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A SERVICE OF WORD  AND SACRAMENT

Easter 2, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
May 1, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

We have been born anew to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

SONG OF PRAISE

Cross and Bible are brought forward and placed on the Table.

GREETING

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit; one God, Mother of us all. Amen.

The free kindness of our Saviour Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the friendship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Because our personal sins grieve you
and hurt other people:
(sung)
Ky-ri-e, Ky-ri-e, e-le-i-son.

Because our social sins hold others
in bondage and oppression:
Christ-e, Christ-e, e-le-i-son.

Because you grant us the joy of forgiveness
whenever we return to you in genuine repentance:
Ky-ri-e, Ky-ri-e, e-le-i-son.

After a silence, we say:

O loving God,
to turn away from you is to fall,
to turn towards you is to rise,
and to stand before you is to abide for ever.
Grant us, dear God,
in all our duties your help;
in all our uncertainties your guidance;
in all our dangers your protection;
and in all our sorrows your peace;
through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

Although you have not seen him, you love him;
and even though you do not see him now,
you believe in him and rejoice
with an indescribable and glorious joy ...

Hear then Christ's word of grace to us:
Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

DOXOLOGY

 Glo-ri-a, glo-ri-a, in ex-cel-sis Deo!
 Glo-ri-a, glo-ri-a, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia!

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING Acts 2:14a, 22-32

PSALM 16

Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;
I have said to YHWH, 'You are my Sovereign,
my good above all other'.
All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,
upon those who are noble among the people.
But those who run after other gods
shall have their troubles multiplied.
Their libations of blood I will not offer,
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
O God, you are my portion and my cup;
it is you who uphold my lot.
My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;
indeed, I have a godly heritage.
I will bless the Holy One who gives me counsel;
my heart teaches me, night after night.
I have set the Holy One always before me;
because God is at my right hand I shall not fall.
My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;
my body also shall rest in hope.
For you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
You will show me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

The people stand.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

 Al-le-lu-ia! Al-le-lu-ia!
 Praise the Word of Truth and Life!

A reading from the holy gospel according to John.

GOSPEL John 20:19-31

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

SILENCE

HOMILY

PROFESSION OF FAITH

We believe in God above us,
Maker and Sustainer of all life,
of sun and moon, of water and earth,
of male and female.

We believe in God beside us,
Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh,
born of a woman, servant of the poor,
tortured and nailed to a tree.
A man of sorrows, he died forsaken.
He descended into the earth,
to the place of death.
On the third day he rose from the tomb.
He ascended into Heaven
to be everywhere present,
and his kingdom will come on earth.

We believe in God within us,
the Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire,
life-giving Breath of the Church,
Spirit of healing and forgiveness,
source of resurrection and of eternal life. Amen.
OFFERING

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

People may light a votive candle.

Versicle: Peace-making Spirit;
Response: Grant us faith, and love for the world.

... O God, may we look forward with hope to our resurrection,
for you have made us your own,
and restored the joy of our youth.
We ask this through our Saviour Jesus Christ, your Own,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

THE PEACE

Pray for peace, look for peace,
speak of peace, act in peace; accept peace.

The peace of the Self-giving One be always with you.
And also with you.

INVITATION/COMMUNION SONG

SETTING OF THE TABLE

... it will become for us the Bread of Life.
Blessed be God forever!

... it will be for us the wine of the Kingdom.
Blessed be God forever!

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.

Thanks and praise, glory and honour are rightly yours,
O God, for you alone are worthy.
In time beyond our dreaming
you brought forth light out of darkness,
and in the love of Christ your Own
you set humankind at the heart of your creation.

You loved the world so much
that you sent your only Begotten
to bring us life eternal.
Dying he destroyed our death, alleluia.
Rising he restored our life, alleluia.

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:

 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.

L: We thank you that you called a covenant people
 to be a light to the nations.
 Through Moses you taught us to love your law,
 and in the prophets you cried out for justice.

R: In the fullness of your mercy
 you became one with us in Jesus Christ,
 who gave himself up for us on the cross.
 You make us alive together with him,
 that we may rejoice in his presence
 and share his peace.

All: By water and the Spirit
 
you open the kin(g)dom to all who believe,
 
and welcome us to your table:
 
for by grace we are saved, through faith.

NARRATIVE OF THE INSTITUTION

... With this bread and this cup
we do as our Saviour commands:
we celebrate the redemption he has won for us.

We pray you, God of love,
send your Holy Spirit upon us and what we do here;
that we and these signs, touched by your Spirit,
may be signs of life and love to each other
and to all the world.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, God most holy,
now and for ever. Amen.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Abba God in heaven,
 
glory to you!
Your rule of love renews the earth.
In your name, we take part in that renewal
 
helping, and not harming,
 
caring, and not coercing ...
We pray that we might receive with thanks
 
the bread we need,
 
the money we need,
 
the warmth we need ...
We pray that forgiveness and freedom
flow through our lives.
Teach us that in sharing life
 
we live life to the full ...
Remind us that evil is real.
Still, we are not afraid of it,
but confident
 
that love is stronger than hate,
 
justice other than revenge,
 
true peace the work of your Spirit.

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.

THE COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

We thank you, God, Father and Mother,
that through word and sacrament
you have given us your Own
who is the true bread of heaven
and food of eternal life.
So strengthen us in your service
that our daily living may show our thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

BLESSING

The blessing of the God of life be yours,
the blessing of the loving Christ be yours,
the blessing of the Holy Spirit be yours;
the blessing of the Trinity be yours
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver
God to cherish you, to help you, to make you holy.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

Go in peace to love and serve God:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

SONG: 'Prayer for Peace'

 Peace before us,
 peace behind us,
 peace under our feet.
 Peace within us,
 peace over us,
 let all around us be peace.

 Love ...
 
 Christ ...

 Al-le-lu-ia ...

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on 'The service of the Lord's day' in Uniting in Worship, Uniting Church Press, Melbourne, 1988. 'Prayer for Peace' by David Haas, 'Gospel Acclamation' by Marty Haugen,' As One Voice, Willow Connection, 1992. Doxology by Jacques Berthier, Taizé Community, 1978. Peace by David Adam, Glimpses of Glory, SPCK, London, 2000. Lord's Prayer translation by Andrew Collis. Blessing based on prayer from Iona Abbey. Icon by Dr. Isaac Fanous, Professor of Arts at The High Coptic Institute in Cairo. Thanks to Anita Monro and the Mustard Bush Community in Brisbane, and the South Yarra Community Baptist Church (esp. Nathan Nettleton and Garry Deverell).