB, GC, GP, GPCOMP,

GTR, RS, S&S

Be Reconciled as One (Willcock) BB/MI,

GP2, JS, S&S

Christians, Let Us Love One Another BB/

MI, CBW III, JS

How Can I Repay the Lord (Dean) HM,

7119 OCP, S&S

Father of Merc y BB/MI, 409 CVH, 746 WP

Grant Us, Lord, Thy Mercy (Schubert) 312-

41546

Happy Those Who Hear the Word of God

(Norbet) ACH, BB, GP, JS, WCH, W&S

Hosea (Norbet) BB/MI, 482 CVH, 686 CBW II, 262 GP, 164 PMB, S&S, WCH

In the Abundance (Alstott) BB/MI, S&S

In Your Love Remember Me (Kendzia) BB,

GP, S&S

Let Your Mercy Be on Us (Haugen) 25

GTR, GC, G2, RS

Lord, Let Your Mercy Be Upon Us

(Warner) WCH, W&S

Loving Father, Ever Waiting PMB, SM

Our Father, We Have Wandered 401 CVH,

755 WP

Our God Is Rich in Love (Moore) G2

Parce, Domine BB, PMB, WCH, 416 WP

Prayer of Saint Francis (Temple) ACH,

BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, JS,

PMB, RS, WCH

Remember Your Love (Dameans) BB/ MI,

134 GP, 206 GPCOMP, 158 GTR

Return to Me (Hurd) BB/MI, 355 GTR

Surrender to You (Hillerbrand) BB,

GPCOMP, S&S

Turn to Me (Foley BB, 57 GP, 249

GPCOMP, S&S

Ubi Caritas (Berthier) 271 GTR, G-2586,

TAIZE II, 604 WP

COMMUNION:

Abba, Father! (Keating) 215 PMB, WCH

Amazing Grace ACH, BB/MI, CBW II,

CVH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS,

WCH, WOV, WP, WS, (Proulx: G-2326)

Born from the Gospel (Glover) G-4587

Gift of Finest Wheat (Kreutz) 173 ACH,

BB/MI, CBW III, 389 CVH, 80 GPCOMP,

PMB, WCH, 736 WP

God Beyond All Names (Farrell) BB, GC,

S&S, 7236 OCP

Great God of Mercy 746 WP

Holy Name Communion Song (Sands)

BB/MI, GP2, JS

Humbly, Lord, We Worship You BB,

WCH

In Remembrance of You (Willcock) BB/MI,

HM, S&S

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise BB,

GC, WP

Just a Closer Walk with Thee PMB, W&S

Like a Shepherd (Dufford) BB/MI,

CBW III, 35 GP, 145 GPCOMP, 350 GTR,

GC, S&S

Loving Father, Ever Waiting (Westendorf) 1

PMB, W&S

Now We Remain (Haas) BB/MI, GC, GTR,

RS, WCH, W&S

Only In God (Talbot) BB/MI, S&S, W&S

Servant Song (Fisher, Stardust) GC, G-3730

The Cup We Bless (Willcock) BB/MI, GP2,

HM, S&S

To Be Your Bread (Haas) BB/MI, 80 PMB,

W&S

We Come to Your Altar (Brubaker)

W&S, WCH

We Have Been Told (Haas) ACH, BB/MI, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, W&S, WCH

Where There Is Love (Hughes) CCH, G2,

G-2555

You Have Looked upon the Lowly PMB,

W&S

SONG OF PRAISE:

By Name I Have Called You (Landry) BB,

GPCOMP, S&S

In Heavely Love Abiding (Mendelssohn)

312-41389

Loving Father, Gracious God 283 GTR, GC

Mercy's Free 59LR

Return to Me (Hurd) BB/MI, GTR, GC, JS,

S&S

There Is One Bread (Deiss) BB, PMB,

W&S

CLOSING SONG:

Amazing Grace ACH, BB/MI, CBW II,

CVH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS,

WCH, WOV, WP, WS, (Proulx: G-2326)

For the Fruits of This Creation BB/ MI,

CBW III, 155 PMB, 379 TWC, 166 WCH,

562 WP

Change Our Hearts (Cooney) BB/MI, GP2,

JS, S&S

Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte) BB/

MI, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, S&S

Glory and Praise to You (Deiss) 192 PMB,

WCH

God of Abraham (Farrell) BB/MI, GC, JS,

OCP, S&S

Grant Unto Us (Pasquet) 362-01249

In Praise of His Name (O'Connor) BB/MI, 28 GP, 227 GTR, GC, S&S

Lead Me, Guide Me 168 LMGM

Now Let Us from This Table Rise BB/MI,

CBW III, 146 PMB, 450 WOV, 625 WP

Now Thank We All Our God ACH, BB,

CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, RS,

PMB, WCH, WP

Sing of the Lord's Goodness (Sands) BB/

MI, GC, GTR

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy CVH,

GC, JS, WP

The King of Love, My Shepherd Is BB/

MI, 460 CVH, 609 WP

Though the Mountains May Fall (Schutte)

ACH, BB/MI, CBW II, GC, GP, GPCOMP,

GTR, G2, GC, JS, S&S, WCH, W&S

With Our God (Joncas) BB, 267 GPCOMP,

S&S

Where Charity and Love Prevail AF-11-

10120, BB/MI, CVH, GC, GTR, PMB, RS,

WCH, WP

You Shall Be My People (Ward) SM,

WCH, W&S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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