Readings for Ordinary Sunday 12
1 Kings 19:1-16 Elijah meets God in a sound of sheer silence
Psalm 42 As the deer longs for flowing streams
Galatians 3:23-29 ... you are one in Christ Jesus
Luke 8:26-39 The healing of the possessed man of Garasenes
Readings for the Anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia (22
Ezekiel 34:25-31 They shall know that I, the Lord, am with them
Psalm 89:1-11 I will sing of your steadfast love
2 Corinthians 6:2-10 Now is the acceptable time
John 15:1-8 I am the true vine
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(numbers refer to the Australian Hymn Book)
13 Let all the world in every corner sing
14 Now thank we all our God
47 God himself is present
55 Sometimes a light surprises
146 Let him to whom we now belong
148 Love divine, all loves excelling
165 What a friend we have in Jesus
176 A man there lived in Galilee
343 Christ is made the sure foundation
385 The Church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord
391 In Christ there is no east or west
397 Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
400 The Saviour's precious blood has made all nations one
410 My God Accept my heart this day
451 Lord Jesus Christ,/ you have come to us
467 Who would true valour see
496 `Take up your cross', the Saviour said
509 Stand up, stand up for Jesus
522 O master, let me walk with thee
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Sermon summary Pentecost 3 (Ordinary Sunday 12) Year C (Click here for complete sermon)
Silent Communion and Social Action
Do we concentrate on the inner life of prayer and spiritual communion, or do we put our time and effort into outreach and social justice. We have diversity of functions within the body, and some may be more inner than outer, but all members of the body of Christ need to possess both the inner and the outer expressions of the faith. For many of us it that means that steps need to be taken to renew the inner life of communion with God.
The powerful voice of God and the silent voice
We saw last week how the courage and integrity of the prophet Elijah raised important questions for us today about powers of government, liberty, justice and idolatry. The idea of God speaking with a voice like thunder [Psalm 46:6] seems to fit that kind of proclamation. Moses was called [Exodus 3:2-4] and he received the law with signs of power in fire, smoke, earthquake and lightening [Exodus 20:1-3; 33:18-23; cf Pentecost in Acts 2], like what Elijah experienced on the mountain [1 Kings 19:11-12]; but here we learn about a contrasting facet of God's relationship with us -- how he can speak quietly, even silently, in secret communion -- "a still small voice": a sound of sheer silence. He is a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love .. [Exodus 34:6].
God's humble servant
This is the God whose power was given to the servant to come, who will not break the bruised reed [Isaiah 42:1-4], the suffering servant [Isaiah 53:3-12]. When the Messiah, Jesus, came, he took the quiet way himself [Mark 15:2-5; 14:60]. The same gentle voice of the good shepherd [Ps 23; John 10] is heard in his word to the disciples If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me [Luke 9:23-24].
We are called to follow his way
When we follow his gentle voice that is a way of sharing in the life of Christ through service to others, just as in the holy communion at the Lord's table we share in his life in another way. There is always a link between the quiet inner voice of the gentle saviour and strong social witness. [See also Galatians 3:28 and recall events in South Africa.]
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Order of Service Pentecost 3 (Ordinary Sunday 12) Year C
The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones. -- Psalms 89:1,5
HYMN 47 God himself is present
PRAYER OF ADORATION
We have failed to love you with all our heart and to be good stewards of your creation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We have failed to take up the cross of discipleship and to be good stewards of your gospel: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We have failed to be faithful members of your church and to be good stewards of your spiritual gifts: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
The good news is that all who trust in Christ will have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life. As you hold this faith, I declare that you are set free from all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Thanks be to God.
DOXOLOGY: Choir Jubilate Deo
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
Service of the Word
INTRODUCTION OF THEME: The God of silence A word to the children
HYMN 165 What a friend we have in Jesus
FIRST READING 1 Kings 19:1-16 Elijah meets God in a sound of sheer silence
PSALM 42 As the deer longs for flowing streams
EPISTLE Galatians 3:23-29 ... you are one in Christ Jesus
GOSPEL John 15:1-8 I am the true vine
HYMN 176 A man there lived in Galilee
HYMN 451 Lord Jesus Christ, / you have come to us
OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
CONFESSION OF FAITH We are a Pilgrim People [Adapted
from the Basis of Union]
We believe in one God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We proclaim Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen One, confessing him as Lord to the glory of God the Father.
In the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, we acclaim Jesus as the Lord of the church, the Head over all things, the beginning of a new creation.
We acknowledge that we live and work between the time of Christ's death and resurrection and the final consummation of all things which he will bring.
We are a pilgrim people, always on the way towards a promised goal; on the way Christ feeds us with word and sacraments, and we have the gift of the Spirit on order that we may not lose our way.
We will live and work within the faith and unity of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, bearing witness to that unity which is both Christ's gift and his will.
We affirm that every member of the church is engaged to confess the faith of Christ crucified. Together with all the people of God, we will serve the world for which Christ died. And we await the hope the day of the Lord Jesus.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE [Free prayer within the following framework]
Father, we pray for the holy catholic Church;
that we all may be one.
Grant that every member of the church may truly and humbly serve you;
that your name may be glorified by all people.
We pray for all ministers of the gospel;
that they may faithfully proclaim your Word and administer your holy sacraments.
We pray for the Uniting Church in Australia; for John, President of the National Assembly; for [Pam], Moderator of the Synod; and for all who exercise leadership locally and throughout the Church.
that they may be granted wisdom, courage and humility in service.
We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
that there may be justice and peace on the earth.
Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
that our works may find favour in your sight.
Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
that they may be delivered from their distress
We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
may we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.
Let us pray for our community, for the life and worship of this congregation
and for those whose needs are known to us.....
Let us pray for ourselves.....
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Father, fashion us into disciples whose hope springs from the love of our Master, exalted on the throne of the cross. May the assurance he gives empower us to conquer the temptations that alarm us within, and the fears that assail us from without; that we may journey with courage along the way of Calvary to the true and eternal life that awaits us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN 146 Let him to whom we now belong
WORD OF MISSION
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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