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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 19, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 8, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 50:1,23)

Adonai, Our God,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.

“Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice
honour me and prepare my road.
To these I will reveal my salvation.”

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

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.

We are blessed;
not because were perfect;
but because Gods love
helps us move beyond our failures!
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

We are blessed;
not because were guiltless,
but because Christs love
has turned us from religious trivial pursuits,
towards pursuing Gods own terrible holiness.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

We are blessed;
not because were competent,
prosperous or successful,
but because Gods holy Spirit,
helps us to yield to Gods power,
in carrying forward the true history of the Earth.
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

May the God of Mercy,
forgive us our sins and bring us to life everlasting.
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

God is not ashamed to be called your God.
Though your sins are like scarlet they can be white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they can be like fleece.

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

COLLECT

Let us pray for trust in Gods promises.

O God, unseen and yet the ground
of all reality, of all that counts,
we seek security and certainty,
something we can see and hold on to.
It is fearful for us to walk in the dark
and confusing not to know where the road leads.
Be truly our God in whom we trust:
Help us to serve you faithfully in the present
and to be ready to follow you in the future.
Take us by the hand and guide us through all obstacles
to the land of your promise.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

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 11:1-3,8-16

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (375, verse 1)

 Come, let us with our Lord arise,
 our Lord, who made both earth and skies;
 who died to save the world he made,
 and rose triumphant from the dead;
 he rose, the prince of life and peace,
 and stamped the day for ever his.

GOSPEL Luke 12:32-40

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

God of faithfulness, hear us.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING This day God gives me (AHB 570)

 This day God gives me
 strength of high heaven,
 sun and moon shining,
 flame in my hearth,
 flashing of lightning,
 wind in its swiftness,
 deeps of the ocean,
 firmness of earth.

 This day God sends me
 strength as my steersman,
 might to uphold me,
 wisdom as guide.
 Your eyes are watchful,
 your ears are listening,
 your lips are speaking,
 friend at my side.

 Gods way is my way,
 Gods shield is round me,
 Gods host defends me,
 saving from ill.
 Angels of heaven,
 drive from me always
 all that would harm me,
 stand by me still.

 Rising, I thank you,
 mighty and strong One,
 king of creation,
 giver of rest,
 firmly confessing
 threeness of persons,
 oneness of Godhead
 trinity blest.
 
THE PEACE

The peace of the Promised One be with you all.
And also with you.

INVITATION

Each eucharist is an act of faith and hope,
for it is God present among us now
as the pledge of our resurrection and the return of Christ in glory.
Let us give thanks to Abba God for it.

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 it is your good pleasure to open the kindom to us.

L: The worlds were created by your word
 and the heavens testify that you are just.

R: Through your law and prophets
 you called your people from their hypocrisy,

refusing to accept our offerings or hear our prayers
until we showed a willingness to obey you.

L: Through Jesus Christ, your Child, our Saviour,
 you called us to travel lightly
 as strangers and foreigners on the earth,

R: putting our hopes in you alone
 and always ready to welcome your future.

When he was killed by those
whose hands were full of blood,
you raised him to new life
so that he might prepare a new world
for those who put their faith in your promises,
giving away their riches on earth
and treasuring heaven in their hearts.

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: Our 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. Amen.

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 the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Happy are those stewards
whom the owner finds awake upon returning.
The owner will give them a place at the table
and serve them.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O God, you have kept your promise:
you have broken for us the bread of life,
and poured for us the wine of joy.
Jesus has waited on us at this table.
Help us to hold on to your dream
of happiness and justice for all.
Help us to live in faith and to support one another,
as you lead us to the land of your promise. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING & DISMISSAL

Go now as those prepared for the Promised One.
Cease to do evil, learn to do good;
seek justice, rescue the oppressed.
Give freely to those in need
and let your treasure be in the things of heaven.

And may God not be ashamed to be called your God;
May Christ Jesus find you attentive and well prepared;
And may the Holy Spirit give you the assurance
of all that has been promised to you. Amen.

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: Marc Chagall, Abraham and Sarah (M. 122). Original colour lithograph, 1956. 355x260mm.