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Ordinary Sunday 33, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
November 17, 2013

The Gathering of the People of God



The grace of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
the love of Abba God,
and the friendship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of Country.
Welcome to visitors.

SONG 156: ‘Morning has broken’


Jesus, you reveal God to us
as a Parent who cares for children:
Show us your compassion, O God.
Through the Incarnation you become our Companion:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.
Through your gift of the Spirit,
divine love has been poured into our hearts:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Silence for personal confession.
Lighting the Christ Candle.

God challenges us, God encourages us.
God confronts us, and God accepts us.
God works wonders in our midst
and gives us the eyes, the hearts,
the spirits to see miracles and signs.
God forgives us, God guides us, God leads us home.
Thanks be to God. Amen.


Come, O Christ, be our guest and host.
With friend, with stranger, with young and old,
be present in our midst.
Come close to us that we may come close to you.
Forgive us that we may forgive one another.
Renew us so that, where we have tired or failed,
we may begin again. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

HEBREW BIBLE Isaiah 65:17-25


Holy Spirit, come confirm us
in the truth that Christ makes known;
we have faith and understanding
through your helping gifts alone.

Holy Spirit, come possess us,
you the love of Three in One,
Holy Spirit of the Parent,
Holy Spirit of God’s Own.

GOSPEL Luke 21:5-19

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



Loving God,
We are busy building and rebuilding.
Guide our desire to maintain what has been given us,
to sustain and develop real ministry, real care.
Correct our distracted busy-ness and self-importance.

In the Spirit that moved Francis and Clare
to rebuild your church,
grant us a new love for the Gospel
a love of simple attentiveness and joy,
a faith in simple hospitality.

The first disciples met in simple settings.
They made space at the table for each other,
for the outsider.
They took bread and broke it.
They shared the broken bread.
They remembered the One
whose ways affirmed a God of creation,
a God of abundance, a God of nonviolence.

They re-membered the Storyteller
and they shared their own stories ...

Prayers for others and ourselves.

The gospels arose in settings just like ours.
Remake us as your people
people of worship, witness and service.
Awaken us to opportunities for ministry, for care.
Embolden and equip us for adventure,
for radical discipleship and joy.

Inspire in us a faithfulness for the long haul,
a gentleness for the long haul,
a patience for the long haul,
and a thankfulness for each day
and for every moment
we are given to risk love,
to love and to love again.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING 190: ‘Colourful Creator ...’




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 loved the world so much
that you gave your Only Begotten,
so that all who trust Christ may have eternal life.

V1: Your powerful voice, thundering over the waters,
spoke into being the new-born creation.
V2: From your holy throne, surrounded by seraphim,
you called your prophets to carry the message of life
to those who were enslaved to selfish desires.

V3: You sent your Own, Jesus Christ, into the world
whom the enemies of life lifted up to die,
whom you raised from the grave
V4: and made the source of life for all who look to Christ
in trust and hope.

And now your Holy Spirit bears witness within us
that we are indeed your children,
born from above of water and spirit,
and destined to share with Christ in love’s suffering and glory.

Therefore we sing (761):
Holy, Holy, Holy God, wisdom, strength and hope,
Earth, sea and sky 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.

We acclaim you, Holy One,
all your actions reveal your wisdom and love.
To you be glory, almighty God,
because on the night before he died ...

Gracious God,
we now celebrate the memorial of our redemption.
From the gifts you have given us
we offer you this bread and this cup,
and proclaim the mystery of our faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come in glory.

Therefore, loving God,
recalling now Christ’s death and resurrection,
we ask you to accept this our sacrifice of praise.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us and our celebration,
that we may be fed with the body and blood of Christ
and be filled with your life and goodness.
Strengthen us to do your work,
and to be your body in the world.
Unite us in Christ and give us your peace.

We praise you in union with all the saints
and give you glory through Jesus Christ.
Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere, now and forever.


Abba God in heaven,
hallowed be your name!
May your reign come,
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven:
give us today the bread we need.
And forgive us our debts,
as we hereby forgive those who are indebted to us.
Don’t put us to the test,
but free us from evil.


Jesus, Wisdom of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Word made flesh, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Liberator of creation, grant us peace.



The Sending Forth of the People of God



May the Most High God,
whose voice we have heard in our assembly,
whose face we have seen in Christ Jesus,
and whose Spirit dwells within us and all,
bless you now + ... Amen.

SONG 697: ‘All the sleepy ...’

Based on UIW and UIW2; a liturgy by Bosco Peters,
New Zealand (online). Intercessory prayers by Andrew Collis.
Collect based on prayer from the Iona Abbey Worship Book.
Artwork: The widow’s mite, artist unknown, Parish of Melmount,
County Derry, Ireland (www.melmountparish.com).