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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Ordinary Sunday 15, Year B
Reaffirmation of Baptism of Stephanie Hayter
South Sydney Uniting Church
July 15, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 24:1-4,9)

The earth and everything on it
the world and all who live in it
belong to YHWH.
YHWH built it on the deep waters,
laying its foundations in the ocean depths.
Who has the right to ascend YHWH’s mountain?
Who is allowed to enter YHWH’s holy place?
Those whose hands are clean
and whose hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols,
or make false promises ...
Fling wide the gates,
open the ancient doors,
and the Glorious Liberator will come in!

GREETING

From the Most High God
and Christ Jesus our Saviour,
grace and peace be with you.
And also with you.

SONG: ‘Colourful Creator, God of mystery’ (190)

Lighting Candle. Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians. Welcome to visitors.

PENITENTIAL RITE

We are all called and chosen by God.
From our very Baptism we are entrusted with Christ’s work
of redeeming and transforming the world.
We rejoice in this trust, and renew our faith in God at this Eucharist.

Before the world was made we were chosen by the Creator:
God, have mercy.
By Christ’s blood we are freed from our sins:
Christ, have mercy.
The richness of grace has been showered upon us:
God, have mercy.

Silent prayers may be offered.

SONG: ‘Help us accept each other’ (648)

ASSURANCE

God has taken pleasure in revealing the mystery of the plan through Christ,
to be carried out in the fullness of time; namely, to bring all things
in heaven and on earth together in Christ.

COLLECT

God of justice, God of salvation,
from every land you call a people to yourself.
Yours is the work we do,
yours the message we carry.
Keep your church single-minded and faithful to you.
Let failure not discourage us
nor success beguile our hearts,
as you send us to proclaim the gospel.
We make our prayer 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

FIRST READING 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19

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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: ‘Christ be my leader by night as by day’ (624)

We stand.

GOSPEL Mark 6:14-29

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Let us pray that we may listen with faith to the message of Christ,
proclaim what we believe, and practice what we proclaim.

God, keep us faithful to your word.
God, keep us faithful to your word.

That Christians everywhere may involve themselves
in the saving work of Christ: we pray ...
...

Loving God,
may everything we do begin with your inspiration,
continue with your help,
and reach perfection under your guidance.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Reaffirmation of Baptism

PRESENTATION

THE MEANING OF BAPTISM

THE CONFESSION OF FAITH

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.

REAFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM

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.

CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

In the love of Christ we encourage you,
and pray that Christ will continue to bless you.
Glory and praise to God. Alleluia!

RECOLLECTION OF BAPTISM

Friends in Christ,
Always remember you are baptised,
and praise the Holy Spirit.

COMMITMENT TO MISSION

Will you continue in the community of faith,
the apostles’ teaching,
the breaking of bread and the prayers?
With God’s help, we will.

Will you proclaim by word and example
the good news of God in Christ?
With God’s help, we will.

Will you seek Christ in all people,
and love your neighbour as yourself?
With God’s help, we will.

Will you strive for justice and peace,
and respect all creatures living on the Earth?
With God’s help, we will.

May almighty God,
who has given us new birth by water and the Holy Spirit,
keep us steadfast in the faith,
and bring us to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING: ‘Come as you are’ (693)

THE PEACE

As adopted children of the God of peace,
let us share a sign of that peace with one another.

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 in Christ you are gathering all things into one communion
and adopting us as your own beloved children.

L: Every created thing is yours,
for you founded the earth
and gave life to all who live on it.
R: Even before that, you chose us
and planned for our inclusion into your life
of wholeness, holiness and beauty.

With all wisdom and insight
you made known to your people the mystery of your will.

L: Though tyrants have opposed your truth,
cutting down your prophets,
and crucifying your Own, Jesus Christ,
you have not left us to death’s powers.
R: When you raised Christ from the dead,
you opened the ancient gates to us
and sealed us with your promised Holy Spirit,
so that we might enter your resurrection life,
leaping and dancing,
and receive every blessing of heaven.

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 with creation,
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.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

God the Creator has chosen us in Christ
to be children and heirs and ministers of love.
For all this we praise our God with Christ:

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

May we become as this blessed bread,
a blessed people,
blessed and broken,
given in the name of love.

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

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Blessed are you,
God of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
We thank you for the riches of grace
lavished on us.
We have heard the word of truth,
the gospel of our salvation,
and have been marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit.
May we, who set our hope on Christ,
live for the praise of God’s glory.
This we ask through our Saviour and Sovereign. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May God, who chose you before the foundation of the world,
bless you in Christ. Amen.
May you always be holy and blameless before God in love. Amen.
May you always live for the praise of God’s glory. Amen.
And may the blessings of our God +... Amen.

DISMISSAL

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW2;
Contemporary Liturgy (www.bible.claret.org).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: http://edifier1.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/00405192.jpg