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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 30, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 23, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Based on Psalm 90)

Turn to us, O God, for you alone are our hope.
Help us to begin this day focussed on your steadfast love.

By your mercy and grace, O God,
transform our afflictions into blessings
and our wrongful ways into goodness.

Let your work be so visible among us
that your glory will be revealed now
and for generations to come.

May your grace, O God, enrich our lives
and give meaning and purpose to our daily activities.

SONG OF PRAISE: ‘God of freedom, God of justice’ (657)

GREETING

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

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.

PENITENTIAL PRAYER

In today’s liturgy, Jesus summarises what it means to be his disciple:
loving God and loving our neighbour.
Love is the key to the Christian life because love is the very life of God.

Silence.

God,
you teach us to love you with our whole heart, soul and mind.
Show us your compassion, O God.
Show us your compassion, O God.

Jesus,
you teach us how to love our neighbours as ourselves.
Show us your compassion, O Christ.
Show us your compassion, O Christ.

God,
you teach us that we cannot love you without loving our neighbour.
Show us your compassion, O God.
Show us your compassion, O God.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Though God tests our hearts,
our sins are not held against us,
but God entrusts to us the message of the gospel,
the promise of God’s forgiveness and love.

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

COLLECT

Your love, O God, is boundless.
We who were strangers
have been made your children.
We who were defenseless
have been brought into your household.
Keep us mindful of your deeds of mercy,
that we may love you whole-heartedly
and love our neighbours as ourselves.
We ask this 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 Deuteronomy 34:1-12

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (395)

 Alleluia, Christ is risen!
 Alleluia, Christ is here
 now he walks the road beside us,
 gone our grief and fear.

GOSPEL Matthew 22:34-46

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Our God is a loving God, ready to answer all who call out.
Let us present to God our own needs and the needs of all the world:

With confidence we pray:
God, hear our prayer.
God, hear our prayer.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Lord, let me see’ (681)

THE PEACE

Jesus Christ,
you summed up the whole law and the prophets
in two great commandments
that we should love God and love one another.
Jesus, touch our hearts
so that we may be people who are able to love,
and enjoy the peace and unity of your kindom
where you love for ever and ever.

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

Everything else will pass away but love will remain.
Let us share a sign of Christian love.

INVITATION

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.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for you have been our haven from generation to generation.
From age to age, you are God.

L: You created the mountains,
 and brought the earth to birth.
R: Through your servant Moses
 you led your people to freedom,

and after seeing from afar the land of promise, he died,
returning to dust like all the children of earth.

L: In your child, Jesus Christ
 one even greater than Moses has come to us.
R: On him rests the Spirit of wisdom and truth,
 and on his words hang all the law and the prophets.

Though he was killed by love’s enemies,
you raised him to life and seated him at your right hand.
In him we have seen the splendour of your work
and through him you have entrusted us
with the wonderful news of your love for the world.

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. Amen.

THE LORD’S 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.
 Don’t 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 who said:
“Love one another as I have loved you.”
Blessed are we who are invited to this banquet of God’s love.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O God,
you have satisfied our hunger
with the one bread that sustains the human heart.
May our hearts reach out to the least lovable,
with the love that you have given us
in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now, with courage in our God.
Declare the message of the gospel
which God has entrusted to us,
and in wholehearted love for God and for others,
share not only the message, but your very lives.

May God bestow God’s gift of love upon you. Amen.
May God teach you how to share that love with others. Amen.
May God’s love lead you to everlasting life. Amen.

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

DISMISSAL

Go, and love one another as God has loved you.
Thanks be to God.

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

 

Acknowledgements:
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: Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, The Pharisees, 1912.