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Ordinary Sunday 25, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 23, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


Blessed be God
who reveals to the little ones
the mysteries of the kindom.

SONG ‘Morning has broken’ (156)

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.


One of the things that is very damaging to peace is ambition.
We risk putting ourselves and our own interests first.
Let us ask our God to pardon us and help us
to be more conscious of the rights and needs of others.

‘Blessed are the gentle; they will inherit the earth’:
God, have mercy.
‘Blessed are those who serve;
they will be the greatest in the kindom of heaven’:
Christ, have mercy.
You said,
‘Blessed are the peacemakers; they will be called the children of God’:
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.


James 3:13-18

Jesus says, I am committing myself to you.
Jesus says, Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!


O God,
protector of the poor and defender of the just,
in your kindom the last become first,
and the lowly are exalted.
Give us wisdom,
that we may find in Jesus the pattern of true discipleship
and the grace to follow him,
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 31:10-31

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


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

We stand.

GOSPEL Mark 9:30-37

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




Those who serve are the greatest in the kindom of heaven.
Let us pray to God for our own needs and those of the Church and the world.

God, hear our prayer.
God, hear our prayer.

For those caught up in the quest for power and prestige:
that they may discover that true greatness lies in the humble service of others.

That nations may renounce conflicts and disputes,
and realise that a harvest of blessings is sown in peace for those who make peace.

For the children in our community:
that they will grow up in the welcome of love, in the strength of care,
and in the knowledge of acceptance.

For those who work in poorly paid jobs that are despised by others:
that we may appreciate them for the work that they do.


Loving God,
wonderful is your love and boundless is your compassion.
Grant us the joy of service
and the blessings that come from living lightly on the earth.
We make our prayer in the name of Jesus the Sovereign. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Jesus Christ is waiting, waiting in the streets’ (665)

God of mercy and compassion,
in these humble signs of bread and wine
your Beloved comes among us.
May Christ help us to overcome the temptation
to be powerful and influential.
All this we ask from the One
who came to serve, not to be served,
Jesus Christ our Saviour.


Jesus said:
“Anyone who welcomes you, welcomes me.”
Let us extend the hand of welcome to the persons beside 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 your wisdom and humility
are the source of true greatness
and you draw near to all who draw near to you.

V1: Like a woman planting a garden,
you set out and tended the newborn earth,
and like one who sets food before her family,
you nourished us with the fruits of the earth
and the wise teachings of your Word.

V2: In every age you have revealed your wisdom
to the humble and insignificant ones
and hidden it from the arrogant and violent.

V1: In your Own, Jesus, you showed us
that true greatness is known in servanthood,
and that the way of wisdom is found in childlike simplicity.

V2: Betrayed into hostile hands and killed,
he rose again and called us to follow him,
putting aside selfish ambitions
and walking in the ways of peace, mercy and humility.

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.


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.


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


God of love and mercy,
in Jesus Christ whom we have received,
you have come among us as our guest.
In our daily lives help us to recognise and welcome you
in everyone who comes to us.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



May the God of compassion
give you endurance when you falter. Amen.
May the God of consolation
hold you close when you are weary. Amen.
May the God of generosity
strengthen you in humble service. Amen.
And may the blessings of our loving God,
+ ... be upon you and remain with you always.


Seeking to follow the Teacher who came not to be served but to serve,
go in peace to love and serve God.

SONG ‘Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy’ (613)


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: ‘Pic of Jesus’, drawing made by 11 year-old Brody Corrick