15A – Epiphany 7A

14A - Epiphany 6A16A - Epiphany 8A
See also my posts from 2014, 2017 …
Psalm 119:33-40
(To conclude a time silent Confession)
Teach me, O God, the way of your laws
so that keeping it will be reward enough for me.
Give me understanding to live your law,
to keep it with all my heart.
Guide me in the way of your commandments;
that is what I ask for.
Turn my heart towards your ways
rather than material gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things:
give me life in your ways.
Keep your promise to your servant
because I hold you in holy awe.
Take away the disgrace that I dread
because your judgements are good.
See how I long for your ways;
in your faithfulness give me life.

Notes, coins, food and actions:
holy source of life,
may the offering of our gifts and ourselves
never become the same old same old,
a formality.
Breathe your Spirit of mystery and grace
into our serving,
our following Jesus. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2014.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 5:38-48
Suggested symbols for the worship centre:
Copies of several Federal or State pieces of legislation, a bible open at Leviticus 19. Any other symbols appropriate to your context.
Place these symbols on a hessian cloth draped from the worship centre table onto the floor.

(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.)

Source of life,
draw near to the helpless,
in the compassion of others.
Word of life,
draw near to the refugee,
in the hospitality of others
Breath of life,
draw near to the unloved and unlovable,
by the love of others.
Source of life,
Word of life,
Breath of life
draw near to us and strengthen us
to be the other,
loving the unlovable, the refugee, the helpless;
helping the world move
from tit for tat to disarming compassion;
following the way of 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
There is a dearth of hymns specifically written relating to this week’s gosepel lection.
That’s just the way it is …

Father, Lord of all creation TIS 631
God himself is present TIS 121
May the mind of Christ my Saviour TIS 609
O bless the LOrd, my soul TIS 64
Fold to your heart your sister and your brother TIS 587
O love, how deep, how broad, how high TIS 194
This is my will, my one command TIS 641
LEVITICUS 19:1-2, 9-18  
O God of love, whose heart is ever yearn TIS 614
PSALM 119:33-40  
Help us, O Lord, to learn TIS 428
Jesus, my Lord, let me be near you TIS 656
1 CORINTHIANS 3:10-11, 16-23  
Breathe on me, breath of God TIS 407
The church’s one foundation TIS 457
God, your glory we have seen in your Son TIS 461
All depends on our possessing TIS 556
How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578
Well, Jesus is the rock TIS 669
MATTHEW 5:38-48  
Brother, sister, let me serve you TIS 650

2 thoughts on “15A – Epiphany 7A”

    1. Thanks Joan, I’m g;lad these pages are a useful resources. My regret is that since Sunday such as 6th and 7th after Epiphany occur so rarely and few hymns are written with those Gospel passages in mind, there are very few obvious suggestions. However, here are some (above) that I have been able to glean.

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