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Ordinary Sunday 17, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 25, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God


O God, you love the land.
When we experience exile
you draw us home.
We fear the weakness of our infidelity.
We depend on you for the energy to repent.
Revive us, nourish us,
and show us mercy.

I recall your words of peace.
Love and fidelity, peace and justice are our parents.
The love of God poured out re-creates the earth.

SONG OF PRAISE: Colourful Creator, God of mystery (190)


Those are children of God
who are led by the Spirit of God.
We have received a Spirit
who makes us Gods children
and who makes us cry out: Abba!
May this Spirit be always with you.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors. Christ candle is lit.



Prayer is less a way of obtaining favours from God than a way of expressing to our Father-Mother in heaven, to Jesus or to the Spirit, our trust speaking about our lives, our difficulties and our joys, entrusting to God those who are dear to us in life or in death, and even recommending to God those who cause us trouble. And remember, in praying we do not try to bend God to our will but we ask that we may do the divine will.

“Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive
each one who is in debt to us”
is our prayer today in the Eucharist.

Jesus, you taught us
that God is our loving and forgiving Parent
and that we can speak to God with all trust:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you have brought us together
to give with you all thanks and praise
to our Father-Mother in heaven:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you brought us pardon
and you announce to us that the time has come
for peace and reconciliation with one another:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Have mercy on us, God,
and take all our sins away.
Make us messengers of your pardon and peace
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.


To all who turn their hearts to God,
the word of assurance comes:
God has canceled the debt that stood against us,
taking it out of the way and nailing it to the cross.

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


Let us pray in all simplicity to our heavenly Father-Mother
the way Jesus taught us.

Abba God,
we too are asking your Own
to teach us how to pray
and Christ has told us to speak to you with all trust.
Make us bold enough to pray insistently to you
and to keep asking for what we need
until in your kindness you give it,
to keep seeking until we find.
Do not allow us to forget to pray also
for the needs of others
and first of all for the things that matter:
you and your will and your kindom.
We ask you this in the name of Jesus 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 Hosea 1:2-10


We stand.

GOSPEL Luke 11:1-13

Before Jesus told his disciples how to pray and what to pray for,
he revealed himself to them as a person of prayer.

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




Let us pray to our Abba in heaven with the complete trust that Jesus taught us and let us say: Abba God, hear our prayer.

... Our Mother and Father in heaven, open our eyes and ears to you, to ourselves and to all, that we may know what to pray for and that we may be open to your answer to our prayer, even when it is different from what we expect. We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING Like the murmur of the doves song (419)

Abba-God in heaven,
you are always approachable and available,
and so we bring this bread and wine before you.
May this Eucharist and every prayer
be an occasion for us
to deepen our relationship with you,
to understand you better and to love you more,
to understand ourselves better
and to love others more,
through the prayers of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.



We often forget one form of prayer, perhaps the most important of all: namely, praise and thanks to God. In the Great Prayer we join with Christ in praise of Our 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,
and hallow your name throughout the earth,
for in you love and fidelity embrace,
peace and justice kiss.

L: When you created the earth and poured out your riches
the land sprang to life with good gifts for all.
When we prostituted ourselves
to the ruling spirits of the world,
you loved us still, and sent your prophets to call us back.

R: In your Child, Jesus,
your divine nature has indwelt humanity.
Nailed to the cross, he canceled the record of our sin,
and when we were buried with him in baptism,
you raised us with him through faith in your power.

Now to all who seek and ask,
you give the gift of life,
holding us together in Christs body,
nourishing us daily with the bread of life
and calling us your children.

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.


L: 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.





Abba God,
we thank you for giving us your Very Self
in this eucharistic celebration.
May we learn from Jesus
not only to pray to you
but also to harmonise our deeds and words.
May our prayers prompt us
to commit ourselves more deeply
to bring forgiveness, justice and love to all,
that all may praise your name.

The Sending Forth of the People of God


The Saviour has spoken to us
a reassuring word:
Ask and you will receive. Amen.
Abba-God will give you what you need. Amen.
May Almighty God be always with you
and bless you with all good gifts. Amen.
+ ... Amen.


Let us go in all trust
in the peace and joy of the Saviour.
Thanks be to God.



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);
Psalm paraphrase: Songs From a Pierced Heart by Patricia Stevenson (2003).