27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Creator God, in Christ You call man and woman to the fullness of glory for which You created them in Your image. Heal our hardened hearts, renew our obedience to Your spoken will, and conform our lives to Your gracious design. Grant 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.
Hymn: “Hail, Holy Light! The World Rejoices”
A Reading from the Old Testament: Genesis 2:18-24 (NLT)
[In the order of creation, man and woman are meant to be together.]
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
“At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”
This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 128:1-6 (NLT)
How joyful are those who fear the Lord — all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!
Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table.
That is the Lord’s blessing for those who fear him. May the Lord continually bless you from Zion.
May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live. May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. May Israel have peace!
“Shir LaMa-alot Esa Einai” (Psalm 128) by Salamone Rossi
A Reading from the Letters: Hebrews 2:9-11 (NLT)
[Hebrews was written to show that Jesus fulfilled the needs of Jews and Greeks alike.]
What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.
So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.
A Reading from the Gospels: Mark 10:2-16 (NLT)
[Jesus instructs his followers about family life, repeating the teaching given in Genesis and telling all to be as trustful as little children.]
Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?”
Jesus answered them with a question: “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?”
“Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.”
But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”
Later, when he was alone with his disciples in the house, they brought up the subject again. He told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.”
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
“Your Heart Today”
Where there is fear, I can allay / Where there is pain, I can heal / Where there are wounds, I can bind / And hunger, I can fill
Lord, grant me courage / Lord, grant me strength / Grant me compassion / That I may be Your heart today
Where there is hate, I can confront / Where there are yokes, I can release / Where there are captives, I can free / And anger, I can appease
When comes the day I dread / To see a broken world / Compel me from my cell grown cold / That Your people I may behold
And when I’ve done, all that I could / Yet there are hearts, I cannot move / Lord give me hope / That I may be Your heart today
Creator God: You are the giver of life, the source of all our blessings. Hear us as we ask for Your help and strength.
+ For all who follow Christ – that we may have the trustfulness of little children…. Lord, hear us.
+ For men and women joined together in marriage – that Your grace may continue to work in them, especially in difficult times…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our children and grandchildren – that they may grow wiser and stronger each day, and grow in favor with Your people…. Lord, hear us.
+ For single people, the widowed or separated – that they may be blessed with good friends on their journey through life…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who are gravely ill – that every moment of life may be cherished and that death may be accepted, when it comes…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who face persecution, suffering and death because of their faith – that they may bring honor to Christ in life, and enter into His glory in death…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our family members and friends whose days in this world are over – that they may enter their heavenly homeland with joy…. Lord, hear us.
O Lord our God, You bless those who trust You: hear our prayers offered in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hymn: “Creation Sings” – Stuart Townend
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen