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Epiphany 6, Year B
The Baptism of Jacob Andrew Lot Patterson
South Sydney Uniting Church
February 12, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


When I presumed I was secure, I boasted,
I will never be defeated!”
When I stood in your favour, YHWH,
I stood as firm as a mountain.
But then you hid yourself from me,
and I was filled with terror.
So I called to you ...


Then you changed my despair into a dance
you stripped me of my death shroud
and clothed me with joy.
That’s why my heart sings to you,
That’s why I can’t keep silent
YHWH, you are my God,
And I will thank you forever!

SONG: ‘Comfort, comfort all my people’ (647)


May the peace and love
of God our Creator
and of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
be with you all.
And also with you.

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


We pray in this Eucharist for Christ’s healing presence
in our world and in our lives.

Jesus, you heal the brokenhearted and bind up all our wounds:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Christ, your word gives us hope when we despair:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.

Jesus, you nourish us for the journey with the gift of yourself:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Silent reflection.


... Jesus says, I am committing myself to you.
Thanks be to God.


In Jesus you stretch out your hand, O God,
to touch the unclean,
to love the unloved,
and to draw even the most excluded and demoralised
into the circle of your beloved disciples and friends.
Inspired by such love,
make us eager to reach out to others.
We ask through our Saviour Jesus Christ, your Own,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING 2 Kings 5:1-14

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


Eternal are your mercies, Lord,
eternal truth attends your word:
Your praise shall sound from shore to shore
till suns shall rise and set no more.

GOSPEL Mark 1:40-45

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


The Liturgy of Baptism

SONG: ‘Come as you are’ (693)




The Uniting Church, in baptising children,
takes responsibility for their instruction
and nourishment in the faith.
That we may know that you hold the Christian faith
and claim your membership in Christ’s Church,
we ask you:

Do you repent of your sins?
I repent of my sins.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ
who has defeated the power of sin and death
and brought us new life?
I turn to Christ.

Do you commit yourself to God,
trusting in Jesus Christ as Saviour
and in the Holy Spirit
as God’s power and presence along the way?
I commit myself to God.

In unity with the whole Church,
let us stand and affirm the faith
into which we were baptised.

We stand.

We believe in God,
holy Source of all that is.
We believe in God,
who has spoken the eternal Word in Jesus Christ.
We believe in God,
ceaselessly breathing the Spirit into creation.

We trust in God’s love and wisdom:
fully revealed in the humanity of Jesus Christ,
present to us through the Spirit’s working
in the Church and beyond.

We believe that God is calling the whole creation
into a future of justice and peace.
We share in Christ’s risen life,
and commit ourselves today to receive
the coming reign of God.
To the only God, Three yet One,
be all honour and glory and praise
now and for ever. Amen.




Damien and Julie, Andrew and Narelle,
I ask you now to respond to God’s graciousness to Jacob
by making these solemn promises:

Will you encourage Jacob’s growth within the Christian community,
guiding him through participation in the worship,
nurture and fellowship of the Church
to a mature Christian faith?
With God’s help we will.

Will you, by word and example,
teach him the way of Christ
until the Spirit draws him
to make his own response in faith and love?
With God’s help we will.

Friends in Christ,
will you promise to maintain a life of worship and teaching,
witness and service
so that he may grow to maturity in Christ?
With God’s help,
we will live out our baptism
as a loving community in Christ:
nurturing one another in faith,
upholding one another in prayer,
and encouraging one another in service,
until Christ comes.


Prayers for Jacob.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Jesus Christ is waiting’ (665)



Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do
we do everything for the glory of God.
Blessed are we who are called to this altar-table.


We 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 offer thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for your anger passes quickly,
but your mercy lasts a lifetime.

L: From the depths of chaos you raised up the newborn earth,
and sent your prophets among your people.
R: Your servant Elisha spoke your word to Naaman,
and he emerged from the healing waters singing your glory.

L: To us you have sent your Beloved, Jesus the Christ,
and in compassion he has reached out and touched us,
cleansing us from all that defiled us.
R: Though he was killed by gloating enemies,
you changed our anguish into a joyful dance,
raising him up
and crowning him with a glory that will never fade.

Now he washes us in mercy
and pulls us from the depths,
cleansed and healed.

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.

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

God of hope and joy,
we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.
With this bread and this cup
we proclaim the mystery of our faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

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.
May we praise you
and give you glory.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in your holy Church,
we worship you, O God,
in songs of everlasting praise.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere, now and forever. Amen.


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.



Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us, have mercy on us ...
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace, grant us peace.


This is Jesus who cures the sick and gathers the lost.
Blessed are we who come to him for healing.


The Sending Forth of the People of God



Jacob, you belong to Christ,
the light of the world.

Let your light so shine before the world
that all may see your good works
and give glory to God in heaven.


May the Creator’s kindness be with you. Amen.
May the compassion of Jesus comfort you. Amen.
May the love of the Spirit protect you. Amen.
And may the blessings of our God +
be with you and abide with you always. Amen.



Based on ‘The Service of the Lord’s Day’ in Uniting in Worship 2, Sydney, 2005; Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays, the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org); Eucharistic Preface based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton (www.laughingbird.net). Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis. Image: The Prophet Eliseus (or Elisha), Stained glass window by Richard Joseph King (1907-74), St Jude’s Shrine, British Province of Carmelite Friars (www.carmelite.org).