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Easter Sunday, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 20, 2014

The Gathering of the People of God


Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
This is the day Our God has made. Let us celebrate with joy!

Procession following the Christ Candle, Cross and Bible.

HYMN ‘Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord’ (390)


The risen Christ meets us at the tomb,
and turns our tears to joy.
For your love and goodness we give you thanks, O God.
Christ comes through our locked doors,
and turns our fear to courage.
For your love and goodness we give you thanks, O God.
Christ comes to daily life and work,
and turns our failure to new vision.
For your love and goodness we give you thanks, O God.
Christ breaks the bread, and turns our despair to hope.
For your love and goodness we give you thanks, O God.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.

HYMN ‘Christ is risen!’ (394)



Let us pray that we may share Christ’s resurrection.

God of new creation,
from the womb of earth
you raised the Lord of life:
may we receive the word of women
who braved the soldier’s spears
and met him in the dawning light;
may we live with morning joy
that love will never die,
through Jesus Christ,
the resurrection and the life.

The Liturgy of the Word

O God, open our hearts and minds
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
that, as the Scriptures are read and proclaimed,
we may hear your word with joy. Amen.


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


Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

GOSPEL Matthew 28:1-10

As the wings of doves over nestlings,
so may the wings of the Spirit be over our hearts.
As the mouths of chicks toward hens,
may our lives be open to God’s Wisdom.



as we celebrate again the resurrection
of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
we remember that through his life,
suffering and death
we have died and been buried with Christ in baptism.
In our baptism,
we were also raised with Christ to new life.

Having prepared ourselves during Lent,
we now reaffirm our baptism,
declaring our allegiance to Christ
and our rejection of all that is evil.

Do you repent of your sins?
I repent of my sins.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ
who has defeated the power of sin and death
and brought us new life?
I turn to Christ.

Do you commit yourself to God,
trusting in Jesus Christ as Saviour
and in the Holy Spirit as God’s power
and presence along the way?
I commit myself to God.


Will you continue in the community of faith,
the apostles’ teaching,
the breaking of bread and the prayers?
With God’s help, we will.

Will you proclaim by word and example
the good news of God in Christ?
With God’s help, we will.

Will you seek Christ in all people,
and love your neighbour as yourself?
With God’s help, we will.

Will you strive for justice and peace,
and respect the integrity of creation?
With God’s help, we will.

May almighty God,
who has given us new birth
by water and the Holy Spirit,
keep us steadfast in the faith,
and bring us to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Sovereign.


Risen Saviour; Carry us with you.

... Be alive in us this day and every day, Jesus Christ,
for we long to be the people of the living God. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING HYMN ‘Let us talents and tongues employ’ (537)

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.




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.

We praise you and we bless you,
holy and gracious God,
source of life abundant.

V1: From before time you made ready the creation.
Your Spirit moved over the deep
and brought all things into being:
sun, moon, and stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every living thing.

V2: You made us in your image,
and taught us to walk in your ways.
But we rebelled against you, and wandered far away;
and yet, as a mother cares for her children,
you would not forget us.

Time and again you called us
to live in the fullness of your love.
And so this day we join with Saints and Angels
and the whole creation
in the chorus of praise that rings through eternity (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.

V3: Glory and honour and praise to you,
holy and living God.
To deliver us from the power of sin and death
and to reveal the riches of your grace,
you looked with favour upon your servant Mary,
that she might conceive and bear a child,
Jesus the holy child of God.

V4: Living among us, Jesus loved us.
He broke bread with outcasts and sinners,
healed the sick, and proclaimed good news to the poor.

On the night before he died for us ...

Now gathered at your table, O God of all creation,
and remembering Christ crucified and risen,
who was and is and is to come,
we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine.

Pour out your Spirit upon these gifts
that they may be the body and blood of Christ.
Breathe your Spirit over the whole earth
and make us your new creation,
the body of Christ given for the world you have made.

In the fullness of time bring us, with all your saints,
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
to feast at the banquet prepared from the foundation
of the world.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
to you be honour, glory, and praise,
for ever and ever. Amen.


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.





HYMN ‘Shout for joy!’ (545)

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go in peace to love and serve Christ
in the power of the resurrection. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Based on UIW2; a liturgy by Bosco Peters, NZ (online);
Collect by Steven Shakespeare, Prayers for an Inclusive Church, 2009.
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis.
Artwork: Holy Women at the Empty Tomb
(British Library Royal 1 D X fol-7)