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Ordinary Sunday 12, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
June 24, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


With hearts full of thanks
we proclaim what you have done.
You are our joy, O God.
We sing out our praise.
Darkness has no power in your presence.

Lighting the Christ Candle.

You act on the side of justice.
False ambition is reduced to rubble.
You are the source of justice.
You teach us to judge rightly.
The oppressed know you as their strength.
The faithful know your abiding presence.


Grace and peace to you
from God our Creator
and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
And also to you.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians. Welcome to visitors.

SONG: ‘O God, our help in ages past’ (47)


When the disciples got caught in a storm they turned to Jesus for help.
From time to time we get caught in the storms of life.
We turn to Christ and trust that Christ will guide us in times of trouble.

Jesus, you bring us peace of mind and forgiveness of our sins.
God, have mercy.
You calm our fears by your comforting presence.
Christ, have mercy.
You protect us from all harm when we put our trust in you.
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.

SONG: ‘Do not be afraid, I am with you’ (16)



In the beginning, O God,
your word subdued the chaos;
in the fullness of time
you sent Jesus,
your Own,
to confront selfishness and sin
and bring forth a new creation.
By that same power,
transform all our fear into faith
and awe in your saving presence.
We make our prayer
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 1 Samuel 17:24-49

EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 6: 1-13


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 4:35-41
The Good News and Power of God.
Praise to you, O Jesus Christ.




The disciples cried out to Christ in their trouble
and were rescued.
Let us now bring our needs before God,
confident that our prayers will be heard.

God of peace, hear our prayer.

For the Church:
that we may not lose heart amid storms of dissension or persecution.


For those who suffer mental anguish or depression:
that just as Jesus calmed the storm he will soothe their wounds.


Almighty God,
in the midst of life’s storms
may we experience the calming presence of your Own,
and find peace in your service.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘God is love, let heav’n adore him’ (153)


Let us call down God’s blessing on one another
by offering a sign of Christ’s peace.
The peace of Jesus, 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 you are a safe haven to those in trouble
and we rejoice in your deliverance.

L: On the day of creation, you calmed the chaos
and with a word, brought forth the earth and its riches.
You do not forget the cries of the victims of oppression
or let perish the hope of the poor.

R: You have delivered those who trust in you,
defeating their powerful enemies,
not with the sword, but with the weapons of justice.

L: You sent to us your Own, Jesus the Christ,
and in Christ we have encountered a peacemaker
who is undaunted even in the wildest storms.

R: Though the waves of death crashed over him,
you raised him up and gave him the power
to subdue even the most destructive tempest,
and to release from its terrors all who trust in you.

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.


With trust in God,
our Protector in times of danger,
we pray with Jesus:

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 gives us the bread from heaven
and the saving cup brimming with new life.
May this bread broken and wine poured
renew our commitment to be faithful to God
so that we can be living signs of God’s kindom.


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 holy gift of God for the holy people of God.
Draw near with awe and faith, with praise and thanksgiving.


God, our Protector in time of danger,
you have refreshed us in this holy meal
in which Jesus has given us strength and hope.
May we reach out to one another
and be a source of comfort to all who doubt your presence.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



May God protect you from all harm.
May Christ fill you with love and lead you safely to God’s kindom.
May the Spirit of the living God fill you with trust and confidence.
And may our loving God bless you+


Our celebration is ended.
Go ... and may the joy of the Spirit be your strength.



Based on UIW2;
Contemporary Liturgy (www.bible.claret.org).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Psalm translation by Patricia Stevenson, RSJ.
Jesus Stills the Storm, miniature of the gospel-book of Echternach,
11th century, Nurember, Germany (http://catechese.free.fr).