WELCOME AND PRAYER

Psalms 127 (NIV)

 

Leader:

Unless the Lord builds the house,

the builders labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the guards stand watch in vain.

Reader 1

2 In vain you rise early

and stay up late,

toiling for food to eat—

for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Leader

3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,

offspring a reward from him.

Reader 2

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior

are children born in one’s youth.

Leader

5 Blessed is the man

whose quiver is full of them.

Reader 3

They will not be put to shame

when they contend with their opponents in court.

Prayers of Praise and Adoration

Bible Reading

Mark 12:38-44 (NIV)

 

Reader 1

As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

Reader 2

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

 

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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.

 

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

 

Reader 1:  

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

 

Leader:        

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

 

Reader2:    

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 3:    

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 4:    

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

 

FINAL PRAYER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We confess that we as the Church are able to live and endure through the changes of history

 

Reader 1:  only because our Lord comes, addresses, and deals with us in and through the news of his completed work.

 

Leader:

We confess that Christ who is present when he is preached among us

 

Reader 2:  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.

 

Leader

We bear witness that through human witness in word and action, and in the power of the Holy Spirit,

 

Reader 3: Christ reaches out to command our attention and awaken our faith

 

Leader:        

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

Reader 4:    

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

Final Prayer

Leader: 

We acknowledge  that we as the Church are able to live and endure through the changes of history

Reader 3

only because our Lord comes, addresses, and deals with us in and through the news of his completed work.

Leader

We affirm that we belong to the people of God on the way to the promised end

 

Reader 4

And that through the gift of the Spirit, God will constantly correct that which is erroneous in our life. 

Amen

Leader:

We give thanks that Christ may work and bear witness to himself through his body,

 

Reader 2:    

a fellowship of reconciliation, where the diverse gifts of her members are used for the building up of the whole

Leader: 

We affirm that every member of the church

 

Reader 3:

is engaged to confess the faith of Christ crucified and to be his faithful servant. 

 

Leader:  

We acknowledge with thanksgiving that the one Spirit has endowed the members of Christ’s Church with a diversity of gifts,

 

Reader 4:

and that there is not gift without its corresponding serve: all ministries have a part in the ministry of Christ.

Final Praye

 

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.

Leader: We confess that the Church is able to live and endure through

the changes of history

 

Reader 1:  only because our Lord comes, addresses, and deals with us in

and through the news of his completed work.

 

Leader:

Christ who is present when he is preached among us

 

Reader 2:  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.

 

Leader

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

 

Reader 3: Christ reaches out to command our attention and awaken our faith

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 4:    

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

ACC

SCHOOL OF FAITH

PRAYER MEETING

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PRAYER TIME 7th November

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

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