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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Epiphany, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
January 2, 2011

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 TIS 454: “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”

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 the star of Jesus our Saviour shine on you
and on all the nations of the earth.
May you live in this light
and may Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.

Lighting the Christ candle.

PENITENTIAL RITE

One of the offerings we bring to Jesus today
is the sorrow for the sins we have committed.

Jesus, you radiate your light
on all the nations of the earth:
All praise to you!
Ky-ri-e e-le-i-son (760).

Jesus Christ, you offer justice and peace
to all willing to accept you:
All praise to you!
Chris-te e-le-i-son.

Jesus, you will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor:
All praise to you!
Ky-ri-e e-le-i-son.

God, may your judgment on us
be a judgment of mercy and love,
for we recognise our poverty.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

FORGIVENESS

... You are accepted and you are holy!
Thanks be to God!

COLLECT

Let us pray to Abba God
that Christ may be the light of all:

God of all nations, peoples and cultures,
this is the day you have made bright
with your light and your love
destined for all.
Guide us in the new ways of your Beloved.
Let your kindly light shine everywhere,
that all peoples may praise you
in their own language
and enrich your Church with their own gifts.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
our Sovereign and Saviour for ever.

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING Isaiah 60:1-6

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

SECOND READING Ephesians 3:1-12

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 2:1-12

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

INTERCESSIONS

... May the light of Christ shine upon us all.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING TIS 238: “Christ is the world’s true light”

Abba God,
we have no gold to offer you
but merely the poverty of our hearts
and the incense of our praise and thanks.
Fill us with the presence of Jesus,
and let Christ be the light
that guides our wavering steps.
And let us be humble lights too.
Amen.

THE PEACE

Jesus Christ,
let the star of your peace rise today
on the body of the Church
and on all who believe in you.
In its light, may we learn
to love and to serve one another,
and to share the joy of your peace
with all willing to accept it,
now and for ever.

The Peace of the Luminous One be with you all.
And also with you.

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

The people stand.

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 give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for you are the fulfilment of all our searching.

L: Since the time you created all things
 you have had a plan
  hidden in mystery through the ages
 to draw all the world into one body,
 and to share with all peoples your promise of glory.

R: And now the light has risen,
 the mystery is made known:
 your Beloved, Jesus, is revealed to the whole world
 as Saviour and Redeemer,
 and as the One who reigns in justice and peace.

You made Christ known first
to the magi from the east,
who came to pay homage,
though they knew of Christ only what the silent stars could tell.

And now, you draw us again to the feet of Jesus
the crucified and risen Christ
to offer our gifts of praise to the light of the world.

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

In the light of salvation for all, 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,
 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, Beloved of God
and the guiding star of our lives.
Happy are we to be called
to share this table
and to bring this light to all.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Abba God,
you have shown us your Beloved today
in the words Christ spoke to us
and in the bread of life given for us.
May the light of Christ shine in us
and may our hope and joy reflect this light,
that our communities and all of us
may show forth goodness and peace
for all to see.
We ask this through the light of our lives,
Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

SONG TIS 545: “Shout for joy! the Lord has let us feast”

BLESSING

We have celebrated together
that Jesus Christ came not only for Christians,
but to be known by every person,
every country, every culture on earth.
For Christ is the Saviour of all.
May we come to know Christ better
and then make it known to others,
especially by the way we live,
that Christ is our God’s love for the world.

And may Almighty God bless you ...

Go in the peace of Christ
and walk in the light. Amen.

 

 

The celebration of Epiphany, meaning “manifestation,” is like a second Christmas.
It is, in fact, the Christmas of the Eastern Churches.
It proclaims that the child Jesus belongs to and is given to the whole world as its Saviour.
Christ is given to us, but with the magi the world brings to the manger its variety of gifts:
its varied cultures, its many facets, itsdifferent identities.
And we here, like people from other nations, bring Christ the gift of
ourselves: our faith, our fidelity, our love, as we meet the Luminous Christ in prayer
and in people, especially in the poorest.


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: www.parishofstluke.net/links/dc/city/drumboandcarryduff/Epiphany%20Window%20-%20Drumbo%20&%20Carryduff.jpg