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Epiphany 5, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
February 5, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


How good it is to praise our God!

God heals the brokenhearted ...
God knows the number of the stars ...
God lifts up the oppressed ...

God does not thrill to the strength of the horse,
or revel in the fleetness of humans,
so much as God delights in those who worship with reverence
and put their hope in divine love ...

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


May the peace and love
of God our Creator
and of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
be with you all.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.
Lighting the Epiphany candle.


Suffering and sickness may be severe.
It may even seem overwhelming.
But Christ has triumphed over it all.
We pray in this Eucharist for Christ’s healing presence
in our world and in our hearts.

Jesus, you heal the brokenhearted and bind up all our wounds:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Christ, your word gives us hope when we despair:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.

Jesus, you nourish us for the journey with the gift of yourself:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Silence for personal confession.


God hears the cries of the brokenhearted
and renews the strength of those who trust in divine mercy.
In Jesus Christ, God has taken you by the hand,
forgiving your sins and lifting you up to new life.
Jesus says, Your sins are forgiven!
Jesus says, I am committing myself to you!
Thanks be to God.


With a father’s care and a mother’s strength,
O good and loving God,
you embrace the sufferings of the whole human family.
In our times of trial and testing,
lift us up and set us free
to serve others in their illness and pain.
We ask this 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

Your word, O God, is a lamp to our feet:
a light to our path.

HEBREW BIBLE Isaiah 40:21-31

EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

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


We stand. 

 Christ is alive, and goes before us
 to show and share what love can do.
 This is a day of new beginnings;
 our God is making all things new.

GOSPEL Mark 1:29-39

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




Our God has given us new life in Christ Jesus
who came to heal us,
to forgive us,
and to offer his life for us.
With confidence, we pray:
God, heal your people.


Merciful God,
help us to learn from your Chosen One,
who shows us your compassion in the face of human suffering
that we may help others to carry their burdens.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘For the life that you have given’ (774)


The peace of the Healing One be with you all.
And also with you.

We have all been healed by the love of God.
In gratitude let us share Christ’s peace with those around us.

We share a sign of peace.



We stand.

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 strengthen the powerless
and renew those who wait for you in trust.

L: You are the Creator of the earth
 who stretched out the sky like a curtain
 and sent down rain, clothing the mountains in green.
R: You gathered your people from exile,
 healing the brokenhearted and binding their wounds.

R: You came among us, as one of us,
 in your child Jesus the Christ,
 sharing our weakness in order to save us.
L: Healing the sick and casting out demonic powers,
 he proclaimed your mercy and peace.

Turning his back on the acclaim of the crowds,
he faithfully followed your call
all the way to death on a cross.
You raised him up
and promised that all who trust in him
will rise up with wings like eagles
and run the race without growing weary.

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.

To you indeed be glory, almighty God,
because on the night before he died ...
God of hope and joy,
we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.
With this bread and this cup
we proclaim the mystery of our faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

Therefore, loving God,
recalling now Christ’s death and resurrection,
we ask you to accept
this our sacrifice of praise.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us
and our celebration,
that we may be fed with the body and blood of Christ
and be filled with your life and goodness.
Strengthen us to do your work,
and to be your body in the world.
Unite us in Christ
and give us your peace.
May we praise you
and give you glory.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in your holy Church,
we worship you, O God,
in songs of everlasting praise.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere, now and forever.


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.



 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 Jesus who cures the sick and heals the brokenhearted.
Blessed are we who come to him for healing.


The Sending Forth of the People of God


SONG: ‘When I needed a neighbour were you there’ (629)


May the One who heals the brokenhearted protect you. Amen.
May God watch over you and keep you in God’s tender care. Amen.
May the Spirit strengthen you in God’s service. Amen.
And may the blessings of our God +
be with you, and abide with you always. Amen.

Our Saviour has come to give us healing and hope.
Go, and care for one another. Amen.


Based on ‘The Service of the Lord’s Day’ in Uniting in Worship 2, Sydney, 2005;
Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays, the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic Preface based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Icon: Andrei Rublev, The Apostle Paul, c.1410, The Tretyakov Gallery,
Moscow, Russia (www.wikipaintings.org/. ../apostle-paul).

Paul of Tarsus, also called Paul the Apostle, the Apostle Paul, and Saint Paul (c.5-c.67),
was a Jew who referred to himself as the “Apostle to the Gentiles”(Rom 11:13).
According to the Acts of the Apostles, his conversion to faith in Jesus took place in a
profound life-changing experience on the road to Damascus. Together with Simon Peter and James the Just,
he is considered among the most notable of early Christian leaders.
He was also a Roman citizen a fact that afforded him a privileged legal status with
respect to laws, property, and governance.