14A - Epiphany 6A — 16A - Epiphany 8A
See also my post from 2014 here …
(To conclude a time silent Confession)
Teach me, O God, the way of your laws
so that keeping it will be reward enough for me.
Give me understanding to live your law,
to keep it with all my heart.
Guide me in the way of your commandments;
that is what I ask for.
Turn my heart towards your ways
rather than material gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things:
give me life in your ways.
Keep your promise to your servant
because I hold you in holy awe.
Take away the disgrace that I dread
because your judgements are good.
See how I long for your ways;
in your faithfulness give me life.
Notes, coins, food and actions:
holy source of life,
may the offering of our gifts and ourselves
never become the same old same old,
Breathe your Spirit of mystery and grace
into our serving,
our following Jesus. Amen
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 5:38-48
Suggested symbols for the worship centre:
Copies of several Federal or State pieces of legislation, a bible open at Leviticus 19. Any other symbols appropriate to your context.
Place these symbols on a hessian cloth draped from the worship centre table onto the floor.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer, usually with connection to one or more of the lections for the day, to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession. Sometimes this prayer also borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Source of life,
draw near to the helpless,
in the compassion of others.
Word of life,
draw near to the refugee,
in the hospitality of others
Breath of life,
draw near to the unloved and unlovable,
by the love of others.
Source of life,
Word of life,
Breath of life
draw near to us and strengthen us
to be the other,
loving the unlovable, the refugee, the helpless;
helping the world move
from tit for tat to disarming compassion;
following the way of Jesus …
(The Prayers of the People continue)
Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms
There is a dearth of hymns specifically written relating to this week’s gosepel lection.
That’s just the way it is …
|(TENTATIVE) SUGGESTIONS FOR EPIPHANY 7A|
|Father, Lord of all creation||TIS 631||AHB 567|
|God himself is present||TIS 121||AHB 47|
|May the mind of Christ my Saviour||TIS 609||AHB 537|
|O bless the LOrd, my soul||TIS 64||AHB 63|
|Fold to your heart your sister and your brother||TIS 587||AHB 503|
|O love, how deep, how broad, how high||TIS 194||AHB 6|
|This is my will, my one command||TIS 641||AHB 401|
|LEVITICUS 19:1-2, 9-18|
|O God of love, whose heart is ever yearn||TIS 614|
|Help us, O Lord, to learn||TIS 428||AHB|
|Jesus, my Lord, let me be near you||TIS 656||SA 54|
|1 CORINTHIANS 3:10-11, 16-23|
|Breathe on me, breath of God||TIS 407||AHB 320|
|The church’s one foundation||TIS 457||AHB 385|
|God, your glory we have seen in your Son||TIS 461|
|All depends on our possessing||TIS 556|
|How firm a foundation, you people of God||TIS 578||AHB 491|
|Well, Jesus is the rock||TIS 669|
|Brother, sister, let me serve you||TIS 650||SA 14|