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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 25, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 19, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the sake of your glorious Name!
Deliver us! Atone for our sins
and rescue us for your Names sake!

SONG OF PRAISE What shall I do my God to love (122)

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.

PENITENTIAL RITE

We ask God to forgive us
the selfish ways we have managed
all that has been entrusted to us.

Silence.

Jesus, when you called us to be good stewards,
we let money and possessions become our masters:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, when you came to set us free,
we let power and ambition shackle us:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, when you wanted us to serve the poor
we gave them handouts instead of ourselves:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.
Set us free again, O God,
and make us good stewards of the earths goods.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

God our Saviour wants everyone to be saved
and to reach full knowledge of the truth.
For there is only one God,
and there is only one mediator between God and humankind
Jesus Christ, who was one of us,
and who at the proper time
offered himself as a ransom and a testimony for all.

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

COLLECT

Let us pray to Our God
that we may be fair and generous to all.

Just and merciful God,
make us a free people
that refuses to adore money and possessions
and to sacrifice the poor to them.
Make our hearts gentle and compassionate,
that we may open our hands and homes
to the dispossessed,
to share with them in your name.
Make us just to all.
And may we, with you, lift up the lowly.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Saviour.
Amen.

DOXOLOGY (770)

 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 8:18-9:1

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (365, v. 2)

 He who gave for us his life,
 who for us endured the strife,
 is our paschal Lamb today;
 we too sing for joy, and say:
  Hallelujah!

GOSPEL Luke 16:1-13

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us pray to our God
to turn the hearts of all
to the true values that last ...

O God, free us from everything that makes us withdraw into ourselves.
Make us live for one another and for you. 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 Makers love revealing.

THE PEACE

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, 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.

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

INVITATION

Let us offer ourselves and our work to God
that God may make it fruitful,
for without God we can do nothing.

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

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 desire everyone to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

R: The earth is your handiwork, but it has brought you tears;
 you created the nations, but they brought you grief.
 You sent your law and prophets,
 but your people served idols and wealth before you,
 and were unfaithful with all you entrusted to them.

L: When we despaired of ever being restored to health,
 you lived up to the name of “Saviour,”
 sending us your child, Jesus the Christ
  himself human
 who gave himself as a ransom for all.

Although his blood was shed in Jerusalem,
you raised him to life
and now and forever, he is our mediator in your presence,
welcoming us with love and renewing us through prayer
that we might live faithfully in all godliness and dignity.

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.

THE LORDS 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.
 Dont 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 Saviour,
who lets us share in the bread and the cup
in which he gives himself to us.
Happy are we to receive him
who made himself poor for us
to make us rich in God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Almighty God,
what you create you give away
and entrust to us.
We try to keep riches and power
firmly in our own hands.
We thank you that you are different:
generous and unobtrusive,
hidden behind your gifts.
Teach us that we do not become smaller
when we make one another great,
nor do we become poorer if others are well-off.
Let us be of the mentality of the One
who gave up power and might for our sakes.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Let us be good stewards
of all Gods good gifts to us,
and in the service of God and those around us.
And let us also be good stewards
of one another.

And may God welcome you with love. Amen.
May Christ Jesus give you knowledge of the truth. Amen.
And may the Holy Spirit lead you into all godliness and dignity. Amen.

DISMISSAL

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

SONG May light come into your eyes (780)

 

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: Barbara Goshu, Jesus Christ Lord and Saviour, (www.goshugalleries.com).