Pentecost 12

28/08/2022

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OPENING SENTENCE-
Light shines in the darkness for the upright.

HYMN

GREETING

Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God
to whom all hearts be open
all desires known
and from whom no secrets are hidden;
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your holy name
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only
Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with
all your strength.”

The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

God is love and we are God’s children.
There is no room for fear in love.
We love because God loved us first.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father, we confess to you
and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,
and in what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry.
Forgive us our sins,
and deliver us from the power of evil,
for the sake of your Son who died for us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

ABSOLUTION

May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by his Spirit
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

GLORIA
sung by Sue St Joseph

COLLECT

Almighty and merciful God,
by whose grace alone
your faithful people offer service and praise:
grant that we may hasten without stumbling
towards the things that you promise;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end. Amen

FIRST READING
Jeremiah 2: 4-13
read by Andrew Ratnam

Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord:

What wrong did your ancestors find in me
that they went far from me
and went after worthless things and became worthless themselves?
They did not say, “Where is the Lord,
who brought us up from the land of Egypt,
who led us in the wilderness,
in a land of deserts and pits,
in a land of drought and deep darkness,
in a land that no one passes through,
where no one lives?”
I brought you into a plentiful land
to eat its fruits and its good things.
But when you entered you defiled my land
and made my heritage an abomination.
The priests did not say, “Where is the Lord?”
Those who handle the law did not know me;
the rulers transgressed against me;
the prophets prophesied by Baal
and went after things that do not profit.

Therefore, once more I accuse you,
says the Lord,
and I accuse your children’s children.
Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look;
send to Kedar and examine with care;
see if there has ever been such a thing.
Has a nation changed its gods,
even though they are no gods?
But my people have changed their glory
for something that does not profit.

Reflection on Jeremiah 2:4-13 | New Life Narrabri

Be appalled, O heavens, at this;
be shocked; be utterly desolate,
says the Lord,
for my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living water,
and dug out cisterns for themselves,
cracked cisterns
that can hold no water.

SECOND READING
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
read by Kay Solaja

Service Well-Pleasing to God

Let mutual affection continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them, those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper;
  I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?”

Verse of the Day - Hebrews 13:16 - iDisciple

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

HYMN

GOSPEL READING
LUKE 14: 1, 7-14
read by Rev Ann Wren

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Luke chapter 14 beginning at verse 1, 7-14

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath, they were watching him closely.

Humility and Hospitality

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host, and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers and sisters or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel

Praise to Christ our Lord

SERMON

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Wedding seating plans cause headaches and difficulties for any bride to be. All the honoured guests at the wedding want a prime view of the bride and groom They want the best seats. I have even seen people at weddings switch place names in order to get a better view of the proceedings. Desiring the best seats is not just restricted to the realm of weddings, you see this in many aspects of life. Take sport for example-at sporting events it’s the executive box seat, or the seat on the fifty-yard line or the seat in the upper deck. These places command the best view and the highest price. They also carry the greatest bragging potential!

This desire for the best seat in the house shows up in many places. Watch people in a parking lot sometime. The best parking places are usually the ones closest to the front door. I’ve seen people nearly collide, competing for that one parking place near the door! The spaces that are at the far of the parking lot are seldom taken unless there are the only spaces left or employees are required to park in them.

Best seats are sought by visiting dignitaries. Diplomatic negotiating teams spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds and many hours getting the seating just right so that visiting dignitaries are afforded proper honour by the placement of their chairs. A slip here can mean that countries fall out and hostilities begin.

The best seat in the house at a concert is probably the one closest to the musicians or maybe an even better one might be a backstage seat where you get to meet the performers. When you have a guest to your house and invite them to sit down, don’t you give them the best seat? What do you suppose is the best seat in the church building? Maybe it’s the back seat as it’s often the one that fills up first!

