29th Ordinary Sunday: Isa 45:1,4-6; Ps 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10; I Thes 1:1-5; Mt 22:15-21 ~ give God His due

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening prayer:

As we come to the source of life, may the life of Christ might be in us and in all of humankind.
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In Your wonderful providence, O God, You willed that the kingdom of Christ should extend throughout the earth and that all people should partake in His saving redemption; grant that Your church may show and tell the wonders of Your love for all. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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A Reading from the Old testament: Isaiah 45:1,4-6 (NLT)

This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one, whose right hand he will empower. Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear. Their fortress gates will be opened, never to shut again.
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“And why have I called you for this work? Why did I call you by name when you did not know me? It is for the sake of Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one. I am the Lord; there is no other God. I have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the Lord, and there is no other.

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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10 (NLT)

Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
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Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
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Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens!
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O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts.
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Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.
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Psalm 96, “Chantez a Dieu, chanson nouvelle” (Sing to the Lord a New Song) by 16th century Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.


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A Reading from the Letters: I Thessalonians 1:1-5 (NLT)

This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy. We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May God give you grace and peace.

We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people. For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you.
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A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 22:15-21 (NLT)

Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

But Jesus knew their evil motives. “You hypocrites!” he said. “Why are you trying to trap me? Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

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Intercessions:

God of glory and power – hear our prayer:

+ For church leaders everywhere – that they may lead with faith and courage…. Lord hear us.

+ For missionaries bringing help and hope to a broken world – that God’s Spirit may sustain them…. Lord, hear us.

+ For all believers – that we might have zeal to share the Good News of Jesus into our own neighborhoods…. Lord, hear us.

+ For leaders of nations and all those elected to serve us – that they may fight corruption and injustice…. Lord, hear us.

+ For tax collectors and all who work for the state – that they may respect the rights of all citizens…. Lord, hear us.

+ For those who collect charitable donations and for all who contribute – that God may reward generous hearts…. Lord, hear us.

+ For those who have died serving Christ in foreign lands – that they may receive their reward in heaven…. Lord, hear us.

God of glory and power, You will judge all peoples fairly – hear our prayers and graciously grant them, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Benediction:

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen



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