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THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
8TH NOVEMBER, 2020
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Welcome again as we gather through the wonderful medium of the internet.
 
The Gospel gives us another parable – so expect a twist folks. One of the messages of today is clear – that we as the people of God, are called to be always awake and ready to bring God’s wisdom to our world and to be God’s presence among all the people we encounter.
Today, our Lectors are the Deputy Principal of St Kevin’s Parish School, Jarrod Mullavey and his wife Georgia.
It is NAIDOC Week so let us join Michael Mangan and sing “Hearts On Fire”.

OPENING HYMN                         “HEARTS ON FIRE”
 

PENITENTIAL RITE
 
 
Lord Jesus
 
You are the wisdom that we seek;                                                            Lord have mercy.
 
You call us to keep the lamps of faith, hope and love burning brightly; Christ have mercy.
 
You call on us to be prepared;                                                                  Lord have mercy.
 
OPENING PRAYER
 
Let us pray…
 
God of wisdom,
keep on reminding us that you are forever
seeking us.
Please increase our desire for your friendship,
so that we may be your faithful disciples,
bringing others to your company.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.
 
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1st READING             Book of Wisdom 6/12-16   
God’s wisdom is bright and can transform how we see life and the situations we find ourselves in.
 

RESPONSE                  A ‘Tree Reflection’ – “THE TURKISH OAK” by M McGirr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holy Spirit, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
This tree was planted from acorns brought back by soldiers after World War I.
It has outlived those who planted it and reminds us of their journey.
It still scatters acorns, signs of hope that great things continue to grow from small beginnings.
HALLE HALLE
 

GOSPEL READING    Matthew 25/1-13                 Be prepared – remember the 6 “p’s”.

FR GERRY’S HOMILY     
 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
 
We believe
in God the creator
who gives birth to all that is
with labour and sighing
and looks to the world with joy and love.
 
We believe
in Christ the reconciler,
who is earthed in our life
and enfleshed in its patterns of dying and rising,
who gives honour to our reality
and grace to our way.
 
We believe
in God the free Spirit,
who weeps with our grievings
in the depths of our darkness
and dances among us high on life’s mountains –
the Spirit who finds us with newness and hope.
 
We believe
in the community of faith,
which is born of our humanness,
is nurtured in sharing
and grows whole in our struggling
and celebration
as one people of God.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
 
Let us join in prayer for the needs of our world.
 
Response: O God, let your wisdom be with us, to guide us.
 
May civic and Church leaders use well, the gift of wisdom. Lord, hear us. R
 
May our homes reflect wisdom and joy. Lord, hear us. R
 
Grant wisdom to all who are responsible for Australia’s Plenary Council. Lord, hear us. R
 
May healthcare workers be protected as they care for those who are infected by disease of any kind.
Lord, hear us. R
 
For all who have difficult decisions to make. May your wisdom O God be their companion. Lord, hear us. R
 
We pray for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and all people in the world. That their
young and old will be a source of hope and rebirth as they walk in solidarity with each other and the
Church. Lord, hear us. R

For what/whom do we pray?……………………………………………………………………………………..Lord, hear us. R
ABORIGINAL OUR FATHER
 

CLOSING PRAYER
 

FINAL  HYMN                “THOUGH THE MOUNTAINS MAY FALL” 
           Well, we’ve escaped a covid bullet. The “mountain” didn’t cave in. Let us sing in thanksgiving.
 

FINAL  GIFT    An oldie, and a goody. Aren’t we all conductors of orchestras at heart?
                                                                  Thank you Victor Borge.