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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 15, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 10, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

I have suffered much, YHWH
give me life as you have promised.
Please accept my heartfelt praises, YHWH,
and teach me your decrees.

SONG OF PRAISE: ‘Thanks to God whose Word was spoken’ (431)

GREETING

The Word of God is alive and active:
it is the living person of Jesus our Saviour.
May God continue speaking this word to you,
May you open your hearts to it,
and may the Saviour Jesus be always with you.
And also with you.

God keeps sowing God’s Word
among us as an invitation,
a call, a challenge.
But do we let it take root?
God is generous,
but are we generous with our response?
Let God speak to us today,
let us welcome the Word with warmth,
let it take root in us and grow
and yield a rich harvest.

Acknowledgement of traditional owners. Welcome. Lighting the candle.

PENITENTIAL RITE

We hear the Word of God often; we respect it,
but we do not always live according to it.
We ask God to forgive us.

Jesus, living Word of God,
touch our minds and hearts
that we may live as you ask us:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Christ, powerful Word of God,
give us depth and faithfulness,
that your message may not wither in us:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.

Jesus, humble Word of God,
make us receptive to you,
and to your message of life:
Show us your compassion, O God.

God, in your goodness
speak to us your mighty Word of forgiveness.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

FORGIVENESS

There is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus
has set us free from the law of sin and death.

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

COLLECT

Let us pray
that God may open our hearts to the Word
so that it will not remain fruitless.

Holy God,
your Child Jesus opened the ears of the deaf
and gave sight to the blind.
Make us listen to his message of Good News,
attune us to his voice and his silence,
open especially our hearts
to the light and love and hope
that appeal to us in what he says and does.
Give us also the courage
to speak and to live as we believe,
that your Word may succeed in us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Saviour.
Amen.


The Liturgy of the Word

OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 25:19-34
 
We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: ‘Through the Red Sea...’ (384)

GOSPEL Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us pray to the One who sows and harvests,
that people may eagerly welcome the Word
and respond to its urgent call.
Let us say: God of life, hear your people.

For those who spread the word of the Good News:
pastors and missionaries, teachers and artists,
that they may keep sowing the seed even when they see no harvest,
let us pray: God of life, hear your people.

For those who are not moved by the word of God,
that the Church may hear their silent yearning
and speak that word in such a way
that they see that it pertains to their life and happiness,
let us pray: God of life, hear your people.

...Holy God, may your word not return to you
without carrying out your will in us,
and may our prayers not return to us
without having been answered by you.
This we ask through Jesus our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING ‘Christ, from whom all blessings flow’ (440)
THE PEACE

INVITATION

The word of God is so effective among us that,
when it is spoken over bread and wine,
it changes them into Christ our Saviour.
Let us give thanks and praise to our Heavenly Mother and Father
for this great gift.

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 and mercy.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for your Word is our heritage
and your ways give joy to our hearts.

R: You created the earth and planted it freely,
 bringing forth an abundant harvest of life.
 Through Moses and the prophets,
 you gave us your Word
 to be the birthright of all your children.

L: You sent your child, Jesus the Christ, among us
 in the likeness of sinful flesh,
 to teach us to walk according to your Spirit
 and to deal with the sin
 that constantly struggles to come to birth and rule over us,
 dividing us and robbing us of the joy of living.

When he was killed by those who are hostile to you,
you raised him from the dead
and sent your Spirit to us,
giving us life and sowing within us
an abundant harvest of peace and righteousness.

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 Christ:
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 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.
Blessed are you, God, now and for ever.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Mother
and our Father in heaven,
may your name be hallowed;
your reign of love come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us the wrong we have done,
as we have forgiven those who have wronged us.
And do not put us to the test,
but save us from the evil one.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

LAMB OF GOD (767)
 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.
 Lord of love, you take away the sin of the world:
 grant us peace.

COMMUNION

This is Jesus the Sovereign,
who sows in our hearts
the good seed of his message.
He himself is the message:
let us receive him well and listen to him.

Gawi, for all is prepared!

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

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.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

We have heard Jesus,
the Word of God,
and listened to him.
Go now, speak the Word
and be the Body of Christ in the world.

That you may be a blessing to all,
may our Holy God bless you... +

DISMISSAL

Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

 

 

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!

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW2;
Prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net);
Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays, the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org);
Lord’s Prayer translation based on The Revised English Bible (Cambridge).
Image: Vincent Van Gogh, Sower with setting sun (1888).