Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Sunday Service Marsden Road Uniting Church 3 February 2019


 Gathering God’s People

Acknowledgement of First Peoples

From river to ocean, from campfire to hearth,

May the First People who have cared for this Land be blessed.

From breath to song, from step to dance,

May those who follow Your Song lines guide us on the journey of living honourably in this place.

From greeting to Amen, from silence to chorus,


Call to Worship - (B J Beu and other Source)

God has been with us and knew us before we were even born. The one who calls us to love has been loving us longer than we have drawn breath. Sink into the arms of Love this day and trust the hand that holds you.

Therefore we worship God in every way, in every action and thought. Not because we should, but because God’s love in us generates that worship from within us.


Hymn TIS 28: “God is our strength and refuge.” No matter how dark, dangerous or difficult, or even easy life is, we haven't the strength or wisdom to go it alone. And God is our only helper


Opening prayer

 Wrap us in the arms of your love, Holy One, as we gather in worship this day. Teach us to be patient and kind in our actions, and humble of heart in all of our ways. Help us see and know ourselves as well as you see and know us, that our words may be true, and our love may be pure. Build us into a community that bears all things, believes all things, and hopes all things in the name of Love, which never ends. Amen.


 A Prayer of Confession

 God of truth and love, when we yearn for certainty in an uncertain world, remind us that we know only in part; when we long for others to see things our way, remind us that we see in a mirror dimly; when we seek to impose our ways upon others, remind us that we have failings of our own. Harken us to your voice once more and reveal to us the truths that you alone can see. In your holy name, we seek your guidance now. Amen.


 Declaration of Forgiveness

The one who formed us in our mothers’ wombs looks upon us with love and seeks our highest good. Rejoice in the good news that we are fully known, and that we are loved with a love that heals all wounds and breaks down all barriers that lie between us. Thanks be to God!


The Peace

 Now faith, hope, and love abide as signs of God’s care for us. Let us share these signs with one another as we pass the peace of Christ.

The peace of Christ be with you.The peace of Christ be with you always.




Source of every good gift, you have watched over us all the days of our lives— guiding our ways, protecting us from harm, and showering us with your blessings. Receive these offerings from our grateful hearts, and bless the world with our heartfelt thanks, that all might know your amazing gift of love. Amen.


Hymn TIS 153:“God is love, let heaven adore him” This song acknowledges God’s love and the world’s need for it.


                   The Service of Holy Communion

This service has many parts and many purposes and many effects. We remember and in remembering we are reminded of our purpose in life and our dependence on God to live that life to the full. We are reminded that we are all equally welcome at God’s Table and equally loved. 


A Prayer after Communion

By your Spirit, make us one with Christ and with one another, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at the heavenly banquet. Through Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory are yours, almighty God, now and forever more. Amen.


 The Service of the Word


First Reading:1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The Gospel Reading: Luke 4: 21-30


The Preaching of God’s Word

Rev. John, using a reference to the Peanuts comic and Charlie Brown’s difficulty in

explaining or even talking about love, spoke of the mystery of love.

It may be difficult to explain or define but we all know when it is absent. Likewise when

Rev. John spoke of how, in our attempt to say something about love, we turn to poetry or

painting, do we do when we want to represent the full strength of its absence.

Today I was relaxing, looking at Facebook and saw a group of very rough looking people

spend a great deal of time and care with the only tool they had, a pair of tin snips,

gently prize a tangled cord from around and inside a waterbird’s beak. Not a smile, not a

gentle look from any of them. But they were showing great love to that bird.

Rev. John said “Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13, captivates our imagination. We read these words and before we know it, we are being read by them. We read, and we recognise the depth of what they say. We realise the poignancy and truth of Paul’s message.

 How easy it is for us to forget that these words were written to address congregational struggle and division. They were not written as a sentimental note on the latest wedding card but to speak to the profound truth of the gospel in daily life. We forget that Paul wrote these words to a congregation in ferment…”

So, regardless of whether we like or approve of someone. Regardless of whether we value their work inside or outside the church, remember God loves them because of their intrinsic value as one of God’s created. We can't do anything less.



Hymn TIS 398: “Come down, O Love divine” God’s love through us is the way.


Intercessory Prayers and the Lord’s Prayer


Hymn TIS 473: “Community of Christ, who make the Cross your own.”



God sends us forth with words of love on our lips. Christ sends us forth with acts of love in our deeds. The Spirit sends us forth with the spirit of love sustaining our very lives. Go in the power of God’s love and be ambassadors of Christ’s love and peace, and may the blessing of God Almighty, Creator, Redeemer and Giver of Life be with and remain with you always. Amen.


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