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CALL TO WORSHIP (From Psalm 116)
The LORD is gracious, and merciful,
and hears me when I call
The LORD has been good to you;
the LORD has delivered my life from death
my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
Then come with thanksgiving,
and call on the name of the LORD.
Let us worship God.

Psalm 116:1-4,12-19
Out of love the LORD has heard my cry;
the LORD listened when I called, 
therefore I will proclaim as long as I live.
What shall I return to the LORD for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all God’s people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of God’s faithful ones. 
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. 
You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all God’s people,
in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!

God of all people,
for all your blessings
and for the place we have in your heart
we thank you.
We offer the gifts
of our living and our lives.
Take and use us that others may see your glory
and give you praise.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Genesis 18:1-15, Matthew 9:35-10:8
The theme of last week – journey into the unkown future on the strength of a word – continues. Using the draped brown cloth from last week might symbolise the journeys on which a chosen group of Jesus’ followers are sent. Alongside this, Abraham and Sarah are confronted with the seemingly impossible prospect of parenthood. This is another “journey”, or perhaps a stage in a continuing journey of faith, for them. We can’t be sure of Abraham’s reaction here, but Sarah thought the whole idea laughable.
When have we been in a similar circumstance? Did that circumstance turn out for us as it did for Abraham and Sarah, that a laughable suggestion came to be? Imagine ways in which these might be shared and incorporated into worship today.

(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 and life-giving God,
whose faithfulness has brought hope
where there was none,
by your spirit of grace
encourage those whom we name today
on our lips and in our silence …
lift up the weak and the lonely.
bring comfort 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

Genesis 18:1-15
All my hope on God is founded TIS 560
Happy the home that welcomes you TIS 581
I need you, Lord, for I have seen TIS 625
O stay with us, Lord Jesus TIS 551
The God of Abraham praise TIS 125
Psalm 116:1-2,12-19
Awake my soul, and with the sun TIS 557
Draw near and take the body of our Lord TIS 498
For the beauty of the earth TIS 137
I love the Lord who has heard my prayer TIS 71
What shall we offer our good Lord TIS 439
Romans 5:1-8
All go to God when they are sorely place TIS 240
Come down, O Love divine TIS 398
Come, Holy Spirit, gracious heavenly dove TIS 710
Come, Holy Spirit, Lord of grace TIS 403
Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord TIS 399
Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire TIS 425
Come, dearest Lord, descend and dwell TIS 443
Come, thou long-expected Jesus TIS 272
Father of heaven, whose love profound TIS 131
God, we praise you, God, we bless you TIS 99
Hail our once-despised Jesus TIS 373
I know that my Redeemer TIS 202
In the cross of Christ I glory TIS 349
Jesus lives! your terrors now TIS 372
Jesus, we thus obey TIS 508
May the mind of Christ my Saviour TIS 609
Morning glory, starlit sky
O Holy Spirit, enter in TIS 400
O love of God, how strong and true TIS 139
Peace with the Father, peace with Christ TIS 466
Thanks to God whose Word was spoken TIS 431
The great love of God TIS 164
We give immortal praise TIS 118
Matthew 9:35-10:8
God, your glory we have seen in your Son TIS 461
I the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658
Love divine, all loves excelling TIS 217
O breath of life, come sweeping through TIS 409
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS 606
Spread, O spread, almighty Word TIS 450

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