Sunday: 06 September – Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146:7-10; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37 ~ He is coming to save you.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Opening sentence and Prayer:

God’s healing power was seen in the ministry of Jesus, and continues today through the ministry of His Word and Spirit. Pray for healing and strength, trusting that God will continue to show compassion to the whole world.

God of power and compassion, in Christ You reveal Your will to heal and to save. Open our ears to Your redeeming word and move our hearts by the strength of Your love, so that our every word and work may proclaim as Messiah Jesus the Lord, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

Hymn: “Great Things”


A Reading from the Old Testament: Isaiah 35:4-7 (NLT)
[Isaiah promises that when the Messiah comes, the deaf will hear and the dumb will speak.]


Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”

And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland. The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land.

A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 146:7-10 (NLT)

He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.

The Lord loves the godly. The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

The Lord will reign forever. He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations. Praise the Lord!


“Praise the Lord My Soul”


A Reading from the Letters: James 2:1-5 (NLT)
[James complains of class distinction at religious services.]

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor” — well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

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Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him?

A Reading from the Gospels: Mark 7:31-37 (NLT)
[Through Jesus’ healing ministry, the deaf hear and the dumb speak.]

Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him.

Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”

“Before the Throne of God Above”



Christian migrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia attend the Sunday mass at the makeshift church in

Christian migrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia attend the Sunday mass at the makeshift church in “The New Jungle” near Calais, France, August 2, 2015.

The Lord raises up those who are bowed down; we come before His throne of grace with confidence.

+ For our church — that all may feel welcome, without distinction…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Christians — that we may work to end discrimination wherever You have placed us…. Lord, hear us.
+ For people with difficulties in speech — that patient friends may encourage them…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who cannot hear well — that we may be sensitive to their needs…. Lord, hear us.
+ For refugees around the world looking for a place of safety — that they may find the safe home they need…. Lord, hear us.
+ For war-torn countries with genocidal inclinations – that the armies of heaven may restore peace…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those we love and are concerned about, and for all our own needs – that we might experience Your healing and strength…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our brothers and sisters in Christ who have died – that the Lord may raise up all the faithful departed and especially those who have died this summer…. Lord, hear us.

Healing God, You pour out Your love on those who cry to You for help; raise us up by Your grace and support us in our needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: “O Great God”


“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6)

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

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