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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Baptism of Jesus, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
January 9, 2011

New things I now declare


CALL TO WORSHIP

In every age, new things are declared,
as God dreams of a different future
and an expanding of love for all the world.
The great Creator goes on creating
and inviting us
to share in that vision for life.
Like Jesus Christ, we may hear the voice of God
announcing that we are God’s children,
the ones who could change tomorrow and every day.


PRAYER OF INVOCATION

Descend on our heads, like a dove, Holy Spirit.
Remind us that we are the blessed of God.
Speak to us, among us, and within our hearts
so that we may be receive the wonder of hope.
Come, Holy Spirit, come.
Amen.


SONG TIS 179: Praise with joy the world’s Creator


GREETING

Blessed is the Holy Trinity of love,
Father, Son, and 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 Christ be always with you.
And also with you.


Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.
Lighting of the Christ candle.


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O God, just as John the Baptist
couldn’t imagine himself baptising Jesus,
we, too, face those moments.
Sometimes we cannot believe
that the Godly tasks which lie before us
are truly ours.


Silent reflection

Give to us your grace, Jesus Christ.
Remind us of the inspiration
of your brave and holy life, we pray.

If we feel removed from the touch of your Spirit,
discouraged by our frailties and failures,
and are finding it difficult to believe
in the promise of our baptism:
Give to us your grace, Jesus Christ.
Remind us of the inspiration
of your brave and holy life, we pray.
Amen.


ASSURANCE

Listen in faith, people of God.
Lift your faces towards the kindness of the Christ.
For we are indeed the beloved,
even as we face our humanness.
We are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.

COLLECT

We thank you, O God,
that your voice of hope and inspiration
was heard as clearly by the people of Israel
as it speaks to us in Jesus Christ.
We thank you that,
since the beginning of creation,
all that you brought into being
was named as beloved and invited
to join with you each day
in the beauty of your life of love.
We thank you that we may
receive your grace in baptism,
even before we understand
that the divine gift has been given to us.
Thanks be to you, Holy God.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word


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


FIRST READING Isaiah 42: 1-9


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


GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (427)
God your word abiding,
and our footsteps guiding
gives us joy forever,
binds us all together.


GOSPEL Matthew 3: 13-17
The Good News and Power of God.
Praise to you, O Jesus Christ.


HOMILY


SILENCE


INTERCESSION

O Christ, beloved of God in every time,
lead us towards the places
where new things could be brought to life.
Convince us, we pray, that situations,
which challenge justice and love,
can be changed by ordinary people
when we work together in your power.
Remind us that, if we fail on one occasion,
we can move on to the next in your strength
and begin to make a difference,
and that grace lies at the heart of our baptism.
We pray now that you will be with us
as we try to truly love and bring new life to these people:
The people pray for the church and the world
Grieve with us, Jesus Christ,
as our hearts are touched by the struggles of others.
Then breathe courage and wisdom into our lives
so that we can see where
the beginnings of change may lie.
Give us fortitude and determination
as we begin to live from your challenges for good, we pray.
Then hold us as we try to be faithful
to our calling as your people.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist


OFFERING TIS 182: “Bring many names”


O God, we place our gifts in your hands.
Our trust is in you and your guidance.
Receive them and bless
all that lies here in hope, we pray.
Amen.


THE PEACE

Jesus Christ,
let the gift of your peace rise among us today.
In its gentleness, may we learn
to love and to serve one another,
and may we share the joy of your peace
with all willing to accept it,
now and forever.

The peace of the Beloved 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 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 when he was betrayed ...


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.


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.
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
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 Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.


The Sending Forth of the People of God


Notices.


SONG TIS 153: “God is love”


BLESSING  

Let us go in peace to discover the new things
which God now declares around us.
And may the Holy Spirit sing within us,
the Great Creator bring the buds of new life into flowering
and Christ Jesus remind us that we are beloved.
Amen.

 

 

Acknowledgements:
Prayers by Dorothy McRae-McMahon
Eucharist based on ‘The Service of the Lord’s Day’ in Uniting in Worship 2, Sydney, 2005