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SCHOOL OF FAITH

PRAYER MEETING

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WELCOME AND PRAYER

Leader

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.

 

Reader 1
I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.

 

Leader 
I have suffered much;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.

 

Reader 2
Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.

 

Leader
Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.

 

Reader 1
The wicked have set a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts.

 

Leader 
Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.

 

Reader 2
My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.

 

LISTENING TO THE WORD

Reader 1

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Reader 2

Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

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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