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  • Community Thanksgiving Service
    came among us bread and wine to share 6 Thank you O Lord your love is boundless thank you that I am full of you thank you you make me feel so glad and thankful as I do PRAYER OF ADORATION CONFESSION and FORGIVENESS Service of the Word PSALM 150 Choir O Praise God in his holiness People O Praise God in his holiness Praise Him in the firmament of his pow r People repeat each line Praise Him in the firmament of his pow r Praise Him in his noble acts Praise Him according to his excellent greatness Praise Him in the sound of the Trumpet Praise Him upon the lute and harp Praise Him in the cymbals and dances Praise Him upon the strings and pipe Praise Him upon the well tuned cymbals Praise Him upon the loud cymbals Let ev rything that hath breath praise the Lord praise the Lord Let ev rything that hath breath praise the Lord praise the Lord All Praise the Lord Choir Glory be to the Father People Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost and to the Holy Ghost as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be All World without end Amen SCRIPTURE READING Luke 17 11 19 One returned to give thanks A WORD TO THE CHILDREN THE BUTTERFLY SONG If I were a butterfly I d thank you Lord for giving me wings And if I were a robin in a tree I d thank you Lord that I could sing And if I were a fish in the sea I d wiggle my tail and I d giggle with glee But I just thank you Father for making me me Chorus For you give me a heart and you give me a smile You give me Jesus and you made me your child And I just thank you Father for making me me PRESENTATION OF SYMBOLS HYMN SA 24 Calypso Carol with the OFFERING 1 Come sing praises to the Lord above rock of our salvation God of love with delight into his presence move for the Lord our God is king Chorus He s the king above the mountains high the sea is his the land and sky mighty continents and island lie within the hollow of his hand 2 Come to worship him and bow the knee for the shepherd of the flock is he humble creatures in his hand are we sing the praise of God the king 3 Hear the story of his people now you with stubborn hearts who will not bow learn what happened long ago and how God can show you he is king 4 Forty years he kept the prize away made them wander till they walked his way exiled all of them until the day they should honour him as king PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING A REFLECTION ON THANKFULNESS HYMN AHB 59 1 We plough

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  • Lectionary resources Lent 5 Year A
    made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you Ezekiel s vision Ezekiel 37 1 14 God can breathe new life into old bones it applies to a community of faith and it applies to the individual person who feels defeated in life and faith and has no hope First face the reality We hope only when we cease to hope Kierkegaard In the New Testament the raising of Lazarus gave promise of the raising of others from the dead John 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you the God who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give new life to your mortal bodies through the indwelling Spirit Romans 8 11 DB Home RCL Resources Index Order of Service Lent 5 Year A The Gathering of the People of God CALL TO WORSHIP Let us worship God I wait for the LORD my soul waits and in his word I hope my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning more than those who watch for the morning Psalms 130 5 6 HYMN 3 All Creatures of our God and King verses 1 3 and 7 PRAYER OF APPROACH AND ADORATION O God you are near as the very air we breathe and the light around us yet our thought s farthest reach falls short of you We yearn to reach you We seek the light and warmth of your presence for we are lost without you Though we say you are near we are lonely and alone O let our desire be so strong that it will tear the veil that keeps you from our sight Let you light penetrate our darkness to reveal to us the glory and joy of your eternal presence As the fish gives himself to the sea as the bird gives herself to the air as all life gives itself to life so may we give ourselves to you O God CONFESSION Lord have mercy Lord have mercy DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS The good news is that all who trust in Christ will have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life As you hold this faith I declare that you are set free from all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit to whom be glory for ever and ever Thanks be to God WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER Service of the Word INTRODUCTION OF THEME The breath of God breathes life into us A word to the children OLD TESTAMENT Ezekiel 37 1 14 The valley of dry bones PSALM 130 Out of the depths I cry to you O Lord EPISTLE Romans 8 6 11 life through his Spirit that dwells in you GOSPEL John 11 1 45 The raising of Lazarus HYMN 138 And can it be SERMON HYMN 320 Breathe on me breath of God OFFERING AND DEDICATION SHARING TIME

