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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 16, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 18, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 52)

Those who put their trust in other than God
will easily be influenced by the power of evil;
But those who put their trust in God
discover the steadfast love that lasts forever.
In the presence of your faithful people, O God,
we proclaim your name, for it is good.

SONG OF PRAISE God of many names (180)

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.

Jesus, do not allow us
to forget you in all the busy-ness of life:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, make us see it is you
whom we welcome when we receive guests:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, make us listen to you
when you speak to us through your people:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Touch us with your healing hand, God,
and forgive us all our sins.
Be our guest and companion
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Though we were once estranged from God,
Christ has now reconciled us in his own body,
so as to present us holy, pure and blameless
before God.

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

COLLECT

Let us pray that we may be hospitable
to God and to people.

Our loving God and Abba,
you have invited us to stay with you,
to listen to the message of Jesus your Chosen One
and to accept from him your peace and love.
May we welcome him wholeheartedly
and learn from him to welcome him
in people who appeal to us
for forgiveness and warmth,
for patience and hope and joy.
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.

FIRST READING Amos 8:1-12

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (517, verse 2)

We stand.

GOSPEL Luke 10:38-42

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

At your feet, O God;
we pray, and listen.

 

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING (774)

THE PEACE

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, 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 the Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

INVITATION

In the eucharist Jesus is our host and fills us, his guests, with godly strength
and love. Let us praise and thank 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 you have revealed to us the mystery,
hidden throughout the ages,
which is Christ in us, the hope of glory.

L: In Christ, you created heaven and earth,
and in Christ, all things hold together.

R: Through your law and prophets you called us to your ways,
and when you saw the needy trampled and the poor ruined,
we experienced a famine of hearing no word from you.

But in Christ your image made visible
you have reached out even to those who did evil,
calling us to sit at your feet
and listen to your words of peace.

When his blood was poured out in death on the cross,
you raised him as firstborn from the dead,
reconciling all things to yourself in him
and establishing us securely
in the faith and hope of the gospel.

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 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

God our Mother
and our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name!
May your kingdom 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.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

LAMB OF GOD (766)

COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Abba God,
you have come among us in Jesus
to be our guest.
In our everyday life,
may we always be open to anyone in need;
help us to recognise and welcome you
in everyone who comes to us.
In every human encounter
offer us your grace and love,
through Jesus Christ your Only Begotten,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
who stays with us, now and for ever.
Amen.

 

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now, trusting in Gods love
and always giving thanks. Amen.
Do not be worried or distracted,
nor shift from the hope promised in the gospel. Amen.
Choose the better way,
uprooting injustice
and proclaiming Christ with all wisdom. Amen.

And may God establish you securely in the faith;
May Christ Jesus make you holy and blameless before God;
And may the Holy Spirit raise you to maturity in Christ.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

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

SONG God gives us a future (687)

 

 

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);
Eucharistic Preface and Blessing based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton
(www.laughingbird.net);