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Ordinary Sunday 24, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 12, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God


When the living God restores the fortunes of the people,
we shall rejoice and the church shall celebrate.
The grace of our God has been granted to us
in overflowing measure,
as was the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

To the Ruler of ages, the immortal, the invisible, the only God,
be honour and glory forever and ever! Amen.

SONG OF PRAISE: Joyful, joyful, we adore you (152)


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

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.


Our God looks down from heaven upon the peoples
to see if anyone understands,
if anyone seeks God.
But they are all lost,
they are all equally corrupt;
not one of them does what is right ...


We thank you, God of love,
for the good things we have managed to accomplish,
the temptations we recognised and resisted,
and for the wrongs, small or large,
for which we have been able to make restitution.

Yet we have not lived, O God,
with the glory you intended for us.
We have not even lived up to our own meagre expectations.
We fail you,
we fail those around us,
and we disappoint ourselves.

As you have done in the past,
look now upon our patchy lives
and work that miracle of grace
which is beyond human endeavour.
Pity our folly and failure,
forgive our sins;
both the sins we see and the ones to which we are blind.
Save us from the perversity in our nature
and bring us to your peace.

Humanity continues to be your project.
Our brokenness is mended by your tenderness,
our foolish moves are countered by your long-sighted strategies,
and our small stock of faith is tended by your patience.

Wonderful is your saving love!
Through Christ Jesus our Saviour. Amen!


Heres a saying that can be trusted
and is worthy of your complete acceptance:
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

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


God our good Shepherd,
you are the hope of those who are lost,
and joy of those who are found;
please give us the will to trust you.
Save us from the notion that we always know best,
and call us back from those down-hill paths
that lead to confusion and desolation.
Bring us at last, with all your people,
into that fold where nothing can ever again be lost.
Through Christ Jesus our Saviour. Amen!


 To God who sits upon the throne,
 the God whom we adore,
 and to the Lamb that once was slain,
 be glory evermore.

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28

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

We stand.


 Christ the Lord is risen again;
 Christ has broken every chain;
 hark! the angels shout for joy,
 singing evermore on high:

GOSPEL Luke 15:1-10

The good news and power of God.
Praise to you, O Jesus Christ.




Lifting our voices with all creation,
let us offer ourselves to our God through Christ.
We pray for one another;
to you, O God.

... God of heaven,
hear the prayers we offer this day
and gather your lost ones into the bounty of your realm;
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: Jesus, we thus obey (508)


The peace Jesus brings is peace with justice.
It is written:
Whoever would love life and see good days ...
must turn from evil to good,
they must seek peace and pursue it.
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.

Let us now share the peace that is the gift of Christ.


We now join Jesus in his sacrifice.
He gave up everything for the love of God who seeks the lost.
Let us join him in his attitude, for we are his disciples today.


God is here.
Gods 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 are the immortal, invisible Ruler of ages,
and your grace has overflowed for us in Christ Jesus.

L: You created the earth from chaos and emptiness
 and filled it with living things.
 In every age you have looked for faithfulness
 and found instead depravity, corruption.

R: The scorching winds of judgement
 have turned fruitful lands to desert
 but always your merciful love has gone on searching
 for those who would be saved.

You sent your Child, Jesus Christ,
among us to save sinners.

His love so scandalised the religious
that he was killed,
but you raised him to new life.
In him you are turning us from our pasts,
lifting us joyously upon your shoulders
and appointing us to your service
as examples for all who would trust you.

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 ...

And so remembering all that was done for us:
the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension,
longing for Christs coming in glory,
and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed
and human hands have made,
we acclaim you, O God:
Dying, you destroyed our death.
Rising, you restored our life.
Christ Jesus, come in glory!

Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine
that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ.

Grant that we, burning with your Spirits power,
may be a people of hope, justice, and love.
Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ,
and in the fullness of time gather us with all your people
into the joy of our true eternal home.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ,
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
we worship you, Abba God, in voices of unending praise.
Blessed are you now and for 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.
 Dont 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,
 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 the Sovereign,
who left his glory
to become the Saviour of people.
This is Jesus the Sovereign who invites us
to join our destiny with his
and to follow him all the way.


O God, Shepherd of us all,
accept our thanks
that the grace and love
you offer us in Jesus your Own
is always greater than our sins.
In gratitude for your mercy,
may we carry out with joy
the mission of love
which you entrust to us.
May we learn the joy of forgiving
through the One who is our life and reconciliation.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go now, overflowing with faith and love
and seek out those who are lost.
Side with the poor and sit with the just;
mourn for the earth
and rejoice with heaven over any who turn to God.

And may God judge you faithful. Amen.
May Christ Jesus strengthen you. Amen.
And may the Holy Spirit fill you with wisdom and grace. Amen.


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

SONG: May light come into your eyes (780)


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).
Collect based on prayer by Bruce Prewer (www.home.alphalink.com.au).