Psalm 112 – A Wisdom Psalm (A translation for today)
How fortunate is the one who holds the LORD in holy awe,
who takes great delight in the commands of the LORD.
This person’s descendant’s will be powerful in the land;
the upright generation receive blessing;
wealth and riches are in their home,
and their covenant response is constant.
Light rises in the dark for the upright;
the person with integrity is dutiful and affectionate.
It is good for a person to lend dutifully,
to order their affairs justly.
Never will such a person be shaken;
and they will be remembered for ever.
A righteous person is not afraid of bad news;
their mind is unwavering, trusting in the LORD.
their mind is set firm, they are not afraid,
as they wait for the time of looking with satisfaction on their foes.
The righteous person gives generously to the poor;
their righteousness continues for ever,
they raise their head in honour.
The wicked person sees it and is angry
They gnash their teeth and fade away;
the desires of the wicked come to nothing.
Source of life and love,
we bring these symbols of our everyday.
By your Spirit of grace,
move us to use them
to bring freedom from injustice and oppression,
to share our bread with the hungry,
to shelter the homeless
and clothe the naked
as we seek to walk in the way of Jesus. Amen
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 5:13-20
Suggested symbols for the worship centre:
a quantity of salt, piled, on a sheet of coloured paper or card; a lit candle/tealight. Any other symbols appropriate to your context.
Place these symbols on a hessian cloth draped from the worship centre table onto the floor.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(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.)
Compassionate spirit of love and justice,
acting to right what is wrong in the world;
be present to those
we name in word and silence;
those who today know only
the pain of hunger, homelessness, loneliness or grief;
those whose troubles are known only to you …
And, by the stirring of your gracious Spirit
may we act in ways
worth our salt,
in following 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
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EPIPHANY 5
|Christ is the world’s light
|Fairest Lord Jesus
|Father in heaven
|Come, thou everlasting Spirit
|When I survey the wondrous cross
|Hail to the Lord’s anointed
|God of freedom, God of justice
|Great God, your Spirit, like the wind
|When he comes back
|Praise the Lord. Blessed are those …
|Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling
|1 Corinthians 2:1-12
|God moves in a mysterious way
|The love of God is greater far
|O the deep, deep love of Jesus
|Nature with open volume stands
|We sing the praise of him who died
|In the cross of Christ I glory
|O breath of God, breathe on us now
|Spirit of truth, essential God
|Eternal light, shine in my heart
|Lord of creation, to you be all praise
|Far beyond our mind’s grasp
|Have faith in God, my heart
|Here in this place new light is streaming
|Holy Father, God of might
|Lord Jesus, we belong to you