Sunday, August 27, 2023

A community of sunflowers, Saskatchewan (Photo Credit: Lara Stoudt)
“Romans 12:1-8 (Contemporary English Version)” by Connie Beingessner.

Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Sunday, August 27, 2023

Romans 12:1-8

Loving Divine Family,

We find relief in your presence, in your sacred prayer space. We bring our spiritual worship to you. We want to prepare and present ourselves to you as a holy sacrifice. We are threatened by human society, which batters and bruises us. Though we may feel unworthy because of our blemishes, you welcome, embrace, and remind us of the gifts you have placed within us. 

Life-giving God, we fix our attention on you and marvel at how we are growing and changing into who you created us to be. Thank you for bringing out the best of ourselves and helping us to mature in your love. May we walk in a good way.

I remember my God-given gifts today, O LORD, and thank you for…

Bless us with a community of believers who encourage us to live the gifts you have placed within us. When we are weak, give them words to lift us. When we are strong, may others see our gifts in action and feel encouraged. Together, with you, we will journey in a good way.

With joy we praise you!


Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Exodus 1:8-2:10 and Psalm 124: 1-8
Isaiah 51:1-6 and Psalm 138:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

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