Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Spirit of God lives in us, inspiring and guarding. In the Spirit, we worship our creator and entrust ourselves to the Lord’s loving care.
God, the rock of our salvation, whose gifts can never fail, deepen the faith you have already bestowed and let its power be seen in your servants. 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.
“The Rock Won’t Move” – Vertical Church Band
When the ground beneath my feet gives way | And I hear the sound of crashing waves | All my world is washing out to sea | I’m hidden safe in the God who never moves | Holding fast to the promise of the truth | That You are holding tighter still to me
The Rock won’t move and His word is strong | The Rock won’t move and His love can’t be undone | The Rock won’t move and His word is strong | The Rock won’t move and His love can’t be undone
The Rock of our Salvation
My hope is in the promise of Your blood | My support within the raging flood | Even in the tempest, I can sing | I’m hidden safe in the God who never moves | Holding fast to the promise of Your truth | That You are holding tighter still to me
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand | All other ground is sinking sand | The Rock won’t move, the Rock won’t move | When darkness seems to hide His face | I rest on His unchanging grace | The Rock won’t move, the Rock won’t move
Lead me to the Rock | The Rock that is higher | That is greater | The Rock of our Salvation | Lead me to the Rock | The Rock that is Stronger | That is Stronger | The Rock that is Jesus | The Rock that is Jesus | He will never move | He is faithful
A Reading from the Old Testament: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 (NLT)
[In difficult times, faithfulness sustains people.]
How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen!
“Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.
Then the Lord said to me,
“Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.
A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 (NLT)
Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.
If only you would listen to his voice today!
The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness. For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did.
Psalm 95: ‘Come let us’ – Half a Mile
A Reading from the Letters: 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 (NLT)
[The Spirit is powerfully present with us.]
This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.
Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.
A Reading from the Gospels: Luke 17:5-10 (NLT)
[The importance of having faith.]
The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”
The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you!
“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”
“Let Us Pray” – Tommy Walker
Gracious God, our Rock and our Redeemer, hear our prayers –
+ For believers everywhere, called to witness to Christ in today’s unsteady and confusing world…. Lord, hear us.
+ For believers everywhere, that they may be empowered by the Holy Spirit they have received…. Lord, hear us.
+ For the people who want to believe but find it hard, that they may receive the gift of faith…. Lord, hear us.
+ For peace in Syria and the Middle East, that its migrants may be able to return to their homelands…. Lord, hear us.
+ For respect for all human life, from its beginnings to its last moments…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who have died in Christ, especially through war and violence, that they may be part of God’s flock forever…. Lord, hear us.
O God you are our Rock, you made us and know all our needs, listen to our prayers, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
“By Faith” – Keith & Kristyn Getty
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. – 2 John 3
+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen