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Ordinary Sunday 29, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 16, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 99:1-3)

YHWH reigns,
and the nations tremble!
You who are enthroned on the cherubim,
let the earth quake!
YHWH is even higher than Zion,
and exalted above all the nations;
let them praise your Name,
Great and Awesome One:
You are holy!

SONG OF PRAISE: ‘Lord of creation, to you be all praise!’ (626)


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

The free kindness of our Saviour Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the shared life of God’s Holy Breath
be with you all.
And also with you.

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



“Give to the God of love what is God’s” ...
We often take God’s blessings and wonders for granted:
Show us your compassion, O God.
Show us your compassion, O God.

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” ...
Frequently we fail to be socially responsible:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.
Show us your compassion, O Christ.

Our lives do not always bear witness
to the depth and breadth of God’s love:
Show us your compassion, O God.
Show us your compassion, O God.


Our preaching of the Gospel is not a mere matter of words.
It is done in the power of the Holy Spirit
and with complete conviction...
We turned from idols to God,
to be faithful witnesses of the living and true God,
and to await the appearance from heaven
of Jesus, the Only Begotten ...

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


O God, whose image we bear
and whose name we carry,
yours is the world and all it contains.
Recall us to our true allegiance,
so that above the powers and rulers of this world
you alone may claim our fullest loyalty and love.
We make our prayer
through our Saviour Jesus Christ, your Beloved,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Here we are: called to your service, O God.
Let it be with us according to your word.

FIRST READING Exodus 33:12-23

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

We stand.


 Now is Christ raised and will not die again;
 death has no more dominion over him.
 Through him we die to sin and live to God.

GOSPEL Matthew 22:15-22

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




In our weakness and need,
we turn in prayer to Abba God,
who, as the source of all worldly power and authority,
we revere and serve.

With confidence we pray:
God, let all the nations praise you.
God, let all the nations praise you.

... O God, everything we are and have is yours.
Renew us in your love
so that we may serve you with humility and generosity.
We make our prayers through Christ our Saviour.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Glorious things of you are spoken’ (446)


Jesus Christ, you said to your servants:
‘Go out to the crossroads in the town
and invite everyone you can find.’
Forgive us for the times
we excluded others from the banquet
which you have prepared in your dominion
where you live for ever.

The peace of Christ
be with you always.
And also with you.



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 love justice and strengthen the upright,
and you have shown us your goodness.

L: You are the living and true God who created all things
 and whose voice sets the earth shaking.

R: You rescued a people from slavery
 and promised your presence to go with them.

To Moses you revealed your glory
and through your prophets you made known your justice.

L: In your child, Jesus, you have come to us in person,
 teaching us your ways in sincerity and truth.

R: In him we have learned to give to you all that is yours
 the work of faith, the labour of love, and a steadfast hope.

Though his enemies put him to death,
you raised him from the dead
and through the power of his gospel in the Holy Spirit
you have given us mercy and rest.
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 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.


Let us give to God what belongs to God.
So, united with Jesus we pray the prayer he taught us:

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.



 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.


Jesus is Sovereign, and there is no other:
He calls each of us by name
and invites us to receive him at this altar-table.


The Sending Forth of the People of God



May you always show your faith in action. Amen.

May you always regard your work as a labour of love. Amen.

May you persevere in your hope in the Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

And may God +
bless you now and always. Amen.


Sent to proclaim God’s reign with power
and to serve others with humility,
go in peace to love.
Thanks be to God.

SONG: ‘Brother, sister let me serve you’ (650)


Based on a liturgy in Uniting in Worship 2.
Prayers based on A Contemporary Sunday Liturgy (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic Preface based on prayer by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net).
Image: Jan L. Richardson, Taxing questions (paintedprayerbook.com).