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  • New LIfe from Old Bones
    in the long run There is no substitute for the real thing no short cut to the truth about God And it is no accident that those religious organisations which do not compromise and make significant demands of their own have been doing well in recent years It is worth the effort to know God The One to whom we are directed is the Creator and Sustainer of all life and all that is Being related to God who is both beyond this world and still found within it our ordinary lives begin also to make more sense So when we come to the visionary prophets we find on the one hand strange characters whose experience in relation to the spirit world is as far removed from everyday life as any modern guru could hope to attain yet we see in their visions a word spoken to the life of ordinary people to the human family and nation The visions of Ezekiel the psychedelic prophet illustrate a way through alternative consciousness to a greater truth and at the same time offer words of warning and encouragement relevant to the life of church family and nation today Ezekiel s vision What do we make of Ezekiel s vision of the valley of the dry bones Ezekiel 37 1 14 The central message is clear enough God can breathe new life into old bones it applies to a community of faith like a church which appears to have been defeated even destroyed like an army that was overcome in battle and it applies to the individual person who feels defeated in life and faith and has no hope You can live If you hear the Word of God and respond to it you not only can live but you shall live The dry bones will come together no matter how far they have been scattered and sinews will come upon them so that they can work together again and flesh and skin will cover them and even the breathe of life will come into those dead bodies when the wind of the Spirit blows It is a message of hope the same hope that Jesus gave when he raised Lazarus from the dead But I have a problem with this Did you notice that the story is not really focussed on what happened to the dry bones The actors are not the bones or the bodies they represent The real characters in the drama are firstly God who calls the prophet Ezekiel and tells him to prophecy to the dry bones then there is character of Ezekiel who actually speaks to the bones O dry bones hear the word of the Lord and to the wind Blow upon these slain and of course the wind or spirit is the other active character God the prophet and wind spirit are the characters who produce the action It was quite a challenge for the prophet to do what God told him to do It

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  • these days only a very weak sense of loyalty to the church as if you could be a Christian without being a member of the body of Christ in a very earthy and organic way You can no more with integrity play fast and loose with communities of faith than you can with families or with lovers So we have unfaithfulness both amongst people who have turned away of God and amongst others who still look to God but act as individuals without regard for membership in the body Should we accept the ways of the world or should we rather challenge encourage and support all members of the body to carry through the commitments made in the enthusiasm of their Palm Sunday beyond the points of pain on their Good Fridays with all love and care sharing at the deepest level so that they can still share with us in the joy of Easter Day DB Home RCL Resources Index Order of Service Lent 6 Year A The Gathering of the People of God PROCESSIONAL HYMN 250 All glory praise and honour GREETING The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you 2 Corinthians 13 13 And also with you O give thanks to the LORD for he is good his steadfast love endures forever Let Israel say His steadfast love endures forever Psalms 118 1 2 PRAYER OF ADORATION CONFESSION Jesus said Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest Matthew 11 28 Almighty God our Father we have sinned against you and one another we have sinned in thought word and deed by what we have done and by what we have left undone In your mercy forgive what we have been help us to correct what we are and direct what we shall be through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS If we confess our sins God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1 9 Hear then Christ s word of grace to us Your sins are forgiven Thanks be to God DOXOLOGY HYMN 576 Now to him who loved us WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER Service of the Word INTRODUCTION OF THEME Greeting and loyalty A word to the children palms for an exciting day OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 50 4 9a It is the Lord who helps me PSALM 118 1 2 19 29 Open to me the gates of righteousness EPISTLE Philippians 2 5 11 he emptied himself taking the form of a servant GOSPEL Matthew 21 1 11 The entry to Jerusalem HYMN SA 8 As Jesus came to Jerusalem SERMON HYMN 264 Ride on ride on in majesty AFFIRMATION OF FAITH We believe in Christ Jesus who though he was in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to

