Lectionary - Ordinary Sunday 30 Year B

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Job 42:1-6,10-17 The Lord restored the fortunes of Job
Psalm 34:1-8 O taste and see that the Lord is good
Hebrews 7:23-28 Christ holds his priesthood permanently
Mark 10:46-52 Jesus heals the blind beggar Bartimeaus

Readings for All Saints Day (1 November)
Isaiah 25:6-9 He will swallow up death for ever
Psalm 24 Who shall stand in his holy place
Revelation 21:1-6a I saw a new heaven and a new earth
John 11:32-44 The raising of Lazarus

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Sunday 30, Yr.B
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
G Amazing grace (how sweet the sound) 129 56
G Be thou my vision 547 455
O Bring many names, beautiful and good 182
O Dear Father Lord of humankind 598 519
Ps Eat this bread, drink this cup 714 29
G Firmly I believe and truly 140 78
O God moves in a mysterious way 126 54
G God of mercy God of grace 452 379
E Hail our once-despised Jesus 373 295
E Hail the day that sees him rise 369 291
E Hallelujah sing to Jesus 517 439
G Have faith in God my heart 619 552
G How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 223 158
E/G I know that my Redeemer lives! 376 299
I the Lord of sea and sky 658
Ps I will bless the Lord at all times 22
O/G If we will trust in God to guide us 554 459
G I'll praise my Maker while I've breath 90 44
G Jesus' hands were kind hands 236 178
G Jesus lover of my soul 211 139
O/Ps Joyful joyful, we adore you 152
G Lord we are blind, the world of sight 633 563
G O Christ the healer, we have come 638
O/G O for a thousand tongues to sing 210 141
G Praise my soul, the King of heaven 134 68
O Praise the Lord with joyful cry 97 108
O Pull back the veil on the dawn of creation 326
G Put all your trust in God 555 464
G Son of God eternal Saviour 606 529
G The blind man sat by the road 579
G You servants of God, your Master proclaim 215 144
G Your arm O Lord, in days of old 167

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
10 (TIS 59) All people that on earth do dwell
134 (TIS 206) With joy we meditate the grace/ of our high priest above
142 (TIS 213) Father whose everlasting love
167 Your arm, O Lord, in days of old/was strong to heal and save
205 (TIS 315) Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
295 (TIS 373) Hail thou once despised Jesus
296 (TIS 374) Enter the holy place above
305 (TIS 386) Now is eternal life
366 (TIS 441) Behold! The mountain of the Lord
519 (TIS 598) Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Sermon Summary (Click here for complete sermon)

Only the blind can see!

At first sight the healing of the blind man Bartimaeus at Jericho [Mark 10:46-52] is just like the other miracle stories. There is even a similar account [Mark 8:22-26]. A clue to the significance that these stories had for Mark is the way he told them both immediately before the central question of the gospel was addressed. That central question was, 'Who is this man Jesus?' Can you see who he is?

What Bartimaeus saw in Jesus is shown (Mark 10:47-48) when he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Son of David meant Messiah, just as they called him Son of David when immediately afterwards he is welcomed as a new king coming to Jerusalem. There is a parallel with Peter's confession of Jesus as the Messiah just after Mark tells of the other blind man being healed, although Peter like the Jerusalem crowd misunderstood [Mark 8: 27-33]. He had little time left to teach his disciples, yet there was so much that they did not understand. They had been squabbling about who among them was the greatest (Mark 10:35-45). When would they ever learn! They even tried to keep the blind man and children away from him. The blind man's persistence and his urgent calls for help were rewarded as others before had been (Mark 7:26-30; Mark 5:34).

The loving respect with which Bartimaeus addressed Jesus as Rabbouni (Mark 10:51) has only one parallel in the exact language that is recorded in the gospel. It links Bartimaeus with Mary Magdalene (John 20:16). There is another distinctive feature: Bartimaeus immediately regained his sight and followed him on the way. Now was the time for open commitment and discipleship. Early Christians were called people of the Way [Acts 9:2; 18:25-56; 24:14,22]. He went along the way with the one who was himself the way, the truth and the life [John 14:6].

Order of Service - Ordinary 30 (Pentecost +20) Year B - | DB Home | RCL Resources Index | Questions and Comments |

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP Let us worship God.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
-- Psalms 34:1-3

HYMN 44 I'll praise my maker while I've breath

We have failed to love you with all our heart and to be good stewards of your creation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We have failed to take up the cross of discipleship and to be good stewards of your gospel: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We have failed to be faithful members of your church and to be good stewards of your spiritual gifts: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

God forgives those who truly repent and turn to him.
Hear then Christ's word of grace, 'Your sins are forgiven'
Thank you 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: Seeing with the eyes of faith
OLD TESTAMENT Job 42:1-6,10-17 The Lord restored the fortunes of Job
PSALM 34:1-8 O taste and see that the Lord is good
EPISTLE Hebrews 7:23-28 Christ holds his priesthood permanently
GOSPEL Mark 10:46-52 Jesus heals the blind beggar Bartimeaus
HYMN 134 With joy we meditate the grace/ of our high priest above

Choir The Summons: Will you come and follow me
HYMN 305 Now is eternal life
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for 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 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.

O God, light to the blind and joy to the troubled, in your only-begotten Son you have given us a high priest, just and compassionate toward those who groan in oppression and sorrow. Listen to our cry; grant that all may recognise in him the tenderness of your love, and walk in the way that leads towards you. 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.

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of the Hymn Book

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN Dear Father Lord of humankind TIS 598 [AHB519 Dear Lord and Father of mankind]
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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