Easter 6, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
May 13, 2012
The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Gods power shines out in wonderful deeds.
When nations act justly,
when we witness merciful love,
when we see loyalty practised,
then even the earth joins in the hymns of praise.
SONG ‘Community of Christ’ (473)
May the love of Abba God
and the peace of our risen Saviour
be always with you.
And also with you.
Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.
Lighting the Christ candle.
Is the breath of the Spirit moving us,
or do we let sin paralyse us?
Let us examine ourselves before our God ...
Jesus, let your Spirit of truth inspire us
to make us honest with you,
with ourselves and with others:
Jesus, let your Spirit of freedom inspire us
to bring true liberation to our brothers and sisters, and to all:
Jesus, let your creative Spirit of love move us
to form communities in which we share
our hope for a better world:
Silence for personal confession.
Have mercy on us, God,
and give us the peace of your pardon.
Let no fear trouble our hearts,
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
Let us pray
that the Spirit of Christ may guide us.
keep us faithful to the word of your Beloved.
Give us the Holy Spirit
to remind us of all Jesus has said to us
and done for us.
May this Holy Spirit protect us
from all fear and cowardice
and give us the courage to build up the Church
in peace and with patient love.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour.
The Liturgy of the Word
SONG ‘Your words to me are life and health’ (430)
FIRST READING Acts 10:4448
EPISTLE READING 1 John 5:16
May your word live in us, O God;
and bear much fruit to your glory.
Alleluia, alleluia, praise the word of truth and life.
GOSPEL John 15:917
As the wings of doves over nestlings,
so may the wings of the Spirit be over our hearts.
As the mouths of chicks toward hens,
may our lives be open to God’s Wisdom.
Inspired by the Spirit, let us pray that Christ may unite us and the world in peace and love. Let us say: Jesus, make your home with us.
• That in the dissension and controversies in the Church of our day, Christians who communicate together may not excommunicate one another, let us pray:
• That those who are troubled and afraid may find peace in the Gospel and become aware how near the Saviour is, let us pray:
• That disciples today may not extinguish the Spirit but learn to recognise her at work in the world and in the Church, let us pray:
• That our faith may be our peace, that God’s love may be our joy; that our life may belong to Christ, let us pray:
Stay with us, O Christ, send us your Spirit and show us Abba God. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
OFFERING ‘Make me a channel of your peace’ (607)
Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church
and grant us always the peace that comes from sharing
and from working together to build up a commonwealth of justice and love,
in which you live with us for ever.
We share a sign of peace.
We can give thanks to Abba God since Jesus our Saviour is risen.
Christ lives among us here and in the Church through the Holy Spirit.
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.
We praise you and we bless you, holy and gracious God, source of life abundant.
From before time you made ready the creation.
L: Your Spirit moved over the deep and brought all things into being:
sun, moon, and stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every living thing.
R: You made us in your image, and taught us to walk in your ways.
But we rebelled against you, and wandered far away;
and yet, as a mother cares for her children,
you would not forget us.
Out of chaos and fear you brought beauty and hope.
Out of despair and death you created courage and new life.
And so, with the risen Christ, who makes all things new
by the power of the resurrection, we join in the song of a new day,
to sing your praise (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.
L: Glory and honour and praise to you, holy and living God.
To deliver us from the power of sin and death
and to reveal the riches of your grace,
you looked with favour upon Mary, your servant,
that she might conceive and bear the holy Child of God.
R: Living among us, Jesus loved us.
He broke bread with outcasts and sinners, healed the sick,
and proclaimed good news to the poor.
He yearned to draw all the world to himself
yet we were heedless of his call to walk in love.
On the night before he died for us ...
Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation,
and remembering Christ crucified and risen,
who was and is and is to come,
we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine,
and ourselves, a living sacrifice.
Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts
that they may be the body and blood of Christ.
Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth
and make us your new creation,
the body of Christ given for the world you have made.
In the fullness of time bring us, with all your saints,
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation of the world.
Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
to you be honour, glory, and praise,
for ever and ever.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Through the Spirit of understanding and love
let us pray to our Father and Mother in heaven
the prayer of Jesus our Saviour:
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,
that love is stronger than hate,
justice other than revenge,
true peace the work of your Spirit.
BREAKING OF THE BREAD
LAMB OF GOD (765)
This is Jesus our Saviour, who says to us:
Love one another as I have loved you.
Happy are we to be invited to eat the bread of life.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Christ has spoken the word to us here
and we believe in it and love it
and will make it true in our lives
by the power of the bread of life.
And should we forget it, may your Spirit remind us
and teach us to live by it with joy.
We ask this in the name of the Saviour. Amen.
The Sending Forth of the People of God
BLESSING AND DISMISSAL
Go now, and bear fruit for God,
fruit that will last.
As Christ has loved you, so love one another,
and abide always in God’s love,
that your joy may be complete.
And may God give you all you ask for in Christ’s name. Amen.
May Christ Jesus reveal to you God’s ways and call you his friends. Amen.
And may the Holy Spirit confirm the truth within you
and make your joy complete. Amen.
Go in the peace of Christ
and live in the presence of Christ.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia.
EASTER is not just “Easter Day,” it is the fifty days from Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost. Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost do not form three seasons. The Easter season celebrates the three dimensions of the resurrection, ascension, and the sending of the Spirit.
These fifty days, a seventh of the year, form our great “Sunday” of the year. “Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” forms the greeting in every service during Eastertide.
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);
Psalm translation by Patricia Stevenson RSJ, Songs from a Pierced Heart, Sydney, 2003.
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: Coming to Life (2012) by Johnny Bell.