GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE (From Psalm 9:9-11)
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a refuge for times of trouble.
And those who know your name shall trust you,
for you, O LORD, have not abandoned those who turn to you.
Sing praises to the LORD, Enthroned of Zion;
and declare his deeds among the peoples!
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (From Psalm 9:13-14,18-19)
Be gracious, O LORD,
and look upon your worldwide church,
guiding its search for the unity
for which Jesus prayed.
Continue to guide our (here insert your denomination) church
through the storms which seem to overtake it
from time to time.
Be gracious, O LORD,
and look upon the distress of those
who are persecuted for their faith;
those whose path ahead seems dim;
those who are victims of oppressive relationships.
Look upon the needy,
that they may know the warmth of your faithfulness,
that their hope may not be snuffed out
like a fitful candle flame.
Be gracious, O LORD,
and look upon those whom we name today
in word and silence;
those who call on your name;
and those whose troubles are known only to you,
that in the darkness of their circumstance,
they may feel the gentle light of your presence.
Rise up, O Lord,
and hear our prayer;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bless our gifts and our lives, O God,
that your Spirit might work in us,
through storm and calm,
in following Jesus. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Mark 4:35-41
(a) Have the lection read with sound effects (e.g. wind, crashing waves, creaking timbers, shouting voices). Have a ‘dead calm’ of 10-15 seconds after v.39 and again after v.41.
(b) Hang a small sail from a dinghy on one wall of the church, and/or perhaps a fishing net. Some less ambitious boating equipment, and a cushion or two could be arranged in an appropriate and visible place in the church. Remind the congregation of the relationship between the church and a boat. Mention that the body of the church is the nave, from the Latin word for ship. Many baptism fonts depict this scene, carved in the stone or timber of the font surrounds.
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 borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Be a sustaining presence
to those we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts…
a blessing to those
who love and care for them…
Pour out your Spirit, O God,
in ways that show the needy
they are not forgotten
that revives the hope of the poor,
sustains those who are weighed down with grief,
comforts those whose troubles are known only to you
and is present to those who have no-one …
In Jesus’ name we pray….
(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 12 – YEAR B|
|All people that on earth do dwell,||TIS 59|
|All the ends of the earth||TIS 57|
|Blessed Jesus, at your word||TIS 437|
|Christ, from whom all blessings flow||TIS 44|
|Father, whose everlasting love||TIS 213|
|Forgive our sins as we forgive||TIS 635|
|God moves in a mysterious way||TIS 126|
|Have faith in God my heart||TIS 619|
|I sing the almighty power of God||TIS 119|
|1 Samuel 17:32-49|
|Be thou my vision||TIS 547|
|Through all the changing scenes of life||TIS 112|
|Who would true valour see||TIS 561|
|By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered||TIS 617|
|Father all loving, and ruling in majesty||TIS 160|
|God of grace and God of glory||TIS 611|
|Jesus lives ! your terrors now||TIS 372|
|Now thank we all our God||TIS 106|
|Sing Praise to God who reigns above,||TIS 110|
|2 Corinthians 6:1-13|
|Holy Spirit, come, confirm us||TIS 413|
|I bind unto myself this day||TIS 478|
|Lod God, the Spirit blest||TIS 404|
|Make me a channel of your peace||TIS 607|
|This day God gives me strength of high heaven||TIS 642|
|Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;||TIS 123|
|Come, let us to the Lord our God||TIS 577|
|Eternal Father, strong to save||TIS 138|
|Forty days and forty nights||TIS 591|
|Inspired by love and anger,||TIS 674|
|Jesus Christ, Son of God||TIS 729|
|Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult||TIS 589|
|Jesus, lover of my soul||TIS 211|
|O Jesus, I have promised||TIS 595|
|O changeless Christ, for ever new||TIS 254|
|Put all your trust in God||TIS 555|
|Son of God, eternal Saviour||TIS 606|