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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 13, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 1, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 130)

From the very depths of the pit I cry.
Hear me! Hear me, God.

My distress is great.
Let my pleading reach you.

We could not survive
if you remembered
our sins and shortcomings.
Your all-embracing forgiveness
leaves me in awe.

I trust in God, ever faithful,
knowing, like those on night shift,
that dawn will come.

Let us all be faithful watchers.
God’s mercy and pardon are ours.

GREETING

From the Most High God
and Christ Jesus our Saviour,
grace and peace be with you.
And also with you.

Lighting the Christ Candle.

SONG: ‘Come as you are’ (693)

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians. Welcome to visitors.

PENITENTIAL RITE

In the Gospel we see that Jesus healed sick people by touching them.
He touched people in various ways:
with his words, with his hands, with his love.
We too need this healing touch in our lives.

Jesus, you raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
God, have mercy.
You bring healing and strength to those who are weak:
Christ, have mercy.
You choose the weak and make them strong:
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.

SONG ‘God! When human bonds are broken’ (683)

ASSURANCE

COLLECT

In Christ, O God, your healing power
restores to health a weary world.
In the word spoken in our liturgy today,
Christ bids us rise up and live.
Cast out our fear and revive our faith.
Make us live each day
in the joy for which you fashioned us.
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

FIRST READING 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (161)

We stand.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of our God!
Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of God’s word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of God’s word!
Firm is the promise, and the mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of our God
to children’s children and for evermore!

GOSPEL Mark 5:21-43

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

Lest the word of life be lost,
let us allow God to confront us
in the sound of sheer silence.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

God rescues us from all that we fear, even from the fear of death itself.
So let us pray to God with faith.

O God, listen to the voice of our pleading.

For the Church:
that through its ministry people may experience the healing power of Christ.

For doctors, nurses, care-givers, and all who minister to the sick and the dying:
that they might know that they are one with Jesus in his healing ministry.

For those who have no-one to care for them, no-one to bind up their wounds.

For all gathered here:
that we may be aware of the power we have to heal:
- a kind word can heal a wounded spirit;
- a kind deed can heal a wounded heart.

...

Abba God, you sent your Own into the world to heal our wounds
of body, mind, and spirit.
Help us to have a stronger faith that the healing power of Christ
continues on in us.
We ask this through the same Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, lover of all’ (737)

Compassionate God,
we bring before you these gifts of bread and wine
signs of your kindness,
fruits of our toil.
May they remind us that at the banquet of your Beloved
there are always special places reserved
for those who carry the heaviest burdens in this life.
We make our prayer through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

THE PEACE

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

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 no matter how deep we sink in sin and despair,
you hear our cry for mercy and lift us to life.

L: From the depths of chaos you delivered the newborn earth
and filled it with love and beauty.
R: When we tore apart the glory of your creation
and left innocence slain upon our battlefields,
you continued to reach out to a grieving world
with a love more wonderful than any other.

L: Your generosity took flesh in Jesus Christ,
who, though he was rich,
gave up everything
so that we might lack nothing.
R: When he was killed, you raised him to new life,
and new hope dawned.

From Christ radiates the energy that heals us,
and at the touch of his hand
the outcasts are reconciled
and the dead wake to fullness of life.

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 acclaim you, Holy One,
all your actions reveal your wisdom and love.

To you be glory, almighty God,
because on the night before he died ...

Gracious God, we now celebrate the memorial of our redemption.

From the gifts you have given us
we offer you this bread and this cup,
and proclaim the mystery of our faith,
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come in glory.

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.

We praise you with the good creation,
in union with all the saints
and give you glory through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere,
now and forever.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

For the coming of God’s kindom with its power of healing and peace,
let us pray as Jesus taught the first disciples:

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

May this bread broken and cup shared
gather us in genuine charity and peace
that we may be living signs of the kindom.

LAMB OF GOD

Jesus, Wisdom of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, Word made flesh,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, Liberator of creation,
grant us peace.

COMMUNION

This is Jesus,
the resurrection and the life.
Blessed are we to be invited to the altar-table of our God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God of all that lives and breathes,
you have given us here the body and blood of your Own
as a source of life-giving power.
May we use it to uplift the people around us
and to build together a world
of compassion and reconciliation.
All this we ask through Jesus, the resurrection and the life,
who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May Abba God strengthen and confirm your faith. Amen.
May Christ heal you and bring you peace. Amen.
May the Spirit cast the darkness from your hearts. Amen.
And may God bless you ...+. Amen.

DISMISSAL

As disciples of the kindom, urged on by the love of Christ,
go in peace to love and serve God.

SONG ‘Lord, let me see’ (681)

 

Acknowledgements:

Based on UIW2;
Contemporary Liturgy (www.bible.claret.org).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Psalm translation by Patricia Stevenson, RSJ.
Photo: Jemima Hall with students in Cambodia (2012).