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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 21, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
August 26, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 84)

Your home is my joy.
It’s my true dwelling place.

As sparrows home in on food,
as swallows seek a nesting site,
so I seek my true home.

To live with God is joy.
My praise and gratitude is never-ending.
My life is a journey homeward,
a pilgrimage through the seasons of life.

God blesses those who walk with integrity.

SONG ‘O love of God, how strong and true’ (139)

Lighting the Christ Candle.

GREETING

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.

PENITENTIAL RITE

In the Gospel today we read that many people left Jesus,
and walked no more with him.
Many still leave him.
But by the grace of God
we are still following him.
Each Sunday Eucharist gives us an opportunity
to confirm our faith in the One
who alone has the words of eternal life.

Jesus, your words are spirit and life:
God, have mercy.
You are the Holy One of God:
Christ, have mercy.
You alone have the words of eternal life:
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.

ASSURANCE

Ephesians 6:10-20

COLLECT

Gracious God,
in Christ, your eternal Word,
you have revealed the full depths of your love for us.
Guide this holy assembly
by the light of your Holy Spirit,
so that nothing may cause us to turn away from Jesus,
your Holy One,
who alone has the words of eternal life.
He 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 8: (1,6,10-11) 22-30,41-43

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

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

We stand.

GOSPEL John 6:56-69

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

God, draw us close to you.
God, draw us close to you.

For the Church throughout the world:
that believers will renew their commitment to the person of Jesus
and the challenge of the gospel.

For all friends and lovers:
that their love and care for each other will continue to grow
so that they can reflect God’s love for the church.

For those on whom society has turned its back;
that they may be comforted to find that Christ’s disciples
will not abandon them.

...

Father-Mother God,
we ask you to grant the petitions we have made in faith.
All this we ask through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘God is love’ (153)

God,
look upon the face of Christ your Beloved.
As this bread and wine
become the food and drink of eternal life
may we become to those around us
bread of strength and wine of joy
so that we may reveal the face of Christ
our Saviour for ever and ever.
Amen.

THE PEACE

The Spirit of life has been given to us
encouraging us to offer one another a sign of peace.

The peace of our God be with you.
And also with you.

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 are the giver of honour and grace
and we are eager for your presence with us.

V1: The heavens and the earth cannot contain you
for you have created them and hold them in your hand.
V2: And yet you dwell among your people
and allow even the birds of the air
to nest in your courts and honour you with their song.

V1: You have sent your Holy One, Jesus Christ,
to speak to us your word of Spirit and life.
V2: Though the forces of evil and death consumed him,
he rose from the grave
proclaiming your gospel of peace.

Now he nourishes us with his body and blood
and arms us with truth, righteousness and salvation
that we might stand firm against the corrupt powers
that would tear down all who seek you with integrity.

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.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

“The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
In the words of Jesus we pray:

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.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

The bread we now break is the Saviour’s blessed bread.
For in partaking of this bread,
we partake of his Spirit of life and love
and his promise of life-everlasting.

LAMB OF GOD (765)

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.

COMMUNION

With Peter we say:
Rabbi, where would we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe;
we’re convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

We have listened to the words that Jesus has spoken;
they are the words of eternal life.
We have come to know and believe
that he is the Holy One of God.
By the strength of the food he has given us
may we have the courage to follow him
and serve you, our God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May you bless God at all times;
may God’s praise be for ever on your lips. Amen.
May God’s presence be to you comfort, light and love. Amen.
May God’s words always give you spirit and life. Amen.
And may almighty God ...+ Amen.

DISMISSAL

In the strength of the living bread that Christ has given us,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

SONG ‘Great God, your Spirit, like the wind’ (166)

 

Acknowledgements:
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: ‘St Peter Repentant’ by Francisco de Goya, 1823-25.