Posted on: October 24th, 2022 by St. Stephens Downsview


Processional:RB362Christ Whose Glory…
Gradual:Lead Me, Guide Me…
Offertory:RB145Christ is made the Sure…
Communion:RB109When I Survey…
Ablution:BB062Blessed Be the Lord…
Recessional:BB360What a Friend We Have…


HABAKKUK 1:1-4, 2:1-4; PSALM 119:137-144; 2 THESSALONIANS 1:1-4, 11-12; LUKE 19:1-10

Almighty God,
whose chosen servant Abraham obeyed your call,
rejoicing in your promise
that in him the family of the earth is blessed,
give us faith like his,
that in us your promises may be fulfilled;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading
The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw. O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous – therefore judgement comes forth perverted. I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.
HABAKKUK 1:1-4, 2:1-4

REFRAIN Grant me understanding, that I may live.

You are righteous, O Lord, and upright are your judgements.

You have issued your decrees with justice and in perfect faithfulness. R

My indignation has consumed me, because my enemies forget your words.

Your word has been tested to the uttermost, and your servant holds it dear. R

I am small and of little account, yet I do not forget your commandments.

Your justice is an everlasting justice and your law is the truth. R

Trouble and distress have come upon me, yet your commandments are my delight.

The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; grant me understanding, that I may live. R
PSALM 119:137-144

Second Reading
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring. To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfil by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 THESSALONIANS 1:1-4, 11-12

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
LUKE 19:1-10

Prayer over the Gifts
God of freedom,
accept all we offer you this day.
May we embrace the law of your service
and know the glorious liberty of the children of God.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

Prayer After Communion
Heavenly Father,
bring to perfection within us
the communion we share in this sacrament.
May the unity we know this day
live in our community and family.
This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.