Year B
Proper 22
Sunday 7 October 2018


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 your love is always before us
and you honour all who turn from evil and honour you.

Through your Son, you formed the earth
and created men and women in your image
to be one, as you are one.
Through your prophets you spoke to our forebears,
but now you have spoken to us through your Son, Jesus.

Though he is the perfect imprint of your being,
he was made for a little while lower than the angels,
and walked with us the road of our suffering.
Tasting death in his own body,
he has pioneered the path to resurrection life,
and is now at your side, crowned with glory and honour.
He has become our perfect priest,
making purification for sins
and bringing us into your kingdom as joyous children —
his beloved sisters and brothers.

Therefore with .....

©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net


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

We give thanks for your Son, Jesus,
the perfect imprint of your being,
who tasted death in his own body,
and pioneered the path to resurrection life,
becoming our perfect priest
and bringing us into your kingdom as joyous children —
his beloved sisters and brothers.

©2003 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 your love is always before us
and you honour all who turn from evil and honour you.

Through your Son, you formed the earth
and created men and women in your image
to be one, as you are one.
Through your prophets you spoke to our forebears,
but now you have spoken to us through your Son, Jesus.

Though he is the perfect imprint of your being,
he was made for a little while lower than the angels,
and walked with us the road of our suffering.
Tasting death in his own body,
he has pioneered the path to resurrection life,
and is now at your side, crowned with glory and honour.
He has become our perfect priest,
making purification for sins
and bringing us into your kingdom as joyous children —
his beloved sisters and brothers.

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.

©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



Declaration of Grace / Absolution

By the grace of God, Jesus Christ has tasted death for all.
Walking the path of suffering before us,
he leads the way to salvation
and brings about the forgiveness of sins.

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

©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



Commission & Benediction

Go now and welcome the signs of God’s kingdom
with the joyous simplicity of children.
Walk boldly in God’s strength,
and do not sit with liars and hypocrites.

And may God rescue you and be gracious to you.
May Christ Jesus welcome you as his brothers and sisters.
and may the Holy Spirit give you courage in time of suffering
and strengthen you in integrity.

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

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net





Paraphrases of the Scripture Lections
for Proper 22 - Year B - Sunday 7 October 2018
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.


* Job 1:1; 2: 1-10

    Once long ago, in the land of Uz, there was a man named Job who had a deep respect for God. He had a clean record, always doing the right thing by everybody and having nothing to do with evil.
    One day in Heaven, all the beings who watch over the earth gathered to report to the LORD. The Accuser came with them to make his report. The LORD asked the Accuser, “Where have you been?”
    The Accuser replied, “I have been wandering around on the earth, going wherever I please.”
    The LORD said to the Accuser, “Have you checked out the form of my servant Job? No one else can hold a candle to him. His record is spotless. He honours me, he does the right thing by everyone, and he stays out of anything corrupt. Even after he was wiped out – his property trashed and his family killed – for no other reason than that you slandered him and persuaded me to allow him to be put to the test, even then he didn’t miss a beat. He proved himself to be a man of integrity and he continues to trust me.”
    But the Accuser spoke back to the LORD, saying, “Ha! Everyone has their price. You can get anyone to sell out if their life is on the line. Just try it – a direct hit. When his own body is wracked with pain, he’ll curse you to your face.”
    The LORD replied, “Okay, we’ll see. You can make him suffer as much as you want, but you’re not allowed to kill him.”
    So the Accuser headed off immediately and got stuck into Job. Horrific sores and lesions appeared all over Job’s body, from the top of his head to the tip of his toes, and the pain was excruciating. Sitting outside on the scrap heap, he scratched, and tried every lotion he could get his hands on, but nothing helped. He was in agony. His wife said to him, “Are you just going to cop this and let God get away with it? You’re a goner anyway – just curse God and die and get it over with.”
    But Job said to her, “You’re talking through your hat, woman. If we are going to welcome all the good things that God gives us, we’ve got to take the bad with the good. We can’t spit the dummy the moment trouble arrives.”
    Despite everything that had happened to him, Job didn’t speak a word against God.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net


* Psalm 26

Clear my name, LORD.
........I’ve been true to my word;
........I’ve staked everything on you and stood my ground.

Check me out thoroughly, LORD;
........weigh up my every thought and desire.

I keep myself focussed on your rock-solid love,
........and I stay in step with you all the time.

I don’t hang around with worthless scum;
........and I keep clear of those who talk the talk
........but never walk the walk.
I can’t stand corrupt company,
........and I keep my distance from liars and cheats.

There’s no blood to wash off my hands;
........I can dance round your altar with a clear conscience
........singing a song of thanks to you, O LORD,
................and telling the stories of the great things you’ve done.

O LORD, I love the temple you call your own,
........the place where we can bask in your presence.

Don’t wipe out the good with the bad;
........make sure I’m not on the list to be chopped
................with those who ruthlessly trample over others,
................with the callous, the corrupt, the con-merchants,
................those who think their money puts them above the law.

I’m not like that — I play a straight bat.
........Be good to me, LORD. Put me back where I belong.

