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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Trinity Sunday, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
June 3, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 29)

Spirits of the universe
give glory to God.
The voice of God is heard in storms,
rousing all creatures.
God’s voice strikes fire from desert rocks.
The universe heaves and writhes in labour.
The universe exalts in new birth.
Glory to God!
Strength to God’s people!

GREETING

The grace of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
the love of Abba God,
and the friendship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.
And also with you.

The Feast of the Blessed Trinity, which we celebrate today,
brings us face to face with the mystery of God.
Our destiny is to share in the very life of God
which has been revealed through Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit who lives within us and everything that lives
draws us into that life.
Today we remember all that God has done for us.

Jesus, you reveal God to us
as a Parent who cares for children:
Show us your compassion, O God.
Through the Incarnation
you become our Companion:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.
Through your gift of the Spirit,
the love of God has been poured into our hearts:
Show us your compassion, O God.

Welcome to visitors. Lighting the Christ Candle.

SONG ‘Bring many names ...’ (182)

COLLECT

O God,
your name is veiled in mystery,
yet we dare to call you Abba;
your Beloved was begotten before all ages,
yet is born among us in time;
your Holy Spirit fills the whole creation,
yet is poured forth now into our hearts.
Because you have made us and loved us
and called us by name,
draw us more deeply into your divine life,
that we may glorify you through your Beloved,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING Isaiah 6:1-8

EPISTLE Romans 8: 12-17

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (413)

We stand.

Holy Spirit, come confirm us
in the truth that Christ makes known;
we have faith and understanding
through your helping gifts alone.

Holy Spirit, come possess us,
you the love of Three in One,
Holy Spirit of the Parent,
Holy Spirit of God’s Own.

GOSPEL John 3:1-17

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

HOMILY

SILENCE
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

All our prayer is directed to Abba God,
through Jesus Christ,
in the power of the Spirit.

Let us now pray for the needs of the Church and the world.
Our response is: God, in your love, hear us.

For the councils and leaders of the churches
that they may continue to grow in faith and love
obedient to the teachings of Jesus
and open to the promptings of the Spirit.

For all who are without hope because
of illness or poverty or persecution
that they may be comforted.

For those who live with and die in war
that the outpouring of the Spirit
may transform violence into peace with justice

For other species of this Earth
that they may flourish
enlivened by the Spirit

For all humans of this Earth
that we may be inspired
toward spirited care for our fellow creatures ...

Abba God, you sent your Own to redeem us,
and the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.
Draw us ever more deeply into the life
you share with us, through Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING ‘Take, take off your shoes’ (651)

THE PEACE

Since we are members of God’s family,
let us greet and bless one another.

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 you loved the world so much that you gave your Only Begotten,
so that all who trust Christ may have eternal life.

L: Your powerful voice, thundering over the waters,
spoke into being the new-born creation.
R: From your holy throne, surrounded by seraphim,
you called your prophets to carry the message of life
to those who were enslaved to selfish desires.

L: You sent your Own, Jesus Christ, into the world
whom the enemies of life lifted up to die,
whom you raised from the grave
R: and made the source of life
for all who look to Christ in trust and hope.

And now your Holy Spirit bears witness within us
that we are indeed your children,
born from above of water and spirit,
and destined to share with Christ
in love’s suffering and glory.

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

THE LORD’S PRAYER

In the power of the Holy Spirit,
let us pray to the one that Jesus called Abba.

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

As we share this bread,
we proclaim our willingness
to build a community of love,
to be the holy people
that God calls us to be.

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
whom God sent into the world
to bring us eternal life.
Blessed are we who believe
and receive Christ at this altar-table.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Eternal God,
we praise and thank you
through Christ your Own
whom you have given to us in this Eucharist.
Keep us united in your Holy Spirit
and let the life of the whole community
be a response of love and service.
We make our prayer through Christ our Saviour.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May the Most High God,
whose voice we have heard in our assembly,
whose face we have seen in Christ Jesus,
and whose Spirit dwells within us and all,
bless you now + ... Amen.

DISMISSAL

Children of God,
joint heirs with Christ,
and led by the Spirit,
go in peace to love and serve God. Amen.

SONG ‘You are holy, you are whole’ (753)

The philosopher, Descartes, spoke of the difference between “the god of the philosophers” and “the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” ...

The Trinity is a mystery beyond the grasp of reason alone. The Trinity is what we believe God has chosen to reveal.

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW and UIW2;
a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online).
Intercessory Prayers by Dr Miriam Pepper, based on prayers at bibleclaret.org/.
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Collect based on prayer by the Rev. Dr Fred R. Anderson,
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City.
Icon: Andrei Rublev, Hospitality of Abraham
The Old Testament Trinity, c.1410.