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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Palm Sunday, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 17, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 118)

Let us worship God.

Because you have saved me
I journey to you.

The gate of justice is open to all
who love right living.
Even stones rejected by builders have a place.
In God’s work a poor stone can support a corner.
Blest are all who come doing God’s work.

Let us all make of ourselves
a place of peace and light.
God’s love is forever.

SONG ‘Ride on, ride on in majesty’ (348)

Setting the table and sanctuary with candle, cross, Bible and palms/cloaks.

GREETING

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

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

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

PENITENTIAL RITE

Silence for personal confession.

Jesus, over the broken glass of our world,
the rumours meant to hurt,
the prejudice meant to wound,
the weapons meant to kill,
ride on ...
trampling our attempts at disaster into dust.
Show us compassion, O God.
Jesus, over the distance
which separates us from you,
and it is such a distance,
measurable in half truths,
in unkept promises,
in second-best obedience,
ride on ...
until you touch and heal us,
who feel for no one but ourselves.
Show us compassion, O Christ.

Jesus, through the back streets
and the sin bins
and the sniggered-at corners of the city,
where human life festers
and love runs cold,
ride on ...
bringing hope and dignity
where most send scorn and silence.
Show us compassion, O God.

For you, O Christ, do care
and must show us how.
On our own,
our ambitions rival your summons
and thus threaten good faith
and neglect God’s people.
In your company and at your side,
we might yet help to bandage and heal
the wounds of the world.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

Through the cross of Christ,
God have mercy on you,
pardon you and set you free.
Jesus says, Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!

SONG ‘Faith will not grow from words alone’ (TIS 691)

The Liturgy of the Word

We stand.

LENTEN GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Let us stand to acclaim God’s saving justice,
attested by the Law and the prophets,
and now revealed through faith in Jesus Christ
to all who believe.

GOSPEL Matthew 21:1-11

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

HOMILY

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Confronting and comforting God: hear our prayer.

... By the power of the Spirit,
we entrust our prayers to you, O Christ,
confessing you as Saviour to the glory of God. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING

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

The peace of Jesus, Heir to the House of David,
be with you all. And also with you.

INVITATION

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.

Holy God, we praise you:

 L Father and Mother;
 R Grace and Truth;
 L Life and Love;
 R 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,
 L he shares our life.
Eating with sinners,
 R he welcomes us.
Leading his followers,
 L he guides us.
Dying on the cross,
 R 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.
Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

O God our Mother
and our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your dominion 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.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

God, 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.

LAMB OF GOD

Jesus, Lamb of God,
show us compassion.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,
show us compassion.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.

COMMUNION

This is the prophet Jesus,
from Nazareth in Galilee.
This is Jesus the Christ, who comes to us
and stirs us to our depths.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Jesus prayed,
Abba, if this cup cannot pass me by without my drinking it,
your will be done!

O God,
whose own Child went not up to joy
 but first suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace.
We thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Christ.
Through Christ we offer you our very selves.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your glory.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Our God has given us
an example of unselfish love
in the person of Jesus the Christ.
Through your service of God and neighbour
may you receive countless blessings.
Amen.

You believe that by dying
Christ destroyed death for ever.
May God give you everlasting life.
Amen.

Jesus humbled himself for our sakes.
May you follow his example
and share in his resurrection.
Amen.

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

DISMISSAL

Go in peace to love God.
We go in faith and hope.
Amen.

During Lent we depart in silence.

 

 

Acknowledgements:

Based on UIW2;
Psalm paraphrase by Patricia Stevenson, Songs from a Pierced Heart (2003).
Penitential rite based on prayer in Stages on the Way, Wild Goose Worship (1998).
Blessing based on prayer by CanticaNOVA Publications (www.canticanova.com).
Image: Chartres Cathedral Stained Glass, Life of Christ Window (c.1150): Triumphal Entry
(www.sacred-destinations.com/france/chartres-cathedral-window-photos/
w02_8375c-triumphal.jpg)