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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 22, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 29, 2010 

The Gathering of the People of God

SONG OF PRAISE: My soul gives glory to my God (172)

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 81)

Weve sung the song of a freed people.
Once we were brought out of slavery.
God lifted the load from our backs.
God heard the cries of our pain.
God gave us food on the journey.

But our memories were short.
We found new gods.
We left you out of our plans, O God.
We chose our own paths.

You know we lack the ability
to listen with the heart.
Teach us to walk in your ways.

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

We seek honours and self-advancement,
even elbowing others aside to become first.
We shrink from ourselves and shirk our responsibilities.
We ask our God and our neighbours to forgive us.

Silence.

Jesus, you came among us
not to be served but to serve:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you invite everyone
to the table of your feast meal:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you came to call
not the healthy but the sick:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Have mercy on us, God,
forgive us our pride and our self-abdication.
Admit us to your table
as you lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Our Saviour Jesus Christ
has given himself for us, saying:
I will never leave you or forsake you.
Those who humble themselves will be exalted.

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

COLLECT

Let us pray to God
who invites everyone into the Kindom.

Our Abba, you who lift up the lowly;
your Beloved Jesus came into our world
as the servant of all and he cherished the helpless.
With him, make us respect and appreciate
the weak, the defenseless and the humble,
and accept to be numbered among them.
Dispose us to help them and to seek their help.
For you have poured out your mercy on us too
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

DOXOLOGY

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 13:1-8, 15-16

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (384, v. 2)

 Like the cloud that overhead, alleluia,
 through the billows Israel led, alleluia,
 by his tomb
 Christ makes room,
 souls restoring from the dead, alleluia.

GOSPEL Luke 14:1,7-14

The good news and power of God.
Praise to you, O Jesus Christ.

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let those who are last and least in the eyes of the worldly wise,
be first in our prayers to God.

For salvation, we pray;
God, hear us.
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, God,
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.

INVITATION

We humbly join Jesus in his loving sacrifice.

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 offer you our sacrifice of praise, O God,
for despite our poverty, brokenness and blindness,
you invite us to feast with you forever.

L: You created all the earth
 and led your people out of slavery into a plentiful land
 to feast on finest wheat and pure wild honey.

R: When we abandoned you our fountain of living water
 going instead after things which were worthless and defiled,
 your love for us remained constant, and you never abandoned us.

Instead you sent us your Child, Jesus Christ,
who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

His witness to your all-embracing love
so offended the values of the world
that he was tortured to death,
but you raised him to new life,
and now, through him,
you are teaching us to share and do good
so that our lives may be a pleasing sacrifice to you.

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 God:
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.
 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 the Saviour
who invites us to this table.
Christ comes to seek us
at the lowliest place
and tells us to move up higher.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Abba God,
we stand here before you
as guests invited to this table
by Christ your Chosen One.
We thank you that he has accepted us
without judging or condemning us,
though our faith is not clear-eyed
and we often limp while trying to follow him.
Dispose us too to accept as friends and guests
the poor and the weak, just as you have accepted us. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now and walk in all Gods ways.
Keep your lives free from the love of money
but let love between people continue and be honoured.
Show hospitality to strangers.
Pray for those who suffer torture and imprisonment.

God bless our eyes,
that we may recognise injustice or neglect.
God bless our ears,
that we may hear the cry of the persecuted.
God bless our mouths,
that we may speak words of welcome to newcomers.
God bless our shoulders,
that we may bear the weight of providing protection
 and rebuilding lives.
God bless our hands,
that we may work together with all people to establish
 just and lasting peace.
God bless our hearts,
that we may be transformed into witnesses of truth,
 justice and love.

DISMISSAL

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

Acknowledgements:
Based on: UIW2; 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).
Psalm paraphrase by Patricia Stevenson, Songs From a Pierced Heart.
Image: Icon of the Eucharist (www.adoremus.org/NewABart/EucharistLaFemina2.jpg).