Sunday, 18 October: Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:42-45 ~ a servant’s life

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Opening Sentence and Prayer:

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
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O God, it is Your will that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Look upon Your abundant harvest and send workers to preach the gospel to every creature, so that Your people, gathered by the Word of life and supported by the power of the Holy Spirit, may advance in the way of faithfulness and love. 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: “Ye Servants of God” by Mount Ensemble Male Voice


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A Reading from the Old Testament: Isaiah 53:10-11 (NLT)
[The suffering of the Lord can be seen beforehand in the words written by Isaiah.]

Crucifixion of Christ Paolo Veneziano (1340) National Museum in Krakow

Crucifixion of Christ
Paolo Veneziano (1340)
National Museum in Krakow

But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 (NLT)

For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.
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But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.
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We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield.
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Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.
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“Psalm 33” – Sung By The Monks Of Putna (600 Years Old Orthodox Christian Monastery in Romania)


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A Reading from the Letters: Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT)
[In Jesus we have a high priest who was tempted as we are. He will have mercy on us.]

A boy kneels to pray during the Christmas Eve mass at a Catholic church in Beijing on December 24, 2010.

A boy kneels to pray during the Christmas Eve mass at a Catholic church in Beijing on December 24, 2010.

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
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A Reading from the Gospels: Mark 10:42-45 (NLT)
[The true follower of Jesus is like the Master: a humble servant.]

So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
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Hymn: “Heart of a servant” Hati Hamba-City Harvest Church


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Intercessions:

The Lord is our help and our shield: let us approach His throne of grace with confidence –

+ For Christian communities around the world who worship in Spirit and Truth today – that they may make Christ present to the world…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who are suffering – that we may be sensitive to people struggling with heavy burdens…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the spirit of service among Christians — that we may support each other…. Lord, hear us.
+ For missionaries and the people among whom they work – that we may not forget to pray for them…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the sick, the lonely, the elderly and the bereaved — that they may be comforted…. Lord, hear us.
+ For blessing on our faith communities – that Your Spirit may help us fill the world with Your love…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those who have died, especially those martyred because of their Christian faith – that they may experience the fullness of life eternally with You…. Lord, hear us.

God, the creator of all, You fill the earth with Your love: we rejoice in Your faithfulness as we present these prayers to You, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Hymn: “Where You go I go” – Jesus Culture


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Benediction:

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

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



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