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 A SERVICE OF WORD AND SACRAMENT

Transfiguration, Year B
South Sydney Uniting Church
February 15, 2015

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 50

... What is the point of worship
if our hearts are not in it;
if it does not change us?

We stand or fall
on whether we have a grateful heart.

SONG “Be thou my vision ...” (547)

GREETING

Acknowledgement of Indigenous owners.
Welcome to visitors.

CONFESSION

O God, we come into your presence
preoccupied with our cares,
afraid to face our emptiness.
Disclose your wisdom
in the reading of your Holy Word,
and in the proclamation of your gospel.
May our labours be pleasing to you,
and may we be inspired to proclaim the good news
of Jesus our Sovereign.

Silence for personal reflection.

Jesus, Word of God and Saviour of all:
Show us your compassion.

Jesus, Good Shepherd and Lamb of God:
Show us your compassion.

Jesus, true vine and bread of life:
Show us your compassion.

FORGIVENESS

Hear the good news.
God’s mercy is plentiful,
and God’s grace is abundant …

COLLECT

God of Moses and Elijah,
revealed in burning bush
and chariot of fire;
you speak to us in freedom,
your glory escapes our naming:
in your mercy, dwell with us
and lift us beyond
all fear and empty worship;
through Jesus Christ,
the glory of the Most High.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

EPISTLE READING 2 Kings 2:1-12

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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (720)

GOSPEL Mark 9:2-9

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

RESPONSE

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Open our ears, O God, to receive the words of Jesus.

... God of Sun and Moon, Star and Sky,
your wonder is beyond our imagining.
We thank you for the gift of this world we share,
and for the common bonds that we share as your beloved.
Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

OFFERING “Blessed Jesus at your word” (437)

All you have made is good.
Your love endures for ever.

INVITATION

On this morning, Christ invites you to this table,
so you may experience wholeness
while seeking peace with one another.
So come, not because you must,
but because you may.

Come to this table not because you are strong,
but because you seek God’s strength.
Come to this table with all your broken pieces,
seeking wholeness, trusting in Jesus.
Come and enjoy the feast
that God has prepared for you today.

With the Holy Spirit in our hearts,
let us join with joy in the thanksgiving
of Jesus our Saviour.

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 give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for you have amazed us ...

With your own hands you shaped the creation
and filled the earth with your wonders.

You inspired and loved us
and we rose from the dust.

From the cloud you spoke to Moses,
and through your prophets you promised
to pour out your Spirit on all flesh.

In these last days you sent your Own, Jesus,
to speak your words of mercy and peace.

Though he was killed, you raised him to new life,
and now he comes to all who are thirsty,
pouring out the new wine of the Spirit,
surprising us with visions and dreams,
awakening within us your marvelous gifts
of wisdom, faith, healing, prophesy and discernment,
filling our hearts with songs of joy (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.

On the night before he died for us ...

Now gathered at your table, 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,
with all creation, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
to you be honour, glory, and praise,
for ever and ever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Mother and Father of us all,
may your name be blessed,
may your name be kept safe,
and may all things be made new.
May we all be of a new mind.
Give us today the gift of the day,
the gift of time,
of your own good time.
May your kingdom come,
may your rule come,
and hospitality. Let it happen.
May the wind of your coming
sweep over us as over the deep,
and may it lift us up in the palm of your hand.
Release us from our faults.
Release us from our past,
even as we shall release others
from what they have done against us.
Free us from the evil one
and from the meanness of the world’s calculations.
For the kingdom is yours,
the time of your rule,
and time is yours. Amen.

BREAKING OF THE BREAD

LAMB OF GOD (705)

Behold the Lamb of God,
behold the Lamb of God.
He takes away the sin,
the sin of the world.

THE PEACE

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were baptised into one body.
Let us therefore pursue all that makes for peace,
and builds up the body of Christ
for the sake of the world.

COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

We give thanks for this sacred meal
shared in the Spirit of friendship with Jesus our Saviour.

Help us, Creator God, to create space
for discerning your call,
and time to listen for your voice.

Be known to us in the sharing of our hearts;
be known to us in the promise of what is yet to be,
grounded in the many promises
you have already fulfilled.
Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God

Notices.

BLESSING

May the Spirit move us
to take the risk of committing ourselves fully
to God and to others on the Earth.
May she give us the courage to change
ourselves and the Church we love,
that we may be living signs to all the world
of God’s goodness and presence.

May almighty God bless you ...

DISMISSAL

Go, and let the Holy Spirit
keep your hearts afire with God’s love.
Thanks be to God.

SONG “How good Lord, to be here” (234)


Acknowledgements:

Based on UIW2; a liturgy by Bosco Peters, New Zealand (online);
and a liturgy by Eden Grace online (www.edengrace.org).
Collect by Steven Shakespeare, Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009).
Lord’s Prayer translation from John D. Caputo, The Weakness of God (2007).
Prayer After Communion based on prayer by Donna E. Schaper,
Prayers for Lent, Easter and Pentecost (2005).
Icon: Transfiguration of Jesus (www.thecosmiccathedral.wordpress.com).