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Lent 3, Year A
South Sydney Uniting Church
March 27, 2011

The Gathering of the People of God


Come, let us sing joyfully to God!
Raise a shout to our rock, our deliverance!
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving,
and sing our praises with joy.

SONG ‘Let us sing to the God of salvation’ (52)


In the name of God:
Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life. Amen.

Grace and peace to you from God.
God fill you with peace and joy.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous custodians; welcome to visitors. Christ candle is lit.


Silence for personal confession.

Let us pray to God
that Jesus may be the source of life to all.

Spring of living water,
give us always the water that purifies our heart.
Show us compassion, O God.

Spring of living water,
give us the water that makes our faith grow.
Show us compassion, O Christ.

Spring of living water,
give us the water that quenches our thirst
for the fullness of your life and love.
Show us compassion, O God.

Show us compassion, O God,
and give us the living water
of your forgiveness.
Water your life in us
and let it well up to everlasting life.
Forgive in us what has gone wrong.
Repair in us what is wasted.
Reveal in us what is good.

CHANT ‘Well-Springs’ (Don Stewart)

 Like the woman of old
 Each day we go to the well-springs of life
 To find Jesus there ...


Through the cross of Christ,
God have mercy on you,
pardon you and set you free.
Know that you are forgiven
and be at peace.
The proof of God’s love is that Christ died for us
even while we were sinners.
Thanks be to God!


Let us pray to God
that the life of Christ in us
may be full to overflowing.

God of life
and giver of all that is good,
we want to drink your life to the full.
Let Jesus, your living word,
speak to us from heart to heart.
Give us a thirst
for the things that matter:
for faith and for meaning in our lives,
for hope in a better world
filled with your justice and peace,
for a spirit of committed love
that knows how to share itself.
Give us all these
through Jesus Christ our Sovereign
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and always. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Your word, O God, is a lamp to our feet:
a light to our path.

FIRST READING Exodus 17: 37

May your word live in us, O God;
and bear much fruit to your glory.

We stand.


Let us stand to acclaim God’s saving justice,
attested by the Law and the prophets,
and now revealed through faith in Jesus Christ
to all who believe.

GOSPEL John 4:542

The Wisdom of God:
God’s word made new.



We observe a period of silence for contemplation and reflection.
During this time, we sit or kneel as we are comfortable.



Let us pray in spirit and in truth to God, the source of all life,
and let us say: God of life, hear our prayer.

When we are in trouble, that someone may come along and talk to us,
let us pray: God of life, hear our prayer.

When we meet someone in trouble, that we may sit down by his or her side
and listen with understanding and patience,
let us pray: God of life, hear our prayer.

... If we are a real Church community, that we may become to all who are thirsty
a source of living water, let us pray: God of life, hear our prayer.

God, all good things come from your hand.
Show us new ways to you and to one another
and let us encounter one another,
as you encounter us in Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist


God of all creation, you bring forth
bread from the earth and fruit from the vine.
By your Holy Spirit, this bread and wine
will be for us the body and blood of Christ.
All you have made is good.
Your love endures for ever.


The peace of the Anointed One be always with you.
And also with you.


God has satisfied our hunger and thirst
for all that is true and good by giving us Jesus.
Let us give thanks with all our hearts.


God is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to God.
Let us give thanks to the God of love.
It is right to offer thanks and praise.

Holy God, we praise you:

 L Father and Mother;
 R Grace and Truth;
 L Life and Love;
 R Giving, forgiving, creating ...

Let the heavens be joyful, and the earth be glad.
We bless you for creating the whole world,
for your promises to your people Israel,
and for the life we know in Jesus Christ.

Born of Mary,
 L he shares our life.
Eating with sinners,
 R he welcomes us.
Leading his followers,
 L he guides us.
Dying on the cross,
 R he rescues us.
Risen from the dead,
  he gives new life.

You make us your disciples
and call us to deny ourselves,
to take up our cross and follow Jesus.
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 (761):

 Holy, holy, holy God,
 wisdom, strength and hope,
 heaven and earth are full of your glory;
 Hosanna in the highest.
 Blessed is the One
 who comes in the name of our God.
 Hosanna in the highest.

To you be glory, almighty God,
because on the night before he died ...

With thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup
and proclaim his death and resurrection.
Receive our sacrifice of praise.

 L Send to us the Holy Spirit that this meal may be holy,
  and your people may become one.
 R Unite us in faith, inspire us to love,
  encourage us with hope,
  that we may receive Christ as he comes to us
  in this holy banquet.

We praise you, almighty God,
through Christ, and in the Holy Spirit.


O God our Mother
and our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your dominion 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.



Jesus, Lamb of God,
show us compassion.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,
show us compassion.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.



God of life,
when the Samaritan woman learned who Jesus was,
she believed in him
and her life was changed.
Your Christ has spoken to us here
and revived our strength.
May we also learn who is speaking to us
in the people who cry out for help.
May we recognise your Christ in them
and walk by their side on the way to you,
our Father and Mother, now and always. Amen.

The Sending Forth of the People of God



Go out into the world
and in your words and your living
make it known that Christ is the saviour of the world.
Make it your food to do the work of God who sends you,
and drink deeply of the water of life.

And the blessing of God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life,
go with you, today and always.


Go forth in peace to live your Lenten discipline.
We go in faith and hope. Amen.

During Lent we depart in silence.



Based on UIW2;
and Liturgy Alive for Sundays (www.bible.claret.org).
Blessing based on prayer by Nathan Nettleton at Laughing Bird
Image: He Qi, Jesus and the Samaritan woman.