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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 28, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 10, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

Let us join the earth in praising God.
As metals are refined by fire
so we are tested by our difficulties.

I can now acknowledge your help.
As I passed through fire and water,
I thought I was lost.

I now tell others of your support.
I do this with a grateful heart.
God has been a constant listener.

GREETING

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

May grace, mercy and peace be yours from Abba God
and from Jesus Christ our Saviour.
And also with you.

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

SONG OF PRAISE ‘We plough the fields, and scatter’ (130)

PENITENTIAL PRAYER

Let us ask our God to heal us.

Jesus, Rabbi,
have pity on us and heal us from our sins:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus, Rabbi,
have pity on all outcasts
and dispose us to accept them as you do:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, Rabbi,
have pity on all who suffer
for trying to follow you faithfully:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Have mercy on us, God,
and tell us to rise from our sins.
Accept our thanks and praise
and lead us to everlasting life.
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Jesus Christ remains faithful even if we are faithless.
He hears our cries for mercy and says:
Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY (773)

 Glory to God, glory to God, Glory in the highest!
 Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia!

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING: Jeremiah 29:1,4-7

EPISTLE READING: 2 Timothy 2:8-15

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (720)

Halle, halle, halle-lu-jah!
Halle, halle, halle-lu-jah!
Halle, halle, halle-lu-jah!
Hallelujah, hallelujah!

GOSPEL Luke 17:11-19

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

... Our generous and loving God,
as we have received freely from you,
may we also freely give and share,
that we may grow into the image of Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING ‘Here, Lord, we take the broken bread’ (523)

Here, Lord, we take the broken bread
and drink the wine, believing
that by your life our souls are fed,
your parting gifts receiving.

As you have given, so we would give
ourselves for others’ healing;
as you have lived, so we would live
the Maker’s love revealing.

THE PEACE

‘God’s own peace
which is beyond all understanding,
will stand guard over our hearts and minds
in Christ Jesus.’
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 Saviour be with you all.
And also with you.

INVITATION

In the eucharistic prayer we thank Abba God for giving us Jesus.
We join our thanksgiving and praise with that of the leper
who thanked God at the top of his voice.

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

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 rule forever in faithfulness
and in you is salvation with eternal glory.

R: With great power you created the heavens and the earth
 and through water and fire you saved for yourself a people.
 Even when we were exiled throughout the earth,
 your Word, which is never chained,
 called us to settle wherever you placed us
 and to prayerfully seek the welfare of every land.
 
L: In Jesus the Christ, your Word settled among us,
 meeting us in our brokenness and suffering
 and, in mercy, bringing healing and a way to wholeness.
 He was chained like a criminal and crucified,
 and when he died, we died with him,
 but you raised him from the dead

so that we might also live with him,
shouting the wonder of your deeds
and singing the glory of your name.

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 for us 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.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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.

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 has brought us forgiveness and life.
Let us accept with gratitude
his invitation to share his table.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Loving God,
what else can we do
and we do it with joy
than give you thanks
for speaking to us through Jesus
and renewing our strength
with his bread of life?
May all we say and do,
and all of our lives
be a gift to those around us,
and an act of gratitude to you,
our God for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now, and live fruitfully where God has placed you.
Pray and strive for the welfare of those with whom you live,
and do your best to present yourselves to God
as faithful workers with no need to be ashamed.

And may God open the pathways before you;
May Christ Jesus cleanse you and make you whole;
And may the Holy Spirit keep your spirits alive
and your feet from stumbling.

DISMISSAL

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

SONG ‘God of Jeremiah ...’ (679)

Acknowledgements: Based on: UIW2;
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 by Patricia Stevenson, Songs from a Pierced Heart (2003).
Ten Lepers Healed, Brian Kershisnik (1962- ) Oil on panel, 1997
(www.meridianmagazine.com).