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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Day of Pentecost, Year B
The Baptism of Maidie Wood
South Sydney Uniting Church
May 27, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

GREETING

Today, we celebrate the Spirit of the past and the present.
We recall the coming of the Spirit upon the apostles
which enabled them to begin preaching the Gospel.
We rejoice that the same Spirit is here with us.
Let us pray that our hearts may be free from sin
and open to the power of God.

The grace, mercy and peace of God be with you all.
And also with you.

Jesus, your Spirit enlightens our minds
and opens our hearts.
Christ, your Spirit renews our strength
and kindles within us the fire of your love.
Jesus Christ, your Spirit forgives and heals
and makes us one.

We acknowledge the living culture of the Gadigal people,
the traditional custodians of the land on which we gather,
and pay tribute to the unique role they play in the life of this region ...

Welcome to visitors. Lighting the Christ Candle.

SONG ‘O Breath of life come sweeping through us’ (409)

PENITENTIAL RITE

You send down the fire of your justice and pour out your Spirit on all.
Jesus, have mercy.
You send down the rain of your love and your children prophesy.
Christ, have mercy.
You send down your Spirit to breathe life into your people;
the old dream dreams and the young see visions.
Jesus, have mercy.

FORGIVENESS

COLLECT

God of Wind and Fire,
breathe your life-giving Spirit
on us and on our world
to refresh us and make us new and free.
May we be inflamed
with the fire of your love and freedom
so as to be open to your wisdom and peace and courage.
We ask this through our Saviour Jesus
who sends us the Spirit of truth from you,
and who lives and reigns with you,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING Ezekiel 37:114

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

We stand.

GOSPEL John 16:1315

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

The Spirit of God is poured into our hearts
and empowers us to cry out in prayer.
Let us bring our prayer to God,
confident that we will be heard.

Our response is: God, send us your Spirit.
...

God of power and might,
as you sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles,
renew in us the same Spirit,
that we may be filled with hope and rejoice in our faith.
We ask this through Jesus our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of Baptism

SONG: ‘Come as you are’ (693)

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.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

THE BAPTISM

Reaffirmation of Baptism

RE/AFFIRMATION 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 the dignity of every human being?
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

God of Wind and Fire,
the Spirit has brought us together
around the table of your Beloved.
May it heal all that divides us
and set us free from hatred and injustice,
so that, one in heart and mind,
we may give praise to you.

THE PEACE

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 pour out your Spirit on all flesh
and amaze us with your deeds of power.

L: In your infinite wisdom, you created the earth
and made it pregnant with new life.
R: You raised living creatures from the dust,
by the power of your Word
and breathed into them the breath of your Spirit.

L: Your Beloved, Jesus, taught us your truth
and, before being given up to death,
he promised to send us the Holy Spirit
R: to support us in both strength and weakness
as we labour with you
to bring to birth the promised fulfilment
of our deepest hopes and yearnings.

In these last days you have poured out
the new wine of the Spirit,
intoxicating us with visions and dreams,
awakening within us your marvellous gifts
and drawing from us songs of fire and joy.

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, God,
because on the night before he died ...

Gracious God, we now celebrate the memorial of our redemption.

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

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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.

FRACTION

This is the sign of Christ’s body;
it is the sign of our unity with one another
in the Spirit of love.

COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BAPTISMAL CANDLE

Maidie, you belong to Christ,
the light of the world.

Let your light so shine before the world
that all may see your good works
and give glory to Abba God in heaven.

BLESSING

May the fire be in your thoughts,
making them good and just.
May the fire be in your eyes,
may it open your eyes to see what is good in life.
May the fire be in your ears,
that you may hear with deep listening,
that you may hear the flow of water
and of all Creation and of the Dreaming.
May you be protected from gossip
and from those things that harm you and your family.
May the fire be in your arms and hands
so that you may truly be of service to others.
May the fire protect you from all violence.
May the fire be in your whole being, in your legs and feet,
enabling you to walk the earth with respect and care,
that you may journey in the ways of goodness and trust.

And may our loving God bless you + ... Amen.

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW2; Contemporary Liturgy (bible.claret.org.au);
a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online);
prayers by Father Claude Mostowik msc;
Blessing prayer by Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region.
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: Holy Spirit Coming by He Qi.