PSALM 68:1-10, 32-35
Rise up, O God,
so that your enemies and detractors flee from before you.
Like smoke driven by the wind, you disperse them;
and like wax melting near the fire, let them disappear.
But those who live justly will be joyful,
rejoicing in your presence, jubilant and glad.
Sing to God, praise the name of the LORD;
raise up a song to the name of the LORD,
to the one who rides upon the clouds,
and celebrate in the presence of God.
Father of orphans and defender of widows,
this is God in our midst;
the God who gives the abandoned a home,
and leads out the prisoners with music,
while the stubborn inhabit a wasteland.
O God, when you went ahead of your people,
marching through the wilderness,
the earth shook, and even the heavens rained
in the presence of the God of Sinai and of Israel.
You make abundant rain fall, O God;
when your heritage tires, you sustain it.
Your community finds a dwelling place there,
and in your goodness you provide for the needy, O God.
Listen! The rider of the timeless cosmos
who speaks with a mighty voice.
Acknowledge the power of the God whose majesty is over Israel
and whose power is in the clouds.
You are too awesome, O God, for your sanctuary.
God of Israel, you empower and strengthen your people.
Blessed be God.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – READING REF’CE
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.
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 to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
we pray for those we have named today
in word and silence,
and we pray for ourselves,
by the light of your word and the warmth of holy breath,
we may be alive to your sustaining presence,
set free from the inner discord and seIf-interest that traps us,
to joyfully serve you,
accepting today in the hope of the new day
which you bring
in the risen and ascended one ….
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EASTER 7A
|Glory be to God the Father
|Join all the glorious names of wisdom,love
|Christ whose glory fills the skies
|All hail the power of Jesus’ name
|Christ, from whom all blessings flow
|I’m not ashamed to own my Lord
|A prophet-woman broke a jar
|Breathe on me, breath of God
|Christians, lift up your hearts …
|Hail the day that sees him rise
|Hallelujah! sing to Jesus
|Like the murmur of the dove’s song
|Lord God, the Spirit blest
|O Spirit of the living God
|Praise the Spirit in creation
|Sing a new song, sing a new song
|You shall go out with joy
|Your words to me are life and health
|Sing of the Lord’s goodness
|The just shall rejoice at the presence of God
|1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
|Safe in the shadow of the Lord
|The head that once was crowned with thorns
|While morning still is breaking
|Come, you people, come adore him
|Here, Lord, we take the broken bread
|Jesus calls us here to meet him
|Now is eternal life
|Peace with the Father