Readings: 1st Sunday of Church Dedication

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Quote of the Week

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it 

 (Matthew 16: 18)

 

 First Reading/ The Exodus 40: 17- 38

A reading from the Book of  Exodus “Barick-Mar”

On the first day of the first month of the second year the tabernacle was set up. It was Moses who set up the tabernacle. He placed its pedestals, set up its frames, put in its bars, and set up its columns. He spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering on top of the tent, as the LORD had commanded him. He took the covenant and put it in the ark; he placed poles alongside the ark and set the cover upon it. He brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the curtain veil, thus screening off the ark of the covenant, as the LORD had commanded him. He put the table in the tent of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the veil, and arranged the bread on it before the LORD, as the LORD had commanded him. He placed the menorah in the tent of meeting, opposite the table, on the south side of the tabernacle, and he set up the lamps before the LORD, as the LORD had commanded him. He placed the golden altar in the tent of meeting, in front of the veil, and on it he burned fragrant incense, as the LORD had commanded him. He hung the curtain at the entrance of the tabernacle. He put the altar for burnt offerings in front of the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and sacrificed burnt offerings and grain offerings on it, as the LORD had commanded him. He placed the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it for washing. Moses and Aaron and his sons used to wash their hands and feet there, for they washed themselves whenever they went into the tent of meeting or approached the altar, as the LORD had commanded Moses. Finally, he set up the court around the tabernacle and the altar and hung the curtain at the gate of the court.  Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud settled down upon it and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud rose from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on their journey. But if the cloud did not lift, they would not go forward; only when it lifted did they go forward. The cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire in the cloud at night, in the sight of the whole house of Israel in all the stages of their journey……………Amen.

2nd Reading / 1 Corinthians 12: 38-13: 13

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians: “Barick-Mar”

Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles;  second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.  And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give away everything I own, and if I hand over my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,  it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,  it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.  So faith, hope, love remain, these three;  but the greatest of these is love.

Reader: The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

3rd Reading/ Matthew 16:13-19

A reading from the Holy Gospel According Matthew:
 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist,* others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood  has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,  and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Priest: Glory be to God for ever.   People: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.

 

 Prayers of the Faithful…………..Response: Lord hear us

*That we will learn to set aside distractions and unhelpful attachments and live out the Gospel values of love of God and love of neighbour, Lord hear us

*That our community and society will not focus on material wealth alone but will recognise and support the deeper values of love and justice and the integrity of creation, Lord hear us

*For all who are faced with redundancy and job loss, that they will find a pathway to a good future of new opportunities, Lord hear us

*For the people who are ill may find the care they need, promptly and with compassion, Lord hear us

*For all who have died, and all whose anniversaries occur at this time; may they enjoy the eternal happiness of heaven, Lord hear us