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PRAYER MEETING

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WELCOME AND PRAYER

Leader

Psalm 104:24-35

Leader
   How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, vast and spacious,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.

 

Reader 1
There the ships go to and fro,
and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.

 

Leader
When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.

 

Reader 2
When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.

 

Leader 
When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.

 

Reader 1
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works —
he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

 

Leader
I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

 

REader 2
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.
But may sinners vanish from the earth
and the wicked be no more.

Leader
Praise the Lord, my soul.

 

All
Praise the Lord.

LISTENING TO THE WORD

John 17

 

Reader 1

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said,

 

Reader 2

“Peace be with you!”

 

Reader 1

After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Again Jesus said,

 

Reader 2

“Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

 

Reader 1

And with that he breathed on them and said,

 

REader 2

“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

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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