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Ordinary Sunday 28, Year A
Ride to Worship Week
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 9, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God


At Horeb our ancestors made a calf
and worshiped a molten image.
They exchanged your glory
for the image of an ox that eats grass.
They forgot you, their Liberator,
who had done such great things ...

But when you heard their cry
you saw that they were in distress;
you remembered your Covenant for their sake ...

Save us, YHWH, our God,
and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy Name
and glory in your praise!

SONG OF PRAISE: ‘Joyful, joyful, we adore you’ (152)


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.



You have prepared a banquet for us:
Show us your compassion, O God.
Show us your compassion, O God.

Christ Jesus, you nourish us with the Word of Life:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.
Show us your compassion, O Christ.

God, you invite everyone
to the Banquet of the Body and Blood of Christ:
Show us your compassion, O God.
Show us your compassion, O God.


Rejoice in the Saviour always!
I say it again: Rejoice!
Let everyone see your forbearing spirit.
Our Saviour is near.
Dismiss all anxiety from your minds;
instead, present your needs to God through prayer and petition,
giving thanks for all circumstances.
Then God’s own peace,
which is beyond all understanding,
will stand guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Jesus says, “Your sins are forgiven!”
Jesus says, “I am committing myself to you!”
Thanks be to God!


God, whose word is life,
you invite all peoples to the banquet
and offer them a feast beyond compare.
Give us your saving grace
to keep unstained the robe of our baptism
until that day when you welcome us to heaven’s joyful table.

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 Exodus 32:1-14

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 22:1-14

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




The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Great God, your Spirit like the wind’ (416)

O God,
as a loving Parent,
you have prepared a feast in our midst
for the sick and the healthy,
for the sinners and the saints.
Accept our joy and gratitude
as we join your Beloved, Jesus,
in offering you our worship.
All this we ask through the same Christ our Saviour.


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 and 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 are the Saviour of lasting love,
and you invite good and bad alike to feast with you.

L: With great power and a mighty hand
 you created the universe and filled it with life.

R: You freed your people from slavery,
 and even when they offered to a statue of gold
 the worship due to you alone,
 you listened to the fervent prayer of your servant Moses
 and turned from your anger.

L: Even now, when your anger is inflamed
 by those who say “Yes” to your call
 but refuse to robe themselves in justice,

R: you accept the prayers of your anointed child, Jesus,
 who, though shunned and killed
 by his own wedding guests,
 was raised to life by you

and now intercedes for the world without ceasing,
winning for us your peace that passes all understanding.

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.


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.


This is our Saviour who invites us:
‘Come to the feast ... the table is set.’
Blessed are we who have responded to the invitation.


The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go now, rejoicing always in our Saviour.
Stand firm in Jesus Christ and be of one mind in him.
Always act with justice;
let your gentleness be known to everyone,
and yield up your worries on the altar of prayer.

And may God give you peace that passes all understanding;
May Christ Jesus guard your hearts and minds;
And may the Holy Spirit plant within you
all that is honourable, just and pure.


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

SONG: ‘Jesus Christ is waiting’ (665)


Ride to Worship Week (www.arrcc.org.au/ride-to-worship-week-2011) is an initiative of the
Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC). ARRCC is a multi-faith
organisation which works with faith groups to take practical action to help create an
ecologically sustainable and just future.

Ride to Worship Week aims to encourage people to take a stand against climate change by
choosing to cycle to their religious activities. People can join in as individuals, families and
as whole religious communities (places of worship, religious centres, small groups that meet
in people’s homes, faith-based student groups etc). The second annual Ride to Worship
Week goes from Friday 7 to Thursday 13 October 2011.

Ride to Worship Week is inspired by the ethos of National Ride to Work Day. ARRCC is
inviting people to make a special effort during Ride to Worship Week to cycle or walk to and
from their religious activities on the day that they normally attend. If people can’t ride or
walk, they are encouraged to use other environmentally friendly forms of transport.


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: Rejoice in the Lord always