DEVOTIONAL SACRED SEASON

 

DAY 1 and 21  -   5th and 25th June 

PRAYER TIME FOR DAY 1 and 21  -  JUNE 5th and 25th

Especially designed for zoom prayer times during the Sacred Season of Prayer and Fasting but can be used in face to face prayer times as well.  Spontaneous prayer is offered in times of prayers of praise and confession from group members using if possible some of themes in the psalm or scripture reading.  The prayers for others can also be prayed spontaneously and can weave in thoughts from scripture reading, passage from Basis of Union and devotional reading. 

SOLE LOYALTY TO CHRIST THE LIVING HEAD OF THE CHURCH!

REV DR. HEDLEY FIHAKI

Rev Dr Hedley Fihaki is the National Chair and Spokesperson for ACC. His Current placement is the Minister of the Word - Mooloolaba Uniting Church, Sunshine Coast Qld. He has been a member of the National Assembly 2006, 2009, 2015 and has been elected as a member in 2018. He is a Teacher of the ACC School of Faith.

Rev Dr Hedley Fihaki

OPENING PRAYER 

BIBLE READINGS:  Philippians 2: 9-11.

Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)

 

Leader

In your relationships with one another,

have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Reader 1

6 Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God

something to be used to his own advantage;

Leader

7 rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

Reader 2

8 And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death —

even death on a cross!

Leader

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

Reader 3

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Leader

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND ADORATION  

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

BIBLE READINGS:  1 Corinthians 3: 10-15

Reader 1

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

Reader 2

12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

 

Reader 3

14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

PARAGRAPH 1: BASIS OF UNION

Reader 1

The Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of

Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia, in fellowship with

the whole Church Catholic, and seeking to bear witness to that unity

which is both Christ's gift and will for the Church, hereby enter into union

under the name of the Uniting Church in Australia.

Reader 2

They pray that this act may be to the glory of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.…..

 

Reader 3

To this end they declare their readiness to go forward together in sole loyalty to Christ the living Head of the Church…

REFLECTION

Reader 1: 

Three things stand out:

1. The three churches saw themselves as being part of a church movement

that was not ‘its own denomination’ but part of the fellowship of the whole

Church Catholic, witnessing to that unity which is both Christ’s gift and will

for the Church.

2. The three churches ‘prayed’ that this act may be to the glory of God the

Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

3. The three churches ‘declared’ their readiness to go forward together in sole loyalty to Christ the living head of the Church.

Reader 2: 

As the Uniting Church seeks to move forward together in fellowship with the whole Church Catholic, in the light of the radical proposal by the ASC to

redefine marriage in July, we are reminded of our historical and ecumenical

commitment to go forward together in sole loyalty to Christ. That is, the UCA cannot go off on a tangent apart from its commitment to live and work within the faith and unity of the Only Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. To do so will be a departure from our Basis of Union and our Constitution. The aim of Assembly, therefore, is NOT to try maintain a ‘diversity of views’ on this matter as if ‘diversity’ of theologies is in itself the highest good and goal of the Church, but, to help the Church to move forward together in ‘sole loyalty’ to Christ.

Reader 3: 

Contrary to the significant flaw in the ASC report, the Assembly of Confessing Congregations ‘declares’ that Marriage enters into the substance of the faith and therefore not a matter that allows for a diversity of opinion.

The issue before us is not human sexuality as such, but the authority of

Scripture. When we speak of the authority of Scripture (BOU para.5) we are

speaking about the lordship of Christ as the ‘living head of the Church’. And the lordship of Christ is the essence of the gospel itself. To deny this reality, is to promote a totally different gospel to the one outlined in the UCA’s Basis of Union

PRAYER

Leader: 

Our Father, we pray that Assembly will be bold in helping the Uniting

Church to move forward together with the whole Church Catholic in sole loyalty to your Son, our Lord, Jesus the Christ, the living head of your Church. Amen!

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS

CONFESSION FROM 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:          

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’.

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
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