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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Lent 5, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 6, 2014

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 130)

Out of the depths I cry to you, O God!
Hear my voice!
If you kept track of our sins, God,
who could stand before you?
But with you is forgiveness,
and for this we revere you.

SONG 667: ‘How shall I sing to God’

Christ candle is lit.

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.

PENITENTIAL RITE

Silence for personal confession.

Jesus, our resurrection and life,
forgive us our hesitant and weak faith
and our timid and wavering hope:
Show us compassion, O God.

Jesus, Child of the living God,
forgive us that your life in us
has grown so little since we were baptised:
Show us compassion, O Christ.

Jesus, our food of life,
forgive us that we have not let the eucharist
raise us up from the grave of sin:
Show us compassion, O God.

Have mercy on us, God,
and forgive us all our sins.
Make us live your life to the full,
that it may blossom into eternal life.
Forgive in us what has gone wrong.
Repair in us what is wasted.
Reveal in us what is good.

DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

Our hope is in God whose steadfast love surrounds us
and in whom is great power to redeem.
This power is revealed in Jesus Christ
who promises us life where there is death,
and forgiveness where there is sin.
The good news therefore is this:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!

COLLECT

God of compassion,
you call us out of the bindings of death
on this, our resurrection day:
make us ready to surrender
the fear in which we hide
to step into your future
alive and unashamed;
through Jesus Christ, the life of the world.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

We stand.

LENTEN GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

GOSPEL John 11:1-45 (Reading from v. 17)

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

HOMILY

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

God of life, raise us from death.
Is it not true that we find our life
in the life of those raised from death?
Let us pray with and for those who are surviving,
those who are trying again,
those who are getting on with it,
and all those believing and hoping in small ways ...
... God of life, raise us from death.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING 416: ‘Great God, your Spirit, like the wind’

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,
the Resurrection and the Life,
be with you all.
And also with you.

INVITATION

Let us join in Jesus’ prayer of thanksgiving
to the One he calls Abba, the God of Life,
for all goodness and the hope of resurrection.

COMMUNION

This is Jesus the Christ,
who says to us: I am the bread of life.
All those who eat my flesh and drink my blood
have eternal life.
They live in me and I in them,
and I shall raise them up on the last day.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God of all that lives,
your Child Jesus has reassured us in this eucharist
that he is the resurrection and the life
and that we have eternal life already now
if we believe in him.
May his body and blood nourish this life in us
and make it grow day after day
that we may live his life to the full
and with him make it a gift
to brighten the lives of others.
Let him lead us to your life of unending joy.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

God our Creator wants us to live.
May we gratefully accept life from our God
as a gift and an assignment. Amen.

Our Redeemer Jesus Christ died for us that we might live.
May we live with our God a life worthy of the children of God.
Amen.

The life-giving Spirit inspires us to follow the way of Christ
as people living for others.
May our God make us always available
and open to anyone in need. Amen.

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

DISMISSAL

Go forth in peace to live your Lenten discipline.
We go in faith and hope. Amen.

During Lent we depart in silence.


Acknowledgements: Based on UIW2; and Liturgy Alive for Sundays (www.bible.claret.org).
Blessing based on prayer by Nathan Nettleton at Laughing Bird (www.laughingbird.net).
Collect by Steven Shakespeare, 2009.
Icon: Saturday of Lazarus (www.stjosephmelkitecatholicchurch.org/holy_week).