10A – Epiphany 2A

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PSALM 40:1-11 (a translation for today)
Patiently I have waited for the LORD
and the LORD turned to me and heard my cry,
lifted me up from my despair, my messy situation,
set me on firm ground,
and steadied my footsteps.
The LORD put a new song on my lips,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see this and wonder,
and they will trust in the LORD.
Those who have made the LORD their trust are satisfied;
those who have not turned to the arrogant, 
 or those making false gods.
Many are the wonders that you have done, O LORD,
and your plans for us – no one else could have arranged them
I will declare them, I will speak of them –
“They are too many to count!”
You do not desire sacrifice and offering –
you have given me ears to hear
Then I said, “Here I am. It is written about me in the scroll of the book.”
I want to do your will, your word is set deep in my being.
In the congregation of your people I have told the glad tidings
of your actions which put things right;
I don’t stay silent on the matter, you know that.
I have not hidden in my heart your ways of putting things right;
I’ve spoken out about your faithfulness and your saving ways,
and I haven’t hidden your loving kindness or your truth 
from your people.

Life-giver and sustainer whom we name God,
bless our giving and our living,
signs of our often hesitant following,
risking the invitational way of Jesus. Amen.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – John 1:29-42
Continue to feature the length of blue cloth (mid- to dark blue) – symbolising John the Baptist and a reminder of last week’s theme of the baptism of Jesus. It could be hung as a large plain banner or draped in a manner appropriate for your worship space. Whatever symbols adorned it last week could remain this week. In addition, a large glass jug of water and perhaps a largish rock, the latter as a reminder of the meaning of the name Jesus gives to Simon.

(A prayer, usually with connection to one or more of the lections for the day, to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession. Sometimes this prayer also borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Holy one, whose light and life
have been revealed most fully in Jesus,
sustain and encourage those whom we name on our lips
and in our silence…
those whose trouble is known only to you …
And, by your Spirit of grace,
give us the boldness of John
to live in ways that point to Jesus…
         (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

Christ whose glory fills the skies TIS 212
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult TIS 589
Lord Jesus, think on me TIS 546
O love how deep, how broad, how high! TIS 194
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS 606
Isaiah 49:1-7
God is our strength and refuge TIS 28
Safe in the shadow of the Lord TIS 644
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
You servants of God, your Master proclaim TIS 215
Psalm 40:1-11
All my hope on God is founded TIS 560
God is our song, and every singer blest TIS 646
I waited for the Lord my God, TIS
Master, speak, thy servant heareth TIS 597
O Jesus, Saviour, grow in me TIS 575
O Lord, do not withhold your mercy TIS 23
Sing praise and thanksgiving TIS 107
You are my hiding place TIS 754
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Christ from whom all blessings flow TIS 440
Christ is the world’s redeemer TIS 192
Give thanks with a grateful heart TIS 717
God of grace and God of glory TIS 611
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
John 1:29-42
According to thy gracious word TIS 515
Behold the Lamb of God
Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong hands TIS 364
Christ, when for us you were baptised TIS 250
Come let us join our cheerful songs TIS 204
Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes TIS 269
Hark! a herald voice is calling TIS 264
He walked on earth showing glimpses of heaven TIS 260
Jesus the name high over all TIS 218
Like the murmur of the dove’s song TIS 419
Lord, your almighty word TIS 447
No weight of gold or silver TIS 249
O for a closer walk with God TIS 576
Spirit, divine, attend our prayers TIS 406

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