Lectionary - Ordinary Sunday 28 Year B

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Job 23:1-9, 16-17 God has made my heart faint
Psalm 22:1-15 My God, my God why have you forsaken me
Hebrews 4:12-16 The Word of God is living and active, sharper than a sword
Mark 10:17-31 Sell what you have and give to the poor

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Sunday 28, Yr.B
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
G A spendthrift lover is the Lord 676
O All go to God when they are sorely placed 240 182
Ps All who see me deride me 9 37
E Amazing grace (how sweet the sound) 129 56
E And can it be that I should gain 209 138
E By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered 617 15
O Come down, O Love divine 398 310
G Come gracious Spirit, heavenly dove 402 311
G Give thanks with a grateful heart 717
G Glorious things of you are spoken 446 374
G God himself is present 121 47
E God of mercy, God of grace 452 379
E Good Christians all, rejoice 313 238
E Hail our once-despised Jesus 373 295
E Hallelujah sing to Jesus 517
E In faith and hope and love 628 555
O In suffering love, the thread of life 177
Ps In the presence of your people 727 62
G Jesus calls us! O'er the tumult 589 505
G Just as I am, without one plea 584 497
E Lord your word abiding 427 333
G My God accept my heart this day 485 410
Ps My God my God, why have you abandoned me 9 37
G O for a closer walk with God 573 488
G O Jesus I have promised 595 514
G O Master let me walk with thee 601 522
G O thou who camest from above 572 486
O Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord 81
G Sing praise to God who reigns above 110 27
G Take my life, and let it be 599 520
G Take up your cross, the Saviour said 583 494
E Thanks to God whose word was spoken 431 339
G When I survey the wondrous cross 342 258
E Where high the heavenly temple stands 377 298
G You satisfy the hungry heart 539
G You servants of God your Master proclaim 215 144

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 25 Comfort, comfort, all my people
46 (TIS 47) O God our help in ages past
76 (TIS 144) Lord, you have been our dwelling place
144 (TIS 215) Ye servants of God
505 (TIS 589) Jesus calls us! O'or the tumult
520 (TIS 599) Take my life and let it be /consecrated Lord to thee
531 When we walk with the Lord

Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon)

Can wealth keep you out?

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. [Mark 10:21]

What is wrong with wealth? Or is that the question? The man who came running to Jesus and knelt before him was shocked by what he said and went away grieving. Jesus had said similar things on other occasions (Luke 12:33-34; Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 12:15-21; Matthew 6:24-31). It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (Mark 10:25 made the point in dramatic terms like the hyperbole of Luke 6:41 and Matthew 23:24.)

It might help if you reflect a little on why money is so seductive. It has great power precisely because of what it is, a medium of exchange. It can be changed into other things, according to your desires, and into almost anything at all. Money is power, and power corrupts, except those who are pure in heart (Matthew 5:8).

None of that is meant to imply that paying attention to wealth in the community at large is always bad, although the materialism of our society in recent years has been shameful. From a general economic point of view increased production makes it easier to provide social services. Even for individuals something can be said for gaining and sharing: John Wesley said `Get all you can; save all you can; give all you can.' So where is the danger? In addition to making an idol of money, one danger is that your gain can be at the expense of another. The greatest spiritual danger is in our relationship with God, but it extends to our relationship with others.

Can the dangers be avoided? It is difficult, but as Jesus said For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27) We are not then saved from the dangers of wealth by our own efforts, even our moral and spiritual efforts, but by the grace of God.

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The Gathering of the People of God

Let us worship God
In the name the Christ. Amen

Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.(Hebrews 4:16)

HYMN Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431 AHB339
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.
The good news is that all who trust in Christ will have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life. As you hold this faith, I declare that you are set free from all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Thanks be to God.

HYMN Comfort, comfort, all my people TIS 647 SA 25


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME:  Where your treasure is there will your heart be also
OLD TESTAMENT Job 23:1-9, 16-17 God has made my heart faint
PSALM Ps 22:1-15 My God, my God why have you forsaken me
Choir: I cannot tell
EPISTLE Heb. 4:12-16 The Word of God is living and active
GOSPEL Mark 10:17-31 Sell what you have and give to the poor

HYMN In the presence of your people TIS 727 SA 62
HYMN When I survey the wondrous cross TIS 342 AHB 258


SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]

[With local intercessions]

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.
For all people in their daily life and work;
for our families, friends and neighbours, and for those who are alone.

For this community, our country, and the world;
for all who work for justice, freedom and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;
for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;
for those who minister to the sick, the friendless and the needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all seek the truth.

For the Uniting Church in Australia,
for James, President of the Assembly,
for ..., Moderator of the Synod,
and for ..., Chairperson of Presbytery, and ..., Presbytery Minister,
for elders and members of the local church council,
and for all who hold office in this congregation;
for all who serve God in the church.

For our own needs, and for others for whom you have called us to pray.
Hear us, Lord
for your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life.
We exalt you, O God our king;
and praise your name for ever and ever.

We give thanks for all those who have died in the peace of Christ, and for the promise
of your eternal kingdom.

In Christ you have called us to eternal glory;
to you be praise for ever and ever. Amen.

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

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN A spendthrift lover is the Lord TIS 676
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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