Lectionary - Ordinary Sunday 21 Year B
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1 Kings 8:22-30,41-43 Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple
Psalm 84 How lovely is your dwelling place
Ephesians 6:10-20 Take up the whole armour of God
John 6:56-69 Do you also wish to go away?

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Sunday 21, Yr.B
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
G As we break the bread 449
G Blessed Jesus at your word 437 352
G Bread of heaven on you we feed 513 434
G Bread of the world in mercy broken 512 437
G Break now the bread of life 429 334
Ps Captain of Israel's host and guide 574 485
O Christ is made the sure foundation 432 343
O Christ is our cornerstone 433 344
O Dear Shepherd of your people hear 444 371
G Eternal Light shine in my heart 548
E Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round 513
G Feed us now, Bread of Life 538
E Give me O Christ, the strength
O Glorious things of you are spoken 446 374
E God of all power and truth and grace 567 477
E God of grace and God of glory 611 543
E/G Hope of the world, O Christ
Ps How lovely is your dwelling-place 44 347
O Immortal invisible, God only wise 143 80
O In Christ there is no east or west 459 391
O Jesus calls us here to meet him 477
G Jesus invites his saints 505 426
G Jesus the Lord said: I am the Bread 239 185
Ps Lord of the worlds above 361
Ps Lord you have been our dwelling-place 144 76
Love divine all loves excelling 217 148
E Make me a channel of your peace 607 66
E My heart is full of Christ, and longs 214 143
O O God of Bethel by whose hand 564 49
E O God of every nation 621
O O Lord hear my prayer 741
E Soldiers of Christ, arise 570 481
E Stand up, stand up for Jesus 592 509
G Thanks to God whose word was spoken 431 339
G Your words to me are life and health 430 337
Other Possible Hymns

(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 43 (TIS 1) [Psalm 1] Happy are they who walk in God's wise way
2 Father, we praise you, now the night is over
131 (TIS 203) Fairest Lord Jesus
367 (TIS 442) All praise to our redeeming Lord
385 (TIS 457) The church's one foundation
395 (TIS 461) In the fields of this world his good news he has sown
493 (TIS 15) God is my strong salvation
499 Once to every man and nation
514 (TIS 595) O Jesus, I have promised
517 O Lord and Master of us all
537 (TIS 609) May the mind of Christ my Saviour
563 (TIS 633) Lord, we are blind; the world of sight

Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon)

To whom can we go?

These words of Peter, To whom can we go?, pose a question that is sometimes asked when people see that they are in a desperate situation, meaning "Who can help us?" or "Who can save us from this danger? Another way of putting it might be, "Whose words can we trust?" Peter, saying You have the words of eternal life, was saying that the words of Jesus could be trusted.

When Peter asked the question To whom can we go? he was answering it himself with an expression of faith, beginning with the Lord Jesus. (John 6:68-69) For the early Christians the basic confession of faith on which people were baptised was "Jesus is Lord". Hwere he is called Lord and the Holy One of God. Jesus, "the Lord", is called "the Holy One of God" at another significant point in the gospel accounts of his ministry (Mark 1:23-24). We have reached a forward looking kind of conclusion. (cf John 20:28). A developing relationship is implied: "We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."

It is like that for believers today. Your faith, your feeling confident in trusting the words of Jesus, and beginning to believe in him personally, develops as you journey with him. They were offended by talk of flesh and blood. (John 6:51,58; John 6:52-57; John 6:60-63.66,67). He had to explain that it was the spirit that have life and point to his home in heaven so that he could bring them the bread of life (John 6:62,63, and see John 3:13, and Ephesians 4:7-10). It posed a challenge.

As people went about with Jesus they were confronted with the question of who he was, where he had come from, and what authority he had to teach and act as he did. Either he was a shocking and offensive blasphemer claiming the power and authority of God which no mortal could have, or he really was the Holy One of God. What is your answer to the question, To whom can we go?

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The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP Let us worship God, in the name of Christ to whom we say:-
"Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." -- John 6:68-69

HYMN All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442, AHB 367


For our foolish or careless use of the gifts of your creation, Lord have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
For our indifference to the needs of others, our brothers and sisters for whom you died, Christ have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
For our neglect of fellowship and the means of grace in worship and private prayer, Lord have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. -- Romans 5:8
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.


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: To whom can we go?
OLD TESTAMENT 1 Kings 8:22-30,41-43 Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple
PSALM 84 How lovely is your dwelling is your dwelling place
Choir: There is One Lord
EPISTLE Ephesians 6:10-20 Take up the whole armour of God
GOSPEL John 6:56-69 Do you also wish to go away?

HYMN The church's one foundation TIS 457, AHB 385
CONFESSION OF FAITH We are a Pilgrim People
We believe in one God,
the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit.
We proclaim Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen One,
confessing him as Lord
to the glory of God the Father.

In the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
We acclaim Jesus as the Lord of the church,
the Head over all things,
the beginning of a new creation.

We acknowledge that we live and work
between the time of Christ's death and resurrection
and the final consummation of all things
which he will bring.

We are a pilgrim people,
always on the way towards the promised goal;
on the way Christ feeds us with word and sacrament,
and we have the gift of the Spirit
in order that we may not lose the way.

We will live and work within the faith and unity
of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church,
bearing witness to that unity
which is both Christ's gift and his will.

We affirm that every member of the church
is engaged to confess the faith of Christ crucified.
Together with all the people of God,
we will serve the world for which Christ died,
And we await with hope the day of the Lord Jesus.
Adapted from the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia.

HYMN O Jesus, I have promised. TIS 595, AHB 514

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]

We pray for the Uniting Church in Australia, for (Gregor) the President of the Assembly (2006), and all who have new responsibilities following the recent meeting of the National Assembly.

In this parish for the elders and members of the church council and for those who face decisions about commitment to Christ this coming week

for all who serve God in the church.

for all who serve God in the world at large, especially in the cause of peace.

.... All those in special need for whom we have been called to pray

..... Lord hear us.

Lord hear our prayer


Let us pray (that our minds may be fixed on eternal truth):

Lord our God, all truth is from you, and you alone bring oneness of heart. Give your people the joy of hearing your word amid the din of human noise, and of longing for your presence more than for life itself. May all the attractions of a changing world point us to the peace of your kingdom, a peace which this world does not give. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN O God of Every Nation TIS 621
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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