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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Reign of Christ, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
November 21, 2010

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

O God, open our lips,
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.

SONG OF PRAISE: ‘God is love ...’ (153)

GREETING

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit; one God, Mother of us all. Amen.

Grace and peace be yours from our Abba God
and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors. Christ candle is lit.

PENITENTIAL PRAYER

We ask our God to forgive us
because we have not always answered God’s love.

Jesus, Sovereign of mercy,
we thank you for bringing us forgiveness:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, Sovereign of truth and life,
we thank you for making our lives
meaningful and rich and eternal:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, Sovereign of love and peace
we thank you for showing us the way
to our Father-Mother:
God, have mercy.
God, have mercy.

Let us feel your endless mercy, O God,
make it overflow to our neighbours,
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

In deepest mercy,
God has rescued us from the authority of darkness
and brought us into the reign of Jesus, God’s Only Begotten,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus says, Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

COLLECT

Let us pray that all God’s people
may become more like Christ.

Abba God, lover of people,
you make us recognise true glory
in Jesus crowned with thorns
and enthroned on a cross
a leader without army or might.
With him make us choose
love as our only power
and humble service as our only greatness.
May this be the way your kingdom grows among us,
until you lead us to your lasting joy.
We ask you this through Christ who reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

DOXOLOGY (171)

 Glory to God, glory to God, praise and alleluia!
 Glory to God, glory to God, praise the name of our God!

The Liturgy of the Word

Let us listen for the Word of God.
Our ears are open.

EPISTLE READING: Colossians 1:12-20

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

We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (541)

 Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
 all our hearts are filled with gladness.
 Hallelujah! We sing your praises,
 all our hearts are filled with gladness.

GOSPEL Luke 23:35-43

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us pray to Jesus that his glory may shine among us,
and let us say: O God, your kindom come.

... Jesus, make us into a people that brings the warmth
of your justice and love to everyone on the earth. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘For the bread and for the wine’ (518)

 For the bread and for the wine,
 for the pledge that seals him mine,
 for the words of love divine,
 we give you thanks, O Lord.

 For the feast of love and peace,
 bidding all our sorrows cease,
 foretaste of the kingdom’s bliss,
 we give you thanks, O Lord.

 This the bread and this the wine,
 yet to faith the solemn sign
 of the heavenly and divine!
 We give you thanks, O Lord.

 Till he comes we take the bread,
 type of him on whom we feed,
 him who lives and once was dead:
 we give you thanks, O Lord.

 Till he comes we take the cup;
 as we at his table sup
 eye and heart are lifted up:
 we give you thanks, O Lord.

 For that coming here foreshown,
 for that day to us unknown,
 for the glory and the throne,
 we give you thanks, O Lord.
 
THE PEACE

Jesus, you said to your apostles:
“I leave you peace, my peace I give you;
do not worry what to say in your defense,
not a hair of your head will be lost.”
In the face of shocking events,
help us not to panic but to keep our inner serenity,
and to find and keep the peace of the kindom
where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

The peace of Christ the Sovereign be with you all.
And also with you.

INVITATION

Let us give thanks to God, who has given us a place within the reign of Christ.

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

God is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to God.
Let us give thanks to the God of love.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for you are the ruler of the universe
and you reign with justice and righteousness.

You created all things in heaven and on earth,
and through your holy prophets in ages past
you promised to save us from enemy hands
and free us from corrupt and negligent rulers.

Out of your deepest mercy
you have come to us in fullness in Jesus the Christ,
your Chosen One who rules wisely,
shepherding your people and setting them free.

L: Though he is your visible image,
 he was crucified as a criminal.

R: You raised him as the firstborn from the dead,
 and through him you are reconciling all things to yourself.

Now you are reaching out to all who honour you,
who recognise your Beloved in the agony of death,
and you are welcoming them into the paradise of your presence.
 
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.

We thank you that on the night before he died for us ...

Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation,
and remembering Christ crucified and risen,
who was and is and is to come,
we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine,
and ourselves, a living sacrifice.

Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts
that they may be the Body and Blood of Christ.
Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation,
the Body of Christ given for the world you have made.
In the fullness of time bring us, with all your saints,
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
to you be honour, glory, and praise, for ever and ever.
Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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

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,
 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, the Lamb of God,
who became our peace and reconciliation
by his death on the cross,
and became the ruler of all
by his glorious resurrection.
Happy are we to be called
to his table and into his reign.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Mighty God,
let the bread of life sustain us
and the cup of salvation be our joy and hope
in carrying out the task entrusted to us
bringing the reign of Christ to a good end.
Help us to give each person his or her due
in respect, dignity and justice.
Turn us into makers of peace,
and make our love generous and self-effacing
in the service of all.
Amen.

Notices.
The Sending Forth of the People of God

BLESSING

Go now, joyfully proclaiming the reign of Christ.
Prepare a pathway for God;
endure everything with patience,
and teach people of salvation
through the forgiveness of sins.

And may God gather you into safety;
May Christ Jesus strengthen you with glorious power;
And may the Holy Spirit guide your feet on the way of peace.

SONG: ‘How shall I sing to God’ (667)

 

Acknowledgements:

Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays,
the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic Preface and Blessing based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton
(www.laughingbird.net).
Image: Pantocrator (Christ the King icon) Saint Seraphim
of Sarov Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, High Point, North Carolina
(www.st-seraphim.com).