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September 6, 2020 • 23rd 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 inspire us.
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 a story from our faith,
let us remember that God uses us and our gifts to make the world a better place.
Lord Jesus, you know that we are not perfect like you and don't always act out of love:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you help us to grow closer to you and to each other:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you guide us as to become better followers, walking in your footsteps:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: God of Love,
you have created us to live in love
and given us graces we can never earn.
May we be grateful, not taking our gifts for granted,
willing to share what we have,
especially with those who have less than we do.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: In today’s reading, Jesus tells us what do when someone treats us badly. 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: If one of my followers sins against you, go and point out what was wrong.
But do it in private, just between the two of you.
If that person listens, you have won back a follower.
But if that one refuses to listen, take along one or two others.
The Scriptures teach that every complaint must be proven true by two or more witnesses.
If the follower refuses to listen to them, report the matter to the church.
Anyone who refuses to listen to the church must be treated like an unbeliever or a tax collector.
I promise you that God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth, but he will not allow anything you don’t allow.
I promise that when any two of you on earth agree about something you are praying for, my Father in heaven will do it for you.
Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.

Reader 1: Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflections on the Readings

  1. Have you ever had a parent tell you to try to work something out yourself with your brother, sister, or friend before you come to them to complain? That’s what Jesus is telling the disciples to do. Start with the person that you are having a problem with before you go “tell on them to others.” (Of course, children should tell an adult right away if it’s a dangerous/serious problem or if it's problem with another adult!) Give an example of something you can try to work out with another kid yourself first.
  2. There are some times when Jesus said it’s a good idea to ask some helpers to be with you when you are having a problem with someone else. Give an example of a situation in which you should tell an adult and ask for help instead of keeping the problem between yourself and the other person. (Ex: if you see someone being bullied—you can try to stop it, but you should also tell an adult. Or if anyone ever touches you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, etc.)
  3. Jesus said that whenever two or more people come together because of him, he will always be there among them. That doesn’t mean he’s not with us when we’re alone, but that he’s with us in a special way when we’re together praying or celebrating or remembering him. Give some examples of times when you are together with others in Jesus’ name. (Ex: Right now as you are worshipping at home, when you’re at Mass, when you are saying bedtime prayers or mealtime prayers with your family, when you’re learning about Jesus at school, Sunday school, or Vacation Bible School, etc.)

General Intercessions

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

Reader 2: For all students, teachers, and others who work in education
as the school year begins,
that they may remain safe and be able to learn well this year,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all of those who are struggling during this pandemic time,
with health, finances, loneliness, or other challenges,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all those who suffer in our country because of injustice and judgment
because of their skin color, their religion, or any other form of discrimination.
May we all work for justice because every single person is a child of God.
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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