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Ordinary Sunday 29, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 21, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


God, your presence fills the earth.
You are dressed in radiance.
Your creative genius is hard to comprehend.

Look at the ocean: it seems limitless.
A whole world lives within,
creatures strange and familiar.
The mighty whale
is like a toy in the bath to you.
Across the surface of the deep our ships go to and fro
like leaves on the tide.
All in the sea look to you for food.
You hold out your hand and they feast from it.
Your breath is life.

In thanksgiving, let us worship and praise God.

SONG ‘God, you touch the earth with beauty’ (610)

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.


How much we want others to serve us! ...

Jesus, you tell us:
I, the Lord and Master,
came not to be served but to serve.
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, you warn us
not to imitate the high and the mighty
who are domineering and arrogant:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, you assure us
that one who aspires to greatness
must serve the rest:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

In your kindness forgive us, God,
and give us the insight and the strength
to serve one another in love.
Lead us into life. Amen.

EPISTLE Hebrews 5:1-10



May Jesus teach us how to serve.

Abba God,
your Own, Jesus,
made himself our companion and servant.
May his Spirit dwell in us
and dispose us to become, like Jesus,
companionable and vulnerable,
so that we can serve one another,
especially the most vulnerable.
In this way may others experience
how bold you make our love.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING Job 38:1-7 (34-41)

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


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

GOSPEL Mark 10:35-45

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




Let us pray to God who serves us in many ways and let us say:
God, make us servants of your love.

For the Church, that it may serve the world by standing up for justice and peace
and defending the freedom and dignity of all, let us pray:

For those in authority in the Church, that they may not become functionaries
but be “ministers,” that is, servants, let us pray:

... Abba God, we pray you to convert us to the demands of the gospel.
Help us to become servants to one another, together with the Servant of all, Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Christ, when for us you were baptised’ (250)

Abba God,
your wisdom has a name:
the Promised One, 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 Christ. Amen.


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


Let us thank God for giving Someone who experienced our weakness
and became one of us to serve and save us.


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 alone know the secrets of the universe
and you alone know who is to be honoured in glory.

V1: You set the earth on its foundations
and filled it with wonderful creatures.

V2: Your creative power is beyond our comprehension
and your purposes in the world can only be glimpsed.

Yet you have come among us in your Own, Jesus Christ.

He came as a servant of all
and laboured with us for the release
of all who are held hostage.

When tyrants rose against him,
he drank the cup of suffering
and underwent a baptism of death,
but you raised him to new life
and designated him a high priest forever,
making him the source of eternal salvation.

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.


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 the Lamb of God
who came not to be served but to serve
and to pay with his life
the price of our freedom.
Happy are we to be invited to share this table
and to learn the meaning of servanthood.


Abba God,
the Promised One has been with us
in this eucharist as the servant of all.
May Jesus dispose our hearts
to understand and accept others,
to accompany one another
in suffering and celebration,
and to help carry burdens,
that Jesus may be with us
now and for ever. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



The message of the gospel is uncomfortable.
Like Jesus, let us try
in our homes, in our communities, in our prayers
to spend ourselves for others,
with the blessing of almighty God ...+

SONG ‘Inspired by love and anger, disturbed by need and pain’ (674)



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 Lord answering Job out of the whirlwind’ by William Blake (1805).