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Ordinary Sunday 16, Year B
A Ceremony for the Naming of a Child:
Luke Stuart Higgins
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 22, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


I sing songs of your love and faithfulness.

Our ancestors in the faith knew you were steadfast.
We were taught to see you as our parent.
We were taught to speak to you
with loving intimacy.

SONG ‘Bring many names, beautiful and good’ (182)

Lighting the Christ Candle.


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

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians.
Welcome to visitors.


Christ is our shepherd...
sensitive to our needs... guiding us... protecting us.
Just as sheep need their shepherd,
we need Christ if we are to become
responsible members of the flock.

Jesus, you have shown us the way to justice and peace:
God, have mercy.
Jesus, your heart is full of compassion for those who stray:
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, you are the good shepherd,
leading us into life abundant:
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.


You are strangers and aliens no longer.
No, you are included in God’s holy people
and are members of the household of God,
which is built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets,
with Christ Jesus as the capstone.
In Christ the whole building is joined together
and rises to become a holy temple in our God;
in Christ you are being built into this temple,
to become a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.


Compassionate God,
from far and near you gather your church into one.
Safeguard the unity of your flock
through the teaching of Christ the shepherd,
that all your scattered people may find in him
the guidance and nourishment they seek.
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 7:1-14a

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


‘Christ be my teacher ...’ (624) v. 2

We stand.

GOSPEL Mark 6:30-34

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



Ceremony for the Naming of a Child: Luke Stuart Higgins







Let us pray to Abba God who loves the world
so as to send us Christ, our shepherd and friend.

Have mercy on your people, O God.
Have mercy on your people, O God.

For all the shepherds of God’s people:
may they be shepherds after Jesus’ own heart,
caring for those entrusted to their care
and leading them with courage and compassion.


God of compassion and peace,
may we who have experienced the love of Christ,
the good shepherd,
show that same love to others.
We ask this through the same Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Beauty for brokenness’ (690)

Compassionate God,
in these signs of bread and wine
your Beloved Jesus comes among us.
Grant that he may
comfort us when we are weary,
listen to us when we turn to him
and be present when we need him.
For he is our Shepherd and Sovereign,
now and for ever. Amen.


Christ is our peace and has made us into one new humanity.
So let us offer one another a sign of peace.



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 draw all things together in Christ
and build us up as a holy temple to your glory.

V1: You created the world and made it your dwelling place.
When you led your people out of oppression
you travelled with them like a homeless refugee.

V2: You made a covenant with your servant, David,
anointing him to shepherd your people
and promising peace to those who followed your ways.

V3: Your Beloved, Jesus, came,
filled with compassion for all who were without hope.

V4: Though he preached peace and healed the sick and broken,
he was ensnared and killed by your enemies.

You raised him from the dead,
and, in him, you prepared a new covenant
open to all people, near and far
a covenant that breaks down every wall of hostility,
and reconciles us to you as one people.

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 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.


Our God is a God who cares.
Full of trust, we pray with Jesus, our good shepherd:

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.


Abba God, you feed us with this bread of life.
May its many pieces, broken from one loaf,
be a reminder that we are a community of believers
dedicated to the service of others.


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


This is Jesus, whose heart is moved to pity
when he sees that we are like sheep without a shepherd.
Blessed are we who have been invited to this table.
SONG ‘Bread is blessed and broken’ (707)


God of mercy and compassion,
we thank you for giving us Jesus,
the true shepherd.
Give to your Church today
pastors and teachers in the image of your Own,
so that, sharing the grief and anguish,
the joy and hopes of your people
we may advance together on the way to you.
All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



May Jesus, the true shepherd, lead you to pastures of peace.
May Christ always seek you when you go astray.
And when Christ calls your name, may you hear the call.
May the blessings of our God +...


In Jesus, we have been given a loyal friend.
Let us go and share Christ with others.

SONG ‘Guide me, O my great Redeemer’ (569)


Based on UIW2;
Contemporary Liturgy (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic prayers based on liturgy at laughingbird.org.au;
Psalm translation by Patricia Stevenson, Songs from a pierced heart (2003);
Naming of a Child by Dorothy McRae-McMahon;
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: Orthodox Icon of Saint Luke.