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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Season of Lent, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
February-March 2013

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

SONG OF PRAISE

GREETING

May the Word of God be near you,
on your lips and in your heart.
May your lips confess that Jesus is Sovereign and Saviour.
May the grace of God be always with you.
And also with you.

Acknowledgement of traditional owners. Welcome to visitors.

PENITENTIAL RITE

We welcome this Lent as a time to seek conversion
and reconciliation.

Jesus,your Spirit leads us into the desert
to recover the spirit of prayer:
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

Jesus Christ,your Spirit leads us into the desert
to rediscover our neighbours:
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Jesus,your Spirit leads us into the desert
to make us see again what really matters in life:
God, have mercy. God, have mercy.

Silence for personal confession. Placing the Cross on the altar-table.

... God, in your loving kindness
forgive us all our sins and make us new and alive.
Lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

ASSURANCE

Placing the Christ Candle. Christ Candle is lit.

COLLECT

Let us pray to our living God and turn our hearts to Love.

God, you want to be near to us,
you lead us with your Own, Jesus,
to the desert of questions and temptations
that you may speak to our hearts
and bring us back to you in loving trust.
Open our eyes, our minds and our hands
to discard all that leads us astray
and to look for you and for the plans you have for us
and for the world.
May your Spirit give us the mentality of Jesus,
that we may seek your will in all we do
and serve you in our neighbours.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING

PSALM

SECOND READING

May your word live in us, O God;
and bear much fruit to your glory.

LENTEN GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

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

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

... Loving God, you stood by your Beloved.
Sustain those who hope in you and keep them in your love,
now and for ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING

God of mercy and compassion,
we are aware of our weakness and our faults.
We bring before you these signs of our good intentions
and of our will to change.
Empower us with the strength of Jesus
to give ourselves to you and to one another.
Guide us by the Holy Spirit
on the humble way of conversion.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Saviour. Amen.

PEACE

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

INVITATION

Let us now with hearts and voices give thanks to Abba God
that Jesus, suffering our temptations, overcame them
and gives us the strength to resist them.

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.

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.

V1: 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.

V2: 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.

Father and Mother of all,
your Child Jesus served and loved us till the end.
On the night of his passion ...

V3: That night before his friend betrayed him
and enemy soldiers took him away to be killed,
he knelt down and washed his friends’ feet.

V4: So we pray to love one another as he loved us:
bring us together, God, and make us one in your love.

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.

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.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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 (765)

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.

COMMUNION

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

Abba God,we have encountered Jesus,your Own,
who was tempted like us,
and Jesus has refreshed our courage
by his word, his example, and his presence.
By the strength of the Eucharist
lead us on our journey
and take us to the mountain of Easter,
that we may share in the risen power of Christ
as people renewed to love and trust you more,
and to better serve our neighbours.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

It is good for us to know
that someone has faced the illusions
and the misleading attractions
of a world estranged from God.
With Jesus we can overcome,
we can make a strong choice or God,
for others, and for our better selves.
Let us go Christ’s way,
with the blessing of Almighty God …+
Amen.

Be guided by the Holy Spirit
on the road to conversion and renewal.
Thanks be to God.

During Lent we depart in silence.

Acknowledgements:
Based on UIW2;Liturgy Alive for Sundays and Weekdays,
the Philippines (www.bible.claret.org);
Eucharistic prayers from St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church,
San Francisco, California.
Artwork: Margaret Vazey, Three Temptations of Christ (2013).