THE GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE (from Psalm 111)
Praise the LORD.
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart;
in the group of the upright and in the congregation.
Great are the works of the LORD,
studied by all who take delight in them;
works full of majesty;
and God’s grandeur endures for ever.
PRAYER OF ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING (Psalm 111)
Praise the LORD!
We give you thanks and praise, LORD God, with all our heart,
here, in this place, and in the whole church.
Great are your works O LORD,
cause for study, meditation and wonder by all who delight in them.
Honour and majesty mark your works;
and your covenant faithfulness endures forever.
You have caused your wonderful deeds to be proclaimed;
you, O LORD, are gracious and compassionate.
You provide food for those who hold you in holy awe;
you will remember your covenant for ever and ever.
You have declared to your people the power of your works;
that you would give them the heritage of the nations.
The works of your hands are lasting kindness and justice:
all your commandments are dependable;
unshakeable for ever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
You sent redemption to your people;
you have commanded your covenant be kept forever.
Holy and awesome is your name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who do them have good insight
Praise of you, LORD God, continues forever. Amen
Gracious and eternal Lord God,
to whom we turn in every need;
receive the gifts we offer,
and let our lives give glory and praise;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Mark 1:21-28
This could be a service of healing; a time to seek release from the demons in our own lives, (and allow release for those demons we have held captive within us).
Offer times of silence, prayer, candle-lighting, and anointing.
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.)
healer and bringer of wholeness,
rejoice with those who rejoice and give thanks today
and strengthen the weak and the lonely.
Pour out your Spirit
on all who are weighed down with grief,
and those whose troubles are known only to you;
that all may know your peace …
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EPIPHANY 4 – YEAR B
|A man there lived in Galilee||TIS 235|
|All hail the power of Jesus’ name||TIS 224|
|Almighty God, lift up ur eyes||TIS 615|
|Brother, sister, let me serve you||TIS 650|
|Father, we adore you||TIS 716|
|God, who stretched the spangled heavens||TIS 163|
|Jesus shall reign where’er the sun||TIS 207|
|Jesus the name high over all||TIS 218|
|Lord of earth and all creation||TIS 672|
|Made in God’s likeness, moved by the Spirit||TIS 671|
|O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising||TIS 620|
|O Jesus I have promised||TIS 595|
|O Lord Jesus, Marrkapmirr||TIS 253|
|O for a thousand tongues to sing.||TIS 210|
|Rejoice, the Lord is King||TIS 216|
|Sing, all creation, sing to God in gladness||TIS 61|
|Where wide sky rolls down and touches red sand||TIS 188|
|From all who dwell below the skies||TIS 72|
|God has spoken by his prophets||TIS 158|
|God has spoken to his people, hallelujah||TIS 636|
|God is love, let heaven adore him||TIS 153|
|Guide me, O my great Redeemer||TIS 569|
|Lord, you word abiding||TIS 427|
|O Lord of every shining constellation||TIS 157|
|Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove||TIS 402|
|Crown him with many crowns||TIS 228|
|Jesus, lover of my soul||TIS 211|
|Praise now the Lord! It’s good to raise||TIS 91|
|Praise our God, the great Creator||TIS 165|
|Praise the Lord, I will give thanks to the Lord||TIS 68|
|1 Corinthians 8:1-13
|All creatures of our God and king||TIS 100|
|Be thou my vision||TIS 547|
|Christ is the world’s light, he and none other||TIS 246|
|Help us accept each other||TIS 648|
|Lord Jesus, we belong to you||TIS 686|
|O Spirit of the living God||TIS 405|
|One God, one living God||TIS 742|
|The law of Christ alone can make us free||TIS 630|
|We all believe in God who made||TIS 435|
|We have a gospel to proclaim||TIS 245|
|Where there is charity and love||TIS 434|
|Dear Lord, for all in pain||TIS 612|
|Jesus! the name high over all||TIS 218|
|Jesus’ hands were kind hands||TIS 236|
|O Christ the healer, we have come||TIS 638|
|O for a thousand tongues to sing||TIS 210|
|The voice of God goes out to all the world||TIS 282|