10AM READINGS – OCTOBER 7TH

FIRST LESSON                                                                                              Jeremiah 22:13-16
Lector         A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah.
 
Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages; who says, ‘I will build myself a spacious house with large upper rooms’, and who cuts out windows for it, paneling it with cedar, and painting it with vermilion. Are you a king because you compete in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? says the Lord.
 
SECOND LESSON                                                                                            Galatians 6:14-18
Lector        A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians.
 
May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule-- peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
God whose name is Love, you created this world and all that is in it. Look upon your wild creatures which delight us by their variety and beauty. Be with them in their struggle for existence, and shelter them from the dangers that surround them. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
 
Look upon our companion animals, O God, who share our homes and our lives, and who show us amazing love and loyalty. Bless them for the pleasure and companionship they give, and protect all those creatures that suffer neglect and cruelty. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
 
Look upon us, O God, with love and mercy. Forgive our misuse of your creation, and our failure to be good stewards of that which you have entrusted to us.  Lead us gently back in your way of loving care. Transform our hearts, give us wisdom, to rightly care for the earth and all whom you have created. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
 
We thank you for the gift of life, with all its blessings and sorrows. Shield the joyous, comfort and strengthen those in any need or trouble. Bless those who will be born today and those who will die, that joining Francis and the company of all your saints we may rejoice in one unending song of praise. We ask your prayers for those we now name…

(The People audibly name those for whom they are interceding.)
 
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.
 
Celebrant: O Lord our God, accept the prayers of your people; in your tender mercy, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.