We acknowledge this land that God has created and blessed. We pay our respects to the Wallumettagal people of the Eora Nation, the first inhabitants of this place. We honour their custodianship of the land on which we gather today and its surrounding waters, and offer our respect to their Elders, past, present, and emerging.
God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16, NIV)
we have gathered here to worship our Lord
and Risen Saviour, Jesus Christ.
As we begin, let’s read together.
Let’s proclaim this truth with
boldness and joy:
All: Jesus, You are the Son of the Living God!
(Matthew 16:16, para.)
# 361 The day of resurrection! (ELLACOMBE)
The day of resurrection!
earth, tell it out abroad;
the passover of gladness,
the passover God:
from death to life eternal,
from earth up to the sky,
our Christ has brought us over
with hymns of victory.
Our hearts be pure from evil
tat we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal
of resurrection light;
and listening to his greeting
may hear, so calm and strong,
his own ‘All hail’ and, hearing,
may raise the victors’ song.
Now let the heavens be joyful
and earth her song repeat,
the whole world shout in triumph
her living Lord to greet;
let all things seen and unseen
their notes of gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord has risen,
our joy that has no end.
All: Jesus, You humbled Yourself for us.
You made Yourself a servant.
(Philippians 2:5-8, para.)
God says, “Look, here is my servant. He is the One I have chosen, and I delight in Him! I will put my own Spirit on Him, and He will bring justice to all the nations.”
“He won’t act like other conquerors. He won’t shout or call attention to Himself or rally an army in the streets. He will be so gentle that He wouldn’t tear a bent blade of grass or extinguish a smoldering candle.”
“Yet He will not fade, and He will not fail and He will not grow discouraged until He has established My justice throughout all peoples. The farthest corners of the earth will put their hope in Him.”
(Isaiah 42:1-4, para.)
Colin Buchanan “He Died on the Cross”
All: Jesus, You are the Word of God.
You are God’s expression of love for us.
(John 1:14, para.)
One of the most fascinating things about Jesus is the way He talked to people, especially individuals, one on one. He talked with lawyers and criminals, religious leaders, fishermen, tax collectors, soldiers, and children. He spoke with women, even when it was against the social conventions of His day.
He always spoke to these people with personal respect—respect for the independence and dignity of the individual.
He never pushed anybody. He spoke with understanding, consideration, and patience. He took time. He provided reason. And He always spoke face-to-face, not looking over their shoulders or talking over their heads. He didn’t “hammer” or “preach at” individuals. He was never harsh or condemning … at least not with the humble.
He was not rejected by the unrespectable people of His day. He was attracted to them, genuinely drawn to them...not to a class of people, but to individual persons. In our imagination, He would have asked and called each one by their name.
He loved them just where they were, as they were, but He cared too much to abandon them there. He drew them on, drew them in, toward the simple truth and toward a life-giving trust in himself.
That’s still the way He comes to us—individually, personally, with kindness and respect and genuine love.
(From “The Way He Speaks”, from the pocketsize evangelistic book, Knowing God,
© 1993, 1996, 1998 by Ken Bible, c/o LNWbooks.com.)
All: Jesus, You are our Healer.
You came to touch us and make us whole.
(Isaiah 53:5, para.)
As Jesus was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him— and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus said to him, “Rise and go, your faith has made you well.”
(Luke 17:12-16, 19, NIV adapted)
For part of our prayer today, I’ve drawn on Candles in the Dark: Faith, hope and love in a time of pandemic (2020)- a new book by Rowan Williams, a former Archbishop of Canterbury and Cambridge professor.
Gracious and most loving heavenly Father,
We thank you that you love us all the time; that Jesus loved being surrounded by children and young people and blessing them; and that he showed us how we should love you – and each other.
On this Easter morning, we see with fresh eyes, that you our loving Father have disrupted this world in the most creative way: that your Son Jesus is truly alive again-and for all time – and with the life from You that floods the entire universe.
The Cross and the empty tomb is a new beginning for all of us. We see how passionately and unceasingly you love us. And can transform us….
We know our identity is to stand with Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life. This is where we belong.
And as Rowan Williams says, Standing in the Truth is like standing in a waterfall: the life of God is around us, soaking and overwhelming us. We can’t grab it and hold onto it, we can’t contain it…. it is the world held eternally in the life of the Father, the Word and the Spirit. Help us Heavenly Father to remember this as we seek to refine our purpose through you.
And we thank you that from that first Easter morning, for the first time, a world-wide community became possible, gathered around the Cross and the Resurrection. We need time just to realise the stunning newness of this possibility; this gift; your gift of the Church.
And so we pray earnestly for your church today.
In our world cycle of prayer, we remember the Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia.
