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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 27, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 7, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 8)

God, creator, the whole world breathes your name.
Your goodness reaches out beyond the stars.
The joyful babble of babies
has the power to move the hardest hearts.

We see your artwork in the gallery of the universe.
To see the stars and planets in their mystery
is to wonder at the littleness of humans.

You care for us in a special way.
You have called us to stewardship of the earth.
To be co-creators and guardians of the universe
is a life-time responsibility.

Let us honour your life-giving name. Amen.

SONG ‘Where cross the crowded ways of life’ (608)

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

Have mercy, Jesus,
on homes where love is fading,
where lovers are becoming estranged:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Have mercy, Jesus,
on communities beset by conflict,
on neighbours who cannot trust each other:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Have mercy, Jesus,
on hearts wherein there is little or no love,
on lonely hearts unable to love:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

EPISTLE Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

Down through the years, God has spoken to our ancestors through the prophets in all sorts of different ways. Lately though, at long last, God has sent the Beloved to speak to us directly. It was through this One that God created the world in the first place, and it will all belong to this One in the end. You can see all the glory of God mirrored in the Beloved. God’s essential nature is imprinted on this One perfectly. Everything in the universe holds together at the say so of this One, who took action to bring about the forgiveness of sins, and having done that, has been given the most honoured seat in heaven at God’s right hand.

Have mercy on all of us, God,
and forgive us our sins against love.
Let our homes and communities reflect your faithful love
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE

COLLECT

Let us pray that our love may be strong and faithful.

God, source of all love,
blessed are you for your tenderness
inscribed in the hearts of all;
blessed are you for giving us your Beloved
as the token of your faithful love.
Keep us from separating
what you have united:
your Spirit and the Earth,
your Beloved and the Church,
friends and lovers in their joys and sorrows.
Let us all live in your creative, lasting love.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (702)

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

We stand.

GOSPEL Mark 10:2-16

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

God, keep us in your love.

... Our God and Parent, be present in faithfulness
wherever people come together to build communities of love and friendship.
Build with us, that our love may endure, now and for ever. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘For the fruits of all creation’ (168)

Our God and Parent,
confirm your covenant with us
through the bread and the cup
which we bring before you.
Let your Beloved stay with us
and make us keepers
of one another’s happiness.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Saviour. Amen.

THE PEACE

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

INVITATION

With joy and gratitude we praise our God in heaven for the great love shown to us. God is the source of all love among us and the Holy Spirit keeps this love alive in our homes and in our communities.

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 your love is always before us
and you honour all who turn from evil and honour you.

V1: By your Word, you formed the earth
and created human beings in your image
to be one, as you are one.
Through your prophets you spoke to our forebears,
but now you have spoken to us through your Beloved, Jesus.

V2: Though he is the perfect imprint of your being,
he was made for a little while lower than the angels,
and walked with us the road of our suffering.
Tasting death in his own body,
he has pioneered the path to resurrection life,
and is now at your side, crowned with glory and honour.

Christ has become our perfect priest,
making purification for sins
and bringing us into your kindom as joyous children
his co-workers, his beloved.

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

Jesus, through his gentleness and love,
showed us that we are all God’s children, so we say together:

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

This bread that we break is the bread of life.
It is the sign of Christ’s body
offered in a spirit of obedience to God’s will.
It is the sign of our unity with one another
in the Spirit of love and peace.

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 Christ, our Sovereign.
He, the greatest among us, made himself the servant of all.
Blessed are we who are called to this supper.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Our God and Parent,
you have entrusted love to us
not as a finished product
but as an assignment for life.
Let the love of your Own invest our love
with indestructible fidelity and generosity,
that it may weather all storms
and keep growing in depth,
until you crown it with your joy
that lasts for ever and ever. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May God give to all of us
a love that brings out the best in each other. Amen.

And the blessing of God ...+

SONG ‘Lord Jesus we belong to you’ (686)

 

 

Acknowledgements:
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: ‘Buku-Djerrkngu’
(http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern).