June 8, 2020 | An Act of Faith

Leader: Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 145:8-9

Reader 1: The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. 

Reader 2: The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works.

Reading – Matthew 5:3-12a

Reader 3: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be in heaven.

Reflection:

Leader: The Beatitudes are one of the most familiar and beloved texts in the New Testament. Matthew places them near the beginning of his Gospel as a way to frame the entire teaching mission of Jesus. Whenever we ask a blessing upon someone we are really making an act of faith; we ask because we believe in God. Our request for a blessing is saying that we believe that there is room for God in every aspect of life. The blessings that Jesus pronounces in this reading are assurances that those he names will discover that God is truly in their life.

Intentional Prayer

Leader: Filled with hope, O God, we pray.

All: Loving Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: For all those who are advocates for justice and peace in the world, we pray to the Lord:

All: Loving Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For CommonSpirit Health to serve well the most vulnerable in our mission for the common good, we pray to the Lord:

All: Loving Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For pastoral care ministers who bring comfort to those who mourn, we pray to the Lord:

All: Loving Lord, hear our prayer. 

Reader 4: For health care workers who accompany the sick in their time of healing, we pray to the Lord:

All: Loving Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

The Lord’s Prayer

Reader 3: Our Father …

Closing Prayer

Reader 4: O God, you have sent the Lord Jesus to bless your people with a spirit of compassion and hope. May all those who seek the blessedness of your kingdom come one day to eternal glory with your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Leader: Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth…

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!