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Ordinary Sunday 31, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 31, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God


With you, O God, the entire universe is nothing more
than a grain of sand that barely tips the scales,
or a drop of dew settling on the grass in the morning.
But because you can do all things,
you are merciful to all and overlook the sins of the people
so that they may be brought to repentance.
You love everything that exists
and you don’t hate anything you have created:
for what other reason would you have made everything?
How could anything remain in existence
had it not been your will?
How could anything have lasted
unless you called it into being?
You save all things because they are yours, O God,
and you love all that lives,
for your imperishable breath
fills every one of them.
For this reason,
you gradually correct those who break your Law,
disciplining them and reminding them of their sins
so that they may abandon their evil ways
and put their trust in you.


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.

SONG OF PRAISE ‘This is a day of new beginnings’ (653)


Our God overlooks our sins,
so that we can repent and live.
Let us commend ourselves to God’s mercy.

Jesus, you are kind
and full of compassion:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you support all who fall
and raise up all who are bowed down:
Christ have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you are slow to anger
and you are good and loving to all:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

O God, lover of life,
let us live in your forgiving love;
restore us and lead us to everlasting life.


Christ came to seek out and to save the lost
and by grace he makes us worthy of the call to love.
Made righteous in Christ by faith, we will live.

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


Let us pray to God
that Jesus may be close to us and change us.

O God, lover of life,
we are small before you
because we are aware that we are sinners.
We bless you for the joy and the forgiveness
that you, in your Promised One, bring to your people.
May Christ be very close to us,
so that our lives and attitudes may be changed.
May Christ dispose us to share with our neighbours
your mercy and forgiving love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the 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: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12

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 19:1-10

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




With trust, let us pray to God who is kind and full of compassion and let us say:
Give us, O God, a new heart.

... O God, you are good to all and faithful to your people.
Lift us up, help us in our need.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. 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.’

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.


God does not keep us imprisoned in our sins.
Through Jesus we are brought back into friendship with God
who trusts us enough to make us the Church.
For all this we give thanks.


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 through you, our faith is growing abundantly
and our love for one another is increasing.

All that exists was established by your decree,
and even when wickedness has surrounded your people
your vision held firm for the appointed time
and your righteous people lived by their faith.

L: In Jesus the Christ,
 you have come to seek out and save the lost.
 When those stunted by sin were drawn to him
 he offered your gracious welcome and he inspired repentance.

R: Through your power
 he is fulfilling every good resolve and work of faith.
 When he was killed in a perversion of justice,
 you raised him from the dead,

and now you are glorifying him in us,
and us in him,
and through your grace
you are establishing your eternal justice
in the reign of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

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 Jesus our Sovereign, who tells us that today he will stay at our houses.
Happy are we that we can welcome him and receive salvation from him.


O God, merciful Abba,
often we meet people who crave for a smile,
or wait for a kind word,
who look for a sign of friendship and sympathy.
Do not allow us to pass them by with unseeing eyes.
Give us sharp ears and sensitive hearts
to hear and understand their plea for help,
as Jesus did, your Promised One,
who lives with you and with us
now and for ever. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go now and live by faith.
Patiently trust in God’s promised future;
live by God’s teachings,
and let your love for one another increase.
And may God give you grace and peace;
May Christ Jesus make you worthy of his call;
And may the Holy Spirit fulfil in you
every good resolve and work of faith.


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

SONG ‘There once was a man as mean as could be’ (748)


Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays, the Philippines
Eucharistic Preface and Blessing based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton