Lectionary -- Ordinary 22 Year C
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Jeremiah 2:4-13 I accuse you, says the Lord
Psalm 81:1,10-16 O that my people would listen to me
or Psalm 31 In you, O Lord, I seek refuge
Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16 Let mutual love continue
Luke 14 1,7-14 all who exalt themselves will be humbled

Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and its supplement Sing Alleluia)
SA 90 We are your people
2 Father we praise you now the night is over
AHB 93 TIS 153 God is love, let heaven adore him
170 At the name of Jesus
174 One who is all unfit to count
346 Jerusalem the golden
AHB 327 TIS 413 Holy Spirit, come confirm us
AHB 420 TIS 499 Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts/ Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts
432 My God, and is thy table spread
465 All my hope on God is founded
476 O for a heart to praise my God
518 From thee all skill and science grow
AHB 532 TIS 608 Where cross the crowded ways of life
542 O God of earth and alter

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Sermon Summary - Ordinary Sunday 22 Year C (Click here for complete sermon)

Your place at the table

When Jesus noticed the way guests were choosing places of honour at the table he told them a parable about quests at a wedding banquet: Luke 14:7-14. He was pushing them beyond their conventional wisdom when he added, For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Social wisdom or heavenly aspiration?
Better to take a lower place and be asked to move up. [See also Proverbs 25:6-7]. But Jesus had something more significant in mind, and that comes out clearly in the second saying about inviting the poor [Luke 14:12-14], when he said, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. They are "raised up" [Luke 20:35-36] to the very presence of God. [see also Daniel 12:1-3]

God's grace for all
It is dependence upon the gracious acts of God that is important. It would be a total misunderstanding to take the words of Jesus as a demand for Christian "humility" which says "I am nothing." Such an attitude can cover a secret wish for correction and thus greater honour or deny the value that God places on every person. People who attach no value to themselves cannot truly value others and thus love them as they love themselves as he commanded.

The spiritual basis for a social and political revolution
It was ordinary human relationships that Jesus was talking about, and at the coming of the Kingdom these will change. Mary the mother of Jesus sang, he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. [Luke 1:51-53]. The coming of the Messiah was intended to make a radical change for justice. [See Matthew 19:30; 20:16; Mark 9:35; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30].

Our place at the Lord's Table
When we meet at the Lord's Table, we come with all our distinctions void. We are here at his pleasure, and thus we receive and commune with him not according to our merits, but according to his grace. It is the meal at which Jesus both presides and serves [Luke 22:15,27]. If it is Christ's life that we share, then we must share what we have with those who have need of it. [Luke 14:12-13; Philippians 2:5-11.]

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Order of Service - Ordinary Sunday 22 Year C

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP Let us worship God as we prepare to come to the Lord's table.
Our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the festival. -- 1 Corinthians 5:7b-8a
Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread. -- 1 Corinthians 10:17

HYMN AHB 93 TIS 153 God is love, let heaven adore him

PRAYER OF ADORATION [Signs of Grace in Springtime by Bruce Prewer]
Our Father in Jesus and our God,
earth and sky,
sunshine and rain,
tree and flower,
speak to us of your creative power.
Lord, open our eyes to see your beauty.

The lush green of the vines
reminds us of Jesus, the True Vine,
in whom we must abide
if we are to bear fruit.
Lord, you are the Vine, we are the branches.

The crimson bottlebrush
witnesses to the blood of the cross,
the cost of our salvation,
and the wonder of forgiveness.
Lord, your mercy makes all things new;
we open our lives to your grace.

The singing of the birds
at dawn and dusk
awakens within us the melodies of faith, hope and love,
stirring a hunger for world-wide harmony
and peace which you have promised.
Lord, we thank you,
we trust you,
we love you,
we praise you,
and we worship your name,
world without end.

CONFESSION [In three parts, concluding with responses in Sing Alleluia 100a]
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
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:
A word to the children.
OLD TESTAMENT Jeremiah 2:4-13 I accuse you, says the Lord
PSALM 81:1,10-16 O that my people would listen to me
EPISTLE Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16 Let mutual love continue
GOSPEL Luke 14 1,7-14 all who exalt themselves will be humbled

HYMN 174 One who is all unfit to count
or AHB 327 TIS 413 Holy Spirit, come confirm us
SERMON
NICENE CREED [Back of the Hymn Book]

OFFERING
SHARING TIME [Notices, Celebrations and requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE COLLECT FOR THE DAY
O God,
you call the poor and the sinful to take their place
in the festive assembly of the new covenant.
May your church always honour the presence of the Lord
in the humble and the suffering,
and may we learn to recognise each other
as brothers and sisters,
gathered together around your table.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord's Supper

THE PEACE
HYMN AHB 420 TIS 499 Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts/ Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts
GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
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]
BREAKING THE BREAD
THE LAMB OF GOD [Choir: 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.

COMMUNION
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN AHB 532 TIS 608 Where cross the crowded ways of life
WORD OF MISSION
BLESSING
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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