66A – Sunday 33A

65A - Sunday 32A67A - Reign of Christ
 
Psalm 123
I look to you enthroned in heaven.
Just as servants look to the hand of their master,
as a servant girl looks to the hand of her mistress,
so we look to the LORD our God,
until the LORD will be gracious to us.
Be gracious to us, O God, be gracious,
because we have had more than enough contempt:
we are choked
with the ridicule of the flippant,
with the contempt of the arrogant.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1999.

A Prayer of Petition (based on Psalm 123)
I look to you, LORD God, enthroned in heaven;
and yet everpresent in our lives.
Just as servants look to the hand of their master,
as a servant girl looks to the hand of her mistress,
so we look to the LORD our God
until the LORD will be gracious to us.
We look to you, O God, 
dependent upon you for all the we have
and all that we can be.
Be gracious to us, O God, be gracious,
because we have had more than enough contempt;
Remember your covenant, LORD God;
we cannot change the ways of the world,
but strengthen us to put our trust in you 
when it is hard to stomach that disregard.
We are choked
with the ridicule of the flippant,
    with the contempt of the arrogant;
Fill us, Lord God, with your love;
breathe your Spirit into into our living,
so that others may know that you are God

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1999.



A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 25:14-30
Materials/Preparation: 
Create a “banner” using coloured paper or cloth, in style illustrated. This could be done before-hand or created during the reading of the text in worship.

The divisions across the bottom represent the talents distributed by the master to his stewards. One was buried in the ground (brown), the other seven were put to work in the light (yellow). After the master’s return, there is darkness for one steward, but for the others there are added responsibility, risk and opportunity – as well as sharing in the master’s joy (“rainbow” time).

Members of the congregation could be invited to reflect on the talents they use in expressing their faith in daily life. These could be expressed in a word or phrase on “sticky notes” which they then add to the “rainbow” portion of the banner.

Some might also feel moved to reflect on talents they have not shared. As an act of confession they might want to express those on “sticky notes” which they then place on the black part of the banner. (This would depend on the congregational setting, and how “safe” folk feel about that kind of public confession.


THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer will borrow lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

God of all grace,
in you is hope and life.
In that hope we remember
those we have named on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts…..
Help us sit quietly with the weary and grieving …
return to our memory those whom we have forgotten …
and In your steadfast love
be present to those who have no-one …
(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

   
HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 33 – YEAR A
   
Come,thou long expected Jesus TIS 272 AHB 200
God is love, let heaven adore him TIS 153 AHB 93
Lo! he comes with clouds descending TIS 273 AHB 201
O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising TIS 620 AHB 553
O day of God, draw nigh TIS 616 AHB 547
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King.. TIS 111 AHB 28
Rejoice, the Lord is King TIS 216 AHB 147
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS 606 AHB 529
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431 AHB 339
Judges 4:1-7
Beauty for brokenness TIS 690
God gives us a future TIS 687
God has spoken by his prophets TIS l58 AHB 92
God moves in a mysterious way TIS 126 AHB 54
Inspired by love and anger TIS 674
Woman in the night TIS 661
Psalm 123
God, you are clothed with light TIS 193 AHB 423
Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us TIS 729
We praise, we worship you, O God TIS 98 AHB 1
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442 AHB 367
Be thou my vision TIS 547 AHB 455
God sends us his Spirit to befriend and TIS 412 AHB 324
I know that my Redeemer lives TIS 376 AHB 299
Let us talents and tongues employ TIS 537 SA 59
No weight of gold or silver TIS 249
This day God gives me strength of high heaven TIS 642 AHB 570
Matthew 25: 14-30
Christ’s is the world in which we move TIS 677
Come to us, creative Spirit TIS 652
God of grace and God of glory TIS 611 AHB 543
God who stretched the spangled heavens TIS 163 AHB 112
O day of God, draw near TIS 616 AHB 547
Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer TIS 627 AHB 569

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