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Ordinary Sunday 19, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 7, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 105:1-6)

L: We give thanks to YHWH, we call on God’s name,
 we make known God’s deeds among the peoples.
R:  We sing to God, sing praises to God;
 we tell of all God’s wonderful works.

L:  We glory in God’s holy name;
 let the hearts of those who seek YHWH rejoice.
R:  We seek YHWH and YHWH’s strength;
 we seek God’s presence continually.

L:  We remember the wonderful works God has done,
 God’s miracles, and God’s judgments.
R:  We are offspring of God’s servants Abraham and Sarah,
 children of Jacob, Leah and Rachel, God’s chosen ones.

All: We give thanks to YHWH, we call on God’s name,
and we make known God’s deeds among the peoples.

SONG: ‘Faith will not grow from words alone’ (691)


Acknowledgement of traditional owners. Welcome.

(Based on Matthew 14:22-33)

Jesus, if it is really you, we need to hear from you
When we are alone
When we go away to pray
When we have little faith
When we are battered by the waves
When the wind is against us
When we get in the boat
When we’re terrified by our ghosts
When we seek you on the mountain
When we cry out in fear
When we start walking on water
When we begin to sink
When we are far from land ...
Jesus, if it is really you
Speak to us
Calm our fears
Calm our storms
Strengthen our resolve
Remind us who you are
Walk to us
Call to us
Save us
Reach out your hand and catch us
Quiet the wind around us ...


Jesus, if it is really you, we worship you for “You are indeed God’s Own!”



This is the Word of faith. ... if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Sovereign
and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved.

Lighting the candle.

Jesus says, “Your sins are forgiven!”
Jesus says, “I am committing myself to you!”
Thanks be to God!


Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving
and honour and power and strength be to our God
forever and ever! Amen!
(Revelation 7:12)

The Liturgy of the Word

OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 37:1-4,12-28
We stand.

‘Christ the Lord is risen again’ (365)
GOSPEL Matthew 14: 22-33

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




May all who need you hear the words of comfort:
Don’t worry, it’s me; don’t be afraid.”

... Our community calls upon you with believing hearts,
and your word is upon our lips as we offer our intercession
for all who need your saving presence.

We entrust to your care and love those who are in trouble, especially ...

May all who need you hear the words of comfort:
Don’t worry, it’s me; don’t be afraid.”

Save your children, O God, and fill our hearts with your Spirit,
that peace may overcome enmity and love may calm our storms,
through the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist





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 are God of all, without distinction
and you are generous to all who call on you.

L: In the first of your mighty wonders
 you calmed the chaos and created a planet full of life.

R: You chose a people to carry your good news,
 and worked even through their acts of hatred and betrayal
 to bring about your salvation.

L: So too when your child, Jesus,
 was rejected and cast into the pit of death,
 you raised him from the dead
 and now save all who call on his name in faith.

R: Coming to us amid storms of destruction,
 he pulls us up from despair that would swallow us
 and with a word, brings his peace,
 bringing us to our knees in worship, saying,
 “You are indeed God’s Own!”

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.

To you indeed be glory, almighty God...

And so in this great sacrament
we celebrate and proclaim
the mystery of our faith.
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come in glory.

Loving God,
recalling now Christ’s death and resurrection,
we ask you to accept
this our sacrifice of praise.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us
and our celebration,
that we may be fed with the body and blood of Christ
and be filled with your life and goodness.

Strengthen us to do your work,
and to be your body in the world.
Unite us in Christ
and give us your peace.

Through your Holy Spirit,
burning as a flame, gentle as a dove,
may we who receive these gifts
live lives of justice, love, and prayer,
and be a voice for those who are not heard.

In union with your whole church
we worship you, O God,
in songs of everlasting praise.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere,
now and forever.


Eternal Spirit,
Earth-Maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all.
Loving God, in whom is heaven.
The hallowing of your name echoes through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the earth!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever.


 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
 have mercy on us.
 Bread of Life, you take away the sin of the world:
 have mercy on us.
 Word made flesh, you take away the sin of the world:
 grant us peace.



Holy God,
people hunger today
for truth, authenticity,
for the deeper meaning of life.
Open their hearts to your Good News,
fill our stammering words
with your Word of life
and teach us to speak to them
a language they understand,
especially the language of hope and love.
We ask this in the name of the Christ.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go now and live in the confidence that comes from faith.

Delight in seeking God.
Recount what God has done
and proclaim the good news of Christ
so that all may hear and believe and be saved.

And may the power of the presence of God be with you.
May Christ’s word be near you,
 on your lips and in your heart.
And may the Holy Spirit give you courage
 and calm all your fears.


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

SONG: ‘Put all your trust in God’ (555)


There is nothing “ordinary” about “ORDINARY TIME”. Ordinary Time is not about common, regular, mundane, or run of the mill. Ordinary Time comes from the word “ordinal” as in “ordinal numbers”. Cardinal numbers answer “how many?” “Ordinal Numbers” tell the rank, they answer “what position?” Ordinal Numbers are first, second, third, fourth, etc.

There are normally fifty-two weeks in a year. These are made up of the Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter Seasons. Normally that leaves thirty-four weeks of “Ordinary Time”. Those weeks start from The Baptism of the Lord up to Lent, and start again at the Day of Pentecost.

May your Ordinary Time be extraordinary!


Based on UIW2;
Prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net);
Prayers by Fr Bill Fletcher (www.home.clear.net.nz/pages/bfletch);
Prayers by Tony Peterson, 21st Century Africana Worship Resources
Lord’s Prayer translation from the Book of Common Prayer of New Zealand.
Image: He Qi, Joseph’s Coat.