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Easter 6, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
May 29, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God


Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

HYMN 453: ‘We limit not the truth of God’


Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.


Is the breath of the Spirit moving us,
or do we let sin paralyse us?
Let us examine ourselves before our God ...

Jesus, let your Spirit of truth inspire us
to make us honest with you,
with ourselves and with others:
Ky-ri-e e-le-i-son.

Jesus, let your Spirit of freedom inspire us
to bring true liberation to our brothers and sisters, and to all:
Christ-e e-le-i-son.

Jesus, let your creative Spirit of love move us
to form communities in which we share
our hope for a better world:
Ky-ri-e e-le-i-son.


In your hearts, set Jesus apart as holy and sovereign.
Should anyone ask you reason for this hope of yours,
be ever ready to reply,
but speak gently and respectfully ...
The reason Christ died for sins once for everyone
the just for the sake of the unjust
was in order to lead you to God.
Jesus was put to death in the flesh but was given life in the Spirit.
And in the Spirit, Jesus went and preached to the imprisoned spirits.
Jesus says, Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.


Let us pray in hope
that the Holy Spirit may be poured out on us.

Abba God of our Saviour Jesus,
your Child has promised
not to leave us orphans.
Give us the Holy Spirit of truth,
to be with us and to live in us,
that we may know where we are going
and that we may follow Jesus
on the way to you and to all people.
May this Spirit kindle in us
the love of Christ,
that we make the Good News of your love
visible and tangible to all.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING Acts 17:22-31

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


We stand.

 Alleluia, Alleluia,
 Praise the Word of truth and life!

GOSPEL John 14:15-21

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




Faithful to the command of Jesus who calls us to love all people,
let us be united in prayer with our Saviour, as we say:
O God, give us your Spirit.

... Jesus, pour out your Holy Spirit on our world and our church.
May she lead us forward in hope and help us to build our future with you,
for you are our God for ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist


Sustainer of life,
here are the gifts of bread and wine
signs of faith and hope.
Let your ‘Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept’,
come upon them
so that they will become for us
the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus,
who loves and lives with you.
All you have made is good.
Your love endures for ever.


Jesus Christ, your said to your disciples:
‘I won’t leave you orphaned;
I will come back to you.’
Look not on our sins
but on the faith of your church
and grant us the peace and unity of your kindom.

The peace of the risen Christ be with you all.
And also with you.


On this morning, Christ invites you to this table,
so you may experience wholeness
while seeking peace with one another.
So come, not because you must,
but because you may.
Come to this table not because you are strong,
but because you seek God’s strength.
Come to this table with all your broken pieces,
seeking wholeness, trusting in Jesus.
Come and enjoy the feast
that God has prepared for you today.

Moved by the Holy Spirit, let us with joy give thanks to God.


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 bring our gifts into your house
in gratitude for the constant love you have pledged to us.

L: The world and everything in it was made by you.
 Life and breath are your gifts to all,
 and in you we live and move and have our being.

R: Everywhere and always you have been within our reach
 and have inspired us to search for you.

In Jesus the Christ you have shown yourself to us,
the unknowable revealed in the known.
He was rejected and put to death in the flesh,
but you raised him from the dead
and gave him life in the Spirit.

Through his resurrection,
you have raised us from the saving waters,
and now your blessing abides with us,
even in suffering,
and your Spirit assures us of your coming justice.

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.

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.


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.



Behold the Lamb of God,
behold the Lamb of God.
He takes away the sin,
the sin of the world.


Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten;
those who seek God shall never go wanting.
Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten;
God alone fills us.


Abba God of our Saviour Jesus,
the body of Christ has restored us in body
and renewed our hope in the Spirit’s coming.
Let this same Spirit give us
the mentality and imagination of Christ,
that we may bear witness without fear
to your presence among us.
Let Christ make our hope and love
without conditions or boundaries.
Keep us joyful and free
by the strength of the surprising Spirit.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



To those who ask you to explain the reason for your hope,
may you speak to them with gentleness and reverence. Amen.

May you always be ready to suffer for doing good. Amen.

May Christ who suffered for the sake of the unrighteous,
lead you to God. Amen.

And may our loving God bless you ...


Let us go to announce to neighbours and friends
that we have met with God in Christ.
Amen. We go in the Spirit of Christ.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

HYMN 190: ‘Colourful Creator, God of mystery’

EASTER is not just “Easter Day,” it is the fifty days from Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost. Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost do not form three seasons. The Easter season celebrates the three dimensions of the resurrection, ascension, and the sending of the Spirit.

These fifty days, a seventh of the year, form our great “Sunday” of the year. “Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” is an apt greeting in every service during Eastertide. Similarly “Alleluia! Alleluia!” is added to the Dismissal and the people’s response. These help to give these celebrations a distinctive festal feel.


Based on a liturgy in UIW2;
prayers from Liturgy Alive for Sundays (www.bible.claret.org);
and Laughing Bird liturgies (www.laughingbird.net);
Artwork: R. De Cramer,
Pentecost (www.uvoc.org/Pentecost/Pentecost_Pic.jpg).