Lectionary - Ordinary 33 Year C

Isaiah 65:17-25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together
For the psalm: Isaiah 12 Give thanks to God. Sing aloud and shout for joy!
2 Thess 3:6-13 Imitate us, earn your living
Luke 21:5-9  Signs of the end and persecution.

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)

lesson Hymns for Sunday 33, Yr.C TIS AHB SA
G All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine 180
E/G All who love and serve your city 634 562
Ca All you nations sing out your joy to the Lord 36 4
E Almighty Father who for us thy Son didst give 548
G By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered 617 15
E Christ from whom all blessings flow 440 364
G Christ is our corner-stone 433 344
G Christ whose glory fills the skies 212 140
O/G Come we that love the Lord 356
G Creator of the earth and skies 556
E Father I know that all my life 501
Ca Father most holy, merciful and tender 4
E Forth in your name, O Lord, I go 571 480
Ca From all who dwell below the skies 72 42
O Glorious things of you are spoken 446 374
G God's Son came to bless us 197
G How firm a foundation, you people of God 578 491
O I sing the almighty power of God 119 40
O Jerusalem the golden 346
E Jesus united by thy grace 365
Ca Joyfully shout, all you on earth 36 4
Ca Let all the world in every corner sing 105 13
G Lord Christ when first you came to earth 208
G Lord keep us steadfast in your word 436
E My gracious Lord, I own thy right 483
E Now let us from this table rise 530 450
Ca Now thank we all our God 106 14
G O day of God, draw near 616 547
G O for a thousand tongues to sing 210 141
G O God of every nation 621
G Of the Father's love begotten 290 215
E Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands 496 417
Take up your cross, the Saviour said 583 496
G The Saviour's precious blood 400
O This is a day of new beginnings 653
G This the day the Lord has made 368 289
E What does the Lord require 618 568
G Where cross the crowded ways of life 608 532
G You servants of God, your Master proclaim 215 144

Other Possible Hymns

(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia. TIS = Together in Song)

28 (TIS 111) Praise to the Lord the Almighty
116 (TIS 167) 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
207 (TIS 276) There's a light upon the mountain
227 v.3 (TIS 303) Mild he lays his glory by [Hark the herald angels sing]
310 (TIS 398) Come down O love divine
480 (TIS 571) Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go
489 (TIS 575) A charge to keep I have
511 (TIS 594) Fight the good fight with all thy might

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The Wolf and the Lamb

The prophet had a vision of a new world in which there would be peace, harmony and prosperity -- both a new heaven and a new earth -- with a striking picture of harmony in nature: The wolf and the lamb shall feed together. [Isaiah 65:17,25]. It is part of the promise of restoration. God will heal, find the lost, and save those whose lives are being destroyed.

God brings justice to the destiny of nations
The people to whom the prophet spoke had suffered a terrible time: the destruction of their city, enslavement and exile of the many of their nation. It must have been a little like the liberation of nations in the past century: People who experience such things discover that the powers of evil do not have the last word.

The promise of living in peace and harmony
It was with that understanding of God as one who can bring good out of evil that we see the promise of the Messiah [Isaiah 11:6-9] with images of "paradise regained". Is it only symbolic of harmony in human affairs or does it really mean a change in the whole of creation? -- including improvement in the lot of people who have suffered? [Compare Isaiah 65:21-22 with Amos 5:11 and Zeph. 1:13]

Christ's role in the harmony of creation
We give thanks to God because he has set us at the heart of his creation. Christ came from God; and he shared in the creation of the world. [John 1:3]. [See also Colossians 1:15-17] God was to fulfil his promise of harmony, the very peace of which the angels sang at his birth, through this man's death and his victory over the disintegrating powers of death. [Colossians 1:19-20; Ephesians 1:9-10].

Perfection of an incomplete world -- the new Jerusalem
We live in an incomplete and uncertain world. We Christians believe that whatever powers of evil there may be they cannot stand against Christ. In this world moving towards harmony with nature is more in accord with the will and promise of God than the careless exploitation of God's gifts in creation, and in the end we look forward to the new Jerusalem [Revelation 21:1-4].

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Order of Service - Pentecost 26 (Ordinary 33) Year C

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.

Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. -- Isaiah 12:4-6
The LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. -- Isaiah 12:2b

HYMN Christ whose glory fills the skies TIS 212 AHB140

PRAYER OF ADORATION A Song of Creation
[Alternately, left and right sides of the congregation]

L Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, sing praise and highly exult God for ever. In the firmament of God's power, glorify the Lord, sing praise and highly exult God for ever.

R Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, O heavens and all waters above the heavens. Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, sing praise and highly exalt God for ever.

L Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, all winds and fire and heat. Winter and summer, glorify the Lord, sing praise and highly exalt God for ever.

R Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, O shining light and enfolding dark. Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, sing praise and highly exalt God for ever.

L Let the earth glorify the Lord, Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills, and all that grows upon the earth, sing praise and highly exalt God for ever.

R Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas and streams, O whales and all that move in the waters. All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, sing praise and highly exalt God for ever.

L Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, and all you flocks and herds. O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, sing praise and highly exalt God for ever.

R Let the people of God glorify the Lord, sing praise and highly exalt God for ever. Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, sing praise and highly exalt God for ever.

ALL Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; sing praise and highly exalt God for ever. In the firmament of God's power, glorify the Lord, sing praise and highly exalt God for ever.
-- Song of the Three Young Men 35-48,51-60

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
... Christ's word of grace: Your sins are forgiven. Thanks be to God.

WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME:  The completion of God's plan for creation.
A word to the children and blessing.

OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 65:17-25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together
For the PSALM: Isaiah 12 Give thanks to God. Sing aloud and shout for joy!

ANTHEM: All heaven declares

EPISTLE 2 Thess 3:6-13 Imitate us, earn your living
GOSPEL Luke 21:5-19 Signs of the end and persecution.

HYMN The Lord will come and not be slow AHB194

SERMON

HYMN All who love and serve your city TIS 634 AHB 562

OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE A Rolling Brown Land
[Douglass McKenzie, Uniting in Worship, Peoples Book p. 240]
Lord God,
your Spirit has moved over the face of Australia,
and formed from its dust a rolling brown land.
Your Spirit has moved over its warm tropical waters
and created a rich diversity of life.
Your Spirit has moved in the lives
or men, and women, and children,
and given them, from the dreamtime,
an affinity with their lands and waters.
Your Spirit has moved in pilgrim people
and brought them to a place of freedom and plenty.
Your Spirit moves still today
in sprawling, high rise cities,
in the vast distances of the outback,
and in the ethnic diversity of the Australian people.
Lord God,
in the midst of this varied huddle of humanity
you have set your church.
Give us, the people you have so richly blessed,
a commitment to justice and peace for all nations;
and a vision of righteousness
and equality for all people in our own country.
Help us to look beyond our far horizons
to see our neighbours in their many guises,
so that we may be mutually enriched by our differences.
and may our love and compassion for all people on earth
be as wide and varied as our land
and as constant as the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Almighty God, whose sovereign purpose none can make void: give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, knowing that your kingdom shall come and your will be done, to your eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN There's a light upon the mountain TIS 276 AHB 207
WORD OF MISSION
BLESSING
DISMISSAL
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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