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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 20, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 15, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

 CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 80)

Good shepherd, listen to our cries.
We have wandered from the light you offer us.
We have known the bitterness of barren places,
the only springs, our tears.

Once we were like a vineyard,
lush, fruitful, filling the valley from mountain to sea.
Now we are drought-ridden, broken, without hope.

May we again draw our strength from you.
May you be our gentle vine dresser.

SONG OF PRAISE Beauty for brokenness (690)

GREETING

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

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.

PENITENTIAL RITE

Silence.

Where is the fire of our love and our faith?
Let us examine ourselves before our God.

Jesus, you came to bring us your fire:
Kindle in us the fire of a courageous faith.
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you came to bring us your fire:
Kindle in us the power of a love
that commits itself to you and to people.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you came to bring us your fire:
let it wake us up from our indifference and fears.
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Forgive us, God, for we have been lukewarm.
Give us the quiet courage to live our faith deeply
and to love without hesitation.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,
has endured the cross so that our sins will be forgiven
and we will be made perfect with the faithful of all ages.

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

COLLECT

Let us pray that we may follow Jesus
without fear or guilty compromise.

Abba God,
by his life and death Jesus showed us
the stony road that leads us to life and love.
Let the fire of his Spirit burn in us,
that we may reject compromises with evil,
with guilty, uncommitted peace,
and silent complicity in wrong-doing.
Make us honest and straightforward like Jesus,
so that with him we may put your will and love
above everything else.

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.

FIRST READING: Hebrews 12:1-4

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (375, verse 2)

 This is the day the Lord has made,
 that all may see his love displayed,
 may feel his resurrections power,
 and rise again to fall no more,
 in perfect righteousness renewed,
 and filled with all the life of God.

GOSPEL Luke 12:49-53

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Give us wisdom, O God,
to interpret the present time.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING Bread is blessed and broken (707)

THE PEACE

The peace Jesus brings is peace with justice.
Jesus says:
... the kind of peace I give to you
is not like the worlds peace.
Through your healing power, O Christ,
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 the Saviour be with you all.
And also with you.

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

INVITATION

By his death Jesus paid the price for his fidelity to people and to goodness and truth.
Let us offer ourselves with him and ask for his strength, that we may give all praise to Our God.

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

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 though our lives were a wasteland
you cherished us and gave us life again.

L: With a love-song, you sang the earth into existence,
 and led your people from slavery through the Red Sea.
 You planted them in a fertile land
 and looked for a harvest of justice and righteousness.

R: When we returned only bloodshed and torment,
 you sent your Child, Jesus,
 to be the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
 His preaching kindled a fire
 and divided the living from the dead.

He endured the cross, disregarding its shame
and was baptised in suffering and death.

You raised him to life and seated him at your right hand,
and now strengthen us for the race before us,
so that with the faithful witnesses of all generations
we may receive your promises and be made perfect.

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.
THE LORDS PRAYER

L: Abba God in heaven, hallowed be your name!
R: May your reign come,
 may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven:
L: give us today the bread we need.
R: And forgive us our debts,
 as we hereby forgive those who are indebted to us.
L: Dont put us to the test,
 but free us from evil.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

LAMB OF GOD (766)

 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.

COMMUNION

This is Jesus our Saviour
who accepted the cross
and disregarded its shame
to lead us in our faith.
He invites us to this table
to inflame us with faith and love.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Abba God,
You have spoken to us
your stirring, challenging Word,
and shared your own strength with us.
Send us out to live our faith
in all its consequences,
and even to be, like Jesus,
a sign of contradiction.
Sustain us in faith
and give us endurance,
that with Christ
we may live in your joy and peace
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now with your eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Amen.
Lay aside the ways of sin,
bring forth a harvest of justice and righteousness. Amen.
And run with perseverance
the race that is set before you. Amen.

And may God turn to you and cherish you;
May Christ Jesus surround you with the light of his presence;
And may the Holy Spirit give you life and strength.

DISMISSAL

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

SONG Great God, your Spirit, like the wind ... (416)

 

Acknowledgements:
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); The practice of Jesus, Bill Fletcher (www.home.clear.net.nz). Eucharistic Preface and Blessing based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net); Image: The Saviour Enthroned with Selected Saints, School: Novgorod,
Late 13thearly 14th centuries, The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.