Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Sunday Service Marsden Road Uniting Church 13 May 2018

Call to Worship

(Abingdon Worship Annual 2018)

We want to celebrate Mothers as a wonderful gift from God, but we want to be certain that we recognise mothers – and likewise, families in general – as a gift from the God who has created all things. So today, as we are called to worship by the scriptures, we’re called to worship a God who loves us and welcomes us into his family.

Clap your hands and shout to God with loud songs of joy.

Sing praises to God, who fills the world with forgiveness and grace.

Christ is alive. He is risen from the dead.

The Holy One calls us to worship and praise.

Baptised with the power of the Holy Spirit,

we live with Christ in our hearts.

Clap your hands and shout to God with loud songs of joy.

Sing praises to God, who fills the world with forgiveness and grace.


Hymn TIS 106: "Now thank we all our God" I have noticed that when I keep looking for my blessings and thanking God for them, the impact is far greater than if I accept them as a given.

Opening Prayer

 God our Father, your Son Jesus Christ lived in a family in Nazareth: Grant that in our families on earth we may so learn to love and to live together that we may rejoice as one family in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Jesus said, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Holy One has set.”

Yet we keep searching for signs and omens, trying to predict the future instead of living fully each day.

Jesus said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Yet we are more concerned with following the proper procedures, than with opening our hearts to those around us.

Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”

Forgive us, Holy One, when we try to shape the world according to our desires, instead of asking for the power to do your will.


Declaration of Forgiveness

The Holy One enlightens the eyes of our hearts,
 that we may know the hope to which we are
alled. In the name of Christ, you are forgiven. Thanks, be to God!


The Peace

 In the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ, let us share signs of peace with one
another. Peace be with you! And also with you.


Hymn TIS 457: "The Church’s one foundation" An article I read recently stressed the centrality of God in our church. The point made in that article was that too often God gets forgotten and the church itself becomes the centre. That is no more or less than idolatry.


The Service of the Word

As it was Mothers’ Day Rev. John spoke on the topic of families and family relationships. No family is perfect and there is friction from time to time in any group of people living together. (My nephew who was serving in the military overseas made this point at one time, saying that he was having trouble with his constant companion…..his pistol.) In fact there are times when we become so irritated with a family member we can hardly put up with their breathing heavily. A friend told me of a family car trip where her son became quite angry because his brother was looking out of “his window.”  Sometimes these times of friction come down to personal preferences but at other times someone has done something very wrong.

The Rev. John had this to say about that:

We do not fail or even sin that grace may abound. But when we fail to live by God’s call we can start again, and we can be sure that grace abounds as we repent. Seemliness is no closer to godliness than cleanliness, and it is a comfort to know that no failure, no sin, no wound can separate us from the love or purposes of God. Even the holy family—Mary, Jesus, and Joseph—were beset by intrigue and rumour. Mary and Joseph were not yet married when she became pregnant. That is not to suggest that, as I heard one preacher say, unwed pregnancy is "OK," only that in and of itself unwed pregnancy does not disqualify us from serving God.


Hymn TIS 137: “For the Beauty of the Earth” For everything that brings joy - every good thing- thanks be to God.

Grahame led us into prayer with music and there followed the Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer. This is such an important time for us when we can each draw close to the One who loves us so much.


Hymn TIS 526: Lord Jesus Christ" Focussing our hearts and minds on the centre of all things.



May the Lord who brought us to birth by his Spirit,

strengthen us for the Christian life.

May the Lord who provides for all our needs

sustain us day by day.

May the Lord whose steadfast love is constant as a

mother's care,

send us out to live and work for others.

And the blessing of God Almighty.

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be with you and remain with you always. Amen


Hymn TIS 779: “May the feet of God walk with you,” And with this we blessed each other as we parted.



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