Year A
Proper 3
Does not occur in 2017


Eucharistic Preface


Let us lift up our hearts.
    We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for you show compassion to your suffering ones
and have written our names on the palm of your hands.

You created the earth and all its creatures,
clothing even the grass of the fields in splendour
and bringing forth abundant food,
even for the birds of the air.
You found your people imprisoned in darkness
and through Moses and the prophets,
you called them to freedom
and led them by springs of water.

In your child, Jesus, you have come to us again,
teaching us to entrust our souls to you
and to seek first your kingdom
and its righteousness and justice for all.
When he was killed by those
who serve wealth and power,
you raised him to life again
so that his light might shine in the darkness
and bring all the earth to freedom.

Therefore with .....

©2008 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



Short Preface
(for insertion into Eucharistic prayers with fixed prefaces)

We give thanks for your child, Jesus,
in whom you have taught us to entrust our souls to you
and to seek first your kingdom
and its righteousness and justice for all.
You raised him to life
so that his light might shine in the darkness
and bring all the earth to freedom.

©2008 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




General Prayer of Thanksgiving
(Preface reformatted for use apart from communion)

We give you all thanks and praise, O God,
for you show compassion to your suffering ones
and have written our names on the palm of your hands.

You created the earth and all its creatures,
clothing even the grass of the fields in splendour
and bringing forth abundant food,
even for the birds of the air.
You found your people imprisoned in darkness
and through Moses and the prophets,
you called them to freedom
and led them by springs of water.

In your child, Jesus, you have come to us again,
teaching us to entrust our souls to you
and to seek first your kingdom
and its righteousness and justice for all.
When he was killed by those
who serve wealth and power,
you raised him to life again
so that his light might shine in the darkness
and bring all the earth to freedom.

Therefore, with our hearts lifted high,
we offer you thanks and praise at all times
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

©2008 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




Declaration of Grace / Absolution

It is the LordŐs judgement alone that matters,
and God will no more write us off
than will a mother write off her nursing child.
God has sent comfort and a word of compassion,
ÓCome out of darkness and be free.Ó

Sisters and Brothers,
    your sins are forgiven;
        be at peace.

©2008 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net




Commission & Benediction

Go now, as servants of Christ
and stewards of GodŐs mysteries.
Strive firstly for the kingdom of God
and its righteousness and justice.
Do not be anxious, but calm your soul within you
and do not condemn, even yourselves.

And may God generously provide all you need;
May Christ Jesus guide you in the ways of light;
And may the Holy Spirit fill you with comfort and hope.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
    In the name of Christ. Amen.

©2008 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net






Paraphrases of the Scripture Lections
for Proper - Year A - Does not occur in 2017
Lections from The Revised Common Lectionary.
Copyright 1992 by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT)
P. O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville, TN 37203-0003, USA. Used with Permission.


* Isaiah 49: 8-16a

This is what the LORD is saying:

What a day! I have answered your call.
    ItŐs the day of rescue, and here I am.
I have kept you safe,
    and I have given you to the people
        as the sign that I will always be with them.

I have given you the job of putting the land in order,
    of resettling the people
        on the properties that were left abandoned.

Tell the prisoners they can now go free;
    tell those cowering in the darkness
        that it is now safe to come out of hiding.

They will find all the food they want along the way;
    even the rocky mountain tops will produce food for them.
They will never go hungry or thirsty;
    never again be burnt by the sun or cut by the wind.

I care deeply for them and I will lead them;
     I will guide them along the perfect track
        from one fresh waterhole to the next.

I will level out the track
    so that there are no tough climbs
        and no treacherous descents.

Take a look and see!
    Here come my people from far away,
        from all points of the compass,
            from this land and that.

Sing your lungs out, sky above!
    Explode with joy, O planet earth!
        Burst into song, O mighty mountains!
For the LORDŐs people were suffering,
    but the LORD has felt their pain and given them comfort.

But Zion said, ŇThe LORDŐs back is turned to me.
    My Lord has given up on me, written me off.Ó

Get a grip! Does a woman give up on the child at her breast?
    Can she turn her back when her own child is hurting?
And yet a woman forgetting her child
    is a lot more likely than me forgetting you.
Look here and see,
    I have written your name on the palm of my hand.

©2008 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Psalm 131

LORD, I am not too full of myself.
........I donŐt set my sights too high.
I donŐt try to get involved in things
........that are out of my league
................or beyond my capabilities.

What I have done, LORD, is look after my soul.

Like a mother tenderly calming a young child,
........I have calmed my soul to a quiet peace.

May all your people put their hope in you, LORD,
........from now on, and forevermore.

©2008 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

How should you think of us? Think of us only as servants of the Messiah, and as those whose job it is to handle the mysteries of GodŐs business. Now the basic expectation of anyone who is given such a job is that they can be trusted with it. For myself, I couldnŐt care less whether you or any other mob think I measure up. I donŐt even try to judge myself. I am not aware of any black marks against my name, but that doesnŐt prove anything. It is only what the Lord thinks of me that matters. Therefore, donŐt go jumping the gun and trying to tally the score before timeŐs up, before the Lord arrives. He will shine a spotlight on things that are now hidden under the cover of darkness, and what really makes us tick will be out in the open for all to see. Then, and only then, will each person receive the thumbs-up from God for the things theyŐve done well.

©2008 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Matthew 6:24-34

Jesus said:

    ŇNo one can play on two teams.
        YouŐll either give your best to one
            and under-perform for the other,
            or short-change one
        and give your heart and soul for the other.
    You canŐt dedicate yourself to both God and financial success.

    ŇSo IŐm telling you, donŐt go worrying about your life, about where your next meal is coming from or what you will find to drink. DonŐt stress about what you look like or whether youŐve got the right clothes to wear. Life is more than food, isnŐt it? And the body is not just a clothes rack, is it? Look at the birds flying around. They donŐt do any farming. They donŐt stock up the pantry with extra supplies. And yet the one who conceived you in heaven feeds them. You are worth more than they are, arenŐt you? So what good does worrying do you? It wonŐt make you live any longer - not even an hour - will it?
    ŇAnd why do you worry about what to wear? Think about the wild flowers. They grow without ever shopping or sewing a stitch. But you can take it from me that they are clothed more perfectly than even a princess at a royal wedding. If God takes such care over dressing the wildflowers, which bloom today and are mown down and composted tomorrow, how much more care will God take to make sure that you have the clothes you need? Yet you find it hard to trust!
    ŇSo donŐt get all anxious and go asking, ÔWhat are we going to eat?Ő or ÔWhere will we find a drink?Ő or ÔWhat on earth will we wear?Ő It is the people who donŐt put their trust in God who put all their energy into these things. You can rest assured that the one who conceived you in heaven knows perfectly well that you need these things. So you can make your first priority the new culture of God and doing the right thing, GodŐs way, and all these other things will be taken care of for you.
    ŇSo donŐt stress out about tomorrow. Just deal with the troubles of today, and leave tomorrowŐs worries until they come.Ó

©2008 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net