49C – Sunday 17C

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See also my post from 2013 here …
 
PRAYER OF CONFESSION – PSALM 85
O LORD, act favourably for our land;
turn the tide of our fortunes;
lift off the guilt of our people;
help us to say “sorry” and be reconciled to one another
and to you.
Turn to us, O God our helper!
It seems for some that you are angry with us.
Will it go on for generation upon generation?
Turn and give us life;
show us your faithfulness,
and help us!, O LORD.

Listen for what God, the LORD, has to say:
        The LORD indeed has promised well-being
        for all who are faithful to God –
        don’t let them turn back to foolish ways!

Love God and those around you with every part of your being
        and the glory of God will live in our land.
Faithfulness and truth will work together;
Righteousness and well-being will embrace.
Truth sprout will from the earth like a carpet of lush new growth,
and justice will look down like a wedge-tail eagle flying high.
The LORD will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
Justice will go ahead of the LORD,
and prepare a way for God’s footsteps.

OFFERING
Gracious God,
by our gifts and our lives,
may the light that came into the world
in Jesus shine through us,
dispelling darkness and bringing life;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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


A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 11:1-13
The theme of discipleship continues; faithfulness in relationship to God in prayer; faithfulness to others in our living. Again, use the ‘path’ from previous weeks.
As with last week’s lection, this one could be dramatised in any one of a number of ways. Have three flat-breads, an egg, and a fish (I’ll leave you to your creativity on that one!) on the table at the centre of worship. Some red/orange/blue ‘fire-coloured’ material(s) could be draped from the worship table to symbolise the gift of the Holy Spirit.


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.)

God of Life and Hope,
who hears the joy and pain in our hearts
before we speak,
and answers us, in often unexpected ways,
before we know our needs …
By the gentle breath of your Spirit
strength to those whom we have named
on our lips and in our hearts …
rejoice with the hopeful;
be company to the lonely …
a comfort to all weighed down with grief …
and those whose troubles are known only to you …
that all may know your peace:
in Jesus’ name …
         (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 17C
All who love and serve your city TIS 634 AHB 562
Father of peace and God of love TIS 482 AHB 407
How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578 AHB 491
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us TIS 580 AHB 492
Stand up and bless the Lord TIS 449 AHB 383
When morning gilds the skies TIS 227 AHB 151
HOSEA 1:2-10
Father of heaven, whose love profound TIS 131 AHB 60
God is love, let heav’n adore him TIS 153 AHB 93
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy TIS 613 AHB 546
Loving Spirit, loving Spirit TIS 417
PSALM 85
I will hear what the Lord has to say TIS 713 SA 27
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying TIS 45
Let us with a gladsome mind TIS 83 AHB 11
O breath of life, come sweeping through us TIS 409 AHB 322
COLOSSIANS 2:6-15
Bread of heaven,on thee we feed TIS 513 AHB 434
Come let us with our Lord arise TIS 375 AHB 297
God is love, let heaven adore him TIS 153 AHB 93
Lift high the cross TIS 351 AHB 271
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217 AHB 148
My heart is full of Christ, and longs TIS 214 AHB 143
Nature with open volume stands TIS 343 AHB 259
O for a thousand tongues to sing. TIS 210 AHB 141
O Jesus crucified, for us TIS 354 AHB 273
Our God, we know your providence TIS 169 AHB 118
The church’s one foundation TIS 457 AHB 385
The royal banners forward go TIS 332 AHB 251
There’s a light upon the mountains TIS 276 AHB 207
This is the day the Lord has made TIS 368 AHB 289
We know that Christ is raised TIS 489
When we to cleansing waters came TIS 484
LUKE 11:1-13
Forgive our sins as we forgive TIS 635 AHB 564
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds TIS 233 AHB 158
O changeless Christ, for ever new TIS 254 SA 69
O Lord, hear my prayer TIS 741
Our Father God in heaven above TIS 550
We plough the fields, and scatter TIS 130 AHB 59

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