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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 23, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 5, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

Jesus says, Anyone who doesnt take up the cross and follow me
cant be my disciple.

Let us stand with Christ.
Let us worship God.

PSALM 139: You are before me, Lord, you are behind (87)

GREETING

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

Grace and peace from Abba God
and Our Saviour Jesus Christ.
And also with you.

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

PENITENTIAL RITE

Let us ask pardon from Our God
for not always having had the courage
to follow Jesus all the way.

Jesus, if we do not learn
to carry the cross with you
we cannot be your disciples.
God, give us courage.
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, if we are not willing
to go with you all the way
we cannot be your disciples:
Christ, give us your strength.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, unless we are willing to give up
all that we are attached to,
we cannot be your disciples.
God, give us your liberating power.
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

God, in your patient mercy
forgive us our cowardice and our sins.
Journey with us on the road
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

When we turn from evil,
God does not bring disaster on us,
but forgives our sins
and refreshes our hearts in Christ.

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

COLLECT

Let us pray for Gods Spirit
that we may follow Jesus consistently.

Abba God,
we have accepted your invitation
to follow Jesus as his disciples.
Let your Spirit give us the wisdom and strength
to take our faith seriously
and to accept our task in life
with all its consequences.
Let the Spirit help us to go the way of Jesus
without fear or discouragement,
for we are certain Christ will lead us to you,
our loving God for ever and ever. Amen.

DOXOLOGY

Glory be to God,
Source of All Being,
Eternal Wisdom
and Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning
is now, and shall ever be.

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING: Jeremiah 18:1-11

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (365, v. 1)

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

GOSPEL Luke 14:25-33

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us pray to Jesus our Saviour that we may follow resolutely, and let us say:

For strength we pray.
God, hear us.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: Jesus, my Lord (656)

THE PEACE

The peace Jesus brings is peace with justice.
Jesus says:
... the kind of peace I give to you
is not like the worlds 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.

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

INVITATION

We now join Jesus in his sacrifice.
He gave up everything for the love of Abba God and Gods people.
Let us join him in his attitude, for we are his disciples today.

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 we are awe struck by your handiwork,
overwhelmed by the depths of your wisdom and love.

L: Like a potter at the wheel,
you created the universe
and shaped our bodies in secret
in the hidden depths.

R: You have kept your hand on your people,
reshaping us as seemed good to you
whenever we become misshapen
by allowing other allegiances
to compromise our faithfulness to you.

Though many times we laid the foundations
for a life worthy of your love and justice
we could never bring the work to completion
until you sent your Child, Jesus, to us
to lead us in the way of the cross.
When he was killed you raised him to life
and gave him back to us forever,
to save us from destruction
and refresh the hearts of all your saints.

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 the Saviour,
who left his glory
to become the Saviour of people.
This is Jesus the Saviour who invites us
to join our destiny with his
and to follow him all the way.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O God,
in this eucharist you have enlightened us
with your Word
and given us Bread for strength
to follow Jesus.
Give us the wisdom of your Spirit
to walk with Christ
through the pain of the cross
for the sake of bringing life and joy
to our brothers and sisters in need
and for giving glory to you,
our God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now to live and share your faith with all.
Love Christ more than even family or friends,
and, in Christ, love all Gods people.
Do not cling to possessions,
but take up your cross and follow Jesus.

And may God shape you in the ways of love and justice;
May Christ Jesus refresh your heart;
And may the Holy Spirit surround you with grace and peace.

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).
Psalm paraphrase by Patricia Stevenson, Songs From a Pierced Heart.
Image: Window at Notre Dame Church, Montreal,
Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.