Time of the Church 7
O sing a new song to the Lord,
sing to the Lord all the earth.
O sing to the Lord, bless his name.
Proclaim God’s help day by day,
tell among the nations his glory
and his wonders among all the peoples.
It was the Lord who made the heavens.
His are majesty and honor and power
and splendor in his holy place.
Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad,
let the sea and all within it thunder praise,
let the land and all it bears rejoice,
all the trees of the wood shout for joy
at the presence of the Lord who comes.
The Lord says: 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.
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
For peace in the world and the liberation of all people, Lord, we pray.
That the leaders of the Churches may tirelessly seek visible unity among Christians, Lord, we pray.
For honesty in political life, for justice in society, Lord, we pray.
For those who toil to earn their daily bread, Lord, we pray,
For those without work or resources, Lord, we pray.
For those with no family or home, Lord, we pray.
For those who suffer from loneliness or abandonment, Lord, we pray.
For those who are oppressed or maligned, Lord, we pray.
For those who work with the poor, with foreigners and with the excluded, Lord, we pray.
Living God, however poor our prayer is, we search for you with confidence. And your love carves out a way forward through our hesitations and even through our doubts.
You have blessed us, living God; you bury our past in the heart of Christ and are going to take care of our future.
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