Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – 09 Sep – ears to hear

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer

God of power and compassion, in Christ you reveal your will to heal and to save. Open our ears to your redeeming word and move our hearts by the strength of your love, so that our every word and work may proclaim as Messiah Jesus the Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“What Joy” (Psalm 146) – Sarah Emerson


Gospel Reading: Mark 7:31-37 (NLT)

Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him.

Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”

Prayers of Intercession:

God of power and compassion, you raise up those who are bowed down; our confidence is in you as we bring forward our prayers –

+ For believers gathered together around the world — that all may be welcomed without distinction…
+ For believers gathered together around the world — that we may work to end discrimination and division…
+ For people with difficulties with language and speech — that patient, believing friends may encourage them…
+ For those who cannot hear well — that patient, believing friends may be sensitive to their needs…
+ For an end to the war in Syria – that believers may return and rebuild their broken country…
+ For those who are dislocated and dispossessed – that believers may offer refuge and comfort…
+ For those who have died in Christ, especially through war and violence – that they may rest safely in your presence forever…

Healing God, you pour out your love on those who cry to you for help; raise us up by your grace and support us in our needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Isaiah 35” – Vinesong


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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