This Sunday's Readings

Church of the Sacred Heart


27TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) Weekend of 1, 2 October 2022




Collect


Let us pray.


Almighty ever-living God,

who in the abundance of your kindness

surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,

pour out your mercy upon us

to pardon what conscience dreads

and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever.


Amen.





First Reading Habakkuk 1:2-3,2:2-4


A reading from the prophet Habakkuk.


The upright man will live by his faithfulness


How long, O Lord, am I to cry for help

while you will not listen;

to cry ‘Oppression!’ in your ear

and you will not save?

Why do you set injustice before me,

why do you look on where there is tyranny?

Outrage and violence, this is all I see,

all is contention, and discord flourishes.

Then the Lord answered and said,

‘Write the vision down,

inscribe it on tablets

to be easily read,

since this vision is for its own time only:

eager for its own fulfilment, it does not deceive;

if it comes slowly, wait,

for come it will, without fail.

See how he flags, he whose soul is not at rights,

but the upright man will live by his faithfulness.’


The word of the Lord.


Response: Thanks be to God.





Responsorial Psalm Psalm 94(95):1-2,6-9


R. O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’


Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;

hail the rock who saves us.

Let us come before him, giving thanks,

with songs let us hail the Lord.


R. O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’


Come in; let us bow and bend low;

let us kneel before the God who made us:

for he is our God and we

the people who belong to his pasture,

the flock that is led by his hand.


R. O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’


O that today you would listen to his voice!

‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,

as on that day at Massah in the desert

when your fathers put me to the test;

when they tried me, though they saw my work.’


R. O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’





Second Reading 2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy.


Never be ashamed of witnessing to our Lord


I am reminding you to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God.


Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. You have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.


The word of the Lord.


Response: Thanks be to God.





Gospel Acclamation 1S3:9,Jn6:68


Alleluia! Alleluia!


Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:

you have the message of eternal life.


Alleluia!





Gospel Luke 17:5-10


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.


Response: Glory to you, O Lord.


Say, 'We are merely servants'


The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it would obey you.


‘Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, “Come and have your meal immediately”? Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper laid; make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink yourself afterwards”? Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.”’


The Gospel of the Lord.


Response: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.





Prayer Of The Faithful


Introduction: Conscious of our need to increase our faith, let us turn to God and ask that it be increased in us.


Response: Lord, deepen our Faith.


1. That the faith of the Church, given as a gift from the Father through Jesus, may shine in all the works performed by the people of God. Let us pray to the Lord.


2. That the people of all nations who have not yet accepted the faith, may be moved by the faith of Christians. Let us pray to the Lord.


3. That the faith of those who strive to relieve the sufferings of others may be strengthened. Let us pray to the Lord.


4. That this congregation may treasure and keep the faith through worship and prayer. Let us pray to the Lord.


5. That God may grant the students taking the PSLE the knowledge and understanding during their exams, calm their anxieties and that parents will support and encourage their children with love and understanding. Let us pray to the Lord.


6. We now pray in silence for other needs and intentions ….

For all these needs and intentions, let us pray to the Lord.


Conclusion: Heavenly Father, look with compassion on these, our petitions, and increase our faith in Your providence. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Amen.