Liturgy Planning

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 8, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [139]

First Reading

Against the Lord's vineyard | Isaiah 5:1-7

Let me sing to my friend
the song of his love for his vineyard.
My friend had a vineyard
on a fertile hillside.
He dug the soil, cleared it of stones
and planted choice vines in it.
In the middle he built a tower,
he dug a press there too.
He expected it to yield grapes,
but sour grapes were all that it gave.
And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
and men of Judah,
I ask you to judge
between my vineyard and me.
What could I have done for my vineyard
that I have not done?
I expected it to yield grapes.
Why did it yield sour grapes instead?
Very well, I will tell you
what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge for it to be grazed on,
and knock down its wall for it to be trampled on.
I will lay it waste, unpruned, undug;
overgrown by the briar and the thorn.
I will command the clouds
to rain no rain on it.
Yes, the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts
is the House of Israel,
and the men of Judah
that chosen plant.
He expected justice, but found bloodshed,
integrity, but only a cry of distress.

The vineyard of the Lord is in the house of Israel  | Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
to plant it you drove out the nations.
It stretched out its branches to the sea,
to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.
The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
Then why have you broken down its walls?
It is plucked by all who pass by.
It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,
devoured by the beasts of the field.
The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.
The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
And we shall never forsake you again;
give us life that we may call upon your name.
God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
Second Reading

If there is anything you need, pray for it | Philippians 4:6-9

There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise. Keep doing all the things that you learnt from me and have been taught by me and have heard or seen that I do. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Acclamation
I call you friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
I chose you from the world
to go out and bear fruit,
fruit that will last,
says the Lord.

This is the landlord's heir: come, let us kill him | Matthew 21:33-43

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son” he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him when the season arrives.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
It was the stone rejected by the builders
that became the keystone.
This was the Lord’s doing
and it is wonderful to see?
‘I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’
'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 118: Let Us Rejoice
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Psalm 63: Your Love Is Finer Than Life
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 80: Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Guimont)
Composer: Guimont, Michel
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 80: The Vineyard of the Lord
Composer: Guimont, Michel
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

As We Gather at Your Table (HOLY MANNA)
Text: Daw, Carl P.
Publisher: GIA
Canticle of the Sun
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Come, Holy Ghost
Text: Veni, Creator Spiritus
Eat This Bread
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Firmly, I Believe
Text: John Henry Newman
Gather Us In
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Composer: Norbert, Gregory
Text: Norbert, Gregory
I Am the Bread of Life / Yo Soy el Pan de Vida
Composer: Toolan, Suzanne
Text: Toolan, Suzanne
Publisher: GIA
I Am the Vine
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: John 15: 1-8
Publisher: WLP
I Love the Lord
Composer: Smallwood
Publisher: IND
Laudate Dominum
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Lead, Kindly Light
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Cardinal John Henry Newman
Publisher: WLP
Never the Blade Shall Rise
Composer: Powell, Kathy
Text: Powell, Kathy
Publisher: GIA
On Holy Ground
Composer: Pena, Donna
Text: Pena, Donna
Publisher: GIA
Only This I Want
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
Praise to the Holiest
Publisher: PD
Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Publisher: WLP
Table of Plenty
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
Take and Eat This Bread
Composer: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Text: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Publisher: GIA
The Lord Made Known to Israel
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Text: D. Murray
Publisher: Veritas Hymnal