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.
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.
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.
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.)
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
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 11A
|All my hope on God is founded
|Happy the home that welcomes you
|I need you, Lord, for I have seen
|O stay with us, Lord Jesus
|The God of Abraham praise
|Awake my soul, and with the sun
|Draw near and take the body of our Lord
|For the beauty of the earth
|I love the Lord who has heard my prayer
|What shall we offer our good Lord
|All go to God when they are sorely place
|Come down, O Love divine
|Come, Holy Spirit, gracious heavenly dove
|Come, Holy Spirit, Lord of grace
|Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
|Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire
|Come, dearest Lord, descend and dwell
|Come, thou long-expected Jesus
|Father of heaven, whose love profound
|God, we praise you, God, we bless you
|Hail our once-despised Jesus
|I know that my Redeemer
|In the cross of Christ I glory
|Jesus lives! your terrors now
|Jesus, we thus obey
|May the mind of Christ my Saviour
|Morning glory, starlit sky
|O Holy Spirit, enter in
|O love of God, how strong and true
|Peace with the Father, peace with Christ
|Thanks to God whose Word was spoken
|The great love of God
|We give immortal praise
|God, your glory we have seen in your Son
|I the Lord of sea and sky
|Love divine, all loves excelling
|O breath of life, come sweeping through
|Son of God, eternal Saviour
|Spread, O spread, almighty Word