Lectionary for Pentecost 5 (Ordinary Sunday 14) Year C

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2 Kings 5:1-14 Naaman is cured of leprosy by the word of Elisha
Psalm 30 I will extol you, O Lord
Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked
Luke 10:1-11,16-20 The mission of the seventy

Possible Hymns (numbers from The Australian Hymn Book) (See Order of Service for Together in Song numbers)

10 All people that on earth do dwell
13 Let all the world in every corner sing
60 Father of heaven, whose love profound
136 Jesus shall reign wher'er the sun
165 What a friend we have in Jesus
203 Hail to the Lord's anointed
262 We sing the praise of him who died
265 In the cross of Christ I glory
374 Glorious things of thee are spoken
420 Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts
445 Here, Lord, we take the broken bread
465 All my hope on God is founded
480 Forth in thy name I Lord I go
503 O brother man
504 In heavenly love abiding
543 God of grace, God of glory
549 Almighty God, lift up our eyes

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 Sermon summary Pentecost 5 (O13) Year C (Click here for complete sermon)

Jesus sent the disciples out on mission. They were to announce the coming of the Kingdom. The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. [Luke 10:2]. God has prepared great things. It is his harvest.

Going out in faith

That they go out in faith. [Luke 10:3-4]. They go as innocents abroad (as lambs among wolves), vulnerable, apparently ill prepared for a journey (no money, no bag, no sandals), and with a sense of urgency (no stopping for an idle chat). They will have cause to be thankful; and they should be grateful for whatever is offered to them. There is something to said for a church that `risks living the way of Jesus'.

The message

Healing the sick was much the same as saying The kingdom of God has come near to you. [Luke 10:9]. Today in the Church in Victoria there is a special effort called "the re-joining of word and deed". Much the same message is contained in the greeting Peace to this house!

What about rejection?

The harvest is there to be gathered, but God has given every person the capacity freely to accept or reject the message. The messengers job was to convey the message faithfully. They were not responsible for success in a worldly sense, neither were they responsible for failure. [Luke 10:10-12].

The joy of the Kingdom

The outcome for the disciples, however, was that they returned from their mission with joy. [Luke 10:17]. It was an exciting experience and Jesus shared their joy. [Luke 10:18-19]. They had seen that the powers of evil have been overcome, so the Kingdom has indeed arrived. Theirs was the joyfulness of sharing in far more than we could have asked or expected. In our local mission there might have to be big changes and much greater commitment; but if the work is blessed it will not be our doing. We go out in faith, trusting God to provide what is needed.

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Order of Service - Ordinary Sunday 14 Year C (Hymn numbers in AHB and TIS)

The Gathering of the People of God

Let us worship God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. -- Luke 10:2
The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!" -- Luke 10:17
HYMN AHB13 TIS 105 Let all the world in every corner sing

Mighty and merciful God, we meet to celebrate your greatness.
We join with the hosts of heaven to sing your praise and to offer you worship.
For you are worthy of adoration from every mouth,
and every tongue should praise you.
You created the earth by your power; you save the human race by your mercy; and make it new by your grace.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we offer you our grateful praise.

Most merciful God we confess that we have sinned against you and our neighbour. We have taken great benefits with little thanks and we have been more ready to insist upon our rights than to see the needs of others. Have mercy and forgive us, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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: Mission with joy: confident in the Kingdom
FIRST READING 2 Kings 5:1-14 Naaman is cured of leprosy by through Elisha
PSALM 30 I will extol you, O Lord
EPISTLE Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked
GOSPEL Luke 10:1-11,16-20 The mission of the seventy

HYMN AHB 203 TIS 275 Hail to the Lord's anointed
HYMN AHB 136 TIS 207 Jesus shall reign wher'er the sun
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
A prayer for faithfulness in mission
Loving God as we prepare to share in the life of Christ at the holy table, grant us the grace to share in his life in the world through faithful witness. Teach us how to be open with others about our faith in him, to speak the truth in love, humbly and without shame. Save us and all members of the church, especially those with leadership responsibilities, from the temptation to conform to what is popular or what is favoured by people we admire for their success in the world. Teach us how to rely upon you, in the power of the Spirit, and not upon ourselves, to bring the harvest of the Kingdom. Let us seek no other reward than to know that we will receive what is promised to faithful witnesses, the reward of knowing you and being known by you in the communion of all the saints for ever. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Lord's Supper
HYMN AHB 357 TIS 443 Come dearest Lord, descend and dwell
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: [SA 100c and 100d]
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.]
THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of hymn book]
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 AHB 450 TIS 530 Now let us from this table rise
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord: In the name of Christ. Amen.

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