We give thanks for:
We pray for:
We remember Christians who are facing dreadful persecution in so many countries because of their faith. We pray for their safety and continued courage - and the work of Open Doors Australia in providing much needed unobtrusive support in many overseas situations.
Nearby, we thank you for our friends in the Life Congregational Church (aka Hunters Hill Congregational Church) and for their devotion, care and support for many in Hunters Hill.
Continue to bless our dear Minister Seung Jae, Grace and their family; other dear ministers, gifted lay preachers and others with leadership responsibilities in our church – and our thoughtful and loving congregation. We were so blessed to have their enthusiasm for a Growing Young approach to support young people and their families further deepen their faith now and into the future. We ask your blessing on this fresh approach and on everyone involved.
Bless our friends who cannot be with us today – and those who are going through challenging circumstances. Comfort them through your deep love; bring them peace and ease their anxieties.
There are so many people and really important issues to pray for. Really important issues. Nudge us to make more time this week for some deep prayers from our hearts.
In closing, an Easter prayer from one of Robyn’s favourites -Bruce Prewer:
Baptized By the Morning
Risen Lord Jesus, as the rising sun
baptizes trees and shrubs
in rippling light, let us be baptized
by Your resurrection light.
May we trust in You above all other goals,
seek You in all things,
find You in every situation,
meet You among all people,
know You over everything -
and love You with adoration
beyond all telling."
In Jesus’ name we pray,
All: Jesus, You are King, the promised Messiah!
We welcome You with praise!
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked,
“Who is this?”
(Matthew 21:1-3, 6-10, NIV)
Who is this man? (Londonderry Air)
Who is this man,
who gathered people to him,
and touched their lives
along each dusty way;
who spoke to all
with passion and with peacefulness
and valued all their ordinary days?
Who is this man,
who, at the long day’s ending,
would draw apart
to wait on God and pray,
and, in that mystery
that knows no ending,
would find God’s wisdom
and would know God’s words to say?
Who is this man,
who gave to women dignity
of worth and equal grace,
who listened to
the stories that they told him
and honoured all,
whatever was their place?
Who let them choose
to come and join his company,
and learned with them
God’s love for every race,
who showed to each
the courage of their nature
to care and tend each lonely
and each suffering face.
Who is this man,
who spoke to men of gentleness
and showed them all
the children at this side;
who taught of love
and justice for all people
and took a towel
and washed away their pride?
In him they saw
the strength of truth and mercy,
and how he trusted
God to be his guide,
knew how he led them
and then forgave them
when they ran away to hide.
Who is this man
who calls us now to follow,
a shadow presence
asking us to be
companions on the way
through this life’s journey,
to live in truth,
to set our tired world free?
So let us find each other
now in partnership
with ears to hear
and eyes awake to see,
that we might grow
in grace and understanding
and walk beside that man
who comes from Galilee.
Word: Mary Pearson
All: Jesus, You are the Lamb of God.
You laid down your life
as a sacrifice for us.
(John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7b, para.)
538 Feed us now, Bread of life
Feed us now, Bread of life
in this holy meal;
let us know your love anew:
we hunger for you.
Feed us now, Bread of life,
come and live within;
let your peace be ours today,
Lord Jesus, we pray.
Piece of bread, cup of wine:
Lord, this food is good:
love and mercy come to us –
your promise we trust.
Piece of bread, cup of wine:
who can understand
how his mercy works in these?
Yet, Lord, we believe.
God is here, O so near,
nearer than our thoughts.
Stay with us where’er we go;
Lord, help us to grow.
God is here, O so near,
in this heaven’s meal.
May we always feed on you –
on the bread that is true.
Beloved in Christ!
We, the people of God here at Boronia Park Uniting Church
have formed a Christ community
on the Wallumettagal land of Eora nation.
Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed.
Let us therefore celebrate the feast.
Hands on congregation
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us,
Hands over elements
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ,
redeemed by his blood.
Hands out to congregation
By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory
and we feast at his heavenly meal.
Through your Son Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in your holy church,
all honour and glory is yours, Almighty Father,
now and for ever.
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
In today’s Communion,
I and the elders are going to serve bread and cup
to you as you are seated.
Once you receive them, eat and drink with your faithful 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 forever. Amen.
All: Jesus, You are the Resurrection and the Life.
You were dead, and now You are alive forevermore.
(John 11:25; Revelation 1:18, para.)
Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.
(Matthew 28:1-6, NLT)
The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Jesus, because You live, we will live also.
(John 14:19, para.)
We were…buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
(Romans 6:4-6, NIV)
Amazing Grace (My Chains are gone)
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I'm found
Was blind but now I see
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone I've been set free
My God my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
My chains are gone I've been set free …
(Sing chorus two times)
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine
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Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
in the power of his resurrection.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
Christ is risen!
Christ is risen!
The congregation continue singing the chorus of My Chains Are Gone.