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Lent 2, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
March 4, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


Those who are poor will eat and be satisfied,
those who seek you will give you praise
long life to their hearts!
The whole earth, from one end to the other,
will remember and come back to you ...
for yours is the kindom,
you Ruler of nations!

SONG ‘Sing praise and thanksgiving’ (107)


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.

Gracious God, you reached out to Abraham and Sarah
and dared them to dream the impossible
and, by faith, they believed your promise.
Forgive us if we never get beyond thinking of your call on our lives
as an impossible dream or even as an unwelcome interruption.

Faithful God, the apostle Paul emphasises Abraham’s trust in your promise.
Forgive us when we find it hard even to hear your promises
above commercial assurances of transformation.

Merciful God, Jesus revealed the great depth of your love
in his determination to defeat evil even when this meant giving up his own life. Forgive us when we allow the power of evil to flourish
because we fear that taking up one’s cross would be too costly.

Gracious and loving God, forgive our lack of trust in you;
Have mercy on us and forgive us.
Help us when we hesitate,
and strengthen us when we are weak.
Breathe your Spirit afresh into our hearts and minds
so that we have the courage to follow Jesus wherever he takes us.


Placing the Christ candle. Christ candle is lit.


“Faith was credited to Sarah and Abraham as righteousness ...
Our faith will be credited to us if we believe in the One
who raised Jesus our Saviour from the dead,
the Jesus who was handed over to death for our sins
and raised up for our justification.”

Hear and believe these words of an amazing grace,
a grace experienced through the sacrificial love of Christ,
as forgiveness of sins,
as commitment to us
and to the world God loves.
Thanks be to God.

SONG ‘Amazing grace’ (129)

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

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 Mark 8:31-38

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



The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING ‘Take up your cross’ (583)


The peace of the Resolute One be always with you.
And also with you.


Let us thank our God for giving Jesus, who was one of us.
He overcame temptation, and because of him we too can resist evil
and live for all that is good.


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.


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.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION ‘Jesus, my Lord, let me be near you’ (656)

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go now, and live before God with integrity.
Set your mind on the ways of God,
not clinging to your own life,
but taking up your cross
and following the Christ who is loving and wise.

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; Prayer of Confession by Moira Laidlaw (www.liturgiesonline.org); Eucharistic prayers from St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco, California. Image: Get Behind Me, Satan (detail) by Bertrand Bahuet. Bertrand Bahuet has produced wall paintings on the vaults of Saint Peter’s Chapel at Curbans, a little village in the Southern French Alps. This chapel, of the Romanesque era, is listed on the French Historic Monument Inventory. All together, the paintings cover more than 250m2. It has been divided into 26 scenes, each one of which is linked to parts of the New Testament. (www.ysmea.com/stpeter).