You know I’m on the level;
........I align myself with your people,
................and sing your praises in their company.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net


* Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2: 5-12

........Down through the years, God has spoken to our ancestors through the prophets in all sorts of different ways. Lately though, at long last, God has sent a Son to speak to us directly. It was through this Son that God created the world in the first place, and it will all belong to him in the end. You can see all the glory of God mirrored in this Son. God’s essential nature is imprinted on him perfectly. Everything in the universe holds together at his say so. The Son took action to bring about the forgiveness of sins, and having done that he was given the most honoured seat in heaven as God’s right hand man. He had proven himself to be in a league above the angels, and the title he was granted made this clear.
........Now on the subject of the coming new age, God has not put the angels in charge of it. Somewhere in the scriptures someone said:

“What are human beings that you take any notice of them?
........Here today and gone tomorrow —
................why would you give them a second thought?
Yet you have put them on a pedestal;
........starting them off just a step below the angels.
You have honoured them highly — hung medals round their necks —
........and handed them control of the earth.”
Nothing is exempt from this — God has given human beings authority over absolutely everything. It may not look that way yet, but take a look at Jesus. He too was, for a while, a step down from the angels, but now, having made it through the suffering of death, we see him promoted to number one and receiving all the honour and glory that come with that position. In the extraordinary generosity of God, everyone else can claim exemption from death on the grounds that Jesus has gone through it for them.
........Everything exists for God and because of God, and God set out to gather everyone into one family on the road to glory. It was only right that the one who God chose as the trail blazer to lead people out of danger should first earn a perfect 10 in the same arena of suffering as them. You see, the one who sets the pattern for holy living and the ones who are patterned by it are all children of the one God, born through the same labour pains. That explains why Jesus has no hesitation in calling them his sisters and brothers. He says to God,
“I will tell these, my sisters and brothers, all I know of you.
Whenever they gather, I’ll be there, trumpeting your virtues.”

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net


* Mark 10: 2-16

    Some members of the devoutly religious Pharisee party approached Jesus intending to give him a hard time. They asked, “Is it acceptable for a man to kick out his wife?”
    Jesus turned the question back: “What instructions did Moses give about it in the law?”
    They replied, “Moses said a man is allowed to fill out the divorce paperwork and send his wife on her way.”
    Jesus wasn’t finished though. “Moses only said that because it was about the best he could hope for from a callous and cruel mob like you. But God created things to be different. You know the scriptures. First it says, ‘God created them male and female.’ Then it says, ‘Because of this, a man leaves his parents and joins up with his wife, and they will be a single union.’ In marriage, then, they are no longer just two individuals. They become one – something new and whole and greater than the two of them. Don’t anyone go tearing apart this union that God has created.”
    Back home, later on, his followers picked up the subject again. Jesus spelt it out to them: “Anyone who abandons his wife in order to take up with someone else has betrayed her. It’s still adultery – whether you’ve filled out the paperwork or not. The same goes for any woman who walks out on her husband for someone else.”

    At another time, some people approached Jesus with their children hoping that he might take the little ones in his arms and give them a blessing. His followers told them to clear off, but when Jesus saw this, he tore strips off them. “Little children can come to me any time they like, and don’t you dare try to stop them. The culture of God can be found in the hands of children such as these. The fact of the matter is that little children and the culture of God welcome one another naturally. Anyone who won’t join in on that welcoming will miss the lot.”
    And with that, he gathered up the children into his arms, laid his hands on each one in turn, and blessed them all.

©2000 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net


Alternative Hebrew Bible Lections themed to the Gospel Lection

* Genesis 2: 18-24

    After creating the man, the LORD God said, “It is a bit tough for the man to be all alone. I will make a partner for him, to share the load.”
    So getting to work, the LORD God formed from the ground all the land animals and the birds of the air. The LORD brought them to the man to see what he would make of them. The man gave each living creature its first name, and the names stuck. He named them all: the wild animals, the farm animals, and the birds of the air. But none of them made the grade as a suitable partner for the man. So the LORD God put the man into a deep sleep, out for the count. While the man was under, the LORD removed one of his ribs and sealed up the flesh where it had come from. And then, using the rib from the man’s side, the LORD God fashioned a woman, and brought her to the man. This time the man said,

“Yes! At last! One of my own kind!
    My own flesh and blood!
This one will be called Woman,
    because there is a part of me in her from the start.”

That is why men and women leave their parents and tie the knot with one another. They become an item — one flesh.

©2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net



* Psalm 8

Our LORD and ruler,
........all over the world
................the mere mention of your name sets hearts pounding!

Your glory fills the universe!

The gurgling of babies makes more sense
........than the clever arguments of your enemies.
The innocent chatter of children
........silences the venomous talk of your opponents.

When I gaze at your handiwork in the night skies
........— the moon, the stars, the milky way —
................the whole cosmos under your control;
I can’t help but wonder why you bother with us.
........Why do you care so much for mere human beings
................when we count for so little in the scheme of things?

And yet, for reasons known to you alone,
........you created us almost on a par with yourself
................and decorated us with the highest honours and glory.

You have even entrusted us with power over your precious creation;
........you placed the future of all life in our hands:
................sheep and cattle;
........................emu and kangaroo
................insects, reptiles, birds, and sea creatures;
........air, land and water and the planet itself.

Our LORD and ruler,
........all over the world
................the mere mention of your name sets hearts pounding!

©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net