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Lent 1, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
March 13, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God


Those who have experienced
forgiveness are happy.

If I try to hide my wrong doing
my body suffers.
I feel your judgement, O God,
like a heavy hand.
If I face what I have done
the weight lifts.

SONG ‘May this Lenten discipline’ (463)


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.


Silence for personal confession.

Forgive in us what has gone wrong.
Show us compassion, O God.

Repair in us what is wasted.
Show us compassion, O Christ.

Reveal in us what is good.
Show us compassion, O God.

CHANT ‘Bless the Lord, my soul’ (706)

 Bless the Lord, my soul,
 and bless God’s holy name.
 Bless the Lord, my soul,
 who leads me into life.

Almighty and loving God, you who created all people in your image,
Lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past.
You gave your only Child, Jesus, who died and rose again
that sins might be forgiven.

We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession of land, language, lore, culture and family kinship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanderpeoples have experienced.

We live in faith that all people will rise from the depths of despairand hopelessness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones, through the separation of children from their families.

We are sorry and ask your forgiveness.

Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits.

In your compassion walk with us
as we continue our journey of healing
to create a future that is just and equitable.

God, you are our hope. Amen.


Through the cross of Christ,
God have mercy on you,
pardon you and set you free.
Know that you are forgiven
and be at peace.
God strengthen you in all goodness
and keep you in life eternal. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

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

EPISTLE READING Romans 5:12-19

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

We stand.


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 4:1-11

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





Let us pray to our God together with all who make with us the effort this Lent
to be free for God and for one another, and let us say:
God, save us by your love.

... God our Father and Mother, we have prayed to you for so many.
But we include ourselves too, for we are weak and fallible.
Touch us with your love and convert us all, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist


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 of the Tempted One be always with you.
And also with you.


Let us thank our God for giving Jesus who was one of us.
He overcame temptation, and because of him we too can resist evil and live for all that is good.


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.


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.



Jesus, Lamb of God,
show us compassion.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,
show us compassion.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.



Blessed be God who calls us together.
 Praise to God who makes us one people.
Blessed be God who has forgiven our sin.
 Praise to God who gives hope and freedom.
Blessed be God whose Word is proclaimed.
 Praise to God who is revealed as lover.
Blessed be God who alone has called us.
 Therefore we offer all that we are
 and all we shall become.
Accept, O God, our sacrifice of praise.
 Amen. Accept our thanks for all that we are.
 Our hands were empty, and you filled them.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



In this eucharist we have looked to Jesus
and seen how he went through our temptations
and overcame them.
We have looked to Jesus
and in him we have seen our true selves.
He is the kind of person we,
each in our own way,
seek to become.
During our forty days of Lent
we keep looking to Christ
becoming more like Christ,
with the blessing of almighty God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life.


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

During Lent we depart in silence.



Based on UIW2;
Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays, the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org);
Prayer to mark the National Apology by the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission, NCCA;
Image: Chris Cook, Jesus tempted (www.chriscookartist.com).