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Ordinary Sunday 26, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
September 29, 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 Traditional Owners.
Welcome to visitors. Lighting the Christ Candle.


Come, O God of oceans wide:
shifting sands and crashing waves;
fish of every shape and size,
creatures of the reefs and caves.
 Sing out, earth and skies! ...

Come, Creator of the cat,
in the jungle, in the yard;
kookaburra and wombat,
species that we disregard.
 Sing out, earth and skies! ...

Come, O God, in wind and rain,
lightning flash and thunder roll;
refresh the Earth and life sustain,
shelter, inspire and console.
 Sing out, earth and skies! ...

Come, O God of stars that sing
planets, moons in cosmic song.
Gawi, God of everything,
making graceful, making strong.
 Sing out, earth and skies! ...


Silence for personal confession.

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


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 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

EPISTLE 1 Timothy 6:6-19


GOSPEL Luke 16:19-31

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



Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING 683: ‘God! When human bonds are broken’




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 alone are Sovereign,
you dwell in heaven’s light.

In the shadow of your wing,
you created the Earth and gave life to all things.
Through Moses and the prophets
you called us to take hold of the life that really is life.

When our own harmful desires plunged us into destruction,
and we gazed across a great chasm
hungering for even the crumbs that fell from your table,
you sealed a promise that our homelands
would once again feed and clothe us.

You sent your child, Jesus Christ. to show us your power to save.
After testifying to the truth before Pontius Pilate,
 he was killed,
but you raised him from the dead,
and now he seats us at your banquet table,
and richly provides us with everything for fullness of life.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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



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


SONG 779: ‘May the feet of God walk with you’


Go now and take hold of the life that really is life.
Shun the eagerness for money but be rich in good works.
Pursue justice, godliness,
faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

And may God be your refuge and fortress;
may Christ Jesus free you from all that ensnares you;
and may the Holy Spirit provide you with everything ...
for godliness and contentment.

We go in peace to love and serve our God.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Based on UIW2;
a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online);
“Song of Praise” words by Andrew Collis, 2013.
Blessing from Laughing Bird Liturgies.
Collect from Just in Time! Prayers for Ordinary Time, Abingdon, 2012.
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.

Artwork: “Lazarus at the Rich Man’s Door”
from the Pictorial Bible of the Abbey of St Bertin,
France (St. Omer), ca. 1190-1200.