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 A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Easter Sunday, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
April 5, 2015

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP

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)

GREETING

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: ‘Alive to the presence and purpose of God’ (Tune 147)

Alive to the presence and purpose of God;
in Christ’s name we’re gathered, the people of God.
Alive to God’s presence and open to hear
God’s word in our lives and God’s call to come near.

Come and sing! Praises bring!
In Jesus we live!
Come and praise, laugh and sing!
New hope God will give!
Alive to the presence and purpose of God,
God’s word in our lives and God’s call to come near.

Alive to the presence of God in the world,
who meets us in strangers, the young or the old.
Alive to the closeness of Jesus, set free
to live out the Good News through you and through me.

Come and sing! ...

Alive to God’s purpose of justice and care,
to build a new future, defeating despair.
Alive to God’s newness, new days will unfold.
God’s Spirit gives new ways in place of the old.

Come and sing! ...

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

“Worshipping the Lord became the great Christian alternative to the love-risk”
(Catherine Keller).

May it not be so …
Amen.

Silence.

Jesus says: “I am now part of you, my way is yours, you will not get lost”
(John 14:6).

COLLECT

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

Almighty God,
through your Child Jesus Christ
you overcame death and opened for us
the gate to abundant life;
grant us so to die daily to sin,
that we may live with him
in the joy of his resurrection:
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.

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.

PSALM 118

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.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

We stand to welcome the Gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia,
Praise the Word of truth and life!

GOSPEL John 20:1-18

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.

HOMILY

SILENCE

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

We believe in the power of Christ
to overcome all deaths,
deaths in us and death in the world.
We believe in life which rises in freedom
and carries us in joy towards grace
beyond our imagining,
calling our spirits to soar in freedom
with wings of hope
borne high in the wonder of Easter Day.
The gift of life will never be taken from us.
The costly life of God will be our company
for ever and ever.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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 ‘Myrrh-bearing Mary from Magdala came’ (660)

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 risen Christ says to us:
Peace be with you. As Abba God sent me,
so I am sending you.
As the body of Christ, let us join hands:
Through our fear, through our doubt,
through our confusion,
may we continue Jesus’ work
as we travel many roads,
liberated and united by the love of the Risen One.
Amen.

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.

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

E: Always and already you created the world.
Your Spirit moved over the deep and brought all things into being:
sun, moon, and stars; earth, winds, and waters; and every living thing.

W: 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.

S: Time and again you called us to live in the fullness of your love.
And so this day we join with Saints and Angels in a chorus of praise,
lifting our voices to magnify you as we sing:

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.

N: 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 Mary, your willing servant,
that she might conceive and bear a child, Jesus the holy one.

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

W: He yearned to share a holy and gathering love,
yet we were heedless of his call.

S: Then the time came for him
to face a crucifying force
and to be glorified by you.

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,
and ourselves, a living sacrifice.
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.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

LAMB OF GOD

Jesus, Wisdom of God,have mercy on us.
Jesus, Word made flesh,have mercy on us.
Jesus, Liberator of creation,grant us peace.

COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

SONG ‘Shout for joy!’ (545)

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

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

The grace of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the friendship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
Amen. Thanks be to God!
Alleluia! Alleluia!


Acknowledgements:
Based onUIW2; a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online); and a liturgy by Dorothy McRae-McMahon (Liturgies for High Days, 2006).
Lord’s Prayer translation by Andrew Collis; ‘Christ has risen’ by John L. Bell & Graham Maule,The Courage to Say No(1996).
Artwork by Penny Keane (2015).
Icon of the Resurrection (www.byzantines.net/byzcathculture/icons/resurrection_mel.jpg).