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Saviour of the World

Jesus, Saviour of the world,
come to us in your mercy:
we look to you to save and help us.
By your cross and your life laid down
you set your people free:
we look to you to save and help us.
Amen.

Gospel Reading - Jesus and Beelzebul

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14Once, when Jesus cast out a demon from a man who couldn’t speak, his voice returned to him. The crowd was excited and enthusiastic, 15but some said, “No wonder he can cast them out. He gets his power from Satan,a the king of demons!” 16Others asked for something to happen in the sky to prove his claim of being the Messiah.b

17He knew the thoughts of each of them, so he said, “Any kingdom filled with civil war is doomed; so is a home filled with argument and strife. 18Therefore, if what you say is true, that Satan is fighting against himself by empowering me to cast out his demons, how can his kingdom survive? 19And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own followers? For they cast out demons! Do you think this proves they are possessed by Satan? Ask them if you are right! 20But if I am casting out demons because of power from God, it proves that the Kingdom of God has arrived.

21“For when Satan,c strong and fully armed, guards his palace, it is safe — 22 until someone stronger and better armed attacks and overcomes him and strips him of his weapons and carries off his belongings.

23“Anyone who is not for me is against me; if he isn’t helping me, he is hurting my cause.

. . . . .Luke 11:14-23
  1. Literally, “from Beelzebub.”
  2. Implied; literally, “Others, tempting, sought of him a sign from heaven.”
  3. Literally, “the Strong.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.