Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Theme: “The gospel keeps bringing blessings and is spreading throughout the world? True, false or you don’t know?”
O God of compassion and mercy: open our hearts to the needs of our neighbours that we may serve Christ in them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
READING from Amos 7: 7-17
14 Amos answered, “I am not the kind of prophet who prophesies for pay. I am a herdsman, and I take care of fig trees.
15 But the Lord took me from my work as a shepherd and ordered me to come and prophesy to his people Israel.
16 So now listen to what the Lord says. You tell me to stop prophesying, to stop raving against the people of Israel.
READING from Colossians 1: 1-14
4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all God’s people.
5 When the true message, the Good News, first came to you, you heard about the hope it offers. So, your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven.
6 The gospel keeps bringing blessings and is spreading throughout the world, just as it has among you ever since the day you first heard about the grace of God and came to know it as it really is.
GOSPEL according to Luke 10: 25-37
25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
God has rescued us from the power of darkness
and brought us safe into the Kingdom of Christ Jesus.
In him, and through him we have redemption
and the forgiveness of sins; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
In the name of Christ. Amen.