Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Theme: South Africans faced with double jeopardy -Violence and Corrupt! Who do we seek in our trials?
God the source of all power, your people find wholeness in your love:
grant that, in our trials, we will seek Christ, and receive the gift of healing with grateful hearts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God in glory everlasting. Amen.
READING Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-7
5 ‘Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what you grow in them.
6 Marry and have children. Then let your children get married, so that they also may have children. You must increase in numbers and not decrease.
7 Work for the good of the cities where I have made you go as prisoners. Pray to me on their behalf, because if they are prosperous, you will be prosperous too.
READING 2 Timothy 2: 8-15
11 This is a true saying:
“If we have died with him, we shall also live with him.
12 If we continue to endure, we shall also rule with him.
If we deny him, he also will deny us.
13 If we are not faithful, he remains faithful, because he cannot be false to himself.”
14 Remind your people of this, and give them a solemn warning in God’s presence not to fight over words. It does no good, but only ruins the people who listen.
15 Do your best to win full approval in God’s sight, as a worker who is not ashamed of his work, one who correctly teaches the message of God’s truth.
GOSPEL according to Luke 17: 11-19
12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance,
13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.
15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice.
16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.
17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?
18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
PRAYER for Africa
God, refresh Africa and all the world,
Protect and grow our children.
Convict with justice and truth, all our leaders
And fill all hearts with your peace.
For Jesus Christ sake. Amen.
BENEDICTION & COMMISSIONING/SENDING
Go now, and live fruitfully where God has placed you.
Pray and strive for the welfare of those you live among,
and do your best to present yourselves to God
as faithful workers with no need to be ashamed.