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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Easter 4, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 29, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

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

GREETING

There is no other name by which we are saved
than the name of Jesus Christ.
May the crucified and risen Saviour be with you.
And also with you.

Of all the images we have of Jesus,
one of the loveliest is that of the Good Shepherd.
It was the one Jesus used about himself.

Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd;
you call each of us by name.
You are the Good Shepherd;
you lay down your life for your sheep.
You are the Good Shepherd;
you lead us to everlasting life.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.
Lighting the Christ Candle.

PSALM 23 ‘The King of love my shepherd is’ (145)

COLLECT

O God of lasting love,
fulfill your plan of salvation
to gather into one fold
the peoples of the world.
Let everyone on earth
recognise your Own as the Good Shepherd,
who freely lays down life for all
to take it up again in glory.
Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Word

EPISTLE 1 John 3:16-24

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

We stand.

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

GOSPEL John 10:11-18

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

SONG ‘This is my will, my one command’ (641)

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us bring our needs before God,
confident that God will listen to us.
Good Shepherd, hear our prayer.

For parents, ministers, and all lay leaders in our Christian communities
that they may be true shepherds to those entrusted to their care.

For Christian Churches:
that they work harder to become one
under the leadership of the one Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

...

God,
as we journey through life,
help us to hear your voice,
obey your commands,
and follow in the footsteps of Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING ‘I will sing the wondrous story ...’ (233)

THE PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

INVITATION

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,
for with you as our shepherd, we need nothing more.

L: At the dawn of time
you spread creation out like a banquet
and in love brought forth all life on the earth.
R: Through your prophets you promised a good shepherd,
who though rejected, would become the cornerstone
of salvation for every creature under heaven.

Your promise has been fulfilled in your Own,
Jesus of Nazareth,
who showed us the fullness of love
that lays down even its own life for others.

He was crucified, but you raised him from the dead,
and through his love we have the boldness to approach you.

Because he abides in us,
and in all who listen to his voice,
our cup overflows with goodness and love
and our feet find safe paths leading to your house.

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.

We acclaim you, Holy One,
all your actions reveal your wisdom and love.

To you be glory, almighty God,
because on the night before he died ...

Gracious God, we now celebrate the memorial of our redemption.

From the gifts you have given us
we offer you this bread and this cup,
and proclaim the mystery of our faith,
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come in glory.

Therefore, loving God,
recalling now Christ’s death and resurrection,
we ask you to accept
this our sacrifice of praise.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us
and our celebration,
that we may be fed with the body and blood of Christ
and be filled with your life and goodness.
Strengthen us to do your work,
and to be your body in the world.
Unite us in Christ
and give us your peace.

We praise you in union with all the saints
and give you glory through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere,
now and forever. 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.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

When we break this bread and share this wine,
we declare that we are called children of God.
With God as our Parent
we are all members of one family.

LAMB OF GOD

Jesus, Wisdom of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Word made flesh, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Liberator of creation, grant us peace.

COMMUNION

This is Jesus the Good Shepherd
who laid down his life for us.
He calls each one of us by name
to come and be nourished at this altar-table.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Abba God,
we have listened to the voice of your Own
and have eaten at the table you spread before us;
our cups are overflowing.
May we keep close to Christ
and follow wherever Christ leads us,
so that we may never hunger,
never thirst,
and never be lost.
Grant this in the saving name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May Jesus, the true shepherd, lead you to pastures of peace. Amen.

May Christ seek you always when you wander from God’s presence. Amen.

May you strive to be like Christ and one day see the face of God. Amen.

May God bless you +

DISMISSAL

Our celebration is ended.
Following the example of Jesus the Sovereign,
let us be loving shepherds to one another.
Amen. Thanks be to God!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

SONG ‘May the mind of Christ my Saviour’ (609 verses 2 & 4)

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW2; a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: The Good Shepherd, The Church of St Gile’s Anglican,
Scarborough, Toronto ON (www.sgiles.ca/Windows/win4.jpg).