Sunday: 16 August – Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-7; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 ~ all are welcome

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Opening sentence and Prayer:

Whoever eats the flesh of the Lord and drinks His blood will live for ever. We rejoice in Jesus’ promise, believing we will share the eternal destiny of all who have His life in them.
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Wise and gracious God, You spread a table before us and nourish Your people with the word of life and the bread from heaven. In our sharing of these holy gifts, show us our unity in You and give us a taste of the life to come. 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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Hymn: All are welcome


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A Reading from the Old Testament: Proverbs 9:1-6 (NLT)
[Wisdom is depicted in female form, inviting the foolish to be fed from her table and thus become wise.]

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Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns. She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come.

She calls out from the heights overlooking the city. “Come in with me,” she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says, “Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.”
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 34:2-7 (NLT)

I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
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Let Us Exalt His Name Together – CFC Doha Qatar


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A Reading from the Letters: Ephesians 5:15-20 (NLT)
[Paul tells Christians to give good example and to bless God for everything.]

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So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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A Reading from the Gospels: John 6:51-58 (NLT)
[Jesus is the Bread of Life: whoever eats this bread will live for ever.]

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

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Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.

So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”
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Intercessions:

Those who revere the Lord lack nothing, so we bring our prayers to God with confidence.

+ For all who gather around the Lord’s Table this weekend – that we may grow in appreciation of the Bread of Life we share…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all those who feel unworthy to receive Holy Communion – that they may never feel deprived of the support and friendship of God’s people…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people outside the Christian family – that the good lives of believers may bring them to Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who sing the glory of God on earth: congregations, cantors and choirs – that we may one day join in the beautiful music of heaven…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our brothers and sisters who have died – that having eaten the Bread of Life, they may live forever…. Lord, hear us.

Lord our God, those who seek You lack no blessing: hear these prayers we offer in faith, and continue to help us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: Go Into the World

Benediction:

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5b-6)

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



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