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Ordinary Sunday 15, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 11, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 82:1,8)

God presides in the divine assembly
and pronounces judgment among the “gods” ...
Rise up, O God, and bring justice to the earth,
for all the nations are your possession!

SONG OF PRAISE: Theres a wideness in Gods mercy (136)


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. Notices. Christ candle is lit.


Love is the core and meaning of life; it is also the summit of the commandments. We know this. But the question is: How genuine and deep is our love? The test will be how far we are willing to be inconvenienced by it, to “lose” time for it, to go out of our way for it, and to have a heart for strangers and misfits too. Jesus is with us here: he was moved with compassion at the sight of sinners, the sick and the suffering. Let us ask Christ to make us good neighbours to all who need us.


We want to love people and our God.
But we know that our love is often inadequate.
We now ask the Saviour and each other for forgiveness.

Jesus, you came among us
as compassionate as the Good Samaritan;
you lift up all the downcast:
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you make yourself near
to those wounded in body or spirit,
and you bring them healing:
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you ask us
to show your own affectionate love
to everyone in need, whatever the cost.
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

Have mercy on us, O God,
and forgive us all our sins,
especially our lukewarm love.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.


God has rescued us from the authority of darkness
and brought us safe into the reign of Jesus, Gods Only Begotten.
In him, and through him we have redemption
and the forgiveness of sins.


Let us pray that we may always be available
to people who need us.

Tender and merciful God,
you did not let your Beloved pass us by
in our poverty and pain
Christ became our neighbour.
May our heart go out
to those who lie wounded by the wayside
and give us the courage
to lose time on them, to lift them up
and to care for them until they are healed.
We ask you this through 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.



We stand.

GOSPEL Luke 10:25-37

To have eternal life it is not enough to know that we ought to love God and our neighbour; we must also practice this love, even when it is inconvenient or when the other person is an enemy.

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




May your Spirit pray in us, O God;
drawing us to you and towards our neighbours.

Let us present to our God who cares our concern for the people whom God has placed on our road of life, and let us say: God, you are near to all who call on you.


God, people are your gift to us. Help us to love one another with the generous love you have shown us in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.


The Liturgy of the Eucharist


God, you want us not to seek security
in observing the letter of the law
but to seek the insecurity
of committing ourselves to you and to others.
Give us the courage to take the risk
and, like Jesus, make the sacrifice
of giving ourselves to you
in our neighbours in need,
of sharing in their joys and sorrows,
their problems and their protests,
that we may know and love them
as you know and love us
in Christ Jesus our Saviour. Amen.



We remember in the eucharistic prayer the love shown us by Jesus
in his death on the cross and the giving of the eucharist.
Let us give our wholehearted thanks to God.


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 have come to us as a neighbour,
binding our wounds and carrying us to safety.

L: In the beginning, you created light from darkness
and the earth from chaos.
You sent prophets among your people
to hold up a plumbline
that we might see the error of our ways,
repent, and bring justice and freedom
for the dispossessed and the vulnerable.

R: You have sent us the Word of truth,
in your child, Jesus the Christ.
He was crucified, but you raised him to life
with the strength of your glorious power.

Now his words are bearing fruit among us,
filling us with all wisdom and understanding
and enabling us to love you with all our heart, soul and mind,
and to love our neighbour with the same love
that you have shown us in Christ.

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.


God our Mother
and our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name!
May your commonwealth come,
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
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.





O God,
when, exhausted and hungry,
we sat by the side of the road,
you sent us Jesus your Own.
We thank you for letting him speak to us
his tender words of encouragement
and for healing with his body and blood
our wounds caused by sin.
May Christ give us here the love
that makes us near to all the miseries
of our neighbours and kin who suffer.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour.


The Sending Forth of the People of God


Several people saw the man
who lay half-dead by the side of the road,
but it was a stranger who came and took pity on him. Amen.
Go and help people around you
who are suffering, humiliated, beaten by life. Amen.
Lift them up, bind their wounds,
waste your time on them,
and give them the best of yourselves. Amen.
With the blessing of Almighty God ... Amen.


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

SONG Make me a channel of your peace (607)



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