Lectionary - Ordinary 18 Year A

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Gen 32:22-31 Jacob wrestled with God
Psalm 17:1-7,15 ... if you visit me by night
Romans 9:1-5 sorrow for Israelites cut off from Christ
Matthew 14:13-21 The feeding of the five thousand

Possible Hymns (Together in Song, Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia)
Great God, your Spirit, like the wind TIS 416 SA 41
In great thanksgiving TIS 632 SA 49
What shall I do my God to love God TIS 122 AHB 50
We plough the fields and scatter TIS 130 AHB 59
The great love of God TIS 164 AHB 105
And can it be that I should gain TIS 209 138
Immortal love for ever full AHB168
It passeth knowledge, that dear love of thineTIS 230 AHB 172
Jesus the Lord said `I am the bread' TIS 239 AHB 185
Break now/thou the bread of life TIS 429 AHB 334
Father, we give you thanks, who planted/ your holy name within TIS 495 AHB 416
Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts AHB 420
Christ is the heavenly food TIS 522 AHB 445
Feed us now, O Son of God AHB 565

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 The fellowship meal

We meet today to share a fellowship meal. The origin of this meal is in the communal meals that Jesus had with his disciples, especially on the occasion of his last night with them before he died. [1 Corinthians 11:23-25.] We recall how he also shared meals with his disciples from the evening of the Day of Resurrection onward, especially how he appeared to them at such times on the first day of the week and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. [Luke 24; John 20-21]. It is in the fellowship of the risen Lord in which we share the gift of new life.

This sharing, though it is founded on the events of the death and resurrection of Jesus had some earlier beginnings. There were other occasions on which Jesus shared meals with his followers. Compare Matthew's report of his blessing and breaking of the bread in the feeding of the five thousand with Luke's account of the Emmaus communion: [Matthew 14:19 and Luke 24:30].

One of the results of the miraculous feeding of the crowd was that everyone was fed. Do you think it was possible that besides the boy who offered his lunch to be shared there might have been others inspired by this great teacher to share also? Over the centuries it had been a traditional practice to make a collection for the poor when Holy Communion is celebrated. Another tradition which expresses this willingness to share what we have is the greeting of peace that we give to one another. We are expected to come the Lord's table reconciled with our neighbours.

That concern for others was present when Jesus blessed and broke the loaves. Firstly, he cared for the people, not sending them away. Furthermore, Jesus had just received news that John the Baptist had been executed. He wanted to be alone: [Matthew 14:13], but served them first and then went on to pray on the mountain [Matthew 14:23]. So we believe he continues in prayer for us and the holy mystery of the Lord's Supper is set about with prayer for others. It calls us into social action for the benefit of others and it calls us to prayer on their behalf; and above all it calls us into communion with the Lord who continues to share his life with us.

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Order of Service - Ordinary 18 Year A

The Gathering of the People of God

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." -- John 6:35


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.

HYMN Father, we give you thanks, who planted/ your holy name within TIS 495 AHB 416


[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.

DOXOLOGY: Gloria in Excelsis [Sing Alleluia 100b]

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Jesus feeds the people
FIRST READING Gen 32:22-31 Jacob wrestled with God
PSALM 17:1-7,15 ... if you visit me by night
EPISTLE Romans 9:1-5 sorrow for Israelites cut off from Christ
GOSPEL Matthew 14:13-21 The feeding of the five thousand

HYMN Break now the bread of life TIS 429 AHB 334


SHARING TIME [Notices, Celebrations and requests]
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.....
Let us pray for ourselves.....

Let us pray (to find our fulfilment in God):
Grant, Lord, that we may see in you the fulfilment of our need; and may turn from all false satisfactions to feed on that true and living bread which you have given us in your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

The Lord's Supper

HYMN Feed us now, O Son of God AHB 565

OR Be present now Tune: TALLIS' CANON, 88.88
Be present now dear risen Lord,
help us to know the living Word;
teach us your true Emmaus way;
reveal yourself to us today.

The Word made flesh; our only head,
be known to us in breaking bread
here in the holy fellowship:
bread in our hands, cup to the lip.

We meet you at the supper, Lord,
and feel with friends the binding cord.
Knowing your sacrifice for all,
we would serve others as you call.

In thankfulness we look for you,
alive to us in all we do.
We members of your body share
in service, sacrament and prayer.

Our risen friend, our glorious king,
there at the end we hope to sing
on that great day, your wedding feast,
knowing your love has never ceased.
© David Beswick 1996

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]
THE LAMB OF GOD [Sing Alleluia 100e]
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace, grant us peace


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN Jesus the Lord said `I am the bread' TIS 239 AHB 185
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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