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Ordinary Sunday 11, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
June 17, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


The church is the place where the broken gather:
let us worship God who reconciles us.
The church is the place where sinners are welcome:
let us worship God who shapes us into new people.
The church is the place for the lost, the least,
the forgotten and the ignored:
let us worship God who looks at us with eyes of love.


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

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians. Welcome to visitors.
Lighting the Christ Candle.

SONG: ‘God is our strength and refuge’ (28)


Why, so often, is it so easy to boast of our achievements,
yet so hard to humbly admit the mistakes we make?
This is the place where we stand in the presence
of One who longs to shape us into new people.
So, let us ask our God to forgive us, as we pray:

We confess, Faithful God,
that we ask about someone’s background to see if he is like us,
while you look at where his heart is grounded.
We examine another’s good looks, academic or athletic prowess,
while you take notice of how she reaches out to those who are different.
We gaze at the size of another’s house or car or portfolio to gauge success,
and you observe whether or not a person has faith the size of a tiny seed.

Forgive us, Anointing God,
for looking at those around us with all-too human eyes,
and not seeing them as created in your image.
As you shape us into new people, give us new eyes, new hearts,
new lives to follow Jesus the Christ, our Sovereign and Saviour.

Silent prayers may be offered.


This is the good news:
no longer must we walk the old paths of sin and death.
Christ has come to take our old ways upon himself,
and to fill us with new life in God.
Now, we know we are forgiven;
now, we know we are at peace;
now, we can step forward in faith,
to live with our God forever. Amen.

SONG: ‘How deep the riches of our God’ (167)


We need your help, O God.
Help us this day to experience the power of faith.
Help us to know that by faith your church can still move mountains.
Help us to know that even when we cannot see the results of our efforts,
there is something growing and coming to fruition, and good will come.
Help us to know that life is better when we live with expectation and hope
rather than pessimism and disillusionment.
Help us to know in spite of all the assaults of evil in our world
that you are still working in and through us.
Help us to scatter the seed of faith and to trust in your quiet working for good.
We need your help, O God
Lover, Beloved, Spirit of Love.
Increase our faith. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING 1 Samuel 15:34 16:13

EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 5: 617


We stand.

Holy Spirit, come confirm us
in the truth that Christ makes known;
we have faith and understanding
through your helping gifts alone.

Holy Spirit, come possess us,
you the love of Three in One,
Holy Spirit of the Parent,
Holy Spirit of God’s Own.

GOSPEL Mark 4: 2634

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




Let us now pray for the needs of the Church and the world ...

Save us, O God!
Answer when we call.

... Some trust in political power,
some in military might,
but we trust in the Name of YHWH, our God!

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Take, take off your shoes’ (651)


Since we are members of God’s family,
let us greet and bless one another.

The peace of the Chosen One be with you.
And also with you.



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 kingdom grows from the smallest beginnings,
and you have given us all a home in the shelter of your love.

L: You created the heavens and the earth,
and from the tiniest seeds, you filled the earth with life.
R: You called your people to walk by faith, not by sight,
and you anointed faithful rulers to lead them in your ways.

L: Your child, Jesus, came among us
sharing stories of your love and grace
and teaching us the mysteries of your kindom.
R: He died at the hands of those
who take pride in brute force,
and in his death, all have died.

But you raised him to life for us,
and in him everything has become new.

Now we are confident that you will grant
our heart’s true desire:
to be at home with you 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.

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 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.


In the power of the Holy Spirit,
let us pray to the one that Jesus called Abba.

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.


As we share this bread,
we proclaim our willingness
to build a community of faith and love,
to be the holy people
that God calls us to be.


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
whom God sent into the world
to bring us eternal life.
Blessed are we who believe
and receive Christ at this altar-table.

‘God gives us a future’ (687)

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go out, and live no longer for yourselves,
but for Christ who died and was raised for you.
Walk by faith, not by sight,
and judge others by the integrity of their hearts.
Make it your aim to please the God of love,
and to persuade others of the love of Christ.

And may God answer you in times of trouble and protect you. Amen.
May Christ Jesus grant you your heart’s desire. Amen.
and may the Holy Spirit take hold of you mightily from this day forward. Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty ...+


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



Based on UIW2;
a liturgy by Thom M. Shuman
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Collect based on prayer by Richard Einerson
Image: Dura Europos Synagogue, panel WC3:
David anointed king by Samuel
(reworked by Marsyas).