Monday, 14 November 2016

Sunday Service Marsden Road Uniting Church 13 November 2016

Prelude Music to prepare for worship

Call to Worship - (Mary J. Scifres, Abingdon 2016)

​​Look and listen! God is always creating us anew, offering new perspectives for living as faithful disciples. Look and new possibilities are given to us, let us walk hand in hand with holy truth. Be glad and rejoice, for God is creating us ever new...We will sing and shout with hope and joy, for God is with us here.

Hymn TIS 687: “God gives us a future We become stuck in habits that are not at all helpful or productive. God throws open new possibilities for us to do his will, even when we have not followed that true path before. Grasp those opportunities and leave the old ways.

Opening prayer

Call upon us this day, Holy One of Israel. Be our Strength and Shield, that we may be your steadfast followers, even as you mould us to be courageous prophets of change and hope. Be our Guide and our Shepherd, that we may walk this challenging journey, open to your new creation, even as we remain true to your calling and your teaching in our lives. Amen

A Prayer of Confession

John prayed for forgiveness for all of us. These times are so precious. Left on our own, our confessions can be half- hearted and we neglect to ask God for the strengths we need to follow God's command. But in this communal prayer, we are led to address all the issues that we need to hold up to God. Amen.

Declaration of Forgiveness

Look! God is creating a new heaven and a new earth. Past events arent remembered; they dont even come to mind. In Christ Jesus, were forgiven and made new.

Thanks be to God!

The Peace

As people of peace, let us share words of grace and gestures of love, as we pass the peace of Christ together.

Offering Prayer

We thank you, God, for being our strength and shield, our salvation and our hope. As we have drawn joy from the springs of your salvation, may these gifts become springs of hope to a world thirsty with need...Amen.

Hymn TIS 52: “Let us sing to the God of salvation”​​​ Praise God for every blessing. Yes!

The Readings: ​​​                    

Isaiah 65:17-25. God's promise that all things will be made new. Just not new but amazing in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 We can't sit around waiting for something to happen. Get up and get on with God's work. Luke 21:5-19. A warning that everything will not go smoothly. In fact we can expect chaos and expect to be given a difficult time. But we are promised that the spirit will give us the words to defend

A Word with The Young People - (that applies to us all.)

In the gospel reading today, some people were admiring the walls of the temple, just like people today might come along and admire our church building. Today we have again built our model as we did at the 150th.  But we must remember the warning of Jesus. He told those admiring the temple that the day was coming when all the walls would be thrown down and not one stone would be left standing.  The temple was the place where people came to worship God and to learn how to live their lives as God wanted them to live - loving God and serving their neighbour. Because that was not always evident in peoples lives, Jesus was saying that, even although the temple - the building - may appear to be in fine condition, the peoples faith had fallen into disrepair, so, a new buildingwas necessary (more followed but this was the essence.)

Sermon It’s Your Choice - Luke 21:5-19

More than a few of lifes unsettling situations have both problem and opportunity wrapped up inside them. John told us about a time at the end of Jesus' ministry when he heard people admiring the temple. Jesus warned: All this beauty, every dressed stone you see, every ornate appointment in this place will one day soon be nothing but rubble! Jesus described what would happen but that was not his focus. John explained: 'Rather, he turns the conversation from what will happen in the future to how those who confess him as Lord must live their lives in the face of difficulties that could become opportunities." We don't like anything to be difficult, even opportunities.
John continued: 'To embrace our Jesusvalues, to love our enemies, to speak peace in the presence of war, to offer reconciliation in the midst of division always requires courage." He pointed out that: "The first choice we make is whether we will live the faith we confess."  John had much more to say but we are smart enough to apply the above words to our lives.....if we dare.

Hymn TIS 186: “Stars and planets flung in orbit These would be my words if I had thought of them. This universe is overflowing with the signs of God's marvelous creative gifts.

Music to lead us to prayer

Intercessory Prayers We prayed for ourselves and those around us and then joined in The Lord's Prayer.

Hymn TIS 473: “Community of Christ. We are the church, Christ's hands in this world. Think of everything that Jesus would want to do to right this planet. To repair the environmental damage; to heal all the sick; to comfort those upon whom hostilities are thrust by others. Comfort all his people.


Behold, you are a new creation in Christ Jesus! We rejoice and are glad, for God is making everything new! Look! The world needs this hope! Go forth to proclaim Gods new creation, as we live in peace and grow in love in the name of our God, creator, redeemer and giver of life.

Hymn TIS 778: “Shalom to you This is the most precious gift you can offer to another person.

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