Living to Die; Dying to Live

Posted on 13 Sep 2015

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37

Our wise and loving God, you bless us with your gorgeous creation. You give us life and create us in your own image so that we may have life as you intend.  You sent your son to us as a child that we might know what real love is.  You ask that we follow him.  Thank you for having such faith in us.

As imperfect and ignorant as we are, you continue to show us your wisdom. We ask that you bestow on our minds and hearts the ability to use our gifts to reconcile with one another so that all will know your goodness and mercy.

For the hundreds who are fleeing a world of horror and turmoil, give them safe passage and welcoming arms. Thank you for those who will provide shelter in their communities. Show us how we can help.

For the people in our own community who have known violence and fear, give them real peace and comfort.  Protect us all from the ravages of hatred that stem from anger and misunderstanding. We need your good grace to do better.

Many are dealing with serious illness and uncertain diagnoses. Please guide them and their medical team toward complete healing.

Grant courage and leadership to those whom we elect so that we can share the freedoms and privileges with the world.

Help us, help us, to be your disciples who know and follow Christ who taught us to pray….

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.