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Lent 5, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 10, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God


Out of the depths I cry to you, O God!
Hear my voice!
If you kept track of our sins, God,
who could stand before you?
But with you is forgiveness,
and for this we revere you.

SONG 210: ‘O for a thousand tongues to sing’
Christ candle is lit.


In the name of God:
Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life.

Grace and peace to you from God.
God fill you with peace and joy.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.


Silence for personal confession.

Jesus, our resurrection and life,
forgive us our hesitant and weak faith
and our timid and wavering hope:
Show us compassion, O God.

Jesus, Child of the living God,
forgive us that your life in us
has grown so little since we were baptised:
Show us compassion, O Christ.

Jesus, our food of life,
forgive us that we have not let the eucharist
raise us up from the grave of sin:
Show us compassion, O God.

Have mercy on us, God,
and forgive us all our sins.
Make us live your life to the full,
that it may blossom into eternal life.
Forgive in us what has gone wrong.
Repair in us what is wasted.
Reveal in us what is good.


Our hope is in God whose steadfast love
surrounds us
and in whom is great power to redeem.
This power is revealed in Jesus Christ
who promises us life where there is death,
and forgiveness where there is sin.
The good news therefore is this:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!

SONG ‘Amazing grace’ (John Newton)

The Liturgy of the Word

We stand.


GOSPEL John 11:1-45 (Reading from v. 17)

The Wisdom of God:
God’s word made new.



God of life, raise us from death.

Is it not true that we find our life
in the life of those raised from death?
Let us pray with and for those who are surviving,
those who are trying again,
those who are getting on with it,
and all those believing and hoping in small ways ...

... God of life, raise us from death.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist


God of all creation, you bring forth
bread from the earth and fruit from the vine.
By your Holy Spirit, this bread and wine
will be for us the body and blood of Christ.
All you have made is good.
Your love endures for ever.


The peace of Jesus,
the Resurrection and the Life,
be with you all.
And also with you.


Let us join in Jesus’ prayer of thanksgiving to the One he calls Abba,
the God of Life, for all goodness and the hope of resurrection.


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.

Holy God, we praise you:

 Father and Mother;
 Grace and Truth;
 Life and Love;
 Giving, forgiving, creating ...

Let the heavens be joyful, and the earth be glad.
We bless you for creating the whole world,
for your promises to your people Israel,
and for the life we know in Jesus Christ.

Born of Mary,
 he shares our life.
Eating with sinners,
 he welcomes us.
Leading his followers,
 he guides us.
Dying on the cross,
 he rescues us.
Risen from the dead,
 he gives new life.

You make us your disciples
and call us to deny ourselves,
to take up our cross and follow Jesus.
And so we praise you
with the faithful of every time and place,
joining with choirs of angels
and the whole creation
in the eternal hymn:

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

With thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup
and proclaim his death and resurrection.
Receive our sacrifice of praise.

 Send to us the Holy Spirit that this meal may be holy,
 and your people may become one.
 Unite us in faith, inspire us to love,
  encourage us with hope,
  that we may receive Christ as he comes to us
  in this holy banquet.

We praise you, almighty God,
through Christ, and in the Holy Spirit.


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.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.


may our sharing of this one bread
be our pledge to live in your Spirit.
For when we eat this bread and drink this wine
we proclaim the death of Jesus the Christ
until he comes in glory.


Jesus, Lamb of God,
show us compassion.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,
show us compassion.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.


This is Jesus the Christ, who says to us:
I am the bread of life.
All those who eat my flesh and drink my blood
have eternal life.
They live in me and I in them,
and I shall raise them up on the last day.


God of all that lives,
your Child Jesus has reassured us in this
eucharist that he is the resurrection and the life
and that we have eternal life already now
if we believe in him.
May his body and blood nourish this life in us
and make it grow day after day
that we may live his life to the full
and with him make it a gift
to brighten the lives of others.
Let him lead us to your life of unending joy.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



God our Creator wants us to live.
May we gratefully accept life from our God
as a gift and an assignment. Amen.

Our Redeemer Jesus Christ died for us
that we might live.
May we live with our God
a life worthy of the children of God. Amen.

The life-giving Spirit inspires us
to follow the way of Christ as people living for others.
May our God make us always available and open
to anyone in need. Amen.

And the blessing of God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life,
go with you, today and always.


Go forth in peace to live your
Lenten discipline.
We go in faith and hope.

During Lent we depart in silence.



Acknowledgements:Based on UIW2; and Liturgy Alive for Sundays (www.bible.claret.org).
Blessing based on prayer by Nathan Nettleton at Laughing Bird (www.laughingbird.net).
Image: Duccio di Buoninsegna. Maestà. The Raising of Lazarus. 1308-11.
Tempera on wood panel. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, USA.