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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Season of Creation Stations of Creation, Year C
South Sydney Uniting Church
October 27, 2013

God Most High, all praise is yours

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 65)

SONG OF PRAISE (181)

Come, O God of oceans wide:
shifting sands and crashing waves;
fish of every shape and size,
creatures of the reefs and caves.
 Sing out, earth and skies!
 sing of the God who loves you; 
 raise your joyful cries;
 dance to the life around you.

Come, Creator of the cat,
in the jungle, in the yard;
kookaburra and wombat,
species that we disregard.
 Sing out, earth and skies! ...

Come, O God, in wind and rain,
lightning flash and thunder roll;
refresh the Earth and life sustain,
shelter, inspire and console.
 Sing out, earth and skies! ...

Come, O God of stars that sing
planets, moons in cosmic song.
Gawi, God of everything,
making graceful, making strong.
 Sing out, earth and skies! ...

GREETING

Lighting Christ Candle. Acknowledgement of Country.
Welcome to visitors.

GATHERING

Station One: God Most High! All praise is yours,
all glory, all honour and all blessing. And, it is to you alone, Most High,
that we pray ...

PENITENTIAL RITE

Jesus, you reveal God to us
as a Parent who cares for children:
Show us your compassion, O God.
Through the Incarnation you become our Companion:
Show us your compassion, O Christ.
Through your gift of the Spirit,
divine love has been poured into our hearts:
Show us your compassion, O God.

ASSURANCE

God challenges us, God encourages us.
God confronts us, and God accepts us.
God works wonders in our midst
and gives us the eyes, the hearts,
the spirits to see miracles and signs.
God forgives us, God guides us, God leads us home.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

COLLECT

Station Two: You are praised, O God, by our Brother Sun
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
May light be shed on your Church,
that your faithful people may bear your likeness.

O God, your name is veiled in mystery,
yet we dare to call you Abba;
your Beloved was begotten before all ages,
yet is born among us in time;
your Holy Spirit fills the whole creation,
yet is poured forth now into our hearts.
Because you have made us and loved us
and called us by name,
draw us more deeply into your divine life,
that we may glorify you through your Beloved,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Station Three: You are praised, O God, through our Sister Moon
and the stars; in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and beautiful.
May the nations of the earth, whom they look down upon each night
be blessed with your peace. O God, hear us ...

GOSPEL Luke 18:9-14

Station Four: You are praised, O God, through our Brothers Wind and Air
and clouds and storms, and all the weather;
May you rain down your grace upon our nation, and its leaders and people.
O God, hear us ...

AFFIRMATION

We believe that God creates all things,
renews all things and celebrates all things.

We believe Earth is a sanctuary,
a sacred planet filled with God’s presence,
a home for us to share with our kin.

We believe that God became flesh and blood,
became a piece of Earth,
a human being called Jesus Christ,
who lived and breathed and spoke among us,
suffered and died on a cross,
for all human beings and for all creation.
We believe that the risen Jesus is the Christ at the core of creation
reconciling all things to God,
renewing all creation and filling the cosmos.

We believe the Spirit renews life in creation,
groans in empathy with a suffering creation,
and waits with us for the rebirth of creation.

We believe that with Christ we will rise
and with Christ we will celebrate a new creation.

Station Five: You are praised, O God, through our Sister Water.
Quench the thirst of the poor, the downtrodden, and those who are ill,
or in trouble of any kind. O God, hear us ...

GOSPEL Luke 18:9-14

Station Six: You are praised, O God, through our Brother Fire
through whom you brighten the night;
We pray you to brighten your kindom,
where the souls of the faithful departed rest.
For them, as in you, may there be no night.
O God, hear us ...

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Hail the planet blue and green. Alleluia!
Where the face of God is seen. Alleluia!
Glory filling all the Earth. Alleluia!
Celebrating every birth. Alleluia!

Hail the groans of Earth in pain. Alleluia!
From the weight of human sin. Alleluia!
Longing for the Christ who died. Alleluia!
All creation to revive. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Luke 18:9-14

Station Seven: You are praised, O God, through our Sister, Mother Earth,
who feeds us and rules us,
and produces various fruits with coloured flowers and herbs;
Give us the will to care for her, as you created her.
O God, hear us ...

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING

God, our Creator, through your love you have given us these gifts to share.
Accept our offerings as an expression of our deep thanks and our concern
for those in need on planet Earth.
With all creatures, we bless our Creator.

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 loved the world so much
that you gave your Only Begotten,
so that all who trust Christ may have eternal life.

V1: Your powerful voice, thundering over the waters,
spoke into being the new-born creation.

V2: From your holy throne, surrounded by seraphim,
you called your prophets to carry the message of life
to those who were enslaved to selfish desires.

V3: You sent your Own, Jesus Christ, into the world
whom the enemies of life lifted up to die,
whom you raised from the grave

V4: and made the source of life for all who look to Christ
in trust and hope.

And now your Holy Spirit bears witness within us
that we are indeed your children,
born from above of water and spirit,
and destined to share with Christ in love’s suffering and glory.

Therefore we sing (761):
Holy, Holy, Holy God, wisdom, strength and hope,
Earth, sea and sky 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.

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.
Blessing, honour and glory be yours,
here and everywhere, 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.

FRACTION

As we share this bread,
we proclaim our willingness to build a community of love,
to be the holy people that God calls us to be.

LAMB OF GOD

Station Eight: Be praised, O God, through Sister Death;
through those who forgive for love of you;
through those who endure sickness, trial and grief.
O God, hear us ...

Lamb of God, who takes away all sin against heaven,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away all sin against Earth,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes all sin from the world,
receive our prayer.

COMMUNION

Gawi, for all things are now ready ...

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Station Nine: O God, you renew all things.
We praise and bless you, and we give you thanks,
and with all of creation, we serve you. Amen.

Let us give thanks for this meal.
We thank you Christ, for the meal we have celebrated with you,
and we pray that through your body and blood we may be healed
and become agents of healing for the Earth
as a precious planet in our cosmos. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May the Most High God,
whose voice we have heard in our assembly,
whose face we have seen in Christ Jesus,
and whose Spirit dwells within us and all,
bless you now + ... Amen.

Go in peace! Serving Christ and loving Earth!
We go in peace, serving Christ and loving Earth!

SONG ‘The Cosmic Christ’

Amazing is the Christ who died
To void all sin and curse,
Just as amazing is his life
That fills the universe.

The risen Christ is more than one
Who waits on some far shore;
In, with and under ev’ry thing
Christ is the living core.

The hidden Christ sustains for us
The blueprint of the skies,
The wisdom in each fragile form,
The soul that lights the eyes.

The cosmic Christ moves deep below
To heal the wounds within,
When all creation groans in pain
Because of human sin.

The cosmos hails the Christ, the One
Who reconciles all things,
’Til all creation rises new
With healing in her wings.

As Christ unites the universe,
Restores this Earth once more,
A cosmic song reverberates,
A rich symphonic score.

Acknowledgements:
Based on liturgy in UIW2; Canticle of the Creatures
by St Francis of Assisi (composed 1224-1226).
‘Song of Praise’ Verses by Andrew Collis, 2013;
‘The Cosmic Christ’ by Norman Habel, July 2005;
Artwork: Stations of Creation Icons
by Saturday Art Class, October 27, 2013 (Orchard Gallery).
Photo of potato stamps by Andrew Collis.
Stations of Creation installation curated by Margaret Vazey.