21st Sunday after Pentecost, 03 Nov 2019, Luke 19:1-10 ~ the friend of sinners

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

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

Opening Prayer:

Just and merciful God, true Lord of every house, sure delight of every heart, come into our midst today to speak your word and satisfy our hunger. Enable us to see you clearly, to welcome you with joy, and to give justice and mercy a place in our lives. Grant 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. Amen.
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“Great is thy faithfulness” – Songs of Praise (BBC)

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Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9-14(NLT)

Jesus and Zacchaeus

Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.

When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”

Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.

Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”

Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
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“Psalm 32: Blessed” – Forever be sure

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Intercession:

Faithful, gracious God: You raise up those who are bowed down with grief or worry. Grant us Your mercy and help us we pray  –

+ For all those who follow Christ – that we, like Zacchaeus, may confess our sins, turn to Him, and find peace….

+ For all those who have never known Your love, that Your mercy as demonstrated by believers may surround them….

+ For all who live on the edges of our communities, that they may find that Christ is close to them….

+ For all those in need, the sick and the worried, that the care of believing friends may bring them peace….

+ For the suffering people of Syria, that You may defend and protect them and grant them Your peace….

+ For those suffering persecution and hardship for Your name’s sake, that they may persevere to the end with endurance and faithfulness….

Faithful, merciful God: show us Your compassion and justice as we await the day of Christ’s return in glory, we ask in His holy name. Amen.
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His Mercy Is More – Matt Praise and Harmony

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all-knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord!
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more

What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more

What riches of kindness He lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more

Praise the Lord!
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more
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Closing: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 (adapted)

Live a life worthy of His call. And may He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with Him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.

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



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