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September 27, 2020 • 26th 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 is merciful and wants us to be merciful too.
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 Creation,
you show us your love for us again and again
and ask us to do your will.
May we follow your Son and respond
even when it's hard
or when we're distracted
or when we would rather do something else.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: In today’s reading, Jesus tells a story about two sons and what they do differently when their father assigns them their chores. 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 said: I will tell you a story about a man who had two sons. Then you can tell me what you think.
The father went to the older son and said, “Go work in the vineyard today!”
His son told him that he would not do it, but later he changed his mind and went.
The man then told his younger son to go work in the vineyard. The boy said he would, but he didn’t go.
Which one of the sons obeyed his father?
“The older one,” the chief priests and leaders answered. Then Jesus told them: You can be sure that tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you ever will!
When John the Baptist showed you how to do right, you would not believe him. But these evil people did believe.
And even when you saw what they did, you still would not change your minds and believe.

Reader 1: Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: "What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.' He said in reply, 'I will not, ' but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,‘ but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?" They answered, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him."

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Retelling

Reflections on the Readings

  1. When have you promised to do something, but then you didn’t follow through on your promise? How did you feel afterwards?
  2. When has someone asked you to do something for them that you said you wouldn’t do, but then you changed your mind and did it anyway? How did you feel after that?
  3. In this passage today, Jesus was talking to the people who everyone thought of as “good people,” the chief priests and elders. Surprisingly, he says that those who many considered “bad people” (tax collectors and prostitutes) were going to get into heaven before the good people. Who do you know—or who have you heard stories of—who did something bad but then changed and became a better person?

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 affected by natural disasters,
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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