July 14, 2019


FIRST LESSON                                                                                 Deuteronomy 30:9-14
Lector        A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy.

Moses said to the people of Israel, "The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the LORD will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the LORD your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. "Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?' Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?' No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe."

Lector        Hear what the spirit is saying to God’s people.         
People      Thanks be to God.

SECOND LESSON                                                                              Colossians 1:1-14
Lector        A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Lector         Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
People       Thanks be to God.

With confidence, we turn to God with our needs, to our Lord who hears the cry of the poor.
That all Christians would bear witness to love of neighbor, as did the good Samaritan, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.
That world leaders would work toward peace, and assist victims of war and strife, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.
That individuals and communities would treat the earth gently, and preserve its beauty and richness for future generations, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.
That all people would have access to affordable health care, education, and housing, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.
That all members of this church would welcome the stranger, shelter the homeless, and build a community of love, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.
     (Here other intercession may be offered silently or aloud.)
Saving God, your mercy heals the wounds of the world. Hear and answer     the prayers we offer, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.