21st Sunday after Pentecost: 29 Oct – Matthew 22:34-40 ~ the bottom line

21st Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer

Your love, O God, is boundless. We who were strangers have been made Your children. We who were defenseless have been brought into Your household. Keep us mindful of Your deeds of mercy, that we may love You with our whole heart and love our neighbor as ourselves. 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.

“Agnus Dei” – The Acappella Company Praise and Harmony


Reading: Matthew 22:34-40 (NLT)

But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Intercessory Prayer

God our refuge and our strength, our ever-present help in times of trouble, hear our prayers –

+ For all who follow Jesus Christ, that our love for one another may be evident to all….
+ For followers of Jesus Christ who are battered by war and violence, grant them Your peace….
+ For the weak and oppressed, that they may enjoy the protection of the strong and powerful….
+ For those in financial trouble, that may find the help needed to work through their indebtedness….
+ For visitors and strangers, that followers of Jesus Christ may show them love and care….
+ For widows and orphans, that they may experience compassion and justice….
+ For the faithful who have departed this life, that You may embrace them in peace….

Mighty God, You are our strength, our fortress, our savior: hear our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Overcome – Psalm 18” – James Block


Blessing – Psalm 119:132-133 (NLT)

Come and show me your mercy, as you do for all who love your name. Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.

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

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