Lectionary -- Ordinary Sunday 11 - Year C

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1 Kings 21:1-21a How King Ahab and Jezebel stole Naboth's vineyard
Psalm 5:1-8 Give ear to my words O Lord
Galatians 2:15-21 A person is justified not through works, but through faith
Luke 7:36 to 8:3 She of whom much was forgiven showed great love

Possible Hymns

Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn and its supplement Sing Alleluia)
67 O worship the King
76 Lord you have been our dwelling place
159 All hail the power of Jesu's name
164 O hear the news -- God loved the world
265 In the cross of Christ I glory
420 Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts
456 All my hope on God is founded
480 Forth in thy name, O Lord I go
481 Soldiers of Christ arise
523 Now let us see thy beauty Lord
543 God of grace and God of glory
555 In faith and hope and love
568 What does the lord require
SA 40 God, we praise you, God we bless you

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Sermon summary Pentecost 2 Year C (Click here for complete sermon)

Government power, justice and prophecy

The Old Testament lesson today tells of a struggle between king and commoner, in which the royal power is initially thwarted and then imposed ruthlessly through the deceptive agency of the queen, crushing an ordinary citizen, only to find the king confronted and condemned by the prophet of God. The plot of this ancient drama is one of greed, abuse of power, murder and theft on one side, and of integrity, compassion and courage on the other. Elijah, the great prophet of that time, was a man of God and a friend of the poor and the widow. Ahab was King of Israel. He was by conventional measures a successful political and military leader, but in other ways he was weak and unreliable. Jezebel came from Tyre the Phoenician city on the coast which was a centre of international trade and in Israel she fostered the worship of idols and claimed absolute rights for the king.

Naboth represents the simple righteous man who farms his land with integrity and tries to keep the law of Moses. He is far removed in outlook from the newly sophisticated court of Ahab and Jezebel with its ivory palace and cosmopolitan ways. The stage is then set for a clash of cultures and beliefs, when Ahab wants Naboth's vineyard for a garden. The Queen ruthlessly plots his death, but Elijah challenges the king and predicts disaster for them both.

Through this little drama God reveals his way of dealing with people and how they suffer if they do not relate to each other in the way that he has provided. The issues at stake are live issues still today. For example, should there be any limits on the power of government? Can land rights be taken away? Should smart practice, cheating on the weak, be rewarded? Is human life always to be valued and protected? Is prosperity to be sought at the expense of human welfare? In Elijah and his work we see a forerunner of the great events in the life Jesus.

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Order of Service Pentecost 2 Year

The Gathering of the People of God

Give ear to my words, O LORD;
Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God.
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.
Through the abundance of your steadfast love, I will enter your house,
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
-- Psalm 5:1-3,7

HYMN SA 40 God, we praise you, God, we bless you

Loving God, Lord of the Church, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed: we have not loved you with all our heart or served you with all our strength; we have been blind to the vision of a renewed world and deaf to your call to costly discipleship; we have been indifferent to the suffering of others and unwilling to forgive one another. In your mercy, Lord, pardon and restore us, that together in the ministry of Christ we may serve you with joy all the days of our life. Amen.
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. -- 1 John 1:9
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
DOXOLOGY: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: A word to the children and blessing
OLD TESTAMENT 1 Kings 21:1-21a King Ahab and Jezebel stole Naboth's vineyard
PSALM 5:1-8 Give ear to my words O Lord
EPISTLE Gal. 2:15-21 A person is justified not through works, but through faith
GOSPEL Luke 7:36 to 8:3 She of whom much was forgiven showed great love

HYMN 420 Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts
HYMN 543 God of grace and God of glory

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.
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 and ....our chairperson of presbytery and ...presbytery minister,
for elders and members of the local church council,
and for all who hold office in this congregation;
for all who serve God in the church.
For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray.
Hear us, Lord
for your mercy is great.
We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life.
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 (to the Father, whose love gives us strength to follow his Son):
God our Father, we rejoice in the faith that draws us together, aware that selfishness can drive us apart. Let your encouragement be our constant strength. Keep us one in the love that has scaled our lives, and help us to live the gospel we profess as one family, united in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 480 Forth in thy name, O Lord I go

God has told you what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? -- Micah 6:8
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord: In the name of Christ. Amen.

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