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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 22, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 2, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 45)

My heart bursts with a new song.
Love makes my tongue as skilled as the finest poet.

Because I have espoused justice
I am anointed with holy oil.
Because I have put on the garments of discipleship
I feel transformed.

I have put aside the pursuit of vain ambition.
I accept with gratefulness
the hospitality of God.

SONG ‘For the beauty of the earth’ (137)

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

When we gather for worship do we not sometimes
merit the scathing words of Isaiah and Jesus?
“These people honour me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me.
The worship they offer me is worthless.”
In order that our worship may be acceptable,
let us ask God to cleanse our hearts from all sin.

Jesus, you open our ears so that we can hear your word.
God, have mercy.
You touch our tongues so that we can profess our faith.
Christ, have mercy.
You touch our hearts so that we can love you and love one another.
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.

ASSURANCE

James 1:17-27

COLLECT

God of light,
giver of every good and perfect gift,
bring to fruition the word of truth
sown in our hearts by your Own,
that we may rightly understand your commandments,
live your law of love,
and so offer you worship that is pure and unspoiled.
Grant this through our Saviour 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 Song of Solomon 2:8-13

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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION ‘O Let the Son of God enfold you’ (655)

We stand.

GOSPEL Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us call on God to purify our hearts, so that our faith may be sincere
and that we may offer fitting worship. Humbly, but full of confidence, we pray:

Open our hearts, O God.
Open our hearts, O God.

May our church leaders listen attentively to your Word,
teach what they have learned,
and practice what they teach.

For all those who are responsible for making laws in our society,
and all those whose duty it is to enforce them.
May they always judge wisely and act in the best interests of all.

May all who bear the name ‘Christian’
live according to Christ’s law of love,
by serving their neighbor and their Saviour.

For all victims of the evils that come from the human heart.
May they find healing for their pain and hope for their future.

...

All loving God,
give us pure hearts that we may see you,
humble hearts that we may hear you,
loving hearts that we may serve you.
We ask this through Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Make me a channel of your peace’ (607)

Creator of all that lives,
since every generous act of giving,
every perfect gift,
is from above,
we have nothing to offer you but our emptiness.
Keep us unstained by the world
so that we can practice a religion that is pure and unspoiled.
All this we ask through Christ our Sovereign.
Amen.
THE PEACE

Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.
Cleanse our hearts of all the evil things that come from within:
greed, envy, slander and pride,
so that we may enjoy the peace and unity of your kindom
where you live for ever and ever.
We can show that God’s word has taken root within us
by sharing a sign of peace with each other.

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 there is nothing deceitful or shadowy in you
and every good and perfect gift comes from your hand.

V1: Your throne endures forever and ever,
and in your passion and desire
you conceived the entire universe.
V2: You gave birth to us through the word of truth,
and gave us first place among your creatures.

V1: Through your servant Moses your holy law was given,
and through your Own, Jesus,
it was cleansed of all that obscured its truth.
V2: Though he was opposed and killed
by those who honoured you in word but denied you in deed,
you raised him from the grave,
bringing all the world back to life.

Now he seeks us out like an ardent lover
to restore in us a passion for righteousness
that brings forth purity and truth
in both word and in action.
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

God does not want lip-service from us
but worship that comes from the heart,
and so we pray:

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

Generous God,
may our sharing of this one cup and one bread
be our pledge to live in your Spirit.
For when we eat this bread and drink this wine
we proclaim the death of our Saviour Jesus
until Christ 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

Behold the Saviour Jesus who comes to show us
that true worship lies in our deep union with God.
Blessed are we who are called to share in this banquet of love.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God, in this eucharistic celebration
you have given us the word and body of your Own.
Grant that we may be doers of the word
and not merely hearers
so that we become a community of love and service.
We ask this in the name of Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May almighty God keep you from all harm
and bless you with every good gift. Amen.
May God set the Word in your heart
and keep you unstained by the world. Amen.
May you walk in God’s ways,
always knowing what is right and good
until you enter your heavenly inheritance. Amen.
And may almighty God ...+ Amen.

DISMISSAL

Go in peace to love and serve God.

SONG ‘God of freedom, God of justice’ (657)

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW2;
Liturgy Alive (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic prayers based on liturgy at laughingbird.org.au;
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: ‘Song of Songs’ by Yaeli Ohana, 2008.