First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
A reading from the book of Deuteronomy.

Moses said to the people, “Ask this question, now, looking to the ages that are past, that went before you, starting from thetime when God created people on earth:

“Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything like it ever heard? Did ever a people hear the
voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and live to tell of it? Has any god before ever ventured
to take one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, by signs and wonders, by war with a mighty hand and an outstretched
arm, by the power of terror, as Your God did in Egypt before your eyes?

“Know this today, therefore, and take it into your hearts: Your God is God indeed, in heaven above and on earth below, and there is
no other. Keep the laws and commandments of the Most High as I give them to you this day, so that you and your children may
prosper and live long in the land that Your God gives you forever.”

The Word of God. R: Thanks be to God!



Psalm 33 – Nan Merrill

 Refrain: Our God fills the earth with love, with love

                   Our God fills the earth with love.

Rejoice in the Beloved, O you holy ones!

Praise is the grace of the loving

Praise the Beloved with strings and reeds.

Give praise with dance and leaps:

Sing a new song, and shout with a joyful heart!

Refrain: Our God fills the earth with love, with love

                  Our God fills the earth with love.

For the Beloved dwells in every heart

that is open and receptive;

Into our hands, into our hearts, does the Beloved surrender,

that we might do with Love what we will.

Do we not know, that the nations

Are not saved by military might,

just as generals are not saved by their own strength?

All such arms are the outward expression of greed in fearful hearts;

They will reap only despair, death, and destruction.

Refrain:  Our God fills the earth with love, with love

                  Our God fills the earth with love.

Behold, the Love of the Beloved is stronger than ten thousand bombs,

more to be desired than the wealth of all nations.

De we not know that to dwell in the heart of the Beloved

Is the promise of every nation, the birthright of all people.

the journey of life eternal?

Refrain:  Our God fills the earth with love, with love

                   Our God fills the earth with love.

Our soul yearns for the Beloved, for peace, joy and assurance,

Then will our hearts be glad and sing songs of gratitude,

Praising the name of the Holy One!

May every nation come to live in the steadfast Love and Wisdom

of the Spirit of Truth!

May all peoples work with Love Divine!




Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17
A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans.

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. For the Spirit that God has given you does not enslave you and trap you in fear; instead, through the Spirit God has adopted you as children, and by that Spirit we cry out, “Abba!” God’s Spirit joins with our spirit to declare that we are God’s children. And if we are children, we are heirs as well: heirs of God and co-heirs with
Christ, sharing in Christ’s suffering and sharing in Christ’s glory.

The Word of God. R: Thanks be to God!



When I behold your heavens, the work of your hands,
the moon and stars that you set in place —
Who are we that you should be mindful of us!



Gospel Reading: Matthew 28:16-20
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.

The Eleven made their way to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had summoned them. At
the sight of the risen Christ they fell down in homage, though some doubted what they were
seeing. Jesus came forward and addressed them in these words:

All authority has been given me

both in heaven and on earth.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations.

Baptize them in the name

of Abba God,

and of the Only Begotten,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Teach them to carry out

everything I have commanded you.

And know that I am with you always,

even until the end of the world!”


The Good News of Salvation!

R: Glory and praise to our Savior Jesus Christ!





The readings from The Inclusive Bible are used with permission of the Quixote Center.  If you wish to purchase a copy of The Inclusive Bible please visit The Bible-The First Egalitarian Translation at: http://quixote.org/resources/publications#sthash.XXL9SA1G.dpuf