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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Trinity, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
June 19, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

From the lips of infants and children
you bring forth words of power and praise,
to answer your adversaries
and to silence the hostile and vengeful.

YHWH, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your Name in all the earth!

SONG: ‘Where wide sky rolls down and touches red sand’ (188)

GREETING

On today’s feast of the Trinity what can we say about God?
We begin to understand God more easily
if we reflect on what God has done for us and for all God’s people.
And then we discover that, above all, God has loved us and keeps loving us
as a forgiving, merciful God, a Father who cares and is tender as a Mother,
as the Child who became one of us and made us free at great cost,
as a Spirit of unity and strength who keeps guiding and inspiring us
and who prays with us and within us here in this Eucharist.

The God who is Love be with you.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of traditional owners. Welcome.

PENITENTIAL RITE

Let us ask our God of tenderness
to forgive us that we have not always responded to love.

Jesus, face of Abba God,
in you we see true love reflected:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Jesus Christ, peace from Abba God to us,
you bring reconciliation to the whole world:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.

Jesus, our life and unity
through the Spirit poured out on us:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Have mercy on us, God,
in your compassion take all sins away from us
and lead us to the joys of everlasting life. Amen.

FORGIVENESS

All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to Jesus Christ,
and it is on the authority of Jesus Christ
that the forgiveness of sins is declared to you and to all.

COLLECT

Let us pray to our loving God
and ask that the Spirit may inspire us
to respond to love.

God,
we are too small to fully understand you,
but we know that you care for us
and have linked our destiny to yours.
Thank you for loving us
and standing by our side in our sorrows and joys.
Thank you for giving us Jesus
to take away our sins and to bring us
life and happiness and trust.
Thank you for letting your Spirit lead us.
Warm our hearts and unite us,
dispose us to accept all your love
and to respond to it by entrusting ourselves to you
with all that you have made us and given us.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING Genesis 1:1-2:4a

SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13
 
We stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

 Alleluia! Alleluia!
 Praise the Word of Truth and Life!

GOSPEL Matthew 28:16-20

As the wings of doves over nestlings,
so may the wings of the Spirit be over our hearts.
As the mouths of chicks toward hens,
may our lives be open to God’s Wisdom.

HOMILY

RESPONSE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us pray: Holy One, God in Three persons, hear our prayer.

God, let this community and your whole Church become a living sign to the world of your own community of love, we pray:
Holy One, God in Three persons, hear our prayer.

... Abba God, be the foundation and the meaning of our Christian lives
and lead your pilgrim people to the fullness of your life and love
in the unity of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘O Lord Jesus Marrkapmirr’ (253)

Abba God,
we bring this bread and wine before you
as the fruits of your kindness
and of our toil.
Let your Holy Spirit fill them with her power,
to make your Only Begotten present here among us,
that we may share in Jesus’ offering
and that through Christ and with Christ and in Christ
we may give you all honour and praise
now and for ever.
Amen.

THE PEACE

God, you promised us your peace
through your Only Begotten.
Let there be peace in your Church
and peace in the world.
Give peace to us, your community here.
Let the sign of peace
which we are about to give to one another
be expressive of unity and friendship
and commit us more deeply to live in your love
as co-workers and as friends in Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The peace of God be always with you.
And also with you.

INVITATION ‘Come as you are’ (693)

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.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
and to join with the whole world
in declaring the greatness of your name.

L: In the beginning your Spirit brooded over the chaos
 and brought to birth all the beauty and abundance of creation.

R: You created humankind in the image
 of your own faithful love and desire,
 dressing us in glorious splendour
 and entrusting the care of the earth to our hands.

From our midst you brought forth your own Child,
one with you, and the embodiment of your Spirit
and through him you invited all people
to be baptised into your triune dance of love.

When he was killed, you raised him to life
and gave him all authority in heaven and on earth,
and in him, through the Holy Spirit,
you are with us always, even to the end of the age.
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 the Lord.
 Hosanna in the highest.

On the night before he died for us ...

Now gathered at your table, God of all creation,
and remembering Christ crucified and risen,
who was and is and is to come,
we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine,
and ourselves, a living sacrifice.

Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts
that they may be the body and blood of Christ.
Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth
and make us your new creation,
the body of Christ given for the world you have made.

In the fullness of time bring us, with all your saints,
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
to you be honour, glory, and praise,
for ever and ever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Mother and Father of us all,
may your name be blessed,
may your name be kept safe,
and may all things be made new.

May we all be of a new mind.
Give us today the gift of the day,
the gift of time,
of your own good time.
May your kingdom come,
may your rule come,
and hospitality. Let it happen.
May the wind of your coming
 
sweep over us as over the deep,
and may it lift us up in the palm of your hand.
Release us from our faults.
Release us from our past,
even as we shall release others
from what they have done against us.
Free us from the evil one
and from the meanness of the world’s calculations.
For the kingdom is yours,
the time of your rule,
and time is yours. Amen.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

LAMB OF GOD (766)

COMMUNION

This is Jesus our Saviour
whom Abba God sent into the world
to bring us eternal life
and to unite us by the Holy Spirit.
Happy are we to believe in him
and to receive him as our bread of life.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God,
we praise and thank you
through Jesus Christ
whom you have given us in this Eucharist
as our food and drink.
Keep us united in your Holy Spirit
and let the life of each of us
and of the whole Christian community
be a response of love and adoration
to the love you have shown us.
Help each and all of us
to be the reflection and sign to all people
of your tender and faithful love,
that all may praise you for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go out into the world and live in peace.
Bear witness to the God of love,
and encourage disciples of all nations,
teaching them to obey all that Christ has taught us.

And may God look upon you and take delight in you;
May Christ Jesus be with you always, to the end of the age;
And may the Holy Spirit lead you into the dance of love
 that is the life of the Trinity.

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

 

NORMALLY we celebrate in liturgy the great acts of God. Trinity Sunday is an exception. It celebrates a doctrine.

We live in a world that so often fears difference. We bully them, persecute them, will not employ them, do not want to live in their neighbourhood, kill them, go to war with them. Yet the universe, rather than being uniform and unanimous holds wonderful diversity in unity. This beautiful multiplicity held in harmony in our universe is no accident because the source and heart of all reality is the one we call “God” three in one. To live the Trinity life is to rejoice in diversity and to work towards holding it in unity.

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW2; a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online);
and prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.org).
Lord’s Prayer translation from John D. Caputo, The Weakness of God (2007).
Painting: Anatoly Zverev, Trinity, 1985, Oil on board.