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  • Enthusiasm and loyalty
    has taken over in a way that has relegated the Christian faith to the scrap heap of history in the eyes of many who consider themselves progressive while many in the church have sought desperately to imitate the secular world to make the church popular not seeing that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery thus encouraging the young to seek the real thing elsewhere So the decline accelerates in our society oddly while the church goes ahead in leaps and bounds in other parts of the world so that there are very many more Christians in the world today than at any time in the past Why do we so easily accept disloyalty as if it were inevitable when it is not There is scene in the novel The Devil s Advocate by Morris West set in Italy just after the War I think it was when a young couple was attempting to establish a new relationship amidst the chaos when someone comments A defeated society has no loyalty Many people feel that about the Church The feeling of defeat does undermine loyalty but I do not agree that we are defeated In Australia in recent weeks in 2002 we have seen a media frenzy concerning a serious lack of understanding by a major public figure which has been driven in part by anti Christian prejudice The status of the church is much reduced by such means and Christians are considered fair game We should not surrender I have no doubt whatever that the church will survive and grow But there is no guarantee that any particular branch of the universal church will survive The vine is pruned from time to time It is however an extraordinary conceit for any Christian to presume to judge where the Lord of the vineyard will judge that the cuts should be made We should be content to abide in the vine Disloyalty to a particular church Even amongst people who call themselves Christians there is for too many these days only a very weak sense of loyalty to the church as if you could be a Christian without being a member of the body of Christ in a very earthy and organic way It is not for nothing that the church is called in scripture the body of Christ Faithfulness to Christ involves one in faithful relationships with other believers who share membership in the body Membership in the body is a necessary part of discipleship You can no more with integrity play fast and loose with communities of faith than you can with families or with lovers So we have unfaithfulness both amongst people who have turned away of God and amongst others who still look to God but act as individuals without regard for membership in the body A true member of the body can never presume to judge other Christians There is no place in the church for religious connoisseurs who shop around without commitment seeking their own personal

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  • Lectionary resoruces for Holy Thursday Year A
    have not repeated tonight used to conclude the ceremonies of Holy Thursday which became known as Maundy Thursday because of a phrase in the latin service mandatum novum do vobis A new commandment I give unto you John 13 34 dies mandatum became day of maundy So the sign of service to one another that Jesus gave saying you also ought to wash one another s feet was linked with his new commandment mandatum for the unity of the whole church I give you a new commandment that you love one another Just as I have loved you you also should love one another By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another John 13 34 35 So the emphasis with which we conclude is on the new commandment DB Home RCL Resources Index Questions and Comments A Service of Readings and Remembrance CALL TO WORSHIP What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD Psalms 116 12 13 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people in the courts of the house of the LORD Praise the LORD Psalms 116 17 19 HYMN 350 God merciful and righteous is Ps 116 5 12 19 Scottish Psalter THE ORIGINS OF THE LAST SUPPER Reading 1 Exodus 12 1 4 5 10 11 14 The Jewish Passover Feast The Last Supper was made into the Lord s Supper after the disciples met the risen Lord We celebrate the Eucharist only in the resurrection faith through which we see the significance of what Jesus did at the Last Supper and which we will recall tonight Let us now then confess that faith in the words of scripture which are called the Easter anthems For our paschal lamb Christ has been sacrificed Therefore let us celebrate the festival not with the old yeast the yeast of malice and evil but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth 1 Corinthians 5 7 8 Alleluia We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again death no longer has dominion over him The death he died he died to sin once for all but the life he lives he lives to God So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus Romans 6 9 11 Alleluia Christ has been raised from the dead the first fruits of those who have died For since death came through a human being the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being for as all die in Adam so all will be made alive in Christ 1 Corinthians 15 20 22 Alleluia PRAYER OF ADORATION PRAYER OF CONFESSION Three parts concluding Lord have mercy Lord have

