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Ordinary Sunday 20, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 19, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


With my whole heart I join the just
in singing God’s praise.
Who can forget what God has done?
God, merciful and kind, give us nourishment.

Faithful God guides us in just paths.
Holy God calls us to a covenant relationship.

With wisdom we learn a reverential fear and awe.
This is the way of the wise:
they praise God forever.

SONG ‘When morning gilds the skies’ (227)

Lighting the Christ Candle.


The free kindness of our Saviour Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the friendship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians.
Welcome to visitors.


We are gathered in God’s house to celebrate the Eucharist,
the banquet God has provided for us a pilgrim people.
Let us prepare ourselves
to receive the nourishment God wants to give us.

Jesus our Saviour, you are the Bread of life:
God, have mercy.
Jesus our Redeemer, you fill us with good things:
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus our Life, in you we have all we need:
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.


Ephesians 5:15-20


O God of life,
you have invited us to be guests at your table.
You nourish us with the word of life
and the bread from heaven.
We sing to you
the psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
that proclaim our blessed hope of resurrection in the life to come.
We make our prayer through our Saviour Jesus Christ, your Own,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

The Wisdom of God.
God’s word made new.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION ‘O Let the Son of God enfold you’ (655)

We stand.

GOSPEL John 6:51-58

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




Our God has nourished us with his words of life and invites us to this table.
Let us bring to God all our cares and those of the ones we love.

God, be our strength.
God, be our strength.

For the Church:
that the Eucharist may remain the source of its vitality
and its witness to the presence of Christ in the world.

That nations may look to Christ, the living bread,
to satisfy their longing for a peace that will last
and for a justice that will never fail.

That all who hunger for the bread of freedom
may find it in the gospel of Jesus,
in whom all ancient hungers are satisfied.

For all teachers:
that they may lead their students to reverence truth,
to desire goodness, and to draw from the font of wisdom.


God, hear the prayers of your people
whom you nourish by your body and blood.
Hear our petitions and grant us eternal life through Christ our Sovereign.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Your words to me are life and health’ (430)

God of Wisdom,
you prepare the table of your Chosen One
for all who are willing to come.
Let our eating and drinking of Christ’s body and blood
strengthen us in the covenant of love
until we live in full communion with Christ.
We make our prayer through the same Christ our Saviour. Amen.


Jesus Christ, you say to us:
“I myself am the living bread come down from heaven ...
for the life of the world.”
Look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kindom
where you live for ever and ever. Amen.

The peace of our God be with you.
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,
in the company of those who live with integrity,
for you have given yourself to us as flesh and blood
and become the bread that nourishes us for eternal life.

V1: Your justice was established before time began
and all you have created
reflects your honour and majesty.
V2: You made a covenant with your people
and gave yourself generously to all
who seek your wisdom and walk in your ways.

V1: In your great and steadfast love,
you have come to redeem your people,
offering us life in your Own, Jesus.
V2: Though his blood was poured out
and his flesh sent to the grave,
you raised him up to new life,

and now he offers himself to us
as the bread of heaven,
so that all who eat and drink of him
might live forever as one with him.

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.

Holy God,
we offer our thanks and praise.

Through Christ, in Christ and because of Christ,
we affirm the Church’s faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

On the night ...

Holy God,
we offer our thanks and praise.

And so, in remembrance of all you have done for us,
we take this bread and this cup,
and offer ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice,
made worthy by the perfect offering of Christ
our great high priest.

By your Word and Holy Spirit,
bless these gifts that we may truly share
Christ’s body and blood,
and become, by grace, his body given
for the sake of the world.

Holy God,
we offer our thanks and praise.

For through your Spirit,
the whole earth makes its prayer
in sighs too deep for words,
longing for the day of freedom:
for in hope and by faith we were saved.

Accept our thanks and praise, Abba God,
through your Own, our Redeemer, Christ,
with whom and in whom,
and by the Spirit who dwells in us,
we worship you.
Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere,
now and forever.


Nourished by the word of God we are enabled to say:

Abba God in heaven,
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.


May our breaking of this bread of life
and our sharing of this meal
bring us together,
make us one,
and enable us to give life to the world.


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.
Servant of God, you take away the sin of the world:
grant us peace, grant us peace.



Provident God,
you have nourished us with the Bread of Life.
May we be filled with your Spirit,
as we sing and make music to you in our hearts,
giving you thanks at all times
in the name of your Own, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



May the love of Christ draw you to Christ. Amen.
May the power of love strengthen you in God’s service. Amen.
May the bread of life nourish you always. Amen.
And may almighty God ...


Our celebration is now ended.
Go and bring life to the world.

SONG ‘Sing a new song, sing a new song’ (166)


Based on UIW2;
Liturgy Alive (www.bible.claret.org);
Psalm translation by Patricia Stevenson RSJ;
Eucharistic prayers based on liturgy at laughingbird.org.au;
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: ‘Solomon’ by Marc Chagall, Lithograph, 1956.