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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 24, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 16, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-8:1)

Wisdom is more beautiful than the sun
and more magnificent than all the stars in the sky.
When compared with daylight,
She excels in every way,
for the day always gives way to night,
but Wisdom never gives way to evil.
She stretches forth Her power
from one end of the earth to the other
and gently puts all things in their proper place.

SONG

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

Today’s Gospel challenges us to forsake convention and complacency,
to take up our cross daily and to follow Jesus.

Jesus, you are the Messiah, the Child of the living God:
God, have mercy.
Jesus, you are the Truly Human One
who underwent suffering for our sakes:
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, you invite us take up our cross
and follow in your footsteps:
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.

ASSURANCE

James 3:1-12

COLLECT

Not by power and popularity, O God,
but in suffering love and self-sacrifice
did Jesus show us the Way.
As disciples of Jesus
may we learn how to deny ourselves,
take up our cross
and follow in his footsteps.
We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, your Own,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING Proverbs 1:20-33

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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION ‘Your words to me are life and health’ (430)

We stand.

GOSPEL Mark 8:27-38

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

God is gracious, just and compassionate.
Let us bring before God our needs and concerns.

God, listen to your people.
God, listen to your people.

That the hungry and homeless may find in the hearts of Christians
a faith that shows itself in practical care and concern for their needs.

For those who, like the Servant of God, suffer insult and persecution for their faith: that Christ will uphold them in their suffering.

For those who have no faith, for those whose lives have no meaning;
for the depressed and those in despair.

...

God, teach us to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to labour and not to ask for any reward
except that of knowing that we do your will.
We ask this through Christ, our Saviour. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘O breath of life come sweeping through us’ (409)

O God,
accept the sacrifice of our lives,
that with your Own, Jesus,
we may die to sin and rise to new life.
Grant this through the same Christ our Saviour.

THE PEACE

Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples:
“If you wish to come after me,
you must deny your very self,
take up your cross and follow in my footsteps.”
Forgive us for wanting an easy religion,
without any demands, without any cost to ourselves.
Grant us the peace of your kindom
where you live for ever and ever.

Jesus has made our peace by his life and death.
Let us now greet each other in that 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 yours is the eternal Spirit of Wisdom
who renews everything and gives life to all.

V1: The heavens and earth are your handiwork,
and you have made all people in your own likeness.
V2: Through the law and prophets you revealed your wisdom,
and all who listen are safe in your care.

V1: When we refused your counsel
and failed to offer you our respect,
you came to us in your Anointed One,
to be our rock and our redeemer.
V2: Taking up the cross
and suffering rejection as one of us,
he was killed and cast into the pit of hell.

But after three days, you raised him to life,
lighting a fire of renewal that will never go out,
and he now calls us to take up the cross
and follow him on the road to resurrection.

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

With Jesus Christ, the Child of the living God,
we have the courage to say:

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

God, as we break this bread,
we remember the night
when your Child passed from pain into your loving hands.
And when we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim his death until he comes in glory.

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 the Lamb of God who suffered and died for us.
He is risen from the dead and invites us to share this meal with him.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O God,
you have nourished us with the bread of life.
Send us out into the world
to bear one another’s burdens and share each other’s joys.
May we take up our cross
and follow Jesus on the road that leads to life and glory.
All this we ask through the same Christ our Sovereign.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May you be joyful in serving others despite trials and difficulties. Amen.
You believe that by his dying on the cross, Jesus destroyed death forever.
May he give you everlasting life. Amen.
He humbled himself for our sakes.
May you follow his example and live a life of service. Amen.
And may the blessings of God ...+

DISMISSAL

Our celebration is ended.
Let us show the world that we have faith by the works we do.
Thanks be to God.

 

Acknowledgements
Based on ‘The Service of the Lord’s Day’ in Uniting in Worship 2, Sydney, 2005;
Liturgy Alive for Sundays, the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic Preface based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: ‘Holy Wisdom’ by Hildegard of Bingen (12th Century).