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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Christmas 1, Year A
Baptism of Caliya Ana Cunningham
South Sydney Uniting Church
December 26, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

We were walking in cold and darkness.
Now we dwell in the warmth of your light.

For your love and goodness
we give you thanks, O God.

A child has been born for us,
a new beginning is given to us.

For your love and goodness
we give you thanks, O God.

You are our creator, you dwell in our midst,
you bring us your peace.

For your love and goodness
we give you thanks, O God.

SONG: ‘Joy to the world!’ (268)

GREETING

Blessed is the Holy Trinity of love,
Father, Son, Holy Spirit,
One God, mothering all creation;
and blessed is the reign of God,
now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

May grace, mercy and peace from God the Creator
and from Christ Jesus our Saviour be with you.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.

Lighting the Christ candle.

PENITENTIAL RITE

Let us ask pardon from our God
that we have often done carelessly
the common tasks of everyday life.

O Jesus, you grew up in Nazareth
and lived as the apprentice of the local carpenter:
Ky-ri-e e-le-i-son (760).

Jesus Christ, to work with your hands
was part of your human dignity:
Chris-te e-le-i-son.

O Jesus, through your life in the holy family
you sanctified the ordinary tasks
of everyday life:
Ky-ri-e e-le-i-son.

Have mercy on us, God,
and forgive us all our sins.
May our lives give you worship
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

FORGIVENESS

Christ has become our high priest.
It is his suffering and loving presence that saves us,
and lifts us up.

Jesus says, You are children of Sarah and Abraham.
Do not be afraid of death.
You are accepted and you are holy!
Thanks be to God!

COLLECT

Let us pray
that God may bless our families.

Abba God,
you let Mary and Joseph
provide the warmth of a home
to your own Child, Jesus Christ.
Let Jesus become the heart and centre
of all our families.
May we all grow up in Christ
and become closer to one another
in patience and love.
With the holy family of Nazareth,
may we seek your will in all we do.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Your word, O God, is a lamp to our feet:
a light to our path.

FIRST READING Isaiah 63:7-9

May your word live in us, O God;
and bear much fruit to your glory.

SILENCE

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (319)

 Prophets foretold him,
 infant of wonder;
 angels behold him
 on his throne;
 worthy our Saviour
 of all their praises;
 happy for ever
 are his own.

GOSPEL Matthew 2:13-23

The Good News and Power of God.
Praise to you, O Jesus Christ.

HOMILY

Baptism of Caliya Ana Cunningham

PRESENTATION

THE MEANING OF BAPTISM

THE CONFESSION OF FAITH

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

THE BAPTISM

RESPONSES

Includes responses from godparents.

INTERCESSIONS

With the holy family of Nazareth we trust in our God who knows our needs, and we ask God to bless all human families. Let us say: Abba God, bless your people.

... Abba God, we trust in you.
May we not deny one another the love you show us in Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING

THE PEACE

Fragile Saviour,
Let our joy be to seek your Peace
let our hope be to foster your Peace
let our purpose be to announce your Peace
with all the fervour of the angels and
all the courage of those who are poor.

The Peace of the Child of God be with you all.
And also with you.

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

The people stand.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
because of all the good things you have done for us
in your abundant mercy and steadfast love.

L: All things exist for you and through you,
 for you called them forth
 and fixed them in place.
 You taught your people through the law and prophets
 and became their saviour in all their distress.

R: In your love and concern for us,
 you became present among us in your Child, Jesus.
 Though he was hunted at birth and forced to flee as a refugee,
 he was made perfect through his sufferings
 so that he might be a merciful high priest,
 reconciling your people to you.

When enemies overtook him,
in death he destroyed the power of death,
and you raised him to new life,
freeing all those whose lives were held in slavery
by the fear of death.

Therefore we sing ... (761):
Holy, holy, holy God, wisdom, strength and hope,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God.
Hosanna in the highest.

To you indeed be glory, almighty God,
because on the night before he died ...

God of hope and joy,
we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.
With this bread and this cup
we proclaim the mystery of our faith ... (757):
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

Therefore, loving God,
recalling now Christ’s death and resurrection,
we ask you to accept
this our sacrifice of praise.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us
and our celebration,
that we may be fed with the body and blood of Christ
and be filled with your life and goodness.
Strengthen us to do your work,
and to be your body in the world.
Unite us in Christ
and give us your peace.

May we praise you
and give you glory.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in your holy Church,
we worship you, O God,
in songs of everlasting praise.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere, now and forever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

God is with us, and so we pray:

L: Abba God in heaven, hallowed be your name!
R: May your reign come,
 may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven:
L: give us today the bread we need.
R: And forgive us our debts,
 as we hereby forgive those who are indebted to us.
 Don’t put us to the test, but free us from evil.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Let us receive what we are;
let us become what we receive:
the body of Christ.

LAMB OF GOD (765)

 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
 have mercy on us, have mercy on us ...
 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
 grant us peace, grant us peace.

COMMUNION

This is Jesus our Saviour,
who comes to unite us
as children of Sarah and Abraham,
as children of God.
Happy are we to be invited
to this family table of God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Infinite God,
Jesus your Own made himself near to us
in this eucharistic celebration.
He has been here for us,
approachable and available.
May he keep on living
in our homes and our communities.
Let him make us, too, approachable
and available to one another,
even at the cost of personal discomfort,
and with Mary and Joseph
ready for any task you may entrust to us.
For we can do everything
in the name of Jesus our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

SONG: ‘Love came down at Christmas’ (317)

BLESSING

Baptismal candle is presented to new member.

Go now and give praise for all that God has done.
Put your trust in Christ;
weep over the world’s grief and suffering,
and with Christ, offer yourselves to God
for the healing of the world.

And may God give you strength and glory;
May Christ Jesus be proud to call you his brothers, sisters and friends;
And may the Holy Spirit lift you up and carry you onward.

DISMISSAL

A child has been born for us,
a new beginning is given to us.
Let us go and share with our friends and neighbours
the peace and joy of the Child of Bethlehem.
In the name of Christ. Amen!

 

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on ‘The Service of the Lord’s Day’ in Uniting in Worship 2, Sydney, 2005;
Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays, the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic preface based on prayer by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net).
Icon by Dr Isaac Fanous, Professor of Arts at the High Coptic Institute in Cairo
(from www.st-peter-st-paul-coptic-orthodox-church.org).