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Easter 3, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
May 8, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God


Jesus, open to us the Scriptures;
make our hearts burn within us while you speak.

SONG OF PRAISE: 'Christ in the stranger's guise'

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

 From heaven to here and from here to heaven
 Is a distance less than tissue thin,
 And it's trod by him who, in the stranger's guise,
 Is made known when he is welcomed in.

 So, come Lord Christ in the stranger's guise,
 Known both through Scriptures and through broken bread.
 Your kingdom come and on the earth your will be done
 By the people you've loved and you've led.

 The folk who journey on the road with Christ
 Are the ones who've left their selves behind.
 Their song is taught them by the deaf and dumb;
 Their horizon is shown by the blind.

 The love that's shared along the royal road
 Is a love not found when standing still.
 It lives and grows wherever faith is known
 As a movement grounded in God's will.

 From heaven to here and from here to heaven
 Is a distance less than tissue thin,
 And it's trod by those who meet the risen Christ
 As a stranger to be welcomed in.


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.


You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited
from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold,
but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without
defect or blemish.

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


 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 Service of the Word

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

FIRST READING Acts 2:14a, 36-41

PSALM 116: 1-4, 12-19

I love YHWH,
because YHWH has heard the voice of my supplication,
our God has inclined an ear to me
whenever I cried for help.
The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me;
I came to grief and sorrow.
Then I called upon the Holy Name:
'O God, I pray you, save my life.'

How shall I repay YHWH
for all the good things done for me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call upon the Holy Name.
I will fulfil my vows to God
in the presence of all God's people.
Precious in the sight of YHWH
is the death of faithful servants.
O God, I am your servant;
I am your servant and your child;
you have freed me from my bonds.
I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call upon the Holy Name.
I will fulfil my vows to God
in the presence of all God's people.
In the courts of the house of God,
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

The people stand.


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

A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.

GOSPEL Luke 24:13-35

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




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.




O God, you gather together
your pilgrim church throughout the world
to keep the memory of the Saviour's resurrection.
Pour out the Holy Spirit on us now,
that in the celebration of the eucharist
we may recognise the crucified and risen Christ,
who opens our hearts to understand the Scriptures
and who reveals himself in the breaking of the bread:
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The celebration of the Eucharist


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.



The people stand.

We praise and thank God for the beautiful things in our life.

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.

We thank you,
God, Father and Mother.
You are the living God;
you have called us to share in your life,
and to be happy with you for ever.
You raised up Jesus, your Own,
the first among us to rise from the dead,
and gave him new life.
You have promised to give us new life also,
a life that will never end,
a life with no more anxiety and suffering.

And so we gladly thank you
with every one who believes in you;
with the saints and the angels,
we rejoice and praise you, singing:

We praise God.

 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: Yes, God, you are holy;
 you are kind to us and to all.
 For this we thank you.
 We thank you above all for your Own, Jesus Christ.

R: He brought us the good news
 of life to be lived with you for ever.
 He showed us the way to that life,
 the way of love.
 He himself has gone that way before us.

All: He now brings us together to one table
and asks us to do what he did.

We ask God to bless our offerings.

we ask you to bless these gifts of bread and wine
and make them holy.
Change them for us into the body and blood
of Jesus Christ, your Own.

Our offerings become the body and blood of Christ.

On the night before he died ...

We remember Jesus' death and resurrection.

We remember with joy
all that Jesus did to save us.
In this holy sacrifice,
which he gave as a gift to his Church,
we remember his death and resurrection.

Accept us together with your Beloved,
who taught us when we pray to say:
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.

We pray for the family of God.

You have called us
to receive the body and blood of Christ at this table
and to be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
Through this sacred meal
give us strength to please you more and more.

Fill all Christians with the gladness of Easter ...
Help us to bring this joy
to all who are sorrowful.
Bring us at last
together with all the saints,
to live with you
and to be one with Christ in heaven.

We give solemn praise and glory to God.
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 Sending Forth of the People of God


Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps.
Rejoice in so far as you share Christ's sufferings,
that you may also rejoice when his glory is revealed.

BLESSING 779: 'May the feet of God walk with you'


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



Based on 'The service of the Lord's Day' in Uniting in Worship, Uniting Church Press, 1988,
and orders in Mass book for young people, HarperCollinsReligious, 1986.
'Christ in the stranger's guise' by J. Bell & G. Maule, Enemy of Apathy, Iona, 1990.
'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.
Image: Titian, Supper at Emmaus, Paris, Musée du Louvre.
Thanks to Anita Monro and the Mustard Bush Community in Brisbane,
and the South Yarra Community Baptist Church
(esp. Nathan Nettleton and Garry Deverell).