An extended preface for Year C, Proper 11 (for use with Eucharistic Prayers A, B & E) – very loosely based on the ‘Mary & Martha’ Gospel reading from Luke 11

Gratitude and love, adoration and service,
are always due to you, almighty Father,
through Jesus Christ your son.

He broke through the barrier of our sin which separates us from you,
and threw wide the gates of your kingdom.

He breaks down the barriers which separate us from each other,
and welcomes all
to sit at  his feet as disciples;

Through your Holy Spirit
you gift and strengthen us
to serve him in each other;
and grow in grace as your children.

Therefore we rejoice to call him Lord
and with hearts set free we join the song
of all the heavenly host, saying: