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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Time, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

GREETING

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 Traditional Owners.
Welcome to visitors. Lighting the Christ Candle.

SONG

PENITENTIAL RITE

O God, we come into your presence
 preoccupied with our cares,
 afraid to face our emptiness.
Disclose your wisdom
 in the reading of your Holy Word,
 and in the proclamation of your gospel.
May our labours be pleasing to you,
 and may we be inspired to proclaim the good news
 of Jesus our Sovereign.

Silence for personal confession.

Jesus, Word of God and Saviour of all:
Show us your compassion.

Jesus, Good Shepherd and Lamb of God:
Show us your compassion.

Jesus, true vine and bread of life:
Show us your compassion.

Hear the good news.
God’s mercy is plentiful, and God’s grace is abundant.

COLLECT

God, we are your people.
Transform us and make us anew.
Spin us into strong threads
 
of love and caring.
Weave us into a community
 
of wisdom and compassion,
 
kindness and rejoicing.
Sew us into garments
 
of strength and dignity.
We are your people,
 
the work of your hands.
May we praise you forever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING

PSALM

EPISTLE

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

GOSPEL

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

HOMILY

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING

THE 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 the joy of our salvation,
God of the universe,
to give you thanks through Jesus Christ.
You said, ‘Let there be light’; there was light.
Your light shines on in our darkness.

For you the earth has brought forth life in all its forms.
You have created us to hear your Word,
to do your will and to be fulfilled in your love.
You sent your Beloved to be for us the way we need to follow
and the truth we need to know.

You send your Holy Spirit to strengthen and to guide,
to warn and to revive your Church.
Therefore, with all your witnesses
who surround us on every side,
countless as heaven’s stars,
we praise you for creation and for our calling,
with loving and with joyful hearts as 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.

Blessed are you, most holy, in your Beloved;
On that night before he died ...

Therefore with this bread and wine we recall your goodness to us.
God of the past and present,
we your people remember Jesus your Own.
We thank you for his cross and rising again,
we take courage from his ascension;
we look for his coming in glory
and in Christ we give ourselves to you.

With thanksgiving and hope we say:
Glory to you, O Christ;
your death we show forth;
your resurrection we proclaim;
your coming we await; Amen!

Send your Holy Spirit, that we who receive Christ’s body
may indeed be the body of Christ,
and we who share his cup draw strength from the one true vine.
Called to follow Christ, help us to reconcile and unite.
Called to love, give us hope in our calling.
For you, the heavenly one, make all things new;
you are the beginning and the end, the last and the first,
to whom we bring our songs of everlasting praise.
Blessing, honour and glory be yours, here and everywhere,
now and for ever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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

As we share this bread,
we proclaim our willingness to build a community of love,
to be the holy people that God calls us to be.

LAMB OF GOD

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

COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Gracious God,
in this Eucharist
you have given us a foretaste of your eternal banquet.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

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

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW2;
a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online);
Collect from Just in Time! Prayers for Ordinary Time, Abingdon, 2012.
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Artwork: Giorgio Morandi, Still Life, 1962.