Liturgy Planning

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 2, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [97]

First Reading

This is a holy man of God; let him rest here | 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a

One day as Elisha was on his way to Shunem, a woman of rank who lived there pressed him to stay and eat there. After this he always broke his journey for a meal when he passed that way. She said to her husband, ‘Look, I am sure the man who is constantly passing our way must be a holy man of God. Let us build him a small room on the roof, and put him a bed in it, and a table and chair and lamp; whenever he comes to us he can rest there.’ One day when he came, he retired to the upper room and lay down. He said to his servant Gehazi, ‘Call our Shunammitess. Tell her this: “Look, you have gone to all this trouble for us, what can we do for you? Is there anything you would like said for you to the king or to the commander of the army?”’ But she replied, ‘I live with my own people about me.’ ‘What can be done for her then?’ he asked. Gehazi answered, ‘Well, she has no son and her husband is old.’ Elisha said, ‘Call her.’ The servant called her and she stood at the door. This time next year,’ he said ‘you will hold a son in your arms.’


I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord. | Psalm 88/89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19

I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord;

  through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.

Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever,

  that your truth is firmly established as the heavens.

I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

Happy the people who acclaim such a king,

  who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,

who find their joy every day in your name,

  who make your justice the source of their bliss.

I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

For it is you, O Lord, who are the glory of their strength;

  by your favour it is that our might is exalted;

for our ruler is in the keeping of the Lord;

  our king in the keeping of the Holy One of Israel.

I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord.

Second Reading

When we were baptised we went into the tomb with Christ, so that we too might live a new life | Romans 6:3-4, 8-11

When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life.

  But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more. When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!

Open our heart, O Lord,

to accept the words of your Son.




Alleluia, alleluia!

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, 

a people set apart to sing the praises of God,

who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.


1 Peter 2:9


Anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it | Matthew 10:37-42

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.

  ‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me.

  ‘Anyone who welcomes a prophet will have a prophet’s reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man will have a holy man’s reward.

  ‘If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.’


'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'


Psalm 16: Harbor of My Heart
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 16: You Are My Inheritance
Composer: Kirner, Karen Schneider / Warner, Steven C.
Psalm 16: You Will Show Me the Path of Life
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 88/89: Forever I Will Sing
Composer: O'Carroll, Fintan
Publisher: IND

Hymns & Songs

Baptized in Water
Composer: Gaelic
Text: Saward, Michael
Publisher: GIA
Bless the Lord, My Soul
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Psalm 102
Center of My Life
Composer: Inwood, Paul
Text: Inwood, Paul
Publisher: OCP
Christ Is the World’s Light
Text: Green, Fred Pratt
Publisher: GIA
Come to Me, O Weary Trav'ler
Composer: Dunstan/Moore
Publisher: GIA
Go Make Of All Disciples
Text: Adkins, Leon M.
Publisher: GIA
God It Was
Composer: Bell, John L.
Text: Bell, John L.
Publisher: GIA
Here I Am, Lord
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Composer: Thomerson, Kathleen
Text: Thomerson, Kathleen
Publisher: GIA
Lord, When You Came / Pescador de Hombres
Composer: Gabarain, Cesareo
Text: Gabarain, Cesareo
Publisher: OCP
Out of Darkness
Composer: Walker, Christopher
Text: Walker, Christopher
Publisher: OCP
Take Up Your Cross
Composer: Everest, Charles W.
Taste and See (Moore)
Composer: Moore, James E.
Text: Moore, James E.
Publisher: GIA
The Summons
Composer: Scottish traditional
Text: Bell, John L.
Publisher: GIA
We Walk by Faith
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Alford, Henry
Publisher: GIA
You Walk Along Our Shoreline
Composer: Dunstan, Sylvia G.
Publisher: GIA