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This template contains sample content. You can accept this content, insert your own content or add content from another source. If you have your own musician (s) you can delete the music links. CLICK HERE for an information sheet about the presenter and the message

VIDEO LINKS to our messages are available at: MESSAGES, which give you access to all our messages.

VIDEO LINKS to our all age messages are available at ALL AGE MESSAGES

VIDEO LINKS to music are available at MUSIC for a range of songs – mainly from “Together in Song” recorded by various church choirs over the last 16 years. This collection is being constantly updated.

VIDEO LINKS to miscellaneous content such as animations, incidental music (voluntaries) etc are available at MISCELLANEOUS

Other Useful Resources are at:

UNITING IN WORSHIP 2

BRIDGEWATER UNITING CHURCH

TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE

LITURGIES ON LINE

GLADSTONE UNITING CHURCH

WORDS FOR WORSHIP is also available by subscription from Media.com

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Call to Worship

Here we are Lord!

We come into your house this morning

praising your faithfulness,

giving thanks for your mercy,

seeking your joy.

Thank you for creating us

and giving us life and breath today.

Thank you for your son Jesus Christ, our Saviour

and for the Holy Spirit

whose presence here

unites us as your people.

Fill us with your peace today. Amen.

Opening Prayer / Invocation

O Lord, our God, you are worthy of all our praise. You are the God who never fails to keep his promises. We thank you that in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection we see your love, justice, mercy, provision and victory. You are the God who lifts up those who are weighed down. You are the God who provides for your children. Our desire is to praise you as long as we live. Inhabit our praises as we gather together today.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

For other opening prayer suggestions CLICK HERE

Opening Hymn

For other Songs from our library, please, CLICK HERE

PRAYER OF CONFESSION/WORDS OF ASSURANCE

You can use this Prayer, insert your own, or select from the TBA

(Catching words and phrases from an Erwin McMannus talk)
Christ, Lover of our struggles,
Embodiment of care and compassion.
Help me step up to the threshold of my hurt, disappointment, guilt or pain.
May it be the boundary of my growth into betterment,
That when I step into it I might discover strength and support in faith,
A gift for myself, from you and from others.
May my future be on the other side of my failure.
May failure simply enhance the story of my life,
Bringing an epic plot twist
And adding to the narrative of my growth and development.
May my faith not make things easier,
But resource me in the struggle and suffering which comes.
May I not seek greater comfort ,
But, rather, may my faith make me stronger in the midst of my struggles.
Ambitiously I pray. Amen.
(Source: Jon Humphries, Facebook post, October 2019)

For more prayers of confession, CLICK HERE

All Age Message

For other All Age messages click here: ALL AGE MESSAGES

Song or Hymn

To select an alternate Song or Hymn from our library, please, CLICK HERE

Scripture Readings

Readings are based on the Revised Common Lectionary if you wish to follow the Lectionary.

Focus Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-34

31:31 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

31:32 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt–a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD.

31:33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

31:34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

John 3:14-21
3:14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

3:17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

3:18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

3:19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.

3:20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.

3:21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Other Readings

To Access the Lectionary online, CLICK HERE

Message

 CLICK HERE for an information sheet about the presenter and the message

Discussion Starters

  1. What is your response to the Word today?
  2. How do you understand Jesus as the “Holy One of God”?
  3. What are the regular and routine patterns of your faith community that requires transformation?
  4. Where do you think God’s love is looking in your local community?

Song

To select an alternate Song or Hymn, please CLICK HERE

Announcements

Add Your Announcements

Offering and Prayer

Help us to bring our offerings with an eager heart, not as a comparison with others but as an act of worship to you. May we find the comfort we desire in you and the strength we need in your name. May your presence be with us every hour of the day. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

For alternate prayers CLICK HERE

Prayers for the People 

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ has promised that you will hear us when we ask in faith: receive the prayers we offer.

We give thanks for… We pray for…
Christians in other countries, especially where there is suffering, danger and persecution; those sent out as missionaries (especially…); Christians in our country; the UnitingChurch in Australia; this presbytery

Strengthen your people for their witness and work in the world. Fill your ministers with your Spirit, that they may faithfully preach the gospel and administer your holy sacraments. Unite in the truth all who confess your name, that we may live together in love and proclaim your glory in all the world.
Father, hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For a selection of offering prayers CLICK HERE

Holy Communion

Holy Communion is a recognised sacrament of the Uniting Church in Australia. Within our varied traditions in congregations, it is also called ‘The Eucharist‘ or ‘The Lord’s Supper‘. We believe in an open table, where any baptised believer in Christ is welcome.

The Uniting Church also allows a variety of forms for Eucharistic worship, while stipulating that certain essential features must be included. The published orders of service indicate a desire to accept reforms in liturgy which ecumenical study in recent times has recommended.

During the COVID Pandemic permission was given by the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) to stream communion and it is recommended that individual congregations check with their Presbytery to ensure that this is acceptable.

We attach a link to a recorded communion service of the Charlestown & Garden Suburb Congregation, with Rev Tom Stuart presiding.

Song

To select an alternate Song or Hymn, please CLICK HERE

Benediction/Blessing

The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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