Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – 26 Aug – John 6:60-69 ~ you alone have the words of eternal life

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer

In every age, O God, you give your people freedom to walk in faith or to turn away. Grant us grace to remain faithful to your Holy One, whose words are spirit and life, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Be Thou My Vision” – Robin Mark


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Gospel Reading: John 6:60-69 (NLT)

Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?”

Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But some of you do not believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.”

At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”

Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”
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Prayers of Intercession:

Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God: usher us into the presence of the Father, that we may present our needs and receive help in this our day of trouble. Lord, hear our prayers –

+ For church leaders – that we may repent of our sins, past and present, and receive forgiveness… Lord, have mercy.
+ For those who pray without ceasing – that you may hear their cries and respond to their needs… Lord, have mercy.
+ For those who are suffering great pain and affliction at the hands of wicked people – that they may be delivered and healed… Lord, have mercy.
+ For those who have turned away from you – that they may repent, return, and be restored by the communion of saints… Lord, have mercy.
+ For all who are searching for meaning – that they may hear your call and follow you… Lord, have mercy.
+ For those who are destitute and dislocated – that they may receive comfort and restoration… Lord, have mercy.
+ For all who have died in faith – that they may enjoy the wonders of life eternal in your presence… Lord, have mercy.

Lord our God, you heal the broken-hearted and give sight to the blind. Work your wonders among us that we might bring honor and glory to your name. Amen.
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“Taste and See” – Shane & Shane


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Blessing – Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

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



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