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July 19, 2020 • 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

Greeting

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
(The response is: Blessed be God forever.)

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family
to listen to God's Word and let it grow in our hearts.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Litany in Praise of God's Mercy

Leader: As we prepare to hear about God's plan for the world,
let us remember that God works through us and through our love.
Lord Jesus, you take away our fear in times of trouble:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds after we hurt each other:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you remind us that every person is a child of God:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: God of Strength,
you have created us to live in freedom and joy
and given us all a dignity that can never be taken away.
May we be strong and courageous,
always working to lift others up
and living with compassion and justice.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: In today’s reading, Jesus uses parables to teach us about God's Kingdom. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of Matthew.

Reader 1: Jesus then told them this story: The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a farmer plants a mustard seed in a field.
Although it is the smallest of all seeds, it grows larger than any garden plant and becomes a tree.
Birds even come and nest on its branches.
Jesus also said: The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a woman mixes a little yeast into three big batches of flour.
Finally, all the dough rises.
Jesus used stories when he spoke to the people.
In fact, he did not tell them anything without using stories.
So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet had said,
“I will use stories to speak my message
and to explain things that have been hidden
since the creation of the world.”

Reader 1: Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’”
He spoke to them another parable.
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened.”
All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflections on the Readings

  1. Even though scientists can explain now how seeds grow, it’s still amazing that a tiny seed can grow into something big and useful starting with only soil, air, and water. The potential inside each seed is huge, just like the potential inside of every person. No matter how small or insignificant we may feel at times, God can “grow us” into people who help the Kingdom of Heaven come alive in our world. What gifts are inside of you that God wants to grow bigger?
  2. Just like a mustard seed, a little bit of yeast doesn’t seem very powerful, but it is. Who can you think of who seems “little” in the world’s eyes, but does great things? It may be someone you know personally, or someone you’ve heard about in the news.
  3. Jesus liked to tell parables, simple stories about ordinary things in life and nature that had a deeper meaning. What are some other famous parables (or fables or fairy tales) can you think of that teach a lesson? (They may be parables of Jesus or from some other tradition.)

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: For all those who are close to us and those who are far from us
who are still struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic,
that they may find new courage to continue the fight,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all those who are unjustly treated, hurt, or killed
because of discrimination or hatred,
that they may trust in God’s special care for them,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: That we may have the strength and the courage
to speak up and act for the things that Jesus taught,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song

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