16A – Epiphany 8A

15A - Epiphany 7A17A - Transfiguration
Psalm 131
O God, my heart isn’t arrogant,
nor my eyes above everything:
I haven’t become involved in big things,
things beyond my ability or capacity.
But I’ve kept my inmost being calm and anchored,
like a young child with its mother;
my inmost being is like the young child I carry.

Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for now and for all time.

Gracious, eternal, mysterious God,
we bring our gifts with hopeful and faithful spirits.
Bless the offering of these gifts and our lives
that new hope and new possibilities
are made real in the lives of those
whom we serve in following Jesus. Amen.

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

(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.)

Loving God,
who shows compassion to the suffering
and calls to those in darkness,
pour out your Spirit
on those who hunger and thirst for justice,
those whose troubles are known only to you
those whome we name on our lips and in our silence
and those we have forgotten …

         (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

Isaiah 49:8-16a  
God is love, let heaven adore him TIS 153
When trouble strikes and fear takes root TIS 184
Jesus the name high over all TIS 218
Entered the holy place above TIS 374
Now in the name of him who sent TIS 488
Psalm 131
O Lord, my heart is not proud TIS 82
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Matthew 6:24-34
All depends on our possessing TIS 556
As a chalice cast of gold TIS 476
Bring many names, beautiful and good TIS 182
I sing the almighty power of God TIS 119
Lord, the light of your love is shining TIS 675
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the com TIS 315
Nada te turbe (Nothing can trouble …) TIS 739
O God of Bethel, by whose hand TIS 564
Our God, we know your providence TIS 169
Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offe TIS 627
Seek ye first the kingdom of God TIS 745
Sometimes a light surprises TIS 128
This is my Father’s world TIS 149
We plough the fields, and scatter TIS 130

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