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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Easter 5, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
May 6, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

GREETING

Jesus said:
“I am the vine; you are the branches.”
May you, God’s beloved, stay united with Christ
and may God’s Spirit be always with you.
And also with you.

Every Christian is linked to Christ and to all other Christians.
This is clear from the words of Jesus.
But quite often we act as if we, and not Christ,
were the source of nourishment to others.

Jesus, you are the vine;
we are the branches.
You unite us with yourself
to make our lives fruitful.
Your grace and your strength enable us
to be life-giving to others.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.
Lighting the Christ Candle.

While morning still is breaking’ (104)

COLLECT

Abba God,
you graft us onto Christ, the true vine,
and, with tireless care,
you nurture our growth.
Tend the vineyard of your church,
that, in Christ, each branch may bring forth,
to the glory of your name,
abundant fruits of faith and love.
Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the resurrection and the life,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

EPISTLE 1 John 4:7-21

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

We stand.

Alleluia, Alleluia,
Praise the Word of truth and life!

GOSPEL John 15:1-8

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING ‘Community of Christ’ (473)

THE PEACE

We can show that God’s Word has taken root in us
by sharing a sign of peace with each other.
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 have sent your Own as the Saviour of the world
and your Spirit to graft us into the vine of life.

L: You created the universe and everything in it,
and revealed your perfect love
in your commitment to your people
and your care for the poor and afflicted.

R: Through your prophets you promised a righteous servant
who would suffer humiliation and injustice
and, like a sheep to the slaughter,
have his life taken away.

In your Child, Jesus Christ,
we have seen your promises fulfilled,
and through the resurrection,
Christ has broken the power of death.
In your perfect love, our fear is cast out,
and now, like branches of a vine,
we live in Christ and draw our life from Christ,
that we might bear much fruit to your 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 our Saviour.
Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere,
now and forever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

One with God’s Own
as branches within the vine
let us pray with Christ:

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

This bread that we break is the bread of life.
It is the sign of Christ’s body;
it is the sign of our unity with one another
in the Spirit of love and peace.

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, the true vine, without whom we can do nothing.
Blessed are we who are invited to this table of life and love.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God of all fruitfulness,
we thank you for giving us the true vine, Jesus Christ.
We know that Christ abides in us by the Spirit given to us.
Separated from Christ we can do nothing.
Enable us to love one another, not only in word,
but in truth and action, just as Christ has commanded us.
We ask this in the name of our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May Christ the risen Saviour abide always in our hearts.
Amen.

May we remain united to Christ and to one another.
Amen.

Living in the warmth of the Holy Spirit,
may we speak out boldly in the name of Christ.
Amen.

May our compassionate God bless you +
Amen.

DISMISSAL

Go in peace,
stay united with Christ,
and serve one another.
Amen. Thanks be to God!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

SONG ‘Lord, let me see’ (681)

 

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW2; a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: I am the vine, Sadao Watanabe (1999).