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SUNDAY MORNING
The Resurrection of the Lord
 

OPENING RESPONSES

O Lord, open my lips.
 And my mouth shall declare your praise.

Awake sleeper;
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.

Eph. 5. 14
The night has passed and the day lies open before us;
so let us pray with one heart and mind:

All may bow.

Glory be to God - Maker, Christ and Holy Spirit -
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever,
world without end.  Amen.

CHANT

Halle-halle-halle lu-jah
Halle-halle-halle lu-jah
Halle-halle-halle lu-jah
Hallelujah, halle-lu-jah.

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SCRIPTURE READING(S) OF THE DAY

Silent reflection.

Either this Morning Canticle or the Benedictus shall be said or sung:

THIRD CANTICLE OF ISAIAH

Arise, shine, for your light has come;
 and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
though darkness covers the earth
 and dark night is over the nations.

But upon you the Lord will rise,
 and the glory of the Lord will appear over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and rulers to the brightness of your dawn.

No longer will violence be heard in your land,
 nor ruin or destruction within your borders.
You will name your walls Salvation,
and all your gates Praise.

No more will the sun be your light by day,
 nor by night will you need the brightness of the moon,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.

Isaiah 60.1-3,18,19

THE CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH  Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
 you have come to your people and set them free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of your servant David.

Through your holy prophets,
you promised of old to save us from our enemies,
from the bands of all who hate us,
to show mercy to our forebears,
and to remember your holy covenant.

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:
 to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship you without fear,
holy and righteous before you all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
 for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,
to give Godís people knowledge of salvation
 by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
 the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
 and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1. 68-79
The Psalms, Readings and Canticles conclude with the Gloria Patri:

Glory be to God - Maker, Christ and Holy Spirit -
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever,
world without end.  Amen.

PRAYERS

All may kneel.

Lord, have mercy
 Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy.

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.

Eternal God,
at the first creation
you set the world's corner-stone in place,
while the morning stars sang together
and the angels of God all shouted for joy.
In the new creation
your grace has dawned upon the world
with healing for all.
May Christ, the sun of righteousness,
shine in our hearts for ever
and draw us to that light
where you live in radiant glory.
Amen.

Prayers of thanksgiving and intercession may be offered.

The prayers conclude with the MORNING COLLECT:

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you;
exalted for you or brought low for you;
let me be full, let me be empty;
let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.

And now most glorious God
- Maker, Christ and Holy Spirit Ė
you are mine and I am yours.
Glory be to you, O Lord - glory be!

BLESSING

Let us bless the Lord:
God's name be praised!

Acknowledgements:

Halle, Halle, Halle, musical arrangement by Terry MacArthur,
 From Together in Song.- Australian Hymn Book II
 Melbourne: HarperCollinsReligious, 1999.

The confession for Sunday morning adapted from
 Book of Common Worship of the Presbyterian Church USA,
 Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox, 1993.

The collect for Sunday morning from
Book of Common Order of the Church of Scotland,
Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1994.

The morning collect adapted from
Uniting in Worship : peopleís book,
Melbourne:  Uniting Church Press, 1988.


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SUNDAY EVENING
The Resurrection of the Lord
 

OPENING RESPONSES

O God, make speed to save us.
 O Lord, make haste to help us.

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1.3
The day has now passed and the night is at hand;
so let us pray with one heart and mind:

All may bow.

Glory be to God - Maker, Christ and Holy Spirit -
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever,
world without end.  Amen.

CHANT

Bless the Lord, my soul
and bless Godís holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul
who leads me into life.

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SCRIPTURE READING(S) OF THE DAY

Silent reflection.  

Either this Evening Canticle or the Magnificat  is said or sung:

CANTICLE OF THE CHURCH   Te Deum Laudamus

We praise you O God:
 we acclaim you as Lord.
All creation worships you:
the Maker everlasting.
To you the angels, all the powers of heaven:
 the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:
 heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you:
the noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you:
throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Maker, of majesty unbounded:
 your true and only Child, worthy of all praise,
 the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory:
the eternal Child of the Maker.
When you took our flesh to set us free:
 you humbly chose the maiden's womb.
You overcame the sting of death:
 and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory:
we believe that you will come to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints to everlasting glory.
 

CANTICLE OF MARY   Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord:
my spirit rejoices in God my saviour;
for you, Lord, have looked with favour on your lowly servant:
 From this day, all generations will call me blessed;
for you, the Almighty, have done great things for me
 and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you,
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm
 and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
 and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things
 and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the aid of your servant Israel,
to remember the promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forbears,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55
The Psalms, Readings and Canticles conclude with the Gloria Patri:

Glory be to God - Maker, Christ and Holy Spirit -
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever,
world without end.  Amen.

PRAYERS

All may kneel.

Lord, have mercy
 Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy.

The Lord's Prayer  is said or sung.

Prayers of thanksgiving and intercession may be offered.

The prayers conclude with this Evening Collect:

As you have made this day, O God,
you also make the night.
Give light for our comfort.
Come upon us with quietness and still our souls,
that we may listen for the whisper of your Spirit
and be attentive to your nearness in our dreams.
Empower us to rise again in new life to proclaim your praise,
and show Christ to the world,
for he reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

BLESSING

Let us bless the Lord:
God's name be praised!



Acknowledgements:

Bless the Lord my Soul by Jacques Berthier of the Taize Community, from:
Together in Song.- Australian Hymn Book II,
 Melbourne: HarperCollinsReligious, 1999.

The evening collect for Sunday from
Book of Common Worship of the Presbyterian Church USA
Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/John Knox, 1993.


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