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Ordinary Sunday 14, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 8, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


Let all the earth be the city of God!

Let each mountain summon us
to raise our hearts and minds.
Let our praise fill the earth
like the winds that circle the globe.

On every walk be aware of the beauty around you
that you may pass this message on to your children.
Death, the great darkness, is no match for God’s light.


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 ‘The love of God is greater far’ (151)

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians. Welcome to visitors.


When Jesus returned to his home town, Nazareth,
it was a sad occasion, because his own people rejected him.
We ask forgiveness for all the times we have rejected Christ.

Jesus, your grace is sufficient for us.
God, have mercy.
Jesus, your power is made perfect in our weakness.
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, when we are weak, then we are strong.
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.

SONG ‘When I needed a neighbour’ (629)


Remove from before our eyes, O God,
the veil that hides your splendour,
and flood us with the light of your Holy Spirit,
that we may recognise your glory
and experience even in our own human weakness
the sufficiency of your amazing grace.
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 5:1-10

EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION ‘Christ be my leader by night as by day’ (624)

We stand.

GOSPEL Mark 6:1-13

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



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


With full assurance, let us approach Abba God in prayer.

God, open our hearts to your Word.

For all who preach and teach the Gospel:
that God will protect them from arrogance and conceit,
and help them accept their human weaknesses and limitations.

That Church, government and civil leaders
may listen to the prophets of our times
who appeal to our conscience and challenge our values.

For all who are misjudged and suffer rejection;
that God will reveal love to them,
comfort them in their suffering
and enrich their faith.

For grace to recognise the good in people
and all creatures of the Earth
with whom we share our lives.


Abba, send us your Holy Spirit
to move our hearts
to accept and follow what you say to us
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Jesus Christ is waiting’ (665)

Generous God,
in these signs of bread and wine
we bring you the fruits of our labour.
May your Beloved, Jesus,
who worked as a carpenter in Nazareth,
help us find meaning in our daily work
and seek your will in all we do.
We ask this through the same Christ our Saviour.


As children of God,
let us turn to one another and offer the peace of Christ.


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,
joy of all the earth,
for your grace is sufficient for us,
and your strength is always there in our weakness.

L: You created the heavens and the earth and all that live in them
and gave yourself to us to be our guide forever.
R: You gave your people great leaders, like David,
to shepherd them in peace and righteousness.

L: Your child, Jesus, came teaching with astounding wisdom
and bringing freedom and healing at the touch of his hands.
R: Like the prophets he was not honoured in his own town,
and was betrayed by one of his own,
but you raised him from the dead,
displaying your perfect power in his weakness.

Now he has entrusted us with his mission
of casting out evil and proclaiming your steadfast love
from the holy mountain to the ends of the earth.

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.


We acknowledge Jesus the carpenter of Nazareth as God’s Own.
In his name 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.


When we break this bread and share this wine,
we declare that we see all people
as our brothers and sisters.
With God as our Parent
we are members of one family.


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, the carpenter,
the child of Mary... the Child of God.
Blessed are we to receive Christ at this altar-table.


God, Sustainer of life,
you have refreshed us in this holy meal.
You have given us the strength to endure
weaknesses, insults, hardships and calamities
for the sake of your Beloved
so that the power of Love may dwell within us.
Grant this through the same Christ our Saviour.
The Sending Forth of the People of God



May the grace of our Saviour Jesus always be sufficient for you.
May the power of Christ, which is made perfect in weakness,
enable you to be strong.
And may Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth
help you to find meaning in your daily work.
And may the blessings of our God ...+


Our Celebration is ended.
Go and bear witness to the love of God.


Based on UIW2;
Contemporary Liturgy (www.bible.claret.org).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Psalm translation by Patricia Stevenson, RSJ.
Image: Emil Nolde, Prophet (1912).