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Lent 5, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
March 25, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God



Have mercy, gentle God.
Let the waters of your grace wash over me.
You see me for what I am,
your justice reveals my inadequacies.
You call me to be centred in truth.
For this I need to learn wisdom.
Let me rise from the waters, new-born,
my heart filled with gladness.
Re-shape my heart so that I, too,
may teach others your way.
The gift I bring to you is a spirit
once broken, now healed by your love.

SONG ‘A new heart, Lord, create in me’ (559)


In the name of God:
Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life. Amen.

Grace and peace to you from God.
God fill you with peace and joy.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.


Silence for personal confession. Placing the Cross on the altar-table.

Today we hear the ancient promise of God:
“I will put my Law in their minds and on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Let us ask our God to give us a new heart and a new spirit,
that we may learn to know God’s ways and follow them.

In your kindness, God, you show mercy to us ...
In your compassion, God, you blot out our offences ...
You create new hearts for us, O God;
you cleanse us from our sin ...


Placing the Christ candle. Christ candle is lit.


Christ didn’t presume to take on the office of high priest.
Christ was appointed high priest by the One who said,
You are my Own;
today I have begotten you.
In the days when he was in the flesh, Jesus offered prayers
and supplications with loud cries and tears to God,
who was able to save him from death,
and Jesus was heard because of his reverence.
Firstborn though he was, Jesus learned to obey through suffering.

Jesus says, Your sins are forgiven.
Jesus says, I am committing myself to you.
Thanks be to God.


In our hearts, O God,
you have written a covenant of grace,
sealed by the obedience of Jesus your Own.
Raise us up with Christ
the grain fallen to earth
that yields a harvest of abundant life.
Bring us to glorify your name
by following faithfully the path that leads to you.
We ask this through Christ, our deliverance and hope,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
holy and mighty 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 Jeremiah 31:31-34

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

We stand.


Let us stand to acclaim God’s saving justice,
attested by the Law and the prophets,
and now revealed through faith in Jesus Christ
to all who believe.

GOSPEL John 12:20-33

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



The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING ‘Fill my whole life, O Lord my God’ (596)


The peace of Christ the High Priest be with you.
And also with you.


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.

God whose love knows no limit,
when you spoke your Word into darkness
sun, moon and stars shone forth,
seas teemed with life and the play of Leviathan.
Mountains rose, earth sprouted grass and trees;
birds soared, lambs lept, lions roared,
and people joined in singing creation’s hymn.

L: Faithful and merciful God,
your promise is true:
as once you redeemed slaves into freedom,
in the fullness of time you sent your Own, Jesus,
to fulfill the prophets and free all humankind.

R: You anointed him with your Spirit
to preach good news to the poor
and make the broken-hearted whole.
He healed the sick and gave sight to the blind.
He freed people from powers and oppressors.

He proclaimed the time of your favour,
welcoming sinners to feast together in your friendship.
Blessing just and unjust alike,
he revealed your perfection and taught us to be like you.

Now giving thanks for the work of Jesus, let us pray for those who are poor, or sick, or dying.
Pray for prisoners, and all who suffer at the hands of others.

Father and Mother of all, your Child Jesus
served and loved us till the end.

On the night of his passion ...

L: That night before his friend betrayed him
and enemy soldiers took him away to be killed,
R: he knelt down and washed his friends’ feet,
so we pray to love one another as he loved us:
bring us together, God, and make us one in your love.

Pray for enemies and friends.
Pray for peacemakers and soldiers.

Living God, you raised Jesus from the dead,
now show us all you have promised:
Your Spirit filling the whole world, and conquering death.

Show us here the Body and Blood of Jesus your Own,
whose breath and heartbeat move through all creation.

Nourish and transform us through bread and wine
which give life to the world.
Open our eyes to see your work around us
that we may join in with all who have gone before,
living as Jesus lives, and loving as he loves.

Give thanks for God’s work where we see it.
Pray for those who have died and for those who mourn them.

God who unites us,
we pray that all our work, all our thanksgiving,
and all our praise may find in your embrace
communion with God’s beloved in every time and place
as we join with them in the song of the angels (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.

Through your Own, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy church,
all honour and glory is yours, almighty God,
now and forever. Amen.


The prayer that Jesus taught us is written in our hearts,
so we can say to our God:

O God our Mother
and our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your dominion come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.


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


Jesus welcomes everyone to his table,
and so we offer everyone,
without exception, the bread and wine,
which are Christ’s body and blood.

Behold Jesus, who was lifted up from the earth
and draws all people to himself.
Blessed are we who are invited around this altar-table.

‘Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us’ (526)

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go now, to serve and follow Christ.
Let your old life fall like a grain of wheat into the earth
so that you may bear much fruit
as you allow God to reshape your heart
and live in obedience to the law written within you.

Wisdom is brilliant, she never fades.
By those who love her, she is easily seen,
by those who seek her, she is readily found.
She is a breath of God’s power,
and image of God’s goodness,
the eternal light and mirror of God’s glory.
Now let + Wisdom do all things,
renew all things,
and pass into holy souls everywhere
to make them friends of God.


Go forth in peace to live your Lenten discipline.
We go in faith and hope. Amen.

During Lent we depart in silence.


Based on UIW2;
Contemporary Liturgy, the Claretians, Philippines
Eucharistic prayers from St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church,
San Francisco, California.
Image: Jeremiah, Marc Chagall, Lithograph, 1956