Sunday 25th September 2016
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading 2 Corinthians 9.6-end
Remember that the person who sows few seeds will have a small crop; the one who sows many seeds will have a large crop. Each one should give, then, as he has decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. As the scripture says, He gives generously to the needy; his kindness lasts for ever.” And God, who supplies seed to sow and bread to eat, will also supply you will all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God’s people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God. And because of the proof which this service of yours brings, many will give glory to God for your loyalty to the gospel of Christ, which you profess, and for your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else. And so with deep affection they will pray for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown you. Let us thank God for his priceless gift!
Gradual Psalm 100
O BE joyful in the Lord, all ye lands : serve the Lord with gladness, and come
before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God : it is he that hath made us, and not we
ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with
praise : be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting : and his truth endureth
from generation to generation.
Gospel Reading Luke 12.16-21
Then Jesus told them this parable: “There was once a rich man who had land which bore good crops. He began to think to himself, ‘I haven’t anywhere to keep all my crops. What can I do? This is what I will do,’ he told himself; ‘I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store my corn and all my other goods. Then I will say to myself, Lucky man! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?” And Jesus concluded, “this is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God’s sight.”
Next Sunday's Reading
Habakkuk 1.2-3,2.2-4; Psalm 95; II Timothy 1.6-8,13-14; Luke 17.5-10
Our Regular Weekly Services
The Parish Church of St Mark
Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)
1st Monday of the month at 6.30 pm (Prayer of the Rosary)
The District Church of St Saviour
Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)
The District Church of St Luke
Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)
Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)
Last Friday of the Month at 9.30 am (Prayer of the Rosary)
The Chapel of St Aldhelm
Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)
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