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  • Lectioanry resoruces Easter Day Year A
    life in Christ after death and in some places it is also lit on other occasions when the Eucharist is celebrated The Easter Banner as at Templestowe Uniting Church A butterfly emerging from a chrysalis is a traditional symbol of the resurrection In our banner today we see the splendid creature in flight over the world leaving behind the signs of death and the old life from which it has come This new life is now let loose in the world and ascends above the world DB Home RCL Resources Index Questions and Comments Order of Service Easter Day Year A The Gathering of the People of God CALL TO WORSHIP The Lord in risen He is risen indeed This is the Lord s doing it is marvelous in our eyes This is the day that the LORD has made let us rejoice and be glad in it Psalm 118 23 24 HYMN 280 Jesus Christ is risen today PRAYER OF ADORATION CONFESSION In three parts concluding Lord have mercy Lord have mercy Christ have mercy Christ have mercy Lord have mercy Lord have mercy DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS Through Christ God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things whether on earth or in heaven by making peace through the blood of his cross Colossians 1 20 The victory of our Lord over sin and death is available to us through faith Sin has power no longer over those who belong to him Your sins are forgiven Thanks be to God A CANTICLE FOR EASTER and lighting the Easter candle Rejoice heavenly powers Sing choirs of angels Exult all creation around God s throne Jesus Christ our King is risen Sound the trumpet of salvation Rejoice O earth in shining splendour radiant in the brightness of your King Christ has conquered Glory fills you Darkness vanishes for ever Rejoice O holy church Exult in glory The risen Saviour shines upon you Let this place resound with joy echoing the mighty song of all God s people It is truly right that with full hearts and minds and voices we should praise the unseen God the all powerful Father and his only Son our Lord Jesus Christ This is our passover feast when Christ the true Lamb is slain whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers This is the day when Christians everywhere washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement are restored to grace and grow together in holiness This is the day when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave Father how wonderful your care for us How boundless your merciful love To ransom slaves you gave away your Son Day truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth and we are reconciled to God Therefore heavenly Father in the joy of this day receive our sacrifice of praise your church s solemn offering Accept this Easter candle May Christ dispel the darkness of our night May the Morning Star which

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  • Jesus said to her, "Mary"
    Magdalene Perhaps it is to make sense of the relationship in human terms without believing in God The fantasies that have been made up by popular cynics like Barbara Thiering are just that fantasies nothing but fantasy invented to justify disbelief It is tied up with the question of who Jesus was which is a genuinely challenging question In the show Jesus Christ Superstar Mary sings I don t know how to love him as if struggling with the possibilities What kind of relationship could they have We know of Mary Magdalene that she was a devout follower like many others one of those Jesus had rescued from evil and who with a number of other women travelled with the twelve and served them as they went from town to town Luke 8 1 3 She could also have been the same woman as the one who showed great devotion by anointing his feet with precious ointment and sat at his feet listening to him It is most likely that when she said Rabbouni she fell down before her Lord and held his feet That is what Matthew tells us the disciples did when they met Jesus after the women Mary Magdalene and others who had gone to the tomb ran to tell them that he had risen So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said Greetings And they came to him took hold of his feet and worshipped him Matthew 28 8 9 Those who fell and held his feet then might have included women Note that John too implies that Mary was not alone for he records So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple the one whom Jesus loved and said to them They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have laid him John 20 2 They were not lovers in the romantic sense Theirs was not an exclusive personal relationship like that The first thing she did was to include others Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples I have seen the Lord and she told them that he had said these things to her John 20 18 She went and told the others so they could share in the renewed and now new kind of relationship That is what he told her to do Jesus said to her Do not hold on to me because I have not yet ascended to the Father But go to my brothers and say to them I am ascending to my Father and your Father to my God and your God John 20 17 Both Jesus and Mary knew that theirs was more than a human relationship Why was it that he said Do not hold on to me Jesus himself said it was because he was ascending to the Father He was going back to where he had

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