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Psalms 27 (NIV)


The Lord is my light and my salvation —

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—

of whom shall I be afraid?

Reader 1

2 When the wicked advance against me

to devour me,

it is my enemies and my foes

who will stumble and fall.


3 Though an army besiege me,

my heart will not fear;

though war break out against me,

even then I will be confident.

Reader 2

4 One thing I ask from the Lord,

this only do I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord

and to seek him in his temple.


5 For in the day of trouble

he will keep me safe in his dwelling;

he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent

and set me high upon a rock.

Reader 3

6 Then my head will be exalted

above the enemies who surround me;

at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make music to the Lord.


7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;

be merciful to me and answer me.

Reader 4

8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face! ”

Your face, Lord, I will seek.


9 Do not hide your face from me,

do not turn your servant away in anger;

you have been my helper.

Do not reject me or forsake me,

God my Savior.

Reader 1

10 Though my father and mother forsake me,

the Lord will receive me.


11 Teach me your way, Lord;

lead me in a straight path

because of my oppressors.

Reader 2

12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,

for false witnesses rise up against me,

spouting malicious accusations.


13 I remain confident of this:

I will see the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living.

Reader 3

14 Wait for the Lord;

be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord.


Philippians 3:17 - 4:1 (NIV)


Reader 1

Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.


Reader 2

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!





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’.



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’.



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


Reader 3:    

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



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.’



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.’



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’.



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’.



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.