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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 29, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 17, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

Your word is a lamp, a light on my way.
I have pledged to be on the side of justice.

Neither fear nor human judgement will ensnare me.
Keep me thirsty for your truth.

Let your encouragement lead me on.
I will be faithful to your name.

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 ‘Joyful, joyful, we adore you’ (152)

PENITENTIAL RITE

Let us examine ourselves before God.

Jesus, with you we pray
that our Maker’s will be done, not ours.
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, with you we pray
that justice be done for everyone.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, with you we pray
that those who do evil to us may be forgiven.
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Have mercy on us, O God,
and hear our prayer for forgiveness.
Guard us from all evil
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

God comes to us with a new covenant, saying:
“I will put my law in their minds and on their hearts;
I will forgive their misdeeds
and will remember their sins no more.”

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

COLLECT

Let us pray for the gift
of perseverance in prayer.

God,
we know that you are our loving Parent,
that you wait for us
and that you are attentive to us
every moment of our lives.
Let then our prayer come to you
as a cry of trust
from the poverty of our hearts.
If you have to turn us down
when we ask for harmful or useless things,
give us what we really need
and keep our trust alive
that you are good and loving,
for you are a Parent to us
in Christ Jesus our Saviour.
Amen.

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 31:27-34

EPISTLE READING: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

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 18:1-8

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

God of faithfulness, hear us.

... For all of us here, that we may learn to pray without giving up
for whatever is good and in accordance with God’s will,
and that this eucharist may bring us and the world closer to God.
God of faithfulness, hear us. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING ‘Come as you are’ (693)

 ‘Come as you are: that’s how I want you.
 Come as you are; feel quite at home,
 close to my heart, loved and forgiven.
 Come as you are: why stand alone?

 ‘No need to fear, love sets no limits;
 no need to fear, love never ends;
 don’t run away shamed and disheartened,
 rest in my love, trust me again.

 ‘I came to call sinners, not just the righteous;
 I came to bring peace, not to condemn.
 Each time you fail to live by my promise,
 why do you think I’d love you the less?

 ‘Come as you are; that’s how I love you;
 come as you are, trust me again.
 Nothing can change the love that I bear you;
 all will be well, just come as you are.’
 
THE PEACE

‘God shows no partiality ...
any person of any nationality who fears God
and does what is right is acceptable to God.
This is the message God has sent to the people of Israel,
the Good News of peace proclaimed through Jesus Christ,
who is Saviour of all.’
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

With one heart and one mind and in union with Jesus our Saviour,
let us offer our thanksgiving to Abba God.

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 your promises are sweeter than honey
and you bring justice to your people.

R: You created the earth,
 and raised humans and animals upon it.
 You led your people by the hand out of slavery
 and yet still they broke your covenant
 and turned away from listening to the truth.

L: In Jesus the Christ, you came to us again,
 offering a new covenant, written upon our hearts,
 so that you might be our God,
 and we might know you,
 from the least to the greatest.

When he was killed,
you raised him to new life,
and through him, you inspired sacred writings
to bring us to salvation through faith
and to equip us for every good work,
as with persistent prayer
we seek to build your justice
and plant your faithfulness on the earth.

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.

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 Jesus, our Sovereign and Saviour.
He taught us to pray continually,
without ever losing heart.
He now invites us to receive him
and to share in his offering to Abba God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Abba,
with Jesus we have raised our hands
in prayer to you, our living God.
With Jesus we keep trusting in you.
Hear us then, even in our pains and struggles,
when we are disappointed.
For we believe that you love us
and want us to find happiness
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now and continue in what you have learned and believed.
Pray always, and do not lose heart.
Proclaim God’s message;
endure hostility;
carry out your ministry fully.

And may God be quick to answer your prayers. Amen.
May Christ Jesus inspire faith within you. Amen.
And may the Holy Spirit tutor your heart and
equip you for every good work. Amen.

DISMISSAL

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

SONG ‘Lord Jesus, we belong to you’ (686)

 

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).
Image: House of Prayer for All Nations, Jason Ingram (www.gaychristian.net).