In our Gospel Reading this morning there is a scramble for the best seats. It happens at a dinner after church. Jesus has gone to be a guest in the house of a prominent Pharisee. However, as soon as, Jesus walked into the man’s house, he sensed a cold, critical attitude towards him. His adversaries were watching him closely, hoping to find grounds for bringing some accusation against him. We can observe another person with friendly eyes, hostile eyes or indifferent eyes

When we look at someone with friendly eyes, it means that we are well disposed to them. What a difference that makes! We are looking out for the good in them, and are ready to excuse the not so good. We are open to them and willing to learn from them. To feel the weight of friendly eyes is a wonderful feeling, which cannot be underestimated for it puts us at ease and makes us feel welcome.

On the other hand, when we look at someone with hostile eyes, it means that from the outset we are ill- disposed towards them. We are looking for faults, and we will be disappointed if we do not find any. We don’t give them a chance for we have made our minds up about them. Even if we cannot find fault, we can always cast doubts on their motives. We do not learn anything from them because we are closed in our thinking and our hearts are cold. To feel the weight of hostile eyes is very unpleasant and unchristian.

Finally, when we look at each other with indifferent eyes, it says we don’t care about them one way or another. We may see their sadness and pain, but we are unconcerned for we are not interested in them. This look lacks compassion and is also unchristian.

What about us, do we look at the people in this church community and neighbourhood with eyes of indifference or hostility? Are we like the Pharisees looking for faults, and are ready to pounce and shoot off complaints and emails at the first opportunity? Or are looking with friendly eyes for we are caring, considerate and looking to learn from one another?

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Sadly, in our gospel reading Jesus is watched with hostile eyes. Interestingly it is Jesus who turns the tables on the Pharisees. Jesus had been observing them, though out of different motives, and he witnessed first- hand their pride, their hunger for status and power and so he told this story about wanting the best seats at the banquet.

The guests are picking the places of honour. At a big ancient meal, the seats of honour would probably have been the seats closest to the host. Couches for a meal were usually set in a u- shape, with two to four guests reclining on each couch. The host would sit at the base of the u-shape with their most honoured guests on their left and right. Power and prestige resided closest to the host chair. Power, prestige, pride and status are social issues in any culture, and the ancient Jewish culture was no exception. Status brings power and power more than often leads to pride. Jesus regards this equation of status and power equalling pride as dangerous to spiritual health. Jesus had some things to say about the best seat in the house.

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The best seat in the house says Jesus is the last seat. When you are invited to a wedding, he says, and it comes time for dinner, don’t take the places of honour. Otherwise, someone more important will arrive late and you will be asked to move down. Take a seat at the end of the table and the host will move you up. Hence, you will be honoured before all. This is connected to the proverbial wisdom that those who exalt themselves shall be humbled and those who humble themselves shall be exalted.

It seems that Jesus is playing their game, only he is playing it better. They desire esteem in the eyes of others and Jesus has some very clever ideas about how to achieve it. He has an inventive strategy feigning lower to gain higher. Maybe they should play humble in the hope of winning big in front of everyone. Is Jesus really promoting here one- up- man-ship?

Not at all instead of teaching them more deft manoeuvres on how to be first, Jesus is challenging their jockeying for first position but he is doing it in an indirect and skilful way. He suggests a strategy that is sincere but outrageous. As the guests pondered the possibilities of this ridiculous plan of false humility Jesus might have said ‘caught you!’ In other words, Jesus language is designed to catch them in their own thinking to make visible to them their motivation, their underlying driving force. If they gravitate to Jesus’ off the wall strategy, even for a moment, the humour of their ambitions and the pathetic deceits that they are capable off may break through to them and they might just laugh at themselves!

