The quiet reflection service is a guided meditation on the readings for the week, accompanied by a couple of hymns. It starts at 1pm on Thursdays, and runs for about 40 minutes.
The first Quiet Reflection for 2017 was at 1pm on Thursday, 2nd February, and will continue every week until the 21st December.
Communion Service: Starting on the 1st June 2017, and thence the 1st Thursday of each month, we will be celebrating Communion at 1pm on Thursdays.
Following is the service for the 30th November 2017. Advent is a time to watch and wait If you click on it, it should open in your browser. (To return to the page, press the ‘back’ button in your browser.)
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A Service of Word and Sacrament
Leura Uniting Church
1pm 7 December, ‘17
Gathering as God’s People Let us worship God
Hymn 181 Come, O God of all the earth
Prayer of Adoration
You are holy,
O Lord, our Creator and Father,
giving us mercies without number.
You are holy,
O Saviour Jesus Christ,
loving us and setting us free.
You are holy,
O Spirit of truth and peace,
leading us in ways that are right.
O holy, eternal Trinity,
we praise you for ever and ever
Prayer of Confession
Let us in silence confess our sin
and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Loving God, we are sorry for the wrong we have done.
and ask for forgiveness.
Declaration of Forgiveness
Hear then Christ’s word of grace to us: “Your sins are forgiven.”
Thanks be to God
Receiving God’s Word
The Proclamation of John the Baptist
1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Comment by Joan Chittister, OSB
Advent is about learning to wait .It is about not having to know exactly what is coming tomorrow, only that whatever it is, it is of the essence of sanctification for us. Every piece of it, some hard, some uplifting, is sign of the work of God alive in us. We are becoming as we go. We learn in Advent to stay in the present, knowing that only the present, well lived can possibly lead us to the fullness of life.
Advent relieves us of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world. It slows us down. It makes us think. It makes us look beyond today to the “great tomorrow” of life.
Without Advent, moved only by the race to nowhere that exhausts the world around us, we could be so frantic with trying to consume and control this life that we fail to develop within ourselves a taste for the spirit that does not die and will not slip through our fingers like melted snow.
Waiting hones our insights. It gives us the time and space, the perspective and patience that enable us to discriminate between the good, the better, and the best. It is so simple to go through life blind to the wealth of its parts, swallowing life whole, oblivious to its punctuation points. Then we fail to call ourselves to the small, daily demands of compassion or choice, trust or effort.
It is waiting that attunes us to the invisible in a highly material world.
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
The Peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you
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.
We thank you for the true light
that enlightens the whole world
in the preaching of John the Baptist
you prepared the way of the Lord Jesus Christ
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
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed, the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
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
gave you thanks,
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,
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.
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
Pour out your 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 is yours, Father almighty,
now and forever. Amen.
The 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.
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us
Jesus, bearer of our sins have mercy on us
Jesus, redeemer of the world grant us peace
Receive this holy sacrament
of the body and blood of Christ,
and feed on him in your hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.
The body of Christ keep you in eternal life Amen
The blood of Christ keep you in eternal life Amen
Prayer after Communion
God of grace,
you renew us at your table with the bread of life.
May this food strengthen us in love
and help us to serve you in each other.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen
Being sent on God’s Mission
From where we are to where you need us
Christ be beside us.
From what we are to what you can make of us,
Christ be before us.
From the mouthing of generalities
to making signs of your kingdom,
Christ be beneath us.
Surround us with your presence,
inspire us with your purpose,
confirm us in your love. Amen Iona prayer
Hymn 272 Come, thou long expected Jesus