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Ordinary Sunday 23, Year B
The Baptism of John Lanzky
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 9, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


The wealthy and the poor share a common bond:
God is the creator of us all.

Calamity is the fruit of iniquity;
the reign of terror self-destructs.

Don’t cheat the poor or take advantage of their poverty,
or intimidate the needy in court.
For God will defend their cause.

SONG ‘Bring many names, beautiful and good’ (182)

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.


Christ is the great healer,
not just of our physical ailments but of the whole person.
Older or younger, we need God to touch us today that we may be made whole.

Jesus, open our ears in order to be able to hear your word:
God, have mercy.
Jesus, touch our tongues so that we may sing the Creator’s praise::
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, touch our eyes so that we may see the needs
of the lonely and abandoned:
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.


James 2: 1-10, (11-13), 14-17


O good and gracious God,
you have chosen the world’s poor and vulnerable
to become rich in faith and to be heirs of your kindom.
Help us to speak words of encouragement
to all whose hearts are fearful,
that the tongues of the speechless may be loosened
and all of our wounded humanity may join us
in singing the mighty wonders of your love.
We ask 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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION ‘Jesus’ hands were kind hands’ (236)

We stand.

GOSPEL Mark 7: 24-37

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



The Liturgy of Baptism





An Elder pours the water into the Font.




You have been baptised into the faith of Christ,
and are called to the worship, witness and service of God
in the power of the Holy Spirit ...

Friends in Christ,
will you promise to maintain a life of worship and teaching,
witness and service
so that he may grow to maturity in Christ?
With God’s help,
we will live out our baptism
as a loving community in Christ:
nurturing one another in faith,
upholding one another in prayer,
and encouraging one another in service,
until Christ comes.



Inform and reform us, O God;
transform us all for Christ’s sake.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair’ (690)

Father-Mother God,
we bring before you these gifts of bread and wine
signs of your kindness,
fruits of our toil.
May they remind us that at the banquet of Christ
there are always special places reserved
for the blind, the deaf
and all those who feel excluded from care.
We make our prayer through Christ our Sovereign.


We have experienced the healing touch of Christ’s peace.
Let us share this with 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 you embrace your people now and forever
and promise the kindom to all who love you.

V1: The universe came into existence at your command
and rich and poor alike have you as their maker.
V2: Through Moses you taught your people
to provide for the welfare of those in need,
and through the prophets you thundered against injustice
and called for repentance in word and deed.

V1: In your Child, Jesus Christ,
your love and healing mercy
reached beyond the bounds of our prejudice
and demonstrated your compassion
for all who are needy, afflicted or vulnerable.
V2: Though he was killed by those who sow injustice,
you raised him to new life
that he might sow in us the seeds of faith,
filling our communities with love and justice
and bringing forth a rich harvest of good works.

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.


Thankful for all that God has done for us,
we cannot remain deaf or silent,
so we let our tongues pray to our Father in the word of Jesus:

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.


Father-Mother God,
Christ is the food that nourishes the whole world.
May this bread,
deepen our union with you and our neighbour,
and be the sign of your continual blessing.


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 who has done everything well.
Christ brings us healing and wholeness.
Blessed are we who now eat from this table.


Saving God,
in your Own, Jesus,
you have chosen the poor in this world
to be rich in faith
and to be heirs of the kindom
promised to those who love him.
Grant us the grace to touch the lives of those around us
as we make this prayer through Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God




May the One who loves you look kindly upon you. Amen.
May Christ grant you peace all the days of your life. Amen.
May the God of hope fill you with joy. Amen.
And may the blessings of our loving God +... Amen.

Christ has healed us.
Let us go and bring this healing to others.
Thanks be to God.

SONG ‘Inspired by love and anger, disturbed by need and pain’ (674)

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).
Opening Sentences and Intercessions by Dorothy McRae-McMahon;
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: Marc Chagall’s Window at All Saints Church Tudeley, Kent.