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A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Lent 4, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
March 30, 2014

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 23)

O God, you are my shepherd
I want nothing more ...
Only goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in your house, O God,
for days without end.

SONG ‘Faith will not grow from words alone’ (691)

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

We acknowledge the Gadigal people,
the first inhabitants of this place.
We honour them for their care of the land
part of God’s good creation
land on which we gather today.
We pay our respects to their elders, past and present.
God, you granted humanity
the gift of relationship with your creation.
You call us to respond with respect,
caring for the well-being of all you have made.
We give thanks for those who have heeded your call.

Welcome to visitors. Christ candle is lit.

PENITENTIAL RITE

Silence for personal confession.

In opening the eyes of the person born blind,
Jesus shows that he has power to free people
from all forms of darkness in their lives.
Let us ask our God’s forgiveness for being blind to Love
and failing to ask healing for our own blindness.

God, you are the light.
You do not see as humans see
because you look into the heart:
Show us compassion, O God.

Christ, you are the light.
Anyone who follows you will have the light of life:
Show us compassion, O Christ.

God, you are the light.
You give sight to the blind both for those who cannot see
and those who will not see:
Show us compassion, O God.

Forgive in us what has gone wrong.
Repair in us what is wasted.
Reveal in us what is good.

CHANT ‘The Lord is my light’ ( 747)

The Lord is my light,
my light and salvation;
in God I trust, in God I trust.

ASSURANCE

Through the cross of Christ,
God have mercy on you,
pardon you and set you free.
Now you are light in Christ.
Live as children of the light.
Light produces every kind of goodness,
justice and truth.
Thanks be to God!

COLLECT

Creator and Healer,
root of all goodness,
working your Sabbath will
in the chaos of our life:
teach us the insight
that gives true judgement
and praises you
wherever you are found,
making miracles
from spit and mud;
through Jesus Christ, the Son of earth.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

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

FIRST READING 1 Samuel 16:1-13

May your word live in us, O God;
and bear much fruit to your glory.

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 John 9:1-41

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

HOMILY

SILENCE

We observe a period of silence for contemplation and reflection.

RESPONSE

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

As children of the light let us pray for the needs
of the Church and the world.
With confidence we pray,
O God, that we may see.

... Creator God, in this life we see as in a glass darkly.
Open our eyes that we may walk with confidence
along the road which leads to you,
to where we shall see as we are seen.
We ask this through Christ our Saviour. 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,
Light of the world,
be with you all.
And also with you.

As we exchange a sign of peace
we pray that God may open our eyes
to see the Christ in one another.

INVITATION

God of light,
help us to see your Child, Jesus Christ
coming among us in these humble gifts of bread and wine.
Help us to recognise Christ today
in those who are blind,
in those who are in any way disabled,
and in all who carry heavy burdens.
We make our prayer through the same Christ.
Amen.

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.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

God,
may our sharing of this one bread
be our pledge to live in your Spirit.
For when we eat this bread and drink this wine
we proclaim the death of Jesus the Sovereign
until he comes in glory.

LAMB OF GOD

Jesus, Lamb of God,
show us compassion.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
show us compassion.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.

COMMUNION

This is Jesus the Sovereign
who is our light, our joy, and our salvation.
Blessed are we who believe in him
and are invited to share in this banquet.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Source of light and life,
you spoke your powerful word to the world
and there was light.
In this Eucharist you have led us to restful waters;
you refreshed us and spread your table before us.
Help us to live as children of light,
for light produces every kind of goodness
and righteousness and truth.
All this we ask through Jesus Christ,
Sovereign and Saviour. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

Go now and live as children of the light.
Seek what is pleasing to God.
Expose the unfruitful works of darkness,
and commit yourselves to the works of God who sends you.

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).
Collect by Steven Shakespeare, 2009; Blessing based on prayer by Nathan Nettleton at Laughing Bird (www.laughingbird.net).

Image: Brett Lee (9), Untitled, marker, crayon, glue, 2001 (www.aph.org).
Description: This picture is made up of various shapes placed around the page to form a pleasing arrangement. It looks as though the artist has used thick glue to draw a network of intersecting lines all over the page. The shapes formed from the intersection of these lines are coloured gold, pink, green, blue, purple, white and black. (www.aph.org/ia2001/e8.jpg).