Ordinary 10 - Year A

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Genesis 12:1-9 Abraham and his people set out on their journey
Psalm 33:1-12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous
Romans 4:13-25 The faith of Abraham and the promise of God
Matthew 9:9-13,18-26 Jesus teaches mercy, inspires faith and wholeness

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
A Yr. A: Hymns for Sunday 10, Yr.A TIS AHB SA
E Amazing grace (how sweet the sound) 129
G At the name of Jesus 231 170
Come O Fount of every blessing 152
E Faith will not grow from words alone 691
O God gives us a future 687
O Great God, we sing that mighty hand 124 52
O Great is your faithfulness 154
E Have faith in God, my heart 619 552
E How firm a foundation, you people of God 578 491
G I come with joy to meet my Lord 533 452
O/E If we will trust in God to guide us 554 459
G Immortal love, forever full 168
G Jesus' hands were kind hands 236 178
G Jeus calls us; o'er the tumult 589 505
Ps Lift up your heads, you mighty gates 267
E/G O Christ the healer, we have come 638
Ps O God of truth, whose living word 507
G O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising 620 553
G Son of the Father, Jesus Lord and slave 184
Ps Thanks to God whose word was spoken 431 339
O The God of Abraham praise 125 53
G There's a wideness in God's mercy 136 [72]
O Through all the changing scenes of life 112 30
G What does the Lord require 618 568
O What God ordains is always good 109
O Who would true valour see 561 467

Other Suggested Hymns from the Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia [TIS added]
SA 28 [TIS 16] Do not be afraid, I am with you
2 Father, we praise you, now the night is over
28 [TIS 111] Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation [verses 1 & 5]
61 [TIS 447] Lord, your almighty word
68 [TIS 134] Praise my soul the king of heaven
102 [TIS 166] Sing a new song, sing a new song [fr. Ps 33]
137 Jesus, thy blood and righteousness
167 Your arm, O Lord, in days of old / was strong to heal and save
169 At even, when the sun was set

333 [TIS 427] Lord, your word abiding
473 [TIS 565] Author of faith, eternal word
490 [TIS 577] Come, let us to the Lord our God
503 [TIS 587] O brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother
509 [TIS 592] Stand up, stand up for Jesus
511 [TIS 594] Fight the good fight with all thy might
518 From thee all skill and science flow

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The Miracle of Wholeness

Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. -- Matthew 9:22

There can be little doubt that the faith of the woman we read about in the gospel today was a simple kind of trust [see verse 21]. That simple-hearted faith was, Jesus said, what made her well (or more completely "whole"). Do you believe it? Do you believe in miracles? I would go so far as to say that you cannot believe in God in a Biblical sense without believing in miracles, but you do need to understand miracles as objects of wonder also in a Biblical sense.

It has always seemed to me, from my experience in research, that the marvels of scientific discovery were something to celebrated as wonders which give reason to glorify God. I never found any conflict between science and the Christian faith though I did sometimes find conflict between scientists and Christians through prejudice and ignorance of each other, especially where peculiar interpretations of the Bible are advance in the place of scientific discoveries. It might appear to be contradictory that I want, at the same time, to assert my belief that it is essential for the Christian faith to maintain a commitment to the authority of the Bible. To take the Bible seriously requires us to avoid compromises with present day attitudes and beliefs. It is equally important, if we take the Bible seriously, to use all our intelligence and the best of scholarship to understand it.

There is cause for wonder in creation as a whole as well as in the unusual things that stand out. The people of God in the Bible understood this [see Psalms 8:3; 65:6-13; Amos 4:13; Isaiah 40:26; Romans 1:19-20] though they also paid attention to special acts like an eclipse or an earthquake, etc. [Joel 2:30-31; Matthew 27:45,51; Exodus 14:21; 15:10; 19:16-18] as well as natural processes [Hosea 2:8; Matthew 6:28-29] and saw the work of God "above all through all and in all" [Ephesians 4:6]. Compare Matthew 9:20-22 and Mark 5:25-34 with Luke 8:43-48. The more complete recovery, being "made whole", came with faith in Jesus. You see, the deepest meaning of a miracle is to be in touch with God. (Ephesians 3:20-21).

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The Gathering of the People of God

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. -- Romans 1:7
Let us worship God.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

HYMN TIS 154 Great is your faithfulness, or AHB 2 Father, we praise you, now the night is over


ANTHEM choir: Father, your people come

Merciful God, our Maker and our Judge,
We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed:
We have not loved you with our whole heart,
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
We repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father, forgive us.
Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

"Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; {8} blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin." -- Romans 4:7-8 [from Psalm 32:1-2]
God is love. Through Christ your sins are forgiven. Take hold of this forgiveness and live your life in the power of the Holy Spirit.

DOXOLOGY: Hymn TIS 111, AHB 28, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty [verses 1 & 5]


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Faith, healing and salvation

OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 12:1-9 Abraham and people set out on their journey
PSALM 33:1-12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous
EPISTLE Romans 4:13-25 The faith of Abraham and the promise of God
GOSPEL Matthew 9:9-13,18-26 Jesus teaches mercy, inspires faith and wholeness

HYMN Lord, your word abiding AHB 333 TIS 427


HYMN TIS 638 O Christ, the healer, we have come or AHB 167 You arm, O Lord, in days of old / was strong to heal and save

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
For all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone.
For this community, our country, and the world;
for all who work for justice, freedom and peace.
For the just and proper use of your creation;
for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.
May you bless with wholeness, justice and reconciliation all who are need.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all seek the truth.
For the Uniting Church in Australia,
for James, President of the Assembly,
for ..., moderator of our Synod,
for ...., chairperson of presbytery,
and for ...., presbytery minister,
for elders and members of the church council,
and for all who hold office in this congregation;
for all who serve God in the church.
May you bless and guide them to serve you well.
For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray.
The people may offer their own petition, either silently or aloud.]
Hear us, Lord
for your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life.
The people may offer their own thanksgivings, either silently or aloud.]
We exalt you, O God our king;
and praise your name for ever and ever.
We give thanks for all those who have died in the peace of Christ, and for the promise of your eternal kingdom.
In Christ you have called us to eternal glory;
to you be praise for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray (for the confidence born of faith):
God our Father, teach us to cherish the gifts that surround us. Increase our faith in you. and bring our trust to its promised fulfilment in the joy of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of the Hymn Book]

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN Have faith in God my heart AHB 552 TIS 619
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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