Lectionary -- Ordinary Sunday 21 Year C

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Jeremiah 1:4-10 The call of Jeremiah
Psalm 71:1-6 Be to me a rock of refuge
Hebrews 12:18-29 You have come to the city of the living God
Luke 13:10-17 Jesus is criticised for healing on the sabbath day

Possible Hymns for this day from the Australian Hymn Book or Together in Song (TIS) together with other songs - see Order of Service
Peace like a River
10 All people that on earth do dwell (TIS 59)
42 From all who dwell below the skies (TIS 72)
53 The God of Abraham praise (TIS 125)
68 Praise, my soul, the king of heaven (TIS 134)
92 God had spoken by his prophets (TIS 158)
166 Jesus loves me (TIS 229)
418 Let mortal flesh keep silence
491 How firm a foundation, you people of God (TIS 578)
503 O brother man (TIS 587 Fold to your heart your sister and your brother)
531 When we walk with the Lord
532 Where cross the crowded ways of life (TIS 608)

Sermon Summary - Pentecost 12 (Ordinary 21) Year C (Click here for complete sermon)

The Joyful Sabbath

The call of Jeremiah and the psalm today celebrate the trust that can be placed in God's care of us from the time of our birth. These are good themes for a family occasion; and they combine with the message that Jesus gave of God's loving care of all sorts of different people -- young and old, male and female.

A joyful occasion
The story in Luke 13:10-17 of Jesus healing a woman on the sabbath day is a joyful proclamation of the Kingdom of the God. Although we tend to think of observing the sabbath day as a day of rest in terms of rules about what you are not allowed to do, and perhaps therefore as a rather dull day, it was in fact regarded by the Jews as a joyful occasion and still is today. That is why the release of the crippled woman from her suffering was not only permitted but particularly appropriate on the sabbath.

A daughter of Abraham
There is a deeper message of importance in this story. It comes out in his calling the woman a daughter of Abraham: Luke 13:16. She too was to be included in the promise of the covenant that been given to Abraham and his descendants for ever. She was an outsider, like Zacchaeus to whom Jesus said: Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. [Luke 19:9]. Zacchaeus, of course, was an outsider because he was a sinner. Such inclusiveness is a sign of the coming of the Kingdom of God.

The inclusion of women
The woman Jesus cured on the sabbath was an outsider too, although for different reasons, because of her handicap, and perhaps more significantly, because she was a woman. Women were not admitted to the sabbath service. Jesus had to take the initiative to recognize and include her when he was teaching in the synagogue. He called her, spoke to her directly, touched her and she was made well, she was saved and liberated -- a true cause for joyful celebration on the sabbath. So we praise God for all his blessings and trust him for all that is to come.

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Order of Service - Pentecost 12 (Ordinary 21) Year C

[Note: This service was prepared for an all age participation family celebration in the regular morning worship. It included short pieces of drama, puppets and children's songs. Sermon notes were made available as usual but in briefer form, while the verbal presentation was short and simple.]

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP [Welcome to a different form of service]
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. -- Psalms 118:24
Let us worship God.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

HYMN 68 Praise, my soul, the king of heaven
PRAYER OF ADORATION [After preparation with signs of God's goodness]
For ......
For all your goodness to us,
We praise you, God.

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

Because he loved and healed people by the power of God, Jesus said to them as he says to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY: [Song: Majesty. Sung first by the choir, then all together]

Majesty, we worship his majesty
Unto Jesus be all glory and praise
Majesty, kingdom, authority
flow from his own unto his throne
his anthem raise.
So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus theKing.
Majesty, worship his majesty
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all Kings.


Service of the Word

1 I've got peace like a river, I've got peace like a river,
I've got peace like a river in my soul.
I've got peace like a river, I've got peace like a river,
I've got peace like a river in my soul.

2 I've got joy like a fountain ...

3 I've got love like an ocean ...

OLD TESTAMENT Jeremiah 1:4-10 The call of Jeremiah [Dialogue]
PSALM 71:1-6 Be to me a rock of refuge [Responsively]
GOSPEL Luke 13:10-17 Jesus healed a woman on the sabbath day [Drama]

Part 1:
Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. [Actions]

Part 2:
When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment."

Part 3:
When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.

All People: [offer praise in your own words, call out, tell others ...]
["Praise God." "Praise the Lord." "Amazing." "Wonderful." "Who is this?" "How is it possible?" "Thank God!"]

Part 4:
But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day."
[be critical, call out ....]
["What are you doing?" "No work today!" "Obey the law!"]

Part 5:
But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?"

Part 6:
When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
-- Luke 13:10-17

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


HYMN 166 Jesus loves me


CHILDREN'S SONG WITH PUPPETS He's got the whole world in his hands
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of the Hymn Book]

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 531 When we walk with the Lord
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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