Lectionary -- Ordinary 32 Year C

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Haggai 1:15b to 2:9 The prophet calls for rebuilding of the temple
Psalm 145:1-5,17-21 I extol you my God and King
or Psalm 98 O sing to the Lord a new song
2 Thess 2:1-5,13-17 Do not be quickly shaken about the coming of the Lord
Luke 20:27-38 Marriage and the resurrection

Possible Hymns

(Number here refer to The Australian Hymnbook, numbers in the order of service refer to Together in Song AHB 2)
34 Blest be the everlasting God
58 Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him
116 How deep the riches of our God
120 To you, my Lord, will I sing praise
194 The Lord will come and not be slow
195 `Wake, awake! for the night is flying
290 Christ the Lord is risen today
299 I know that my redeemer lives
386 Angel voices, ever singing
394 I was overjoyed, alleluia!
465 All my hope on God is founded
467 Who would true valour see
542 O God of earth and altar
547 O day of God, draw nigh
562 All who who love and serve your city
573 Praise God from whom all blessings flow

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Sermon Summary

The Day of Resurrection

What do you think when you see something like a report that the Jehovah's Witnesses have given up their prophecy about the end of the world coming very soon? Do you see it as a little bit of nonsense? We are told clearly in the New Testament not to try to guess the time [Mark 13:31-33]. Why worry?

Early expectations
Many of the early believers in Christ expected him to return very soon: indeed their common prayer and blessing in farewell was `Come, Lord Jesus!' [Revelation 22:20-21; compare 1 Corinthians 16:22-23]. Believers who had died would be raised from the dead and take their place before those who were still living [1 Thess 4:13-17; 1 Cor 15:52; compare Matt 24:30-31; Mark 13:26-27.] Assurance of the resurrection of the faithful was a common pastoral theme [1 Corinthians 15:12,20,22-23; and see especially 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14.] They would be changed [see 1 Cor 15:44,50-54.]

The trick question about marriage and the resurrection
If a woman had had seven husbands in succession, who would be her husband in the life of the resurrection? It is a silly question really, the new life is not simply a continuation of this life [Luke 20:34-36]... they are like angels and are children of God. What is promised is the possibility of resurrection, [compare with Luke 16:23; and see Romans 10:9]. [In other literature Wisdom 5:5,15-16; 2 Maccabees 7:9; 4 Maccabees 16:25; the belief of those times are shown.]

Paul's warning about being alarmed
On the one hand Paul wanted them to be ready, continually watchful; on the other hand he did not want them to the overly excited and alarmed. [2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 -- some difficult to understand -- compare 2:4 with Daniel 11:36.] Jesus also seemed to expect that the threat of being shown up in the light would bring out the powers of darkness. [See Matt ch 24; Mark ch 13; Luke 21:5-39]. [So 2 Thess 2:8.] ... not only something to look forward to. It was also something to be experienced now [Romans 14:8-9] and reason for encouragement. [2 Thess 2:13,15-17]. The victory of Christ is being established in God's way and in God's time. We can be confident that by his grace we too will be raised to a new life.

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Order of Service - Pentecost 25 (Ordinary 32) Year C

The Gathering of the People of God

Let us worship God.
I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD,
and greatly to be praised.
Psalms 145:1-3

HYMN 89 O Lord you are my God and King (from Psalm 145)

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.
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.

DOXOLOGY: Hymn 573 Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: New life at the end.
OLD TESTAMENT Haggai 1:15b to 2:9 Rebuilding of the temple
EPISTLE 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17 The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
GOSPEL Luke 20:27-38 Marriage and the resurrection

HYMN 202 I know that my Redeemer

THE NICENE CREED Uniting in Worship p. 62

SHARING TIME Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions
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 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 ... our moderator and for .... our chairperson of presbytery/ 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.

The Lord's Supper

HYMN 376 I know that my Redeemer lives

COMMUNION LITURGY (Uniting in Worship pp 64-67)

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 616 O day of God, draw near

DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
RECESSIONAL  Shalom to you now (HYMN 778)

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