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Reign of Christ, Year B
Celebrating Community
South Sydney Uniting Church
November 25, 2012

The Gathering of the People of God


When I gaze on the mountains wreathed in mist
I see your beauty.
When I stand on the cliffs and watch the ocean’s fury
I see your power.
Yet you are above beauty, above power;
holiness is the mark of your presence.

SONG TIS 172: “My soul gives glory to my God”

Lighting the Christ Candle.
Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians.


Welcome to visitors.


What kind of king is shown to us today? A man wearing a crown of thorns, in a mock purple mantle, an accused criminal before Pilate who represents worldly power. Where is true power to be found? It is in the truth of God’s love to which Jesus came to testify.

Jesus, king of our hearts,
you were born as one of us in the poverty of a crib in a stable:
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, king of the people,
you came to be the servant of all,
especially the sick, the weak and sinners:
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, king of the universe,
your love went so far as laying down your life for all:
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

Silence for personal confession.

Bring us your healing forgiveness, God,
give us a share in your rule of love
by helping us to grow in your truth,
your courage and your spirit of service.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.


SONG TIS 253: “O Lord Jesus, Marrkapmirr”


Let us pray that we may reign with Jesus
by serving with him.

Abba God,
when you wanted to show us
that you are Creator of all and Sovereign of all,
you sent us Jesus your Own
as the humble servant of your love,
who offered his life on the cross for all.
Give us faith to learn from him
that to serve is to reign,
and that to give our lives for others
is to find a joy and a happiness
that no one can take away from us.
We ask you this in the name of Christ,
our Sovereign and Saviour for ever and ever.

The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING 2 Samuel 23:1-7

The Wisdom of God.
God’s Word made new.


GOSPEL John 18:33-37

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




That we may be the eyes, ears and hands
that are able to be instruments of God’s grace;
that we may take our part in the kin(g)dom
as agents of God’s grace for Ethiopia,
and all who assist in food security programs.

... Jesus, with you we carry the burden of stress and struggle.
May the weight be light because it is a burden of love.
Be our strength now and for ever. Amen.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING TIS 201 “King of glory, King of peace, I will love thee”




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 are the One who was, and is, and is to come,
and you reign over all from beginning to end.

V1: You created the earth and its inhabitants,
and chose gifted men and women to lead your people,
exalting those who ruled with justice and humility.

V2: In faithfulness to your servant, David,
you sent your child, Jesus Christ, into the world
to testify to the truth and to shepherd your people.

V3: Though he was accused of treason
and executed by the Empire of his day,
he became the first born from the dead,
raised by your life-giving Spirit.

V4: You gave him glory and dominion,
and he rules with an authority not from this world,
but from you, O God.

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 praise you, almighty God,
through Christ, in Christ and because of Christ.
We affirm the Church’s faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

We remember ...

Send to us the Holy Spirit that this meal may be holy,
and your people may become one.
Unite us in faith, inspire us to love,
encourage us with hope,
that we may receive Christ as he comes to us
in this holy banquet.

Blessing, honour and glory be yours, O God,
here and everywhere, now and forever.


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.



Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us, have mercy on us.
Lamb 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.


This is Jesus, our Sovereign
who is the beginning and the end,
the meaning of our lives.
Happy are we to be invited
to the table of God’s kin(g)dom.


The Sending Forth of the People of God

SONG TIS 697 “All the sleepy should have a place to sleep”


The blessing of the Ancient One be upon you;
The grace of the Human One be upon you;
The peace of the Spirit be upon you,
this day and for ever +...


Based on ‘The Service of the Lord’s Day’
in Uniting in Worship 2, Sydney, 2005;
also, Claretian Resources (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic Preface based on prayers by Nathan Nettleton
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Image: Detail of mural on Eden Garden water tank
by Jovana Terzic (2012).