Sunday, 27 September: Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 ~ Spirit break out

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Opening Prayer:

Pour out your Spirit, O God, over all the world to inspire every heart with knowledge and love of You. Grant that we who confess Jesus as Lord may shun whatever is contrary to our faith and give witness to Your love that has saved us in Christ, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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Hymn: “Breathe On Me, Breath Of God”


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A Reading from the Old Testament: Numbers 11:25-29 (NLT)
[Moses is asked to prevent some followers from acting as prophets, but declines. God’s gifts are for all, not just a few.]

And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But this never happened again.

Moses chooses seventy elders (1739) Jacob de Wit City Archives, Amsterdam

Moses chooses seventy elders (1739)
Jacob de Wit
City Archives, Amsterdam

Two men, Eldad and Medad, had stayed behind in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but they had not gone out to the Tabernacle. Yet the Spirit rested upon them as well, so they prophesied there in the camp. A young man ran and reported to Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!”

Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ assistant since his youth, protested, “Moses, my master, make them stop!”

But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them all!”
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-14 (NLT)

The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.
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They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
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How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
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“Psalm 19”


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A Reading from the Letters: James 5:1-6 (NLT)
[James condemns the rich, those who perceive they have no need of God.]

Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.
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A Reading from the Gospels: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 (NLT)
[Jesus teaches his followers to recognize people who are helpful, and shows them how to deal with obstacles to faith.]

John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.”

miracles in Jesus' name

“Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us. If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded.

“But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands.
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“Spirit Break Out” – Kim Walker-Smith


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Intercessions:

Brothers and sisters, let us make our needs known to the Lord.

+ For Church leaders around the world – that their faithful witness to the Gospel may strengthen and encourage the believers under their care…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the men and women called to minister in the Church – that the Spirit may help them to become good servants…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the rich and wealthy — that they may remember their call to godly stewardship and generosity…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the refugees seeking food and shelter — that they may receive the help they need to sustain them…. Lord, hear us.
+ For war-torn, corrupt countries and governments – that self-serving leaders may be replaced with godly servants of their people…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the people in our communities who are sick — that the Lord may raise them up to health and wholeness…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who have died in the service of Christ, and all our family and friends who have gone before us in faith – that they may receive just reward of their labors…. Lord, hear us.

Eternal God, You provide for those who rely on You: send us grace and resources sufficient unto the day, we ask You, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God” – Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

Holy Spirit, living Breath of God, Breathe new life into my willing soul. Bring the presence of the risen Lord To renew my heart and make me whole. Cause Your Word to come alive in me; Give me faith for what I cannot see; Give me passion for Your purity. Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

Holy Spirit, come abide within; May Your joy be seen in all I do— Love enough to cover ev’ry sin In each thought and deed and attitude, Kindness to the greatest and the least, Gentleness that sows the path of peace. Turn my striving into works of grace. Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.

Holy Spirit, from creation’s birth, Giving life to all that God has made, Show Your power once again on earth; Cause Your church to hunger for Your ways. Let the fragrance of our prayers arise. Lead us on the road of sacrifice That in unity the face of Christ Will be clear for all the world to see.
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Benediction:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

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



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