55C – Sunday 23C

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WE GATHER BEFORE GOD (Psalm 139:1-6)
Lord God, you know me through and through;
you know my sitting down, and my getting up.
You sense what I am thinking from far away;
you understand my journeying and my resting.
In fact, you are familiar with the way I do everything;
even before I speak, you know what’s on my mind.
You are in my past, and in my future,
you surround me with your love 
and your reassuring hand is upon me.
This wonderful knowledge is beyond my understanding;
it surpasses everything, and is beyond my grasp.

PRAYER OF ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING (Ps.139:1-6)
Lord God, you know me through and through;
you know my sitting down, and my getting up.
You sense what I am thinking from far away;
you understand my journeying and my resting.
In fact, you are familiar with the way I do everything;
even before I speak, you know what’s on my mind.
You are in my past, and in my future,
you surround me with your love 
and your reassuring hand is upon me.
This wonderful knowledge is beyond my understanding;
it surpasses everything, and is beyond my grasp.

For the stories we share, for our life together,
and for the breath of your Spirit among us, 
we thank you,
O LORD, our God.   Amen 

PRAYER OF APPROACH (including Ps.139:13-18)
Ever present God of grace,
by your Spirit you gather us to worship you;
you who formed my very consciousness,
and wove me together in my mother’s womb
you who are so awesomely wonderful
you whose creativity is so marvellous.
Lord God, you know me through and through;
even my bones, being formed in secret,
in the depths of the earth, were not hidden from you.
Your eyes saw my embryo
and in your book are all written down 
days that were planned before any of them occurred.
Your thoughts of me, Lord God, are difficult to comprehend
and far beyond counting
If I tried to count them, they would be more than grains of sand
and if I came to the end, I would not have summed you up.
Engage us by your word and change us:
open our ears to hear you
open our eyes to see what we might become
open our hearts to follow in the way
you have shown to the world in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OFFERING
Generous God,
we offer our lives
and these symbols of our daily living.
By your Holy Spirit give us the courage
to follow the way of Jesus;
to maintain our saltiness, our passion,
for the justice and peace
which Jesus’ proclaimed. Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2013.


A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 14:25-33
Symbols such as an electronic calculator, building plans or architectural drawings, the cross (from two weeks ago), and an open purse/wallet/money-bag could provide a visual theme for today.


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 who knows us through and through,
who knows our troubles and our joys;
be also present to those we name
in word and silence:
the lost, bewildered, lonely, brokenhearted, grieving,
and those for whom life has begun anew,
that they may know the peace
of your intimate presence …
         (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 23C
Be thou my vision TIS 547 AHB 455
God, who stretched the spangled heavens TIS 163 AHB 112
Lord in the strength of grace TIS 483 AHB 408
Safe in the shadow of the Lord TIS 644 SA 74
Sing, all creation, sing to God in gladness TIS 61 AHB 111
Spirit of truth, essential God TIS 426 AHB 332
Stand up and bless the Lord TIS 449 AHB 383
What shall I do my God to love, TIS 122 AHB 50
When Christ was lifted from the earth TIS 248 SA 93
You are before me, Lord, you are behind TIS 87 SA 97
Your hand O God has guided TIS 456 AHB 389
JEREMIAH 18:1-11
God of Jeremiah, grieving TIS 679
The church’s one foundation TIS 457 AHB 385
We are your people, Spirit of grace TIS 468 SA 90
PSALM 139:1-6, 13-18
Forth in thy name O Lord I go TIS 571 AHB 480
I am alone, yet not alone TIS 605
I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath TIS 90 AHB 44
Lord of creation to you be all praise TIS 626 AHB 557
O love that wilt not let me go TIS 602 AHB 525
One God, one living God TIS 742
You are before me, Lord, you are behind TIS 87 SA 97
PHILEMON 1-21
Brother, sister, let me serve you TIS 650 SA 14
Help us accept each other TIS 648
Joyful, joyful, we adore you TIS 152
Our God our help in ages past TIS 47 AHB 46
Where there is charity and love TIS 434 AHB 591
LUKE 14:25-33
God, you touch the earth with beauty TIS 610
Let him to whom we now belong TIS 563 AHB 146
Take up your cross, the Saviour said TIS 583 AHB 496

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