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Ordinary Sunday 28, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 14, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


God, I feel abandoned even by you.
I cry in the dark,
my pain seems endless.
I recall the trust placed in you
by people through the ages.
You have brought comfort in the most difficult times.

Fear and pain make me feel that I am nothing.
Others seem to mock me;
they don’t see my deep despair.
Yet I know that you have mothered me.
In my mother’s womb and at her breast
you have watched over me.
This loving closeness I need to feel, now!

SONG ‘Great is your faithfulness’ (154)

Lighting the Christ Candle.


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

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians.
Welcome to visitors.


Jesus, your wisdom and your love
are worth much more than fame,
health, beauty and possessions:
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

Jesus, you know where our heart is
and you want it turned to God:
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you want us to give up
the things that possess and control us
and to follow you instead:
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

In your kindness forgive us
our treacherous attachments.
Help us to put our trust in you
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

EPISTLE Hebrews 4:12-16


Jesus says: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.


Let us pray to God for the wisdom to follow Christ.

Abba God,
your living word upsets us.
You give the first place in your kindom
to the last and the least in our judgement:
you call the poor rich and blessed
and ask the rich to become poor.
Give us, we pray, the wisdom
of living for the things that matter
and following your Beloved on the road
to you and to our neighbours.
Grant this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING Job 23:1-9,16-17

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


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

GOSPEL Mark 10:17-31

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




Let us pray to God for the wisdom to appreciate gifts with gratitude
and to use them for the good of all.
Let us say: God, make us loving and wise.
God, make us loving and wise.

... God, we pray not for riches but for trust, not for power but for courage,
not for pleasure but for joy, not for pretense but for integrity.
Make us loving with the wisdom of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Comfort, comfort, all my people’ (647)

Abba God,
your wisdom has a name:
your Own, Jesus Christ.
In these signs of bread and wine
we celebrate the folly of the cross whereby he saved us.
Make us aware of the poverty and emptiness of our hearts
and of the passing value of the things
to which we attach ourselves.
Convert our hearts and set them
on eternal riches: justice, truth and generous love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.


Jesus said:
“Anyone who welcomes you, welcomes me.”
Let us extend the hand of welcome and peace
to the persons beside us.


We praise and thank God for creating and guiding all things by holy wisdom.
May we be stewards of creation,
and use the goods of the earth for the benefit of all and the glory of God.


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 have suffered with us
and tasted despair that we might taste mercy and grace.

V1: Your living and active word created all things;
and all things reveal your goodness.
When our forebears put their trust in you
you rescued them, for all things are possible for you.

V2: You sent your Own, Jesus, into the world,
preaching your message and calling everyone to follow.
His word cuts to the core,
exposing the addictions that bind and blind us
and hold us back from investing all we have in serving you.

When Jesus was brought low to the dust of death,
dying in the horror of abandonment,
you raised him to life again,
and through him we have the confidence
to come into your presence
and look to your grace for our life.

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.

Holy God,
we offer our thanks and praise.

Through Christ, in Christ and because of Christ,
we affirm the Church’s faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

On the night ...

Holy God,
we offer our thanks and praise.

And so, in remembrance of all you have done for us,
we take this bread and this cup,
and offer ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice,
made worthy by the perfect offering of Christ
our great high priest.

By your Word and Holy Spirit,
bless these gifts that we may truly share
Christ’s body and blood,
and become, by grace, his body given
for the sake of the world.

Holy God,
we offer our thanks and praise.

For through your Spirit,
the whole earth makes its prayer
in sighs too deep for words,
longing for the day of freedom:
for in hope and by faith we were saved.

Accept our thanks and praise, Abba God,
through your Own, our Redeemer, Christ,
with whom and in whom,
and by the Spirit who dwells in us,
we worship you.
Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere,
now and forever.


God is our riches and we cry out to God in the words of 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.



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


This is Jesus our Sovereign, the Lamb of God.
Jesus is God’s gift to us
and the riches of those who are poor of heart.
Happy and wise are we
if we accept our Saviour’s invitation
and eat the bread of life.


Abba God,
we are easily satisfied with ourselves
and our own little worlds.
Wake us up and give us the courage
to set out with your Beloved
on an adventure of hope and love.
Prompt us to ask not what we have done for you
but what we have not done and not yet given.
By the strength of this eucharist
help us to follow your Own
today more than yesterday.
Grant this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Christ and the gospel keep challenging us
not to seek contentment and safety
in the things we have, our own little worlds,
not even in self-congratulations
for having obeyed God’s commandments.
If we want to be really happy
with a joy that nobody can rob from us,
we must learn from Jesus to give ourselves without reserve
to God and to others around us.
They are our riches and security.
May God give you this wisdom and strength.

And the blessing of God ...+

SONG ‘Brother, sister, let me serve you’ (650)


Based on ‘The Service of the Lord’s Day’ in Uniting in Worship 2,
Sydney, 2005; also, Claretian Resources (www.bibleclaret.org);
Eucharistic Preface based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: ‘The despair of Job’ by William Blake (1805).