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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Lent 4, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 3, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

O God, you are my shepherd
I want nothing more ...
Only goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in your house, O God,
for days without end.

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

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.

In opening the eyes of the person born blind,
Jesus shows that he has power to free people
from all forms of darkness in their lives.
Let us ask our God’s forgiveness for being blind to Love
and failing to ask healing for our own blindness.

God, you are the light.
You do not see as humans see
because you look into the heart:
Show us compassion, O God.

Christ, you are the light.
Anyone who follows you will have the light of life:
Show us compassion, O Christ.

God, you are the light.
You give sight to the blind
both for those who cannot see
and those who will not see:
Show us compassion, O God.

Forgive in us what has gone wrong.
Repair in us what is wasted.
Reveal in us what is good.

CHANT ‘The Lord is my light’ ( 747)

 The Lord is my light,
 my light and salvation;
 in God I trust, in God I trust.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

Through the cross of Christ,
God have mercy on you,
pardon you and set you free.
Now you are light in Christ.
Live as children of the light.
Light produces every kind of goodness,
justice and truth.
Thanks be to God!

COLLECT

O God,
author and source of all light,
you gaze into the depths of our hearts.
Do not permit the powers of darkness to hold us captive
but open our eyes
that we may be able to look upon the One
you sent to illumine the world
Jesus the Christ, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING 1 Samuel 16:1-13

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

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 John 9:1-41

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

We observe a period of silence for contemplation and reflection.

RESPONSE

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

As children of the light let us pray for the needs
of the Church and the world.
With confidence we pray,
O God, that we may see.

... Creator God, in this life we see as in a glass darkly.
Open our eyes that we may walk with confidence
along the road which leads to you,
to where we shall see as we are seen.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. 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, Light of the world,
be with you all.
And also with you.

As we exchange a sign of peace
we pray that God may open our eyes
to see the Christ in one another.

INVITATION

God of light,
help us to see your Child, Jesus Christ
coming among us in these humble gifts of bread and wine.
Help us to recognise Christ today
in those who are blind,
in those who are in any way disabled,
and in all who carry heavy burdens.
We make our prayer through the same Christ.
Amen.

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 (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 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.

 L Send to us the Holy Spirit that this meal may be holy,
  and your people may become one.
 R 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 Sovereign
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 Jesus the Sovereign
who is our light, our joy, and our salvation.
Blessed are we who believe in him
and are invited to share in this banquet.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Source of light and life,
you spoke your powerful word to the world
and there was light.
In this Eucharist you have led us to restful waters;
you refreshed us and spread your table before us.
Help us to live as children of light,
for light produces every kind of goodness
and righteousness and truth.
All this we ask through Jesus Christ,
Sovereign and Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now and live as children of the light.
Seek what is pleasing to God.
Expose the unfruitful works of darkness,
and commit yourselves to the works of God who sends you.

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

DISMISSAL

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

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:Me (blue sweater) and My Friends,Cyquita Stewart (Tempera Paint),
California School for the Blind,Fremont, California,
American Printing House for the Blind (www.aph.org).