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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 26, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 26, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High
and pass the night in the shadow of Shaddai,
say: Adonai, my refuge and my mountain fortress,
my God in whom I trust!

For Our God says:
I will rescue you ...

SONG OF PRAISE: ‘Whoever lives beside the Lord’ (49)

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 PRAYER

Blind as we are to our faults and to the needs of people
let us ask the Saviour to forgive us and to open our eyes.

Jesus, you saw in the eyes of sinners
their hunger for acceptance and forgiveness:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you saw the silent need of the poor
to share in the life of the community:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you saw the need
of the sheep without shepherds
for someone to follow and to believe in:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Take our sins away, O God,
and open our eyes to compassion and love.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Hear the words of the Apostle:
“Be generous and willing to share.”

In the name of Jesus who says, Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

COLLECT

Let us pray to God
for compassionate and generous hearts.

Our generous and loving God,
your Beloved is risen from the dead
and tells us to see the needs of the poor
and to give them food and drink.
In them, may we recognise the Christ
and show genuine love and care.
You have filled us with good things,
all free of charge.
Make us poor of heart,
that we may understand those who are poor,
generous enough not to measure our gifts,
and grateful for all you have given us
by bringing joy to others. 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 32:1-3a,6-15

EPISTLE READING: 1 Timothy 6:6-19

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (365, v. 3)

 He who bore all pain and loss,
 comfortless upon the cross
 lives in glory now on high,
 pleads for us, and hears our cry:
  Hallelujah!

GOSPEL Luke 16:19-31

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us pray to our loving God, the protector of widows and orphans
and the support of the humble and of strangers.
Let us pray: God, hear our prayer ...

Abba God, help us to use the goods of this earth to bridge the gap
between rich and poor, for we are all your children,
now and for ever. 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 Maker’s love revealing.

THE PEACE

‘God’s own peace
which is beyond all understanding,
will stand guard over our hearts and minds
in Christ Jesus.’
Through your healing power, O 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 Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

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

INVITATION

Let us praise Our God with Jesus for showing us compassion.
May God give us a lively and warm concern for all in need.

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 alone are the blessed immortal sovereign
who dwells in unapproachable light.

R: In the shadow of your wing,
 you created the earth and gave life to all things.
 Through Moses and the prophets you called us
 to take hold of the life that really is life.

L: When our own desires plunged us into destruction,
 and we gazed across a great chasm
 hungering for even the crumbs that fell from your table,
 you sealed a promise that our homelands
 would once again feed and clothe us.

You sent your child, Jesus Christ.
to show us your power to save.

After testifying to the truth before Pontius Pilate,
he was killed, but you raised him from the dead,
and now he seats us at your banquet table,
and richly provides us with everything for fullness of life.

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 Christ’s 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 Spirit’s 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 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 Saviour.
He invites us to share this meal
and to learn to share what we are and have.
Happy are we to be invited to this supper.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God, Friend to the poor,
your Christ has been here among us
and has knocked on the door of our hearts.
We have welcomed you,
but it was you who gave us food and drink.
May we keep receiving you,
expressing genuine kindness
every time someone begs for our help
or, when in need, is too timid
to express where it hurts.
We ask you for this sensitivity
through Jesus Christ.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now and take hold of the life that really is life.
Shun the eagerness for money
but be rich in good works.
Pursue righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

And may God be your refuge and fortress. Amen.
May Christ Jesus free you from all that ensnares you. Amen.
And may the Holy Spirit provide you with everything
for godliness and contentment. 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: The rich man and Lazarus, Chris Dare (www.mysite.verizon.net/ res22145).