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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Palm Sunday, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 13, 2014

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 118)

Let us worship God.

Because you have saved me
I journey to you.

The gate of justice is open to all
who love right living.
Even stones rejected by builders have a place.
In God’s work a poor stone can support a corner.
Blest are all who come doing God’s work.

Let us all make of ourselves
a place of peace and light.
God’s love is forever.

SONG ‘Ride on, ride on in majesty’ (348)

Setting the table and sanctuary with candle, cross and palms/cloaks.

GREETING

In the name of God:
Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life.
Amen.

Grace and peace to you from God.
God fill you with peace and joy.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.

Christ candle is lit.

PENITENTIAL RITE

Silence for personal confession.

Jesus, over the broken glass of our world,
the rumours meant to hurt,
the prejudice meant to wound,
the weapons meant to kill,
ride on ...
trampling our attempts at disaster into dust.
Show us compassion, O God.

Jesus, over the distance
which separates us from you,
and it is such a distance,
measurable in half truths,
in unkept promises,
in second-best obedience,
ride on ...
until you touch and heal us,
who feel for no one but ourselves.
Show us compassion, O Christ.

Jesus, through the back streets
and the sin bins
and the sniggered-at corners of the city,
where human life festers
and love runs cold,
ride on ...
bringing hope and dignity
where most send scorn and silence.
Show us compassion, O God.

For you, O Christ, do care
and must show us how.
On our own,
our ambitions rival your summons
and thus threaten good faith
and neglect God’s people.
In your company and at your side,
we might yet help to bandage and heal
the wounds of the world.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

Through the cross of Christ,
God have mercy on you,
pardon you and set you free.
Jesus says, Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!

COLLECT

O God, your love is broken open
among cheering crowds and traitor's coins,
deserting friends and hands washed clean,
the mockery of power and the baying mob:
as we follow your way of passion,
give us the faith
to bring our weak and divided hearts
to the foot of the cross
and the door of the guarded tomb
that our hearts might be opened,
astonished and healed;
through Jesus Christ, who carries the weight of the world.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

We stand.

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 Matthew 21:1-11

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

HOMILY

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Confronting and comforting God: hear our prayer.

... By the power of the Spirit,
we entrust our prayers to you, O Christ,
confessing you as Saviour to the glory of God. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING

God of all creation, you bring forth
bread from the earth and fruit from the vine.
By your Holy Spirit, this bread and wine
will be for us the body and blood of Christ.
All you have made is good.
Your love endures for ever.

THE PEACE

The peace of Jesus, Heir to the House of David,
be with you all. 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.

COMMUNION

This is the prophet Jesus,
from Nazareth in Galilee.
This is Jesus the Christ, who comes to us
and stirs us to our depths.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Jesus prayed,
Abba, if this cup cannot pass me by without my drinking it,
your will be done!

O God,
whose own Child went not up to joy
but first suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace.
We thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Christ.
Through Christ we offer you our very selves.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your glory.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Our God has given us
an example of unselfish love
in the person of Jesus the Christ.
Through your service of God and neighbour
may you receive countless blessings.
Amen.

You believe that by dying
Christ destroyed death for ever.
May God give you everlasting life.
Amen.

Jesus humbled himself for our sakes.
May you follow his example
and share in his resurrection.
Amen.

And the blessing of God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life,
go with you, today and always.

DISMISSAL

Go in peace to love God.
We go in faith and hope.
Amen.

During Lent we depart in silence.


Acknowledgements: Based on UIW2; Psalm paraphrase by Patricia Stevenson,
Songs from a Pierced Heart (2003).
Penitential rite based on prayer in Stages on the Way, Wild Goose Worship (1998).
Collect by Steven Shakespeare, Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009).
Blessing based on prayer by CanticaNOVA Publications (www.canticanova.com).
Icon of the Triumphal Entry (Eastern Orthodox).