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Easter 2, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 27, 2014

The Gathering of the People of God


We have been born anew to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

SONG OF PRAISE ‘Christ the Lord is risen today’ (370)

Candle, Cross and Bible are brought forward and placed on the Table.


Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit; one God, Mother of us all. Amen.

The free kindness of our Saviour Jesus Christ
and the love of God
and the friendship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
And also with you.


Because our personal sins grieve you
and hurt other people:
Ky-ri-e, Ky-ri-e, e-le-i-son.

Because our social and ecological sins
hold others in bondage and oppression:
Christ-e, Christ-e, e-le-i-son.

Because you grant us the joy of forgiveness
whenever we return to you in genuine repentance:
Ky-ri-e, Ky-ri-e, e-le-i-son.

After a silence, we say:

O loving God,
to turn away from you is to fall,
to turn towards you is to rise,
and to stand before you is to abide for ever.
Grant us, dear God,
in all our duties your help;
in all our uncertainties your guidance;
in all our dangers your protection;
and in all our sorrows your peace;
through Jesus Christ our Sovereign. Amen.


Although you have not seen him, you love him;
and even though you do not see him now,
you believe in him and rejoice
with an indescribable and glorious joy ...

Hear then Christ’s word of grace to us:
Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.


Glo-ri-a, glo-ri-a, in ex-cel-sis Deo!
Glo-ri-a, glo-ri-a, al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia!


Alpha and Omega,
our beginning and our end,
you break through the locks
of gated communities
and hardened hearts:
accept our doubts,
heal our desire for certainty
and, by your Spirit’s gentle touch,
make us a people
forgiven and forgiving;
through Jesus Christ, the Giver of Peace.

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING Acts 2:14a, 22-32


Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;
I have said to YHWH, ‘You are my Sovereign,
my good above all other’.
All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,
upon those who are noble among the people.
But those who run after other gods
shall have their troubles multiplied.
Their libations of blood I will not offer,
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
O God, you are my portion and my cup;
it is you who uphold my lot.
My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;
indeed, I have a godly heritage.
I will bless the Holy One who gives me counsel;
my heart teaches me, night after night.
I have set the Holy One always before me;
because God is at my right hand I shall not fall.
My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;
my body also shall rest in hope.
For you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
You will show me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

The people stand.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

GOSPEL John 20:19-31

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




We believe in God above us,
Maker and Sustainer of all life,
of sun and moon, of water and earth,
of male and female.

We believe in God beside us,
Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh,
born of a woman, servant of the poor,
tortured and nailed to a tree.
A man of sorrows, he died forsaken.
He descended into the earth,
to the place of death.
On the third day he rose from the tomb.
He ascended into Heaven
to be everywhere present,
and his kingdom will come on earth.

We believe in God within us,
the Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire,
life-giving Breath of the Church,
Spirit of healing and forgiveness,
source of resurrection and of eternal life. Amen.



People may light a votive candle.

Versicle: Peace-making Spirit;
Response: Grant us faith, and love for the world.

... O God, may we look forward with hope to our resurrection,
for you have made us your own,
and restored the joy of our youth.
We ask this through our Saviour Jesus Christ, your Own,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist


Pray for peace, look for peace,
speak of peace, act in peace; accept peace.

The peace of the Self-giving One be always with you.
And also with you.

INVITATION/COMMUNION SONG ‘Let us break bread together …’ (511)


... it will become for us the Bread of Life.
Blessed be God forever!

... it will be for us the wine of the Kindom.
Blessed be God forever!


The people stand.

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 give our thanks and praise.


We thank you, God, Father and Mother,
that through word and sacrament
you have given us your Own
who is the true bread of heaven
and food of eternal life.
So strengthen us in your service
that our daily living may show our thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God


The blessing of the God of life be yours,
the blessing of the loving Christ be yours,
the blessing of the Holy Spirit be yours;
the blessing of the Trinity be yours
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver
God to cherish you, to help you, to make you holy.


Go in peace to love and serve God:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

SONG ‘Prayer for Peace’

Peace before us,
peace behind us,
peace under our feet.
Peace within us,
peace over us,
let all around us be peace.

Love ...

Christ ...

Al-le-lu-ia ...

Based on ‘The service of the Lord’s day’ in Uniting in Worship,
Uniting Church Press, Melbourne, 1988.
Collect by Steven Shakespeare, Prayers for an Inclusive Church, 2009.
‘Prayer for Peace’ by David Haas; Doxology by Jacques Berthier, Taizé Community, 1978;
Peace by David Adam, Glimpses of Glory, SPCK, London, 2000.
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis. Blessing based on prayer from Iona Abbey.
Artwork: St Thomas and the Risen Christ