Lectionary -- Ordinary 17 Year

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2 Samuel 11:1-15 King David desires Bathsheba and take her from Uriah
Psalm 14 Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God."
Ephesians 3:14-21 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith
John 6:1-21 Jesus feeding the five thousand and walking on the sea

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Sunday 17, Yr.B
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
E Almighty Father who dost give 541
O Be thou my guardian and my guide 498
G Bread is blessed and broken 707
G Bread of heaven on you we feed 513 434
G Break now the bread of life 429 334
E Come dearest Lord, descend and dwell 443 357
O Creator of the earth and skies 556
G Eat this bread, drink this cup 714 29
G Feed us now, O Son of God 565
G For the fruits of all creation 168 37
E God of grace and God of glory 611 543
G Guide me O my great Redeemer 569 478
G Here Lord, we take the broken bread 523 446
G I am the Bread of Life 535
E Jesus loves me this I know 229 166
G Jesus the Lord said: I am the bread 239 185
G Just as I am without one plea 584 497
O Let all the world in every corner sing 185 13
G Let us break bread together 511 433
G Let us talents and tongues employ 537 59
O Lord hear my praying, listen to me 689
O Not the powerful, not the privileged 288
E O Spirit of the living God 405 318
E O the deep deep love of Jesus 232
E/G Our Father by whose name 71
E Shalom to you now 778
G The king of love my shepherd is 145 81
O What does the Lord require 618 568

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
10 (TIS 59) All people that on earth do dwell
40 (TIS 119) I sing the almighty power of God
143 (TIS 214) My heart is full of Christ
148 (TIS 217) Love divine, all loves excelling
364 (TIS 440) Christ from whom all blessings flow
389 (TIS 456) Your hand, O God, has guided
455 (TIS 547) Be thou my vision
477 (TIS 567) God of all power, and truth, and grace
480 (TIS 571) Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go
486 (TIS 572) O thou who camest from above
487 (TIS 573) A charge to keep I have
520 (TIS 599) Take my life and let it / consecrated
522 (TIS 601) O Master, let me walk with thee
558 (TIS 629) When I needed a neighbour were you there

Sermon summary (click here for complete sermon)

Miracles and the bread of heaven

The story of the feeding of the five thousand (John 6:1-14, etc) relates the fellowship meal which Jesus shared with the crowd in Galilee to our sharing in the Lord's Supper and to our obligation to share what we have with people in need. The memory of the feeding of the five thousand was both deeply spiritual and practical in an everyday sense. Its meaning is enhanced further by what follows in John's Gospel in the account of Jesus walking on the water.

You can see the feeding the crowd as a psychological or social miracle along the lines of what happens when sharing is encouraged. You might say that the willingness of a boy inspired by Jesus to share his lunch led to everyone present sharing whatever they had amongst them, with the result that they were all satisfied. It is plausible; but the disciples who remembered the event and passed on the story believed there was more to it: Are we asked to believe that there really was a multiplication of the loaves and fishes in the hands of Jesus, and that Jesus really did walk on water?

When Jesus later discussed the meaning of the sharing and told people about the bread that came down from heaven the real question was whether Jesus had come from God (John 6:25-65). What kind of a sign was Jesus giving when he fed five thousand? Why is it followed by the miracle of walking on the sea? ...and they were terrified. {20} But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." (John 6:19-20). The implication is that they need not be afraid if they know who he is.

Literally what he said was "I am, do not be afraid." Who else in the Bible says "I am" to identify himself? It is God who says that "I am" is his name. (Exodus 3:13-14) . Was the great "I am", being itself, present there with them? If the Lord of Creation was present in the person of Jesus then the so called nature miracles might not be out of order. It is the same as the question about the bread of heaven who shared his life with the people. Whatever gave rise to the experience, to them he was the Lord of heaven and earth, the bread who came down from heaven to give life to the people, the one who was with God at the beginning, through whom all things were made.

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The Gathering of the People of God

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. -- Romans 1:7
In the name of Christ. Amen.

HYMN 10 (TIS 59) All people that on earth do dwell
Te Deum [front of hymn book]

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.

Almighty God have mercy on you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worthy of praise from every mouth,
worthy of confession from every tongue,
worthy of worship from every creature,
is your glorious name, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
For you created the world in your grace,
and by your compassion you saved the world.
To your majesty, O God,
ten thousand times ten thousand bow down and adore,
singing and praising without ceasing, and saying:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts;
heaven and earth are full of your praises.
Hosanna in the highest.
Nestorian Liturgy, 5th Century


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: The Lord of people and nature.
OLD TESTAMENT 2 Samuel 11:1-15 King David desires Bathsheba and takes her
PSALM 14 Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God."
Choir: Psalm 33: Rejoice in the Lord
EPISTLE Ephesians 3:14-21 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith
GOSPEL John 6:1-21 Jesus feeding the five thousand and walking on the sea
HYMN 334 (TIS 429) Break thou [now] the bread of life


Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, {21} to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. --Ephesians 3:20-21

HYMN 148 (TIS 217) Love divine, all loves excelling
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]

A Rolling Brown Land
Lord God,
our Spirit has moved over the face of Australia,
and formed from its dust a rolling brown land.
Your Spirit has moved over its warm tropical waters
and created a rich diversity of life.
Your Spirit has moved in the lives
or men, and women, and children,
and given them, from the dreamtime,
an affinity with their lands and waters.
Your Spirit has moved in pilgrim people
and brought them to a place of freedom and plenty.
Your Spirit moves still today
in sprawling, high rise cities,
in the vast distances of the outback,
and in the ethnic diversity of the Australian people.
Lord God,
in the midst of this varied huddle of humanity
you have set your church.
Give us, the people you have so richly blessed,
a commitment to justice and peace for all nations;
and a vision of righteousness
and equality for all people in our own country.
Help us to look beyond our far horizons
to see our neighbours in their many guises,
so that we may be mutually enriched by our differences.
and may our love and compassion for all people on earth
be as wide and varied as our land
and as constant as the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
[From Uniting in Worship]


Let us pray (for the faith to recognise God's presence in our world):

God our Father, open our eyes to see your hand at work in the splendour of creation and in the beauty of human life. Touched by your hand our world is holy. Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us, to share your blessings with our brothers and sisters, and to experience the joy of life in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 478 (TIS 569) Guide me, O thou great Jehovah [Redeemer]
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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