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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 30, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 24, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

O God, to you we owe hymns of praise in Zion;
to you our vows must be fulfilled,
you who hear our prayers
and before whom all flesh must stand.
When we are overcome by our sins,
you provide the atonement for them.
Happy are those you choose, those you draw near
to dwell in your courts!
We are filled with the blessings of your house,
the holy things of your Temple!

GREETING

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

May Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
And also with you.

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

SONG OF PRAISE ‘You holy angels bright’ (108)

PENITENTIAL PRAYER

Let us examine ourselves before God
to see who we really are
and in what ways we might be changed.

Jesus, be near to us,
for we are sinners in need of conversion:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus, you always hear
the cries of the poor:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you are close to the brokenhearted
and you hear the prayer of the humble:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

God, have mercy on us, sinners.
Restore us, make us free and alive
and lead us to everlasting life.
Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Everyone who calls on the name of God shall be saved,
for Christ has promised
that those who humble themselves
and cry out to God for mercy
will be justified.

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

COLLECT

Let us pray to God
for we expect from God all that is good.

Kind and merciful God,
we stand before you empty-handed
and we feel small and frail before you.
Forgive us for the times we boast
of the good that you gave us the grace to do.
Fill our lives with your gifts,
keep us from looking down
on any of our neighbours,
and give us grateful hearts
for all that we have received from you.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

DOXOLOGY (171)

 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.

EPISTLE READING: 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (541)

 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 18:9-14

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us pray to Abba God in heaven who hears the cries of the humble,
and let us say: O God, hear your people.

... O God, we know that beautiful words mean little
if they do not spring from humble and sincere hearts.
Help us to do as we say and to live as we pray,
that you may hear our prayer through Jesus Christ.
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

Through your healing power, Lord,
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

Let us offer our praise to God
and pray that God’s name may be known over all the earth.

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 have dealt wondrously with us
and saved us for your heavenly kindom.
With awesome power you created the earth
and everything you touch comes alive;
grain abounds and vats overflow with wine and oil.
You called a people to be your own
and you filled them with the plenty of your house.

In Jesus the Christ, your Beloved and our brother,
you proclaimed the vindication
of those who humbled themselves,
casting themselves on your mercy
and looking to you for strength to run the race.

When he was crucified by those who would exalt themselves,
you raised him from the dead,
and gave him the crown of righteousness.
Through him, you pour out your Spirit like rain on all flesh
and your people bring forth a wonderful harvest
of visions, prophesies, and songs of praise.

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 (765)

 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, the Lamb of God
who humbled himself to be with us
and to take our sins away.
Happy are we to be invited to the table
that he has set for the poor,
the little ones, and sinners.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God, our merciful God,
we realise that we are sinners
in constant need of your love.
We thank you in the poverty of our hearts
that you have fed us from Jesus’ table,
notwithstanding our little faith,
and our lukewarm love.
Accept us the way we are,
help us to be and to do better,
and receive our wholehearted thanks
for all the good you have done for us
and for our brothers, sisters, neighbours.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now, rejoicing in your God.
Fight the good fight;
finish the race;
keep the faith.

And may God rescue you from every evil attack. Amen.
May Christ Jesus reserve for you the crown of righteousness. Amen.
And may the Holy Spirit flood you with grace
and overflowing dreams and visions. 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).
Image: US 2004 postage stamp by Richard Sheaff and Lonnie Busch
reminiscent of ancient Greek black-figure vases,
such as a terracotta panathenaic amphora (ca. 530 BC)
attributed to the Euphiletos painter, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.