41A - Sunday 9A — 43A - Sunday 11A
See also my posts from 2023
O come with rejoicing, your praise gladly voicing,
and give to the Lord now the praise that is due.
With melody ringing — with shouting and singing —
come, praising our God with a song that is new.
With waters collected, and oceans perfected,
the love ever steadfast of God filled the earth.
Let all people wonder, their circumstance ponder —
God’s word which is upright gave everything birth.
No nation’s designing, or other’s inclining,
succeeds in outlasting the thoughts of the Lord,
for kings are unseated, and armies defeated,
their efforts confounded, in time, by God’s word.
The intimate measure of God’s every pleasure
is found in the heartbeat of all humankind
God’s love finds expression in chosen possession,
the people of God held by love unconfined.
And God is befriending, and surely defending,
the people who seek to live under God’s claim;
affording protection and steadfast affection,
sustaining and saving all trusting God’s name.
O Lord, we are waiting, our souls contemplating
with trust and conviction, your glorious reign;
that on us descending, our broken lives mending,
your love ever steadfast may rest and remain.
© Jeff Shrowder 1996
Tune: THE ASH GROVE
Familiar notes, familiar coins, familiar actions.
Grant, Lord God,
that the offering of our gifts and ourselves
may never be so familiar
as to be a mere formality.
Let your Holy Spirit breathe life into our serving,
so that all that we do brings glory to your kingdom.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Genesis 12:1-9, Matthew 9:9-13 18-26
Abram sets out for an unknown destination on the strength of God’s word.
Matthew leaves his tax booth at Jesus’ invitation, “Follow me”.
Using the draped brown cloth from last week might symbolise the journeys into which Abram and Matthew have both been called. Imagine ways in which the maps, inventories, itineraries and packing lists with which most of us prepare to travel with the seemingly unplanned freedom and immediacy with which Abram and Matthew set out.
Offer the opportunity for the congregation to share individual stories of profound journeys which started with nothing more that a word.
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.)
God of mystery and love,
let the light of your Word and the warmth of your Spirit
give courage to the weak and the lonely.
bring healing to the grieving,
and be company for those
whose troubles are known only to you …
(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 SUNDAY 10A
|God gives us a future
|Great God, we sing that mighty hand
|The God ofAbraham praise
|Through all the changing scenes of life
|What God ordains is always good
|Eternal Father, strong to save
|Great God, we sing that mighty hand
|King of glory, king of peace
|Lift up your heads, you mighty gates
|Morning has broken
|O love of God, how strong and true
|One God, one living God
|Serve you the Lord, heart filled with gladness
|Sing a new song to the Lord
|Thanks to God whose word was spoken
|We praise, we worship you, O God
|Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme
|Faith will not grow from words alone
|Have faith in God, my heart
|If we will trust in God to guide us
|O love, how deep, how broad, how high
|Salvation now to us has come
|All go to God when they are sorely place
|At the name of Jesus
|Come as you are, that’s how I want you
|Jesus Christ is waiting
|Lord Jesus Christ, lover of all
|O Christ the healer, we have come
|O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be ri
|Sometimes a healing word is comfort
|What does the Lord require
|Woman in the night