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After all it is not the place that honours the guest but the guest that honours the place. Let me illustrate this with a true story. A mayor of a town invited all the people of the town to a banquet. Among those that turned up was a man of great distinction by the name Daniel. Daniel was a great scholar and wise man, yet he was very humble and did not like being honoured. When he arrived the mayor naturally invited him to sit at the top table. Daniel thanked him but said how he would prefer to sit among the poor at the table nearest the door- and so he did. When other distinguished guests arrived, the mayor invited them to sit wherever they liked naturally they all chose to sit at the top table. The banquet hall had filled up and eventually the only place left was one at the bottom table. Then at the last minute this distinguished man arrived. The mayor had no option but to take him to the vacant seat. But this is the bottom table the man protested. No, this is the top table, the major replied. I don’t understand said the man. wherever Daniel sits is the top table. It’s not the place that honours the guest but the guest that honours the place. We don’t know where Jesus sat at the meal but wherever he sat that was the place of honour.

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Places of honour and best seats should not be our concern. Instead, we should be concerned about our character. Jesus is saying what is most important is character and a key virtue in any good character is humility. Jesus broke all the rules of etiquette and social advancement. Jesus took a Greco-Roman vice — humility — and turned it on its head, transforming it into a virtue — “those who humble themselves will be exalted”. Good character isn’t measured against the standards of the world. Good character isn’t judged according to wealth, success, being famous or infamous. The standard we measure ourselves against is the standard of Jesus the Christ. To have good character is to embody Christ most fully in everything we do, in everything we say, in every action we take. And listen carefully to this saying: “Be all you can be” is too low an ambition for a Christian. Be all Christ wants you to be. Be all Christ can make you to be. Anything less is out of character for a Christian.

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How is this good character nurtured and developed? It is fashioned through humble service. This service is not self-seeking- there is no hidden agenda for any reward, glory or honour. This service is selfless and self-giving. To serve without expecting anything in return that’s good Christian character. Good Christian character offers the best to others without seeking any self- interest.

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Jesus was our prime model and example of such character and service- he became the servant of all – the least of all and God exalted him to the best seat in heaven. Let us be all that Christ wants us to be, not worrying about jostling for best seats and places of honour – rather let us allow God to work in and through us to develop good character and sincere service. Amen.

Christ The Savior Lutheran Church

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one substance with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son,
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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God of purity, you exalt those who are regarded as lowly
and humble those used to worldly honour.
Save those in high office
from becoming contemptuous of the people, they serve.
Train us all in the humility that respects
and promotes the common good.

God of purity
show us your ways.

God of purity, you see the depths of our hearts,
keep your church from pride and selfishness.
As we honour your name with our lips,
so may we live in a way that brings you glory.

God of wisdom,
show us your ways.

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God of purity, you see our desires and longings,
protect us from covetousness and deception.
Deepen our trust and confidence in you,
that self- control and goodness will prevail.

God of wisdom,
show us your ways.

God of purity, you see our scheming and political intrigue.
Keep our nations from warring against one another,
and from oppression, exploitation and cruelty.
Bring your peace to Ukraine
and your wisdom and grace to China and Taiwan.

God of wisdom,
show us your ways.

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God of purity, as our country faces high costs of living
you see the worry and anxiety
etched in lives of your people
from all walks of life.
Work in the hearts of those who govern
that they might alleviate
the pain and suffering
that these costs carry.

God of wisdom,
show us your ways.

God of purity, how you long for creation
to be restored and healed.
Help us to do all we can
to get zero carbon emissions,
and to bring a halt to climate change.

God of wisdom,
show us your ways.

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God of purity, you see the pains of the world,
whether public or secret.
keep your people from despair and despondency.
Be with all who are struggling with their health,
either emotional, physical, mental or spiritual.
May they know your healing touch and consolation.

God of wisdom,
show us your ways.

God of purity, you promise to be with us wherever we are.
Be with those whose earthly lives are ebbing to a close.
May they have a hallowed and peaceful death.
Be close to those who mourn,
that they may sense your abiding presence and comfort.

God of wisdom,
show us your ways.

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God of all purity, you invite us
to be holy as you are holy.
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
impart your wisdom to us,
fill us with your love and peace.
and strengthen us in your ways,
Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ who taught us to pray together

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

HYMN

BLESSING

The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord:
and the blessing of God the Father,
the Son and Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen

DISMISSAL

Go or stay in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ.