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Ordinary Sunday 32, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
November 7, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God


We praise you, O God and bless your name forever.
Every single day we will bless you, and praise your name.
Your greatness is beyond our understanding.
Each generation will praise your mighty acts
and bear witness to the next generation.
We will meditate on your glorious works, O God.
Wondrous works made visible through your justice and your kindness;
and experienced in your nearness to all who call on you in truth.
As we cry out to you with sincere and humble hearts,
you hear our prayers and you save us.
With you, O God, is life apart from you there is death and destruction.
Let our mouths speak words of praise
and let all people bless God’s holy name forever.

SONG OF PRAISE: ‘Now thank we all our God’ (106)


In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit; one God, Mother of us all.

Grace and peace be yours from our Abba God
and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
And also with you.

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


Let us pray to God to restore us to full life
by forgiving us all our sins.

Jesus, you defeated death
by rising to life again:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, firstborn of the dead,
you will raise us up to eternal life with you:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you want us to be
people of the resurrection,
who raise up the downcast and downtrodden:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Have mercy on us, O God,
and lift us above our sins.
Lead us to the joys of everlasting life.


Our God is near to all who call,
all who cry out from their hearts.
God hears their cry and saves them.

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


Let us pray to the God of life:

God of the living,
you have created us for life, love and joy.
As we share also in the cross of Jesus,
in the pains and sorrows of life,
keep our hope alive that your faithful love
will have the final say,
and that life will overcome death,
for you have raised Jesus from the dead.
Give us the firm longing and faith
that you will raise us up with him
and let this conviction be our strength
every day of our life.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.


 Glory to God, glory to God, praise and alleluia!
 Glory to God, glory to God, praise the name of our God!

The Liturgy of the Word

Let us listen for the Word of God.
Our ears are open.

FIRST READING: Haggai 1:15b-2:9

EPISTLE READING: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

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

We stand.


 Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
 all our hearts are filled with gladness.
 Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
 all our hearts are filled with gladness.

GOSPEL Luke 20:27-38

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.




God is a God not of the dead but a God of the living.
We pray to God for everything that makes life valuable and meaningful.
Let us say: God of life, hear our prayer.

... God of Sarah and Abraham, Rebecca and Isaac,
Leah and Rachel and Jacob; God of Jesus;
God of the apostles and the saints;
God of our forebears and all our beloved ones;
God of life, keep us all in your love, now and for ever.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘By your priestly power, O risen Lord’ (529)

Christ came and ‘announced the Good News of peace
to you who were far away, and to those who were near’;
for through Christ, we all have access in one Spirit to our God.

Through your healing power, O 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 Saviour be with you all.
And also with you.


In this Eucharist we express
firm faith in the resurrection of Jesus
and hope in our own resurrection.


God is here.
God’s 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 chose us as the first fruits for salvation
to share in the glory of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

L: In the first of your wonderful deeds
 you created the heavens and earth, sea and land,
 and every age proclaims your love and justice.

R: When your people faced ruin and discouragement,
 your prophets spoke your word of promise
 and the splendour of your worship was revived.

Through your Beloved and our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
your good news was proclaimed
and we were called from death to life.

When he was killed by those who oppose you,
you raised him to new life, and through him,
you are making us children of the resurrection
and sanctifying us by your Spirit
so that when Christ comes again
we might all be gathered together,
never again to die.

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 ...

Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation,
and remembering Christ crucified and risen,
who was and is and is to come,
we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine,
and ourselves, a living sacrifice.

Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts
that they may be the Body and blood of Christ.
Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation,
the Body of Christ given for the world you have made.
In the fullness of time bring us, with all your saints,
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
to you be honour, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. Amen.


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.
 Don’t put us to the test, but free us from evil.



 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.


This is our Sovereign who says to us:
“I am the resurrection and the life.
All who believe in me will live
and those who live and believe in me
will never die.”


God of the living,
you want us to live even beyond death
as fully human and complete persons,
and yet made totally different by your love.
By this eucharist give us a quiet but firm faith
that life is meaningful and worthwhile,
and that death is not the end
but a completely new beginning.
May this certainty encourage us
to share our hope with those
for whom life makes little sense.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go now with courage, for God is with you.
Do not let anyone deceive you
but hold fast to the traditions of the Apostles
and put your trust in the God of the living.

And may our Saviour Jesus Christ
and God our Abba, who loved us
and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope,
comfort your hearts through the Holy Spirit
and strengthen them in every good work and word.


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


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).
Image: Icon of the Resurrection, Russian Orthodox Church (www.stetson.edu).