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For hope in our Catholic schools: may the Spirit of Your Son, Jesus, guide our words and actions, we pray … For hope in our families: may we be committed to Your call to discipleship and friendship with Jesus, we pray … MAY 2 – MAY 7, 2010 For hope in our hearts: may the love of God that embraces us all, be known to us each day, we pray … LORD’S PRAYER DAY FIVE Leader: Let us pray together the prayer that Jesus taught us. Prayer Service All: Our Father ... CLOSING PRAYER Leader: Creator God, help us to know there is hope in our world because of Jesus Christ, who brings all of us new life. May we learn to be people who bring that hope to others as we work to build Your kingdom here on earth. God of glory, bless us and our lives. ... in our World Bless us in all our hopes and fears. Bless the people we meet each day. Bless our world and all of Your creation. We praise You, O God. We thank You for Your love and we bless Your name. We ask this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. All: Amen. “Rejoice in the Lord always … and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:4, 9) SCRIPTURE READING Acts 4:32-35 Leader: “Rejoice in the Lord always ... A reading from the Acts of the Apostles. and the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil 4:4, 9) In this place, gathered in God’s name, Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, we become quiet and still in the presence of the sacred and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, to reflect on the hope in our world, as we begin: but everything they owned was held in common. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. With great power, the apostles gave their testimony All: Amen. to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or Leader: Today we celebrate hope in our world. houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. Hope is our trust that God offers the kingdom of heaven They laid it at the apostles’ feet and it was distributed to each as any had need. and eternal life as our happiness. Hope is the confidence that God will always be with us, The Word of the Lord.: Thanks be to God. make us happy now, and help us to live OR so that we will be joyful with God forever. Hope keeps us from becoming discouraged A reading from the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians. Ephesians 4:1-6 and sustains us during difficult times. I beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, God’s almighty power, infinite goodness with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, and fidelity to His promises are the pillars of our hope. making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, Opening Song: just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, A Peaceful Day #5, “In God’s Image,” Kindergarten CD one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, God’s World #16, “We Belong to God,” Grade 1 CD who is above all and through all and in all. Tell the World #9, “In the Spirit, We Belong,” Grade 3 CD The Word of the Lord: Thanks be to God. Optional Songs: Be Light for Our Eyes #305, CBW III You Are the Voice #56, CBW III Something Which is Known #393, CBW III PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL You Are Near #487, CBW III Leader: God of hope, You have given us a mind to know You, a will to serve You, and a heart to love You. Be with us in all that we might do OPENING PRAYER: (echo each line) so that Your light of hope may shine in our lives. Leader: O God, our Creator and Lord, You are our hope and our light. The response to the petitions is: We are Your people, a people of hope. With hope in our world, Lord, hear our prayer. Bless us, O Lord, and send Your Spirit upon us. It is through our love and caring that You give us hope For our Church: may it be a true light of hope to all nations, we pray … and we bring light to each other. Help us, O Lord, to make our world a beacon of light; For hope in our world and its leaders striving to ease the sufferings of people: a world of sharing, of learning, and of giving. may they be instruments of God’s faith, hope, and love, we pray … May Your love inspire us and Your light sustain us. May the hope in our world grow For hope in our communities, especially for those struggling with loneliness, as we rejoice in the journey that brings us closer to You. poverty and hunger: may we be called as witnesses to the life-giving spirit of We ask this through Christ our Lord. Jesus in our society, we pray … All: Amen.
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