Worship Resources For Everyone

 

We are still following some aspects of COVID-19 safety.
The safety measures we follow continue to evolve so be prepared for changes.

Weekend Masses are at 5:00pm and 10:00am, with reduced (but different) covid safety restrictions:
– Saturday 5:00: We continue with live music with no singing. Masks are optional.
– Sunday 10:00: Masks are still required, but we will now be singing. (outdoors on August 1st)
– We ask for your patience as we care for one another by monitoring the situation. So far there is still plenty of space for people to spread out in church, so choose a space that makes you feel comfortable.

Daily Mass will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30 AM.
Masks are optional.

Live stream video of the Sunday 10:00 am Mass.
See the Mass Live Stream page for the link to the live stream and more details.

 


August 1st, The The 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
A link to the readings from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/080121.cfm

For Your Reflection

This Sunday in the Gospel, Jesus continues to teach about the importance of spiritual feeding. After fleeing the crowd who wanted to make him king, they caught up with him and anticipated a repeat performance of the miraculous feeding. Jesus accuses them of simply wanting more food while missing the truth of the sign they had just witnessed. The account of Jesus feeding the crowd is symbolic of Moses feeding the Israelites manna during their journey out of Egypt. The manna came from God not Moses, and God is now giving them a new form of nourishment in Jesus. He has come to offer life to the fullest and so he speaks of himself as bread that leads to the fullness of life everlasting. “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Jesus is leading them away from a superficial search for physical satisfaction to a desire for the deeper things of God. He is asking them to put aside their old selves, steeped in ignorance and self-interest, and put on a new self, created in the witness of Jesus. Having fed on the bread from heaven, they will be transformed and sent out into a way of living and loving that witnesses the new understanding of their lives. If the crowd can put aside its own presumptions and demands, and simply believe in the generosity of God, they will receive this life-giving revelation. “Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” Beyond our physical and emotional hunger, the words of Jesus provide for our spiritual hunger. These are necessary to be in close relationship with God, which gives us meaning and purpose, and brings us to faith, hope and love. If we ignore or lose sight of this relationship we can lose sight of where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going.

There are multiple signs in our society today showing people’s deep hunger for something. We look for something that will sustain and nourish life, something that will feed and energize us, often reaching for something quick and easy. This hunger can side-track our journey into addictions that distract or temporarily appease the hunger. We become full but are never really satisfied, continually searching to replace the emptiness and restlessness. This is a sure sign of perishable bread that nourishes only a perishable life, leaving us wanting more of the same. What kind of bread do we find and eat today? Often it is the bread of fear, sorrow, loss, judgement, anger, resentment, arrogance, lies, self-doubt, false-pride, self-hatred, regret, power, and control. Many countries are eating the bread of violence and war, politicians often share the bread of negativity, hostility, and name calling. Others feast on the bread that objectifies and depersonalizes another human being. For others it is the malnourishing bread of addictive behaviors such as drugs, gambling, sex, alcohol, smoking and compulsive buying. The bread we eat reveals something about the nature of our appetites. Sometimes, the way we see the world convinces us there is no other bread. We should just settle for the same old manna our ancestors ate in the wilderness. Other times, our fears, anxieties, guilt, regrets, pain and losses become so firmly established that we are deceived into believing that we are not even hungry. The way in which we nourish ourselves determines our health and well-being, not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. Jesus is the bread that is broken and distributed for the life of the world. When we believe in Jesus by ingesting and taking him into our lives, we live differently. We see ourselves and one another as persons created in the image and likeness of God rather than as ugly obstacles or issues to be overcome. We trust the silence of prayers rather than the noise of arguments. We choose love and forgiveness rather than anger and retribution. We build relationships of intimacy and vulnerability rather than superficiality and defensiveness. The bread come down from heaven is the bread of joy, peace, humility, surrender, beauty, generosity, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, wisdom, truth, faith, hope and love. This is the bread that satisfies. Every day we choose the food we will eat, perishable or imperishable. Every day we choose the food we will feed to others, our friends and families, the stranger in need, those who agree with us and those who disagree with us. In doing so, we choose the life we want. We are called to be constantly growing and transforming, and to consume and share Jesus’s life giving bread as we accompany each other on the journey. God’s table is set and there is a place for everyone. Every moment of every day God invites us to eat new bread, to step out of the old context into a new way of living and being where all are loved and beloved.

 

 

 

 

Music as Prayer (Bis orat qui bene cantat)

A greater entrance into the prayer of the Liturgy is achieved by being familiar with the music. In particular, the Psalm functions best as a meditation on the readings when we know it well and the mechanics of singing it do not consume too much of our focus. Similarly, with the individual parts of the Mass Settings (the sung acclamations)

Entrance Song:

YouTube Link:  All Are Welcome  (#741)

Gloria:

YouTube link:  Mass of Redemption: Gloria

Psalm:

To You, O Lord  (#26)

Gospel Acclamation:

Storrington Mass

Preparation of the Gifts:

We Are Many Parts  (#727)

Eucharistic Acclamations:

Storrington Mass: Holy, Holy, Holy
Storrington Mass: Memorial (When We Eat This Bread)
Storrington Mass: Amen

Lamb of God:

Storrington Mass

Communion:

YouTube Link: Take and Eat  (# 812)

Closing:

Lift Up Your Hearts  (#543)

Corpus Christi recordings streamed with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-723284. All rights reserved.

 

The Worship Calendar: