DEVOTIONAL SACRED SEASON

 

DAY 6 and 26  -   10th and 30th June 

PRAYER TIME FOR DAY 6 - 10th June COMMUNION

Especially designed for zoom prayer times during the Sacred Season of Prayer and Fasting but can be used in face to face prayer times as well.  Spontaneous prayer is offered in times of prayers of praise and confession from group members using if possible some of themes in the psalm or scripture reading.  The prayers for others can also be prayed spontaneously and can weave in thoughts from scripture reading, passage from Basis of Union and devotional reading. 

IT IS FINISHED!

PASTOR ROBYN PAINTER

Pastor Robyn Painter is pastor of Peterborough Uniting Church in rural South Australia. She has previously been a member of National Assembly and has served on the national council of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations.

OPENING PRAYER 

BIBLE READINGS:  Hebrews 2:2

Hebrews 2:2

 

Leader: 

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,

 

Reader 1: 

the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the

cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND ADORATION  

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

BIBLE READINGS:  Hebrews 2:1-2   (NIV)

Reader 1: 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

 

Reader 2: 

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

PARAGRAPH 4: BASIS OF UNION

Reader 1:

The Uniting Church acknowledges that the Church is able to live and

endure through the changes of history only because its Lord comes,

addresses, and deals with people in and through the news of his

completed work.

 

Reader 2: 

Christ who is present when he is preached among people is the Word of the God who acquits the guilty, who gives life to the dead and who brings into being what otherwise could not exist.

 

Reader 3: 

Through human witness in word and action, and in the power of the

Holy Spirit, Christ reaches out to command people’s attention and

awaken faith; he calls people into the fellowship of his sufferings, to

be the disciples of a crucified Lord; in his own strange way Christ

constitutes, rules and renews them as his Church.

REFLECTION

Reader 1

Before he died, Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” His mission was complete. The victory was won. Jesus is now Lord and Messiah. He is the King of kings, the Ancient of Days, the Lamb who was slain and lives again. He is the Righteous One who makes many righteous. He is the Son of David, and of the increase of his government there will be no end.

Reader 2

He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the Pioneer and

Perfecter of our faith. His victory cannot be undone, his rule cannot be

usurped, his Kingdom cannot be taken away. Jesus is Lord of his church, and he is the one who will return for his bride. Jesus, the Bridegroom is passionate about his bride. He wants a large bride, a pure bride, a bride with eyes only for him. And he will bring it about.

Reader 3

Jesus calls us to fix our eyes on him. We are to be like an athlete with eyes on the finish line. We are to be like Peter, with eyes on Jesus as he stepped out onto the waters of Lake Galilee and walked.

Reader 1

Storms will come as long as this world remains, and storms can take many

different forms. But the answer to every storm we face is to look to the all powerful Lord Jesus, who has power over them all. At Jesus’ bidding we can do the impossible.

Reader 2

With our eyes on Jesus we will pray according to his will and see him answer in mighty ways. When our eyes are fixed on Jesus the things of this world that fight for our attention will lose their hold, and we will be transformed into his likeness.

Reader 3

We cannot change the world when we focus on the things we are afraid of. But Jesus has already won the battle against those things! It is finished. Fix your eyes on him and follow him with all your heart. Then you will see what he can do!

PRAYER

Leader: 

Lord Jesus, King of kings,

You are more powerful than all the things I fear. Teach me to fix my eyes on you and walk with faith. Help me to cast all my burdens on you in the sure knowledge that nothing is impossible for you.

Amen

THE APOSTLES CREED

 

Reader 1: 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

 

Reader 2: 
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

Reader 3
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen
.​

HOLY COMMUNION

Participants are encouraged to mute and read with the readers below.  Unfortunately it is not possible to read all together because of the time delay on zoom,  so one reader will read on behalf of everyone.  

Minister

The Lord be with you

 

Reader 1

And also with you

 

Minister

Lift up your hearts

 

Reader 2

We lift them to the Lord

 

Minister

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

 

Reader 3

It is right to give our thanks and praise

 

(Minister prays)    Thanks and praise, glory and honour are rightly yours

……

And so we praise you  With the faithful of every time and place

Joining with choirs of angels  And the whole creation  In the eternal hymn:

 

Reader 1

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and might,

 

Reader 2

Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest

 

Reader 3

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

 

Minister

We praise you through our Lord Jesus Christ

Who on the night of his betrayal ………………………….

 

Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me

 

Reader 1

Christ has died, 

 

Reader 2

Christ is risen

 

Reader 3

Christ will come again

 

Minister

Pour out the Holy Spirit upon us….

All glory and honour and power and praise are your now and forever more. 

 

Reader 1

Blessing and honour and glory and power are yours for ever and ever. Amen. 

 

Reader 2

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as in heaven.

 

Reader 3 

Give us today our daily bread

Forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

And deliver us from evil

For the kingdom, the power and glory are yours

Now and forever.  Amen.

 

Minister

The bread we break is a sharing in the body of Christ

The cup we take is a sharing in the blood of Christ

The gifts of God for us, the people of God

 

Minister

Jesus Lamb of God   

 

Reader 1

Have mercy on us

 

Minister

Jesus, bearer of our sins

 

Reader 2

Have mercy on us

 

Minister

Jesus redeemer of the world

 

Reader 3

Grant us peace. 

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS

CONFESSION FROM BASIS OF UNION

Leader:

Within this fellowship of the Uniting Church in Australia, and as part of the Christian church around the world, let us confess Christ in the following words from the Basis of Union.

       

We joyously proclaim that ‘in Jesus Christ "God was reconciling the  world to himself" (2 Corinthians 5:19 RSV)’,

 

Reader 1:    

and that ‘in love for the world, God gave the Son to take  away the world's sin.’

 

Leader:        

We confess that ‘Christ…is the Word of the God who acquits  the guilty,

 

Reader 2:    

who gives life to the dead and who brings into being what  otherwise  could not exist.’   

Amen. 

 

Nb. The words in quotation marks are direct quotes from the Basis of Union

Prepared by Rev Rod James.

FINAL PRAYER

ABOUT US

The School of Faith is a ministry of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations within the Uniting Church in Australia

ADDRESS
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PO Box 968,
Newtown, NSW, 2042

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