Sunday, October 15, 2023

Big Muddy Valley, Saskatchewan (Photo Credit: Lara Stoudt)
“Matthew 22:1-14 (Message)” by Connie Beingessner.

Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time, Sunday, October 15, 2023

Matthew 22:1-14

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space at your invitation. You have invited us to draw near to you so many times. We are not always open to your call. Too many times, we have withdrawn, trying desperately to hide from you. We are sometimes not prepared to draw near. But by your grace, we are here. By your mercy, you receive us as we are.

Gracious, loving God, at first glance this scripture passage seems harsh and cruel. Life-giving Spirit, reveal to us the meaning of this parable. Thank you we are called and are chosen. Thank you for being a God of celebration and relationship, inviting us to come and celebrate with you. You ask us to be people of integrity, living out what we believe.

I come to you as I am today, gracious, loving God, and thank you for…

Bruised and weary, selfish, and drunk on our own desires–we come to you. Aware, awake, and sober to your calling–we come to you. We are worthy because you have called us by name, not by our own actions. Cast us not away from your presence. Uphold us with Christ’s love and Life-giving Spirit.

With joy we praise you!


Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Exodus 32:1-14 and Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 
Isaiah 25:1-9 and Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9 

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