Lectionary -- Ordinary 14 Year B

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2 Samuel 5:1-5,9-10 King David made a covenant with the people
Psalm 48 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
2 Corinthians 12:2-10 My grace is sufficient for you
Mark 6:1-13 Jesus in his hometown and at mission in the villages

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Sunday 14, Yr.B
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
G All hail the power of Jesus' name 224 159
Ps All who love and serve your city 634 562
E Amazing grace (how sweet the sound) 129 56
G Break now the bread of life 429 334
E Captain of Israel's host and Guide 574 485
E Come O Fount of every blessing 152
E Dear Lord for all in pain 612
E Father hear the prayer we offer 510
O/Ps Glorious things of you are spoken 446 374
G God has spoken to his people, Hallelujah! 636 39
E God is our song and every singer blest 646 38
O God is our strength and refuge 28
E God moves in a mysterious way 126 54
O God of eternity, Lord of the ages 89
Ps Great God we sing that mighty hand 124 52
G Hail to the Lord's anointed 275 203
G Help us O Lord, to learn 428 340
E How firm a foundation, you people of God 578 491
O I want to walk as a child of the light 643
E If we will trust in God to guide us 554 459
O Jerusalem the golden 346
G Join all the glorious names (vv.1,4,5,11,12) 205 135
E Lord of creation, to you be all praise 626 557
Ps Now thank we all our God 106 14
G O dearest Jesus, why aren't you acquitted 337 254
Ps O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder 155
G O Master let me walk with thee 601 522
Ps Praise to the Lord, the Almighty 111 28
G Sent forth by God's blessing 531 76
G Sing praise to God who reigns above 110 27
E Soldiers of Christ arise 570 481
O Stand up and bless the Lord 449 393
E Thanks to God whose word was spoken 431 339
G The day you gave us, Lord, is ended 458 388
Ps This this is the God we adore 220 153
G When I survey the wondrous cross 342 258
G You servants of God, your Master proclaim 215 144
O Your hand O God, has guided 456 389

 Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 29 (TIS 714) Eat this bread, drink this cup
SA 32 Father, now we come, well knowing/ we shall not be turned away
SA 84 (TIS 528) The Son of God proclaim
42 (TIS 72) From all who dwell below the skies
92 (TIS 158) God has spoken by his prophets
134 (TIS 206) With joy we meditate the grace
190 Christ, our King before creation
363 Heart and heart unit together
394 I was overjoyed, Alleluia! [Jerusalem our home]
416 (TIS 495) Father, we give you thanks, who planted
465 (TIS 560) All my hope on God is founded [last week]

Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon)

The otherness of Jesus

It has been common in recent times for pious Christian believers to think of Jesus as an intimate friend, like a member of the family; but I wonder, if the truth be known, how welcome he would be, and how much he would feel at home, in our families. Of course it is true that in the family of faith he is our brother. That is different from our natural families. It comes from our being adopted as children of God and sharing the love of brothers and sisters in Christ [Romans 8:14-17; 1 John 4:21;5-1] not by way of a natural birthright but through the grace and generosity of God. I would not wish to discourage a sense of intimacy in devotion to Jesus, but do suggest that to incorporate the figure of Christ too easily into our memory and love of human families could involve us in quite serious self-deception.

In the Methodist tradition, Wesley combined the personal loving response to Christ with the catholic traditions of the church, but there have been two rather different aberrations which have developed from that kind of personal piety in recent times. One is a false kind of individualistic faith which emphasises certain kinds of personal experience and the other is a concern with social justice which denies or ignores the transcendental character of Christ. Each of these derivatives of personal faith in Christ as friend and brother gets us into trouble because they tend to assimilate the gospel to our current social cultural and personal preferences, so that only that which fits with what we otherwise believe is allowed to enter our lives. That is the big question for us behind the story of what happened to Jesus when he came back to his hometown [Mark 6:1-6; cf Matthew 13:53-58 and Luke 4:16-30. See also John 2:12; Mark 3:31-35; John 7:3-17]

They took offense at him. It was beyond all expectations and unacceptable in a way which challenged their basic values. The claim and the real offense was that his teaching came from God as he himself had come from God. The message for us is that there is an otherness about Jesus. He does not fit easily into human families, values and institutions, but comes from a holy God. Our Lord Jesus Christ brings under judgement all petty human loyalties and transforms them into the life of the Kingdom of God, in which we may know and enjoy him for ever.

Order of Service -- Ordinary 14 Year B -- | DB Home | RCL Resources Index | Questions and Comments |

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 From all who dwell below the skies   (TIS 72; AHB 42)


Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


CONFESSION [In three parts, concluding ...] Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.


The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. -- 1 Timothy 1:15
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Home and the gospel: the otherness of Jesus
FIRST READING 2 Samuel 5:1-5,9-10 King David made a covenant with the people
PSALM 48 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
Choir All over the world
EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 My grace is sufficient for you
GOSPEL Mark 6:1-13 Jesus in his hometown and at mission in the villages

HYMN AHB 363 Heart and heart unite together
SHARING TIME [Notices, Celebrations and requests for intercessions]
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 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.....

Remove, 0 Father, the veil from our eyes, and grant us the light of the Spirit; that we may learn to recognise your glory in the humiliation of your Son, and experience in the weakness of our own human nature the surpassing power of his resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The Lord's Supper

HYMN Father, we give you thanks, who planted (TIS 495 AHB 416)
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Thanks and praise ..... in the eternal hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

We thank you ....
[The great prayer of thanksgiving continues, recalling God's goodness in caring for his people, the life and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ, how he commanded his disciples to remember him with the bread and the wine, and we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit on us and what we do.]

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN Thanks to God whose word was spoken (TIS 431; AHB 339)
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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