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Ordinary Sunday 18, Year C
The Baptism of Takbirul Haque
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 1, 2010

 The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 107:1-3)

Give thanks for Adonais goodness;
Gods love endures forever!
Let these be the words of Adonais redeemed,
those redeemed from the oppressors clutches,
those brought home from foreign lands,
from east and west, from northern lands and southern seas.

SONG OF PRAISE: This is a day of new beginnings (653)


In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit; one God, Mother of us all.

The grace of our Saviour Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the friendship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors. Christ candle is lit.



Jesus, you are our life
and you want us to live for values that last:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you are rich in mercy
and you want us to be rich in forgiveness and love:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you brought us freedom
and you want us to be free from greed
and free for God and people:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Have mercy on us, God,
and free us from the slavery of sin.
May we put our trust in you.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.


God has heard you cry out
and has snatched you from danger.
Gods compassion for you is warm and tender.
Your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Jesus says, Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.


Abba God, you care, and so we trust in you.
Our hearts are divided,
yet we have to provide care and security
to those we love.
Do not allow greed to blind us
so as to pile up goods we do not need
and things that do not really matter.
Make us generous sharers of what we have
with the hungry and the poor,
that we may become rich in your sight.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour.

DOXOLOGY (Gloria: Iona)

Glory be to God,
Source of All Being,
Eternal Wisdom
and Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning
is now, and shall ever be.

The Liturgy of the Word

Here we are: called to your service, O God.
Let it be with us according to your word.

EPISTLE READING: Colossians 3:1-11

May your word live in us, O God;
and bear much fruit to your glory.

We stand.


 Hail, our once-despised Jesus,
 hail, our Galilean King!
 By your suffering you released us
 and did free salvation bring.
 Friend and universal Saviour,
 bearer of our sin and shame,
 by your merits we find favour;
 life is given through your name.

GOSPEL Luke 12:13-21

The Good News and Power of God.
Praise to you, O Jesus Christ.



The Liturgy of Baptism





An Elder pours the water into the Font.



RESPONSE (Takbirul)



Inform and reform us, O God;
transform us all for Christs sake.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: For the life that you have given (774)


The apostle Paul writes:
Let Christs peace reign in your hearts since,
as members of one body,
you have been called to that peace.
Through your healing power, Lord,
the love of peace quells violence
and vengeance yields to forgiveness.
Grant that we will become instruments of your peace
and heralds of your reign. Amen.

The peace of Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

Let us now share the peace that is the gift of Christ.


God has made us not the owners but the stewards of creation.
Let us give thanks for Gods goodness and offer everything to God through Jesus.


God is here.
Gods Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to God.
Let us give thanks to the God of love.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for you gather us up in your arms
and hold us like children to your cheek,
healing us, even before we know it.

L: You created the earth
 and chose yourself a people,
 snatching them from danger
 and leading them to a land where they could settle.

R: When disobedience and idolatrous greed
 were our only response to your loving call,
 your heart was still warm and compassionate towards us
 and you recoiled from punishing your children.

You came to us in love and mercy,
in Christ the Holy One in our midst
showing us the path to renewal in your image.

When he was put to death,
you raised him in glory,
and now our lives are hidden in his,
ready to be revealed in glory
when all is fulfilled and Christ is all and in all!

Therefore we sing ... (761):
Holy, holy, holy God, wisdom, strength and hope,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God.
Hosanna in the highest.

We thank you that on the night before he died for us ...

And so remembering all that was done for us:
the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension,
longing for Christs coming in glory,
and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed
and human hands have made,
we acclaim you, O Christ:

Dying, you destroyed our death.
Rising, you restored our life.
Christ Jesus, come in glory!

Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine
that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ.

Grant that we, burning with your Spirits power,
may be a people of hope, justice, and love.
Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ,
and in the fullness of time gather us with all your people
into the joy of our true eternal home.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ,
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
we worship you, Abba God, in voices of unending praise.
Blessed are you now and for ever. Amen.


L: Abba-God, teach us to hallow your name,
R: that we may discern in this place,
 and every place, your reign of love.
L: Feed us.
R: Forgive us, as we forgive those who have wronged us.
L: Strengthen us to resist temptation.
R: By your power, we call on you and glorify you,
L: confident that you will give us good gifts.



 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
 have mercy on us, have mercy on us.
 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
 have mercy on us, have mercy on us.
 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
 grant us peace, grant us peace.


This is Jesus our Saviour,
who became poor to make us rich
in grace and wisdom and love.
Happy are we to receive Christ
as Gods free gift.


God, giver of all good gifts,
we have received your Life from you.
You want us to enjoy the good things of life
and at the same time
not to let them become our masters.
Give us enough faith to see
that we are poor if you are not our riches;
and that we are rich
when we have you and your Beloved,
Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God




Go now as those raised with Christ,
wondering at Gods great love
and telling the story of your salvation.
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed
and set your minds on the ways of heaven.

And may God reach out to you and nourish you. Amen.
May Christ Jesus renew you in the image of your creator. Amen.
And may the Holy Spirit lead you in kindness and love. Amen.


Go in peace and security to love and serve God.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

SONG: May the feet of God walk with you (779)


Based on UIW2; a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (www.liturgy.co.nz);
Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays, the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic Preface and Blessing based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net);
Image: The Baptism of Jesus by He Qi,
website of Christ Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA (http://christchurchfw.org).