11B – Epiphany 3B

10B - Epiphany 2B12B - Epiphany 4B
 
See also my post from 2012
 
PSALM 62:5-12 (A version for today)
Wait calmly for God alone, my soul;
for my hope is from the LORD.
Only God is my safe place;
my strong place from which I cannot be shaken.
My welfare and worth depend on God, my strong rock;
my refuge is in God.
Ever trust in God, O people,
pour out your hearts before the LORD;
God is our refuge!
(silence)
Greatest or least, each person is but a breath, an illusion;
on the scales, in all, they are still less than a puff of wind.
Don’t trust in extortion or robbery; don’t idolise wealth;
even if it increases, don’t set your heart on it.
(silence)
One thing God has spoken; twice I have heard this
— that strength belongs to God;
and steadfast love is yours also, O Lord,
for you reward each according to their deeds.

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 62:5-8)
Wait calmly for God alone, my soul;
for my hope is from the LORD.
Only God is my safe place;
my strong place from which I cannot be shaken.
My welfare and worth depend on God, my strong rock;
my refuge is in God.
Ever trust in God, O people,
pour out your joys and your sorrows before the LORD;
God is our refuge!

SENDING OUT (Psalm 62:9-12)
One thing God has spoken; twice I have heard this
— that strength belongs to God;
and steadfast love is yours also, O Lord.
The grace of Christ rest on you;
the steadfast love of God, creator and giver of life, embrace you;
and the presence of the Holy Spirit surprise and encourage you
this day and all your days.
Amen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

OFFERING
Lord God,
we bring these gifts,
and our very beings.
All we have, and are, comes from you
alone.
 
Grant us
wisdom to use
these gifts to your glory,
and the growth of your realm in Christ
Jesus.

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


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)


A CREATIVE MOMENT – Jonah 3
Materials/Preparation: 
Have the whole of chapter 3 read (it loses so much by being cut up as per the lectionary) at a point in the service before the Prayer of Confession (which could properly come after the sermon, as part of the response to the word). I’d love to see everything and everyone wrapped in sackcloth for this but I guess there are practical considerations . . . However, with some advance notice and preparation it might be possible to have everyone cover their heads with a large piece of plain material (e.g. calico) for the prayer of confession (to be removed after the declaration of forgiveness).


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 3 – YEAR B
   
Be thou my vision TIS 547 AHB 455
Blessed Jesus, at your word TIS 437 AHB 352
Come,thou long expected Jesus TIS 272 AHB 200
Father of mercy, God of consolation TIS 472 SA 33
Forth in thy name O Lord I go TIS 571 AHB 480
God whose farm is all creation TIS 159
Immortal, invisible, God only wise TIS 143 AHB 80
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult TIS 589 AHB 505
Let us with a gladsome mind TIS 83 AHB 11
Lord of earth and all creation TIS 672 SA 62
O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising TIS 620 AHB 553
O Lord Jesus Marrkapmirr TIS 253 SA 70
Praise our God, the great creator TIS 165
Safe in the shadow of the Lord TIS 644 SA 74
Seek, O seek the Lord TIS 464 AHB 397
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166 AHB 102
Take up your cross, the Saviour said TIS 583 AHB 496
The law of Christ alone can make us free TIS 630 AHB 554
What God ordains is always good TIS 109
Your love, O God, has called us here TIS 664
Jonah 3:1-5,10
All who love and serve your city TIS 634 AHB 562
O bless the God of Israel TIS 284
Rock of Ages, cleft for me TIS 222 AHB 157
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy TIS 136 AHB 72
Psalm 62:5-12
Great God, we sing that mighty hand TIS 124 AHB 52
Yet be still, my soul, and wait for God TIS 33
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Forth in your name, O Lord, I go TIS 571 AHB 480
God of grace and God of glory TIS 611 AHB 543
In faith and hope and love TIS 628 AHB 555
We are your people TIS 468 SA 90
When he comes back, when he comes back TIS 280 SA 92
Mark 1:14-20
And now, O Father, mindful of the love TIS 519 AHB
Dear Father, Lord of humankind TIS 598 AHB 519
I danced in the morning TIS 242 AHB 183
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult TIS 589 AHB 505
O Jesus, I hove promised TIS 595 AHB 514
Take up your cross, the Saviour said TIS 583 AHB 496
You servants of God, your Master proclaim TIS 215 AHB 144

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