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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 10, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
June 10, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 138)

My whole being is a hymn of praise to you, O God.
I acknowledge your presence with me.
Your love and fidelity are seen by all.
When I call for strength, you act.

Around the world comes a circle of praise.
Your people sing of your ways.
You attend to the lowly, you keep an eye on the haughty.

If I have to face difficulties, you are my support.
The promise of your strength saves me.

Your love lasts forever.
Do not abandon your creation.

GREETING

The grace of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
the love of God
and the friendship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of traditional owners. Welcome to visitors.
Lighting the Christ Candle.

SONG TIS 187: “Let all creation dance”

PENITENTIAL RITE

All of our spiritual life is a struggle to be true to what we have received in baptism,
with God’s constant help, and confession is part of this process.

Let us pray.

God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.
...

FORGIVENESS

God the Creator brings you new life,
forgives and redeems you.
Take hold of this forgiveness
and live your life in the Spirit of Jesus.
Jesus says, Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING 1 Samuel 8: 411 (1215), 1620; (11:1415)

EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 4:13 5:1

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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
TIS 398: “Come down, O Love divine”

We stand.

GOSPEL Mark 3:2035

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING

God of grace and truth,
you have blessed us with life through the love of Jesus.
May these gifts and the service of our lives be evidence of our love
and may they be used to empower the lives of others in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

THE PEACE

INVITATION

With and through Jesus we offer to our God in heaven this Eucharist
made holy by the Spirit. We now express our joy and gratitude.

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 your steadfast love and faithfulness endure forever
and your Word is exalted above everything.

L: The Earth is the work of your hands,
and you redeemed for yourself a people out of slavery.
R: Though you sent prophets to warn them,
they rejected you and clamoured for a king,

L: When kings had done their worst
and we were mired in unspeakable blasphemies,
R: you sent your Beloved, Jesus,
to walk with us in the midst of trouble
and extend your grace to all.

When Jesus was condemned as unclean, and crucified,
it seemed that the ruler of demons had won,
but you raised Jesus from the dead,
binding death itself.

So now we do not lose heart
for you are preparing us for glory beyond measure
as the family of our Sovereign forever.

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.

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. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Through the Holy Spirit of love poured into our hearts,
let us pray to Abba God the prayer of Jesus our Saviour:

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

This bread that we break is the bread of life.
It is the sign of Christ’s body;
it is the sign of our unity with one another
in the Spirit of love and peace.

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

The Spirit and the Church say: Come.
Let everyone who listens answer: Come.
Let all that are thirsty come.
All who want it may have the water of life
and have it as a free gift.
This is the Risen Christ whose Spirit moves us forward
to bear witness to God’s love.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Gracious God,
in this Eucharist
you have given us a foretaste of your eternal banquet.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING & DISMISSAL

Go now, praising God’s name with your whole heart.
Rejoice in the work of the Holy Spirit,
even when others call it evil and denounce you as mad.
Be the true brothers and sisters of Jesus
by doing the will of God always.

And may God extend grace to you and through you;
May Christ Jesus walk with you in the midst of trouble;
and may the Holy Spirit prepare you for glory beyond all measure.

We go in peace to love and serve God,
In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

John Wesley (28 June [O.S. 17 June] 1703 2 March 1791) was a Church of England cleric and Christian theologian. Wesley is largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement which began when he took to open-air preaching in a similar manner to George Whitefield. In contrast to George Whitefield’s Calvinism, Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that were dominant in the 18th-century Church of England. Methodism in both forms was a highly successful evangelical movement in the United Kingdom, which encouraged people to experience Jesus Christ personally.

On May 24, 1738 some of Wesley’s friends compelled him to accompany them to a Moravian society meeting in a room on Aldersgate Street, a few blocks away from St Paul’s Cathedral. Wesley made the following journal entry:

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW and UIW2;
a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online);
prayers by Nathan Nettleton (laughingbird.net.au);
Psalm translation by Patricia Stevenson RSJ, Songs From A Pierced Heart (2003).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: John Wesley, Painting by N. Hone, 1766;
National Portrait Gallery, London.