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Ordinary Sunday 13, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
June 26, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God


God, keep remembering me.
Why do I feel that you have turned from me?
Must I grieve forever?
Must I always carry pain?
Do those against me always have to win?

My God, look at me,
let your radiance cover me or I will die.
Do not let my tormentors boast
that they have defeated me.

I trust in you, my love.
I will sing of God who treats me with kindness.

SONG OF PRAISE: ‘Your words to me are life and health’ (430)


Grace and peace to you
from our Abba God,
and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
And also to you.

Acknowledgement of traditional owners. Welcome. Lighting the candle.


God welcomes even with joy
those estranged through sin.
Let us accept the pardon of God with gratitude
and learn from God to forgive others.

Jesus, we welcome you
when we welcome those who speak in your name:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Jesus Christ, we give a cool drink to you
when we quench the thirst of a disciple of yours:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.

Jesus, we welcome you
when we receive those regarded least, last or lost:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Have mercy on us, God,
and heal in us the wounds of sin.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.


Trust in the love of God, for God saves us.
Though once you were slaves of sin,
you have been set free and now live in God’s grace
where sin can have no dominion over you.
Jesus says, “Your sins are forgiven!”
Jesus says, “I am committing myself to you!”
Thanks be to God!


Let us pray for God to help us welcome people,
as God is hospitable to us.

Our kind and caring God,
your Only Begotten Jesus welcomes us in your house,
speaks to us his message of hope
and nourishes us with his own body.
Let him dispose us to welcome in his name
those he sends to us, known or unknown,
who ask for justice and love,
for integrity or a mere glass of water.
Make us an open and hospitable Church,
that one day you may welcome us with joy
in your eternal home.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 22:1-14

We stand.


GOSPEL Matthew 10:40-42

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




God has placed people along our way.
Let us pray to Abba God who welcomes us in Christ
that we may always encounter other people as persons whom God loves
and wants us to love.
Let us say: God, in your love; hear our prayer.

... For this and all other Christian communities,
that we may not tolerate among us any form of prejudice or discrimination
but open our hearts and doors to one another.
Let us pray: God, in your love; hear our prayer.

God, help us to welcome one another,
that you may welcome us and stay with us always. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING ‘When I needed a neighbour’ (629)



However we come, Jesus invites us to join him in his offering to Abba God.
With him, let us give thanks and praise to God.


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,
trusting and rejoicing in your love
for you save us with a free gift of life
in Jesus Christ our Saviour.

L: You created all things
 and everything we have belongs to you.
 You commended your servant Abraham
 for his willingness to offer you his beloved,
 and from his family you called a people to follow your ways.

R: In Jesus the Christ, you have offered to us your own beloved.
 Whoever welcomes him welcomes you,
 and whoever welcomes the teaching he entrusted to us
 finds the way that leads to righteousness and life.

When he was killed
you brought him back from death,
and through his grace,
you have freed us from slavery to sin
and bound us to Christ,
that we might be sanctified
and follow Christ in pathways 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 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.


Abba God,
You are Creator of all,
Redeemer and Sustainer of all
Glory to you!
Your rule of love
renews the earth.
In your name,
we take part in that renewal
helping, and not harming,
caring, and not coercing ...
We pray that we might receive
with thanks
the bread we need,
the money we need,
the warmth we need ...
We pray that forgiveness
and freedom
flow through our lives.
Teach us that in sharing life
we live life to the full ...
Remind us that evil is real.
Still, we are not afraid of it,
but confident
that love is stronger than hate,
justice other than revenge,
true peace the work of your Spirit.



 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.


This is Jesus the Sovereign
who invites us to this table.
Happy are we to accept the invitation
to be his guests.


Abba God,
today we have been the guests of your Beloved;
Christ wants to stay among people
in human form through us.
Help us to be to those around us
the helping hand,
the smile of welcome,
the voice of encouragement and pardon,
the face of Christ’s love.
May this be Christ’s way and ours
of leading people to you, our God. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



In this eucharist
the Saviour Jesus has been hospitable to us.
Christ has spoken to us from heart to heart
and has given us real food and drink.
Christ has told us to welcome people
in the name of love
and to treat them as we would treat him.
In the name of love, then,
may we accept and receive one another.
May almighty God bless you...



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);
Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays, the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org);
Psalm paraphrase by Patricia Stevenson, Songs From a Pierced Heart (2003).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: Marc Chagall, The Sacrifice of Isaac (196066).