Most high, almighty, and good Lord,
you have surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses.
Grant that, encourage by the example of your servant Francis,
may joyfully persevere in the course that is set before us,
to be living signs of the Gospel and at last,
with all the saints, to share in your eternal joy;
through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
First Lesson: A Reading from St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians
3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.
4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
Gospel: A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew
5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans,
6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7As you go, proclaim the good news, The kingdom of heaven has come near.8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.
9Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts,
10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food.
11Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave.
12As you enter the house, greet it.
13If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.
15Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
P: The Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
Recycling the emotion of Anger:
When anger arises, it is helpful to ask the question: What do I feel I have lost?
and if angry at another person, also ask What does this person feel they have lost?
The loss usually entails love, respect, and/or security.
Anger can also result from a triggered memory of a time when loss has occurred in the past and has been traumatic or unresolved.
Ask God for help filling the loss with God's love and compassion so you can forgive yourself and/or another person.
(Creation Justice Ministries)
St. Francis Day Virtual Blessing of Animals
Today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
In honor of St. Francis and his love for all God's creatures,
there will be a virtual blessing of pets and other animals in our lives at both the 9:00 and 10:00 services.
Bring an image of your pet(s) with you to the service to receive a blessing on their behalf.
A prayer sheet of animal blessings is available in the narthex or from the parking-lot ushers.
Charitable Trust Donations
Did you know that memorials do not automatically go to the Charitable Trust?
Only by designating the "Charitable Trust" as the recipient is the donation added to the fund for future OSLC needs.
The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank.
We are collecting the following items: