Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Ruth marries Boas
Psalm 127 Unless the Lord builds the house those who build it labour in vain
Hebrews 9:24-28 Christ removed sin by the sacrifice of himself once for all
Mark 12:38-44 Beware of the scribes! The poor widow put in more.
Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
|Hymns for Sunday 32, Yr.B|
|G||A spendthrift lover is the Lord||676|
|G||All my hope on God is founded||560||465|
|O||All praise to thee my God, this night||558||468|
|E||And now O Father, mindful of the love||519||440|
|O||As man and woman we were made||645||7|
|Ps||As the deer pants for the water||703|
|G||At the name of Jesus||231||170|
|O||Bind us together, Lord|
|G||Come let us to the Lord our God||577||490|
|E||Come now everlasting Spirit||509||429|
|E||Entered the holy place above||374||296|
|G||Fill my whole life, O Lord my God||596||515|
|O/G||Give thanks with a grateful heart||717|
|E||Glory be to Jesus||344||263|
|G||God himself is present||121||47|
|E||Hail Redeemer, King divine||237||188|
|Ps||Laudate Dominum, Sing praise and bless the Lord||73||57|
|E||Lo! he comes with clouds descending||273||201|
|E||Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour||520||441|
|E/G||Love divine, all loves excelling||217||148|
|G||Not the powerful, not the privileged||288|
|G||Now thank we all our God||106||14|
|O||O for a thousand tongues to sing||210||141|
|E||O Lord my God when I, in awesome wonder||155|
|G||O love how deep, how broad, how high||194||6|
|G||O Master, let me walk with thee||601||522|
|O||Our Father by whose name||71|
|G||Our God we know your providence||167||118|
|E||Rejoice the Lord is King||216||147|
|E||See Christ was wounded for our sake||275|
|O/G||Seek ye first the kingdom of God||745||75|
|E||Son of God eternal Saviour||606||529|
|G||Take my life, and let it be||599||520|
|E||The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices||279||212|
|G||The strife is past, the battle done||367||287|
|E||There's a wideness in God's mercy||136||72|
|E||We sing the praise of him who died||347||262|
|G||What does the Lord require||618||568|
|G||What does the Lord require of you||751|
|G||When I survey the wondrous cross||342||258|
|O||When love is found and hope comes home||654|
|G||Where cross the crowded ways of life||608||532|
|E||With joy we meditate the grace||206||134|
|E||You we praise, high priest and victim||525||447|
|O||Your love O God, has called us here||664|
Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 28 (TIS 16) Do not be afraid, I am with you
SA 39 (TIS 636) God has spoken to his people, hallelujah [Open your ears, O Christian people]
SA 41 (TIS 416) Great God your Spirit, like a wind
SA 98 (TIS 265) Your coming Lord, to earth in Bethlehem
28 (TIS 111) Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
79 (TIS 141) Praise to the holiest in the height
82 (TIS 146) God, who made the earth
447 (TIS 525) Thee we praise, high priest and victim
504 (TIS 588) In heavenly love abiding
527 Just as I am, thine own to be
537 (TIS 609) May the mind of Christ my saviour
Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon)
Ruth the outsider
The story of Ruth in the little book that bears her name is one of the great short stories of all time. Its main theme is the acceptance of Ruth, an outsider, as she made herself part of Naomi's community and through her marriage to Boas secured the inheritance of Naomi's family. The way she and Naomi managed that is a tale of delightful intrigue. The secondary theme of friendship between Ruth and Naomi is something everybody can understand. "Ruth clung to her" and her immortal words are still recited today as a sign of loyalty and affection:
We are inclined to take a romantic view of individual happiness and say that of course people should marry as they choose without regard for nationality, or even when it comes to the test, that family loyalties should give way to the attraction of one individual to another. That is not how it was with Ruth and Boas. That whole way of thinking, that is so popular in Western Society, would have seemed to them very strange indeed, and quite irresponsible. The reward of Ruth the foreigner came through her regard for family and community responsibilities, the very opposite of romantic individualism. Ruth's understanding of who was in relationship to others is a powerful contrast to the individualistic processes of self definition which are popularised for young women today by the mass media.
Order of Service - Ordinary 32 Year B - | DB Home | RCL Resources Index | Questions and Comments |
The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
Praise the LORD, all you nations!
Extol him, all you peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD! -- Psalms 117
We praise the Lord in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
HYMN Praise to the holiest in the height TIS 141 AHB 79
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Loving God, Lord of the Church, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed: we have not loved you with all our heart or served you with all our strength; we have been blind to the vision of a renewed world and deaf to your call to costly discipleship; we have been indifferent to the suffering of others and unwilling to forgive one another. In your mercy, Lord, pardon and restore us, that together in the ministry of Christ we may serve you with joy all the days of our life. Amen.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Hear then Christ's word of grace, 'Your sins are forgiven'
Thank you God
HYMN Do not be afraid, I am with you TIS 16 SA 28
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
Service of the Word
INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Ruth the outsider
OLD TESTAMENT Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Ruth
PSALM 127 Unless the Lord builds the house those who build it labour in vain
EPISTLE Hebrews 9:24-28 Christ removed sin sacrificing himself once for all
GOSPEL Mark 12:38-44 Beware of the scribes! The poor widow put in more
HYMN Thee we praise, high priest and victim
TIS 525 AHB 447
HYMN God, who made the earth TIS 146 AHB 82
OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
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
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
for all who proclaim the gospel, and for all seek the truth.
For the Uniting Church in Australia,
for ..., President of the Assembly,
for .... Moderator of the Synod,
and for ...., Chairperson of Presbytery,
and ...., Presbytery Minister,
for elders and members of the parish 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
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
to you be praise for ever and ever. Amen.
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Father of the widow and the orphan,
welcoming refuge for strangers,
and justice for the oppressed:
uphold the hope of the poor
who place their trust in your love;
that the time may soon come when no one will lack
the bread and freedom which you provide,
and all will learn to share freely
after the example of him who has given his very self,
Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and 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 In heavenly love abiding TIS 588 AHB
WORD OF MISSION
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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