10B – Epiphany 2B

09B - Baptism of Jesus11B - Epiphany 3B
 
See also my post from 2012
 
THE GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE (Psalm 139:1-6)
Lord God, you know me through and through;
you know my sitting down, and my getting up.
You sense what I am thinking from far away;
you understand my journeying and my resting.
In fact, you are familiar with the way I do everything;
even before I speak, you know what’s on my mind.
You are in my past, and in my future,
you surround me with your love 
and your reassuring hand is upon me.
This wonderful knowledge is beyond my understanding;
it surpasses everything, and is beyond my grasp.

OR PRAYER OF INVOCATION (from Ps. 139:13-14)
Ever present God of grace,
by your Spirit you gather us to worship you;
you who formed my very consciousness,
and wove me together in my mother’s womb

you who are so awesomely wonderful
you whose creativity is so marvellous.
Engage us by your word and change us:
open our ears to hear you
open our eyes to see what we might become
open our hearts to follow your ways. Amen.

PRAYER OF ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING
Lord God, you know me through and through;
you know my sitting down, and my getting up.
You sense what I am thinking from far away;
you understand my journeying and my resting.
In fact, you are familiar with the way I do everything;
even before I speak, you know what’s on my mind.
You are in my past, and in my future,
you surround me with your love
and your reassuring hand is upon me.

 
For our life together in Christ,
and for the breathe of your Spirit among us,
we thank you,
holy and blessed Trinity. Amen

OFFERING
Gracious and eternal God,
we bring our gifts with hopeful and faithful spirits.
Bless the offering of these gifts and our lives
that new hope and new possibilities are made real
in the lives of those whom we serve
in your name. Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000.


EPIPHANY
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
How often we scorn or deprecate ‘the other’:
someone from the other side of town,
from over the river,
from the across the rail line,
from the community whose football team
is our archrival,
or from a country and culture
that is not ‘ours’.
And yet
if we dare investigate more closely
we may find in ‘the other’
not just ourselves
but also the glory of God.
“Come and see.”

Jeff Shrowder, © 2012


A CREATIVE MOMENT – Psalm 139:1-18 (rather than omitting verses 7-12)
Materials/Preparation: 
(a) images for projection which illustrate aspects of the psalm;
(b) a screen or wall space for the projection of these images
(c) a means of projection e.g. overhead transparency projector, 35mm slide projector, data projector;
(d) have two people prepare the psalm as an antiphonal reading (For the most part this will mean “verse and verse about”, but verses 5-14 have natural divisions which invite the use of alternating voices);
(e) darken or dim the worship space as you are able.

Project the images while the psalm is being read. An unhurried reading, with brief pauses at the end of each verse/line will enable the congregation to reflect momentarily on the words and projected images.


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.)

Compassionate and including God, who knows our inmost being,
By your Word and your Spirit you sustain those who live at the edges
Comfort and encourage those whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts,
and those whose troubles are known only to you …
(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 EPIPHANY 2 – YEAR B
   
All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442 AHB 367
Be thou my vision TIS 547 AHB 455
Breathe on me,breath of God TIS 407 AHB 320
Christ be my leader by night as by day TIS 624 SA 17
Christ whose glory fills the skies TIS 212 AHB 140
Far beyond the mind’s grasp and our tongue’s TIS 542 SA 30
Father of peace and God of love TIS 482 AHB 407
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158 AHB 92
God of mercy, God of grace TIS 452 AHB 379
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult TIS 589 AHB 505
Just as I am TIS 584 AHB 497
Let him to whom we know belong TIS 563 AHB 146
Master speak, thy servant heareth TIS 597 AHB 516
This is the day the Lord has made TIS 368 AHB 289
Thou art the way; by thee alone TIS 226 AHB 161
To God be the glory, great things he has done TIS 147 AHB 85
1 Samuel 3:1-10 11-20
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158 AHB 92
I, the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658
Master, speak, thy servant heareth TIS 597 AHB 516
Praise the Spirit in creation TIS 415
Take my life and let it be TIS 599 AHB 520
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
I am alone, yet not alone TIS 605
Immortal, invisible, God only wise TIS 143 AHB 80
Lord of creation, to you be all praise TIS 626 AHB 557
O love that wilt not let me go TIS 602 AHB 525
One God, one living God TIS 742
You are before me, Lord, you are behind TIS 87 SA 97
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Blest are the pure in heart TIS 448 AHB 376
Breathe on me, breath of God TIS 407 AHB 320
Far beyond our mind’s grasp TIS 542 SA 30
Let him to whom we now belong TIS 563 AHB 146
May the mind of Christ, my Saviour TIS 609 AHB 537
The royal banners forward go TIS 332 AHB 251
To God be the glory, great things he has done TIS 147 AHB 85
John 1:43-51
Christ be my leader by night as by day TIS 624 SA 17
Help us accept each other TIS 648
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult TIS 589 AHB 505
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207 AHB 136
Just as I am, without one plea TIS 584 AHB 497
We have a gospel to proclaim TIS 245 AHB 189

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