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ST STEPHEN S UNITING CHURCH! 197 Macquarie St, Sydney An Oasis of Christian Worship, Thought and Action Minister: Director of Music: Choral Conductor: Organ Scholar: Position Vacant Mark Quarmby
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ST STEPHEN S UNITING CHURCH! 197 Macquarie St, Sydney An Oasis of Christian Worship, Thought and Action Minister: Director of Music: Choral Conductor: Organ Scholar: Position Vacant Mark Quarmby Dr David Hood Benjamin McKenzie Ph: October am Pentecost 19 Holy Communion & Reception of New Members Led by Rev. Ross Smith Reception of New Members Members by Affirmation of Faith: Martin Cherry Elwyn Coventry David Greatorex AO Deirdre Greatorex Nigel Tanner Jessie Wang Members-in-Association: Maxwell Dodd Robert Duffield Roger Foenander Betty Jacobs Arthur Lockley Ruth Lockley David Mutton Danny Venida Ellery Venida Adherents: Rev Dr John Bunyan!2 The Gathering of the People of God Organ Prelude Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 731 [Dearest Jesus, we are here] J.S. Bach ( ) Please stand at the entry of the choir and clergy and remain standing. Greeting The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. And also with you. Call to Worship Let us worship God. Hymn 209 And can it be (Sagina) Prayers of Adoration and Confession...Merciful God, our maker and our judge, we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed: we have not loved you with our whole heart, we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves; we repent, and are sorry for all our sins. Father, forgive us. Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.!3 We remain seated to sing the Kyrie. Assurance of Pardon...This is the Gospel. Thanks be to God. We stand to sing the Gloria.!4 !!5 The Service of the Word Your Word, O Lord, is a lamp to our feet: A light to our path. First Reading Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2: Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3 He is the reflection of God s glory and the exact imprint of God s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. 5 Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6 But someone has testified somewhere, What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7 You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honour, 8 subjecting all things under their feet. Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9 but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10 It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For the one who!6 sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12 saying, I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you. Anthem My eyes for beauty pine Text: Robert Bridges ( ) Music: Herbert Howells ( ) My eyes for beauty pine, my soul for Goddës grace, no other care no hope is mine, to heaven I turn my face. One splendour thence is shed from all the stars above; tis named when God s name is said, tis love, tis heavenly love. And every gentle heart that burns with true desire is lit from eyes that mirror part of that celestial fire. Gospel Reading Mark 10: Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife? 3 He answered them, What did Moses command you? 4 They said, Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her. 5 But Jesus said to them, Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6 But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. 7 For this reason a man shall leave his father and!7 mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. 10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 He said to them, Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery. 13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. Lord, may your Word live in us: And bear much fruit to your glory. Hymn 217 Love divine (Blaenwern 590) Sermon Valued Families Hymn 648 Help us accept each other (Aurelia 457) We remain standing to say the Nicene Creed!8 Creed We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped & glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. We sit for the!9 Reception of New Members An elder brings forward the persons to be received and says: The Uniting Church in Australia affirms that every member of the Church is engaged to confess the faith of Christ crucified and to be his faithful servant. In each congregation, the members are to meet regularly to hear God s word, to celebrate the sacraments, to build up one another in love, to share in the wider responsibilities of the Church, and to serve the world. I present to you to be received into membership of St Stephen s Uniting Church the new members named above in the categories of membership they have chosen. The minister asks: Do you reaffirm your allegiance to Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord? I do. Do you accept membership in this congregation, promising to share in the life and worship of the Church? I do. The minister asks the congregation: Will you welcome these people into the fellowship of this congregation, and will you offer them your friendship and support? We will. Let us pray: O God our Father, we praise you for calling us to faith and for gathering us into the Church, the body of Christ. We thank you for this congregation of your people and rejoice that you have added to our number in the faith. Together may we live in the Spirit, building up one another in love, sharing in the life of the Church, and serving the world; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. As a sign of our welcome, we give you the right hand of fellowship.!10 Representatives of the council of elders and the congregation come forward and greet the new members. One may speak words of welcome on behalf of the congregation. Concerns of the Church Prayers of the People Offering and Dedication We stand for the dedication of the Offering and remain standing for the Passing of the Peace. Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness, we have this money to offer, which we have earned using the talents that you have given us. It will further the work of your kingdom. Blessed be God forever. Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life. Blessed be God forever. Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become for us our spiritual drink. Blessed be God forever, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.!11 The Sacrament of the Lord s Supper Passing of the Peace The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you. Hymn 507 Come, Spirit blest (Erin) The congregation remains standing for the Invitation Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. Great Prayer of Thanksgiving The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Thanks and praise, glory and honour are rightly yours, our Lord and God, for you alone are worthy. In time beyond our dreaming you brought forth life out of darkness, and in the love of Christ your Son you set man and woman at the heart of your creation... And so we praise you with the faithful of every time and place, joining with choirs of angels and the whole creation in the eternal hymn:!12 !!13 We thank you that you called a covenant people to be a light to the nations. Through Moses you taught us to love your law, and in the prophets you cried out for justice. In the fullness of your mercy you became one with us in Jesus Christ, who gave himself up for us on the cross. You make us alive together with him, that we may rejoice in his presence and share his peace. By water and the Spirit you open the kingdom to all who believe, and welcome us to your table: for by grace we are saved, through faith. We bless you, Sovereign God, ruler of the universe, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who on the night of his betrayal took bread, gave you thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take this and eat it. This is my body given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying: Drink from this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant poured out for you and for everyone for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, for the remembrance of me. With this bread and this cup we do as our Saviour commands: we celebrate the redemption he has won for us.!14 Pour out the Holy Spirit on us and on these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be for us the body and blood of Christ. Make us one with him, one with each other, and one in ministry in the world, until at last we feast with him in the kingdom. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, in your holy Church, all honour and glory are yours, Father almighty, now and for ever. As our Saviour Christ has taught us, so we are confident to pray Lord s Prayer Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.!15 The congregation sits Breaking of the Bread The bread we break is a sharing in the body of Christ. The cup we take is a sharing in the blood of Christ. The gifts of God for the people of God. Distribution of the elements Please retain the bread and wine after receiving it so that we may all eat and drink together.!16 Communion Motet (during the distribution) A New Commandment Text: John 13:34,35 Arranged Michael Deasey A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another as I have loved you, That you love one another as I have loved you. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another. Communion The body of Christ keep you in eternal life. Amen The blood of Christ keep you in eternal life. Amen Prayer after Communion The Sending Forth of the People of God Hymn 631 Father, Lord of all creation (Abbot s Leigh 153)!17 ! Blessing and remain with you always. Amen. Dismissal Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ. Sung Amen Organ Postlude Prelude in G minor BuxWV 148 Dieterich Buxtehude ( ) Adapted from Uniting in Worship 2 (2005) Bible Readings taken from the New Revised Standard Version (1989)!18
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