14B – Epiphany 6B

13B - Epiphany 5B15B - Epiphany 7B
 
WE GATHER BEFORE GOD (From Psalm 30)
Joyful praise I give you, O LORD;
you drew me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
I called on you and you healed me;
you brought my life up from the darkest depths.
I was among those going down to a pit of death,
but you brought me to life.
All you faithful, praise the LORD,
praise the holy name of the LORD.

PRAYER OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING (From Psalm 30)
O LORD, a fractured relationship with you is like a death;
yet your one desire is life – community with you.
With darkness weeping remains,
but joy comes with the hint of morning light.
We’ve come to take so much for granted in our lives:
“I’m OK – steady as a rock.
In fact, LORD, you’ve been so good to me
I’m more secure than a strong mountain.”
Then it seemed that you hid your face from me,
and I was terrified.
I cried out to you, LORD, when things were really grim;
I pleaded with you to restore my good circumstance:
“What profit is there in my weeping, in my going down in the pit?
Will the dust praise you? Will it declare your faithfulness?
Hear me, LORD, and be merciful.
O LORD, be my help.”
You transformed my mourning into dance,
and gave me new life;
you have taken my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my life will praise you, and not weep.
O LORD, my God, I will praise you  – for ever.

OFFERING
Gracious and generous God,
we do not bring silver, or gold, or fine linen,
but simply ourselves and symbols of our daily life.
By your Holy Spirit bless our lives and our gifts
to your use and for your glory,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

DISMISSAL
You have transformed my mourning into dance,
and given me new life;
you have taken my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my life will praise you, and not weep.
O LORD, my God, I will praise you  – for ever. 

 …. AND BENEDICTION

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


A CREATIVE MOMENT – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Materials/Preparation: 
A pair of running shoes (or other appropriate apparel);
a sports trophy (e.g. cup);
a wreath of evergreen;
a wreath worked from thin branches of a thorn bush. (This one needs to be prepared sufficiently in advance for it to be made “green” and allowed to dry and lose its leaves.)

The running shoes, trophy and evergreen wreath are placed at the foot of the communion table; the thorny wreath/crown placed on the communion table either alone or in front of a cross which might usually be in place there.


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.)
 
There is no place you have not been,
Jesus of our history.
Stretch out your hand and touch
those for whom we pray
with life in all its wholeness.
Let the light of your word
dispel the weeping of the dark night
of despair, loneliness and grief
with peace.
Transform the sackcloth and ashes
of our lives,
into songs of thanks and praise.
(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 6 – YEAR B
   
A new commandment I give unto you TIS 699 AHB 571
All the sleepy should have a place to sleep TIS 697
Bring many names, beautiful and good TIS 182
Come down, O Love divine TIS 398 AHB 310
Father, Lord of all Creation TIS 631 AHB 567
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217 AHB 148
My God, accept my heart this day TIS 485 AHB 410
Stand up and bless the Lord TIS 449 AHB 383
2 Kings 5:1-14
God of mercy, God of grace TIS 452 AHB 379
I greet you, my Redeemer sure, who lives TIS 198 AHB 128
In suffering love, the thread of life TIS 177
Lord, your almighty word TIS 447 AHB 61
O Christ the healer, we have come TIS 638
O bless the Lord, my soul TIS 64 AHB 63
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord TIS 81
Sometimes a light surprises TIS 128 AHB 55
Wash, O God, our sons and daughters TIS 493
Yours be the glory, risen, conquering Son TIS 380 AHB 303
Psalm 30
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side TIS 123 AHB 48
Come, O God of all the earth TIS 181
Comfort, comfort all my people TIS 647 SA 25
Fare well. We come to send you on your w TIS 695
I danced in the morning TIS 242 AHB 183
I set the Lord before my eyes TIS 673 SA 48
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me TIS 18
I’ll praise my Maker while Itve breath TIS 90 AHB 44
Jesus put this song into our hearts TIS 670
O love that wilt not let me go TIS 602 AHB 525
The great love of God is revealed in the Son TIS 164 AHB l05
What God ordains is always good TIS 109
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Blest are the pure in heart TIS 448 AHB 376
Fight the good fight with all thy might TIS 594 AHB 511
Forth in your name, O Lord, I go TIS 571 AHB 480
Make me a channel of your peace TIS 607 SA 66
May the mind of Christ my Saviour TIS 609 AHB 537
Put all your trust in God TIS 555 AHB 464
Take up your cross, the Saviour said TIS 583 AHB 496
You holy angels bright TIS 108 AHB 26
Mark 1:40-45
A man there lived in Galilee TIS 235 AHB 176
Father of mercy, God of consolation TIS 472 SA 33
I danced in the morning TIS 242 AHB 183
Inspired by love and anger TIS 674
Jesus, lover of my soul TIS 211 AHB 139
Lord Jesus, think on me TIS 546 AHB 122
O for a thousand tongues to sing TIS 210 AHB 141
O love how deep, how broad how high TIS 194 AHB 6
Where cross the crowded ways of life TIS 608 AHB 532

2 thoughts on “14B – Epiphany 6B

  1. Ray Nutley

    Thank you for your work and dedication in providing these resources. They are a great help in the busyness of life and while I don’t always use them they are a tremendous starting point for me. Thanks again

    ray

    1. jeff

      Ray,
      Thank you for your comments; the web site started out in a very modest way years ago and has grown over time, partly in response to a peceived need, partly in response to ideas that have been suggested – sometimes ever so obliquely – by users and also from my journey in parish ministry. Blessings. Jeff

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