Lectionary - Ordinary 13 (Pentecost +3) Year B

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2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 David laments the deaths of Saul and Jonathan
Psalm 130 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Giving according to your means
Mark 5:21-43 Healing of a woman of faith and the raising of Jairus' daughter

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
2 Samuel 1: 1, 17-27
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide TIS.586.AHB.502
Rejoice in God's saints, today and all days TIS.470 SA.73

Psalm 130
Be still, my soul, the Lord is on your side TIS.123 AHB.48
How shall I sing to God TIS.667
Lord, from the depths I cry to you AHB.22
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord TIS.81

2 Corinthians 8: 7-15
Glory to God, Glory to God, praise and alleluia TIS.171
He became poor, that we may be rich TIS.721
Jesus, if still the same thou art AHB.472
Let all together praise our God TIS.298
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS.606 AHB.529
Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown AHB.206
Where cross the crowded ways of life TIS.608 AHB.532

Mark 5: 21-43
Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father TIS.154
I danced in the morning when the world was begun TIS.242 AHB.183
Jesus' hands were kind hands TIS.236 AHB.178
O Christ the healer, we have come TIS.638
O for a thousand tongues to sing TIS.210 AHB.141
Put all your trust in God TIS.555 AHB.464
Woman in the night TIS.661
Your arm, O Lord, in days of old AHB.167

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 49 (TIS 632) In great thanksgiving
SA 78 (TIS 241) God so loved the people of the world
SA 97 (TIS 87) You are before me, Lord, you are behind
22 Lord, from my the depths, I cry to you
40 (TIS 119) I sing the almighty power of God
44 (TIS 90) I'll praise my maker while I've breath
83 (TIS 96) O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height
144 (TIS 215) Ye servants of God
147 (TIS 216) Rejoice the Lord is King
168 Immortal love for ever full
373 (TIS 777) May the grace of Christ our Saviour
465 (TIS 560) All my hope on God is founded
487 (TIS 573) A charge to keep I have
553 (TIS 620) O Jesus Christ, to thee may hymns be rising
558 (TIS 629) When I needed a neighbour

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Healing, wholeness and salvation

your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed

The faith of the woman who was healed when she touched his clothes is one of the great examples of personal faith in Jesus. Hers was an intensely personal kind of faith, befitting her particular need (Mark 5:27-28). He reacted at first as if someone had taken advantage of him. (Mark 5:30). But he gave his blessing when she came to him in fear and trembling. (Mark 5:31-34). She would have been ritually unclean according to Jewish law (Leviticus 15:25-30) and unable to take a normal part in the life of her family and community. Besides physical healing it implies also salvation, or restoration of her relationship to God, and restoration to her place of normal social interaction with her family and neighbours.

The Hebrew people, though they might lack, in our view, an adequate understanding of disease and a proper regard for women, knew something profoundly more important: that wholeness of life on earth, in ourselves in body mind and spirit, in relation to the rest of creation and in society in all our relationships, depends upon our being in harmony with God the source and support of all life.

That broad conception of healing and reconciliation going together is found elsewhere in the gospels, as when Jesus said to the paralysed man your sins are forgiven (Mark 2:9). Both being "made well" and being "healed" contain the idea of being made whole. Other uses of the same Greek word are found where the language of salvation is preferred. (Matthew 1:21; 8:25-26; 10:22; 27:40; Mark 10:51-52; Mark 5:23). It is no accident that the story of the healing of the woman of faith is set within the story of the raising of Jairus' daughter. He was saving people from death as they were restored to wholeness of life in relationship to God, through faith. (Compare Luke 7:47-50; 2 Corinthians 5:19). Here is the great work of salvation, healing and wholeness of the person and relationships, both in the earth and in heaven. (Ephesians 2:4-7).

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Order of Service - Ordinary 13 (Pentecost +2) Year B

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice! Psalms 130:1-2
O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. Psalms 130:7

HYMN 40 I sing the almighty power of God (Tune 46)

PRAYER OF ADORATION
CONFESSION
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
In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
Hear then Christ's word of grace: 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.

WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Wholeness

OLD TESTAMENT 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 David laments the death of Saul
PSALM 130 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord
HYMN 22 Lord, from my the depths, I cry to you (Psalm 130; Tune 21)
EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Giving according to your means
GOSPEL Mark 5:21-43 Healing of a woman of faith and Jairus' daughter

HYMN 168 Immortal love for ever full
SERMON
HYMN 167 Your arm O Lord in days of old

OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
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 John, president of the Assembly, for James President-elect, and the work of the Assembly meeting in July 2000,
for .... our moderator and for .....our presbytery minister/chairperson,
for our minister(s), elders and members of the parish 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.

COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Almighty God,
in whom are hidden all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge:
open our eyes to your presence,
and make us more responsive to your call,
that we may grow in the wisdom and grace you offer us
in Christ Jesus our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 465 All my hope on God is founded
WORD OF MISSION
BLESSING
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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