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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 30, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 28, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 34:1-11)

I give thanks always.
My praise is constant.
The poor will take heart from God’s fidelity.

Join me in this ministry of thankfulness.
My heart is glad as I drink in the riches of God.
This wine of God’s strength sustains me.

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

Lighting the Christ Candle.

GREETING

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.

PENITENTIAL RITE

How blind we have often been to God near to us
in our world, in our work, in others.

Jesus, I failed to see
the needs of the people in my family:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, the hunger for warmth,
the craving for justice and human dignity
of friends and neighbours I did not notice:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, the desire of people far and near
to know you and to follow you,
even when they were not aware of it,
I did not see and I did not lead them to you:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Have mercy on us, God,
and forgive us our sins.
Open our eyes to your love and to the world
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE

COLLECT

Let us pray that the Saviour may hear us
and the cries of all who appeal for love.

Living God,
you are very near to us in our joys and pains.
Give us the eyes of faith and love to see
the mission you have given us in life
and the courage and grace to carry it out.
Make us also clear-sighted enough to see
the needs of those who cry out in misery
or suffer in silence,
that we may bring them your healing compassion
and lead them to you.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

EPISTLE 1 Peter 3:8-18

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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (702)

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

GOSPEL Mark 10:46-52

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

HOMILY (Rev. Dr William Emilsen)

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us pray to Jesus, who restored the sight of the blind, that with him we may see the needs of our neighbours.
Let us say: Jesus, we look to you in hope.

... Jesus, open our eyes, our hands, our hearts so we can look on this world and on others with the same gentle eyes as you, our Saviour for ever and ever. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Jesus’ hands were kind hands’ (236)

Abba God,
the whole world is a sign of you:
Your beauty is reflected in every flower
and each ray of the sun shines with your light.
Give each of us a grateful heart
that rejoices in simple things.
Give us new eyes to discover
in these signs of bread and wine
the love and the life of Jesus your Own
and give us faith to see how good it is
to be your people. Amen.

THE PEACE

INVITATION

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

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 save all those who keep faith,
and bring healing and wholeness to all who seek your help.

V1: You created the heavens and the earth
and no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Your mysteries are more than we can comprehend,
and though even the good endure great trials,
you come in person to rescue and restore them.

V2: You have come to us in your Own, Jesus Christ,
who embodied your compassion for all who suffer.
In face of the forces of evil and death,
he offered himself in love,
once and for all.

You raised him to life again,
making him our perfect high priest,
and exalted him above the heavens
where he now prays for us, day and night,
that he might save all who approach you through him.

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.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

LAMB OF GOD (765)

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.

COMMUNION

This is Jesus the Saviour
who meets us on the road.
Happy are we that he comes
to heal us from our blindness
and to call us to follow him.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Abba God,
we have heard and seen your Own
and recognised Christ
in the breaking of bread.
Help us to see in the light of Christ
what is right and what is wrong in us.
Help us to understand the deeper meaning
of suffering and pain.
And one day show us yourself as you are,
Lover, Beloved and Spirit of love,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

We have heard in this eucharist
how God gives new light to broken eyes.
A blind man sees and follows the Saviour.

May God make us people
who see with eyes of faith.
Amen.
May God help us to see the road to follow
and to recognise the Lord in our life.
Amen.
May God give us the joy to follow Jesus.
Amen.
And may almighty God bless you ...+
Amen.

Go in peace
and may love’s light shine on you.
Thanks be to God.

SONG ‘Lord, let me see’ (681)

 

Acknowledgements:
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: ‘Head of an Apostle (Blind Bartimaeus)’
by Francis Ferdinand Maurice Cook (1962).