In you, O LORD, I have sought protection
do not let me be humiliated, in your faithfulness, deliver me.
Turn your ear toward me, rescue me quickly, O LORD.
Be a mountain of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.
You are my rock and my stronghold.
For the honour of your name you will lead me and guide me.
Deliver me from the net which they hide for me
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I entrust my life;
pay the price for my safety, O LORD God.
My future is in your hands —
rescue me from the hands of my enemies and my pursuers.
Let your face shine upon your servant
save me in your lovingkindness.
Holy presence and mystery we name God,
whose steadfast love is for ever.
In the risen Word of life
you have acted to put things right
and shown that death does not have the last word.
In gratitude for your faithfulness and generosity
we bring our praise and our thanks;
our lives and symbols of our daily living.
By your Breath of life inspire us
to be responsible witnesses
to your grace. Amen
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Acts 7:55-60
Continue to use the swathe of white and/or gold/yellow cloth flowing over the front of the worship/communion table and onto the floor as a basis for creativity and symbols during the Easter season.
Remember the martyrs of the church. On the floor, next to the flowing cloth (above), have a pile of garments and a small pile of stones. On a wall in the church/worship space hang a large sheet of newsprint which contains a list of some of the modern martyrs of the church.
Click here for some ideas for worship in Lent and Easter gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print), originally published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.
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.)
healer and bringer of wholeness,
rejoice with those who rejoice and give thanks today
and strengthen the weak and the lonely.
Pour out your Spirit of mystery and grace
on all who are weighed down with grief,
and those whose troubles are known only to you;
that all may know your peace …
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EASTER 5A
|God of grace and God of glory
|I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath
|By your saving power deliver me
|Great God, we sing that mighty hand
|Have faith in God, my heart
|Put all your trust in God
|We praise, we worship you, O God
|You are my hiding-place
|1 Peter 2:2-10
|Christ is our corner-stone
|Christ is made the sure foundation
|Fairest Lord Jesus
|God of all power, and truth, and grace
|Hark! a herald voice is calling
|I come with joy to meet my Lord
|Lord, your word abiding
|Nature with open volume stands
|The church’s one foundation
|The royal banners forward go
|What shall we offer our good Lord
|Alleluia, Christ is risen
|Christ be my leader by night as by day
|Christ is the world’s light, he and none other
|Christ is alive! Let Christians sing
|Hail the day that sees him rise
|Holy Spirit, go before us
|I know that my Redeemer
|I know that my Redeemer lives
|I want to walk as a child of the light
|In faith and hope and love
|Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
|Lord Jesus, think on me
|O breath of God, breathe on us now
|O changeless Christ, for ever new
|Praise our God, the great creator
|Praise the God who changes places
|Sing a new song to the Lord
|The church’s one foundation
|This is the truth we hold