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PRAYER MEETING

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WELCOME AND PRAYER

Psalms 146:5-10 (NIV)

Leader 

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

 

Reader 1
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.

 

Leader
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,

 

Reader 2
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.

 

Leader 
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

 

Reader 3
10 The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.

LISTENING TO THE WORD

Matthew 11:2-11 (NIV)

Reader 1

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

 

Reader 2
7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

 

REader 3

10 This is the one about whom it is written:
“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’
11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND INTERCESSSION

CONFESSING CHRIST FROM THE 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.

 

Reader 1:  

Today we ‘confess Jesus as Lord over (our) own life’ and           ‘Head over all  things, the beginning of a new creation, of a     new  humanity’.

 

Leader:

We rejoice that the Uniting Church ‘preaches Christ the risen         crucified  One

 

Reader 2:  

and confesses him as Lord to the glory of God the Father’.

 

Leader:        

Let us proclaim ‘the grace which justifies through faith,’

 

Reader 3:    

and uphold ‘the centrality of the person and work of                 Christ the  justifier’.

 

Leader:        

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

 

Reader 4:    

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 1:    

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

 

Leader:          

Let us reaffirm our desire ‘to live and work within the faith             and  unity of the  One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church’.

 

Reader 2:    

We joyously ‘acknowledge that Christ alone is supreme in       his  Church’ and declare our ‘readiness to go forward                 together in sole loyalty to Christ the living Head of the             Church’.

 

Leader:        

We acknowledge ‘the need for a constant appeal to Holy                 Scripture’,

 

Reader 3:    

and declare ourselves ready to ‘hear anew the                           commission of  the Risen  Lord to make disciples of all           nations’.

 

Leader:        

With the gracious help of God our congregations are committed   to serve the  world for which Christ died, and…await with             hope the day of the Lord Jesus Christ

 

Reader 4:    

on which it will be clear that the kingdom of this world           has become the kingdom of our Lord and of the Christ,             who shall reign for ever and  ever.’ 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
CREEDS AND FAITH STATEMENTS 

PO Box 968,
Newtown, NSW, 2042

accoffice@confessingcongregations.com  

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