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Ordinary Sunday 32, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
November 11, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


Let my whole life be a song of praise.
I do not place my trust in worldly wisdom.
Its span is short, crumbling into dust.
The wise look to God, Creator.
God’s covenant love is visible.

The hungry are fed.
The poor receive justice.
The captives are set free.
The blind receive new sight.
The disabled experience strength.
The bereaved are comforted.
The stranger finds a protector.

The kingdom of God ensures forever.
It takes root in every generation.


Lighting the Christ Candle.


Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians.
Welcome to visitors.


God has been generous to us,
but we have often been stingy.
Let us ask pardon from God and from one another.

Jesus, you called the poor of spirit blessed
and you showed us the way:
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you gave your life, your death, yourself:
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you took upon yourself our sins,
and you gave us new and abundant life:
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

Silence for personal confession.

Have mercy on us, O God,
take away our fears and make us generous.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.



Let us pray to God for deep trust.

with the heart of a father and a mother,
you care for the poor, give justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry.
In your Beloved, Jesus, you have taught us
to give not from our surplus but from ourselves.
Confound our calculations
and convert our self-interest into generous sharing,
that our way of giving may become like yours.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

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


GOSPEL Mark 12:38-44

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




... Abba God, you love us and care for us with tenderness.
We entrust our cares to you.
Be generous to us and make us generous like you,
by the power of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist


Loving God,
in these signs of bread and wine
we celebrate Jesus, your Own,
who gave himself once and for all,
that we might live and love and be free.
May the Spirit of Jesus be our strength,
and may we learn to give the best of ourselves.



Come, your place is at the table.
Here Christ meets you and calls you God’s own.


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 love has embraced all
and you are coming to save all who eagerly await you.

V1: In the beginning you founded the world,
and nourished all life upon it.
V2: You filled human beings with creative love
and charged them with responsibilities.

V1: Whenever our work has been at odds with your plans
you have provided a path to forgiveness and reconciliation.
V2: You came among us in your Beloved, Jesus Christ,
exposing the hypocrisy of the proud
and honouring the generosity of the humble.

The powers of evil had him killed,
but you raised him to new life
and made him the high priest
who appears on our behalf in your Holy Place,
as he prepares to return in glory,
bringing your salvation to all the world.

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 praise you, almighty God,
through Christ, in Christ and because of Christ.
We affirm the Church’s faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

We remember ...

Send to us the Holy Spirit that this meal may be holy,
and your people may become one.
Unite us in faith, inspire us to love,
encourage us with hope,
that we may receive Christ as he comes to us
in this holy banquet.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours, O God,
here and everywhere, now and forever.


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.



Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us, have mercy on us (repeat).
Servant of God, you take away the sin of the world:
grant us peace, grant us peace.


Let us receive what we are;
let us become what we receive.
The body of Christ.


God of mercy,
Jesus came to fill with your gifts
the poor aware of their own emptiness,
and he called them blessed.
Help us to discover how poor we really are
poor in faith, in trust, in generous love.
Be near to us in your Beloved,
that we may be available to all
and share the best that is in us
without any outward display
but in quiet deeds of love and service,
as Jesus did, your Own,
who lives with you and with us for ever.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Let us go to become Christians,
that is, people like Christ
who do not count the cost of our gifts.

May almighty God bless you ...+


Based on ‘The Service of the Lord’s Day’ in Uniting in Worship 2,
Sydney, 2005; also, Claretian Resources (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic Preface based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: ‘Ruth gleaning’, Original lithograph by Marc Chagall,
from the series Dessins pour la Bible, 1960.