Your word is a lamp to my feet,
a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it;
to keep your just rulings.
I’m bent over with suffering;
O LORD, give me life, according to your word.
Please hear my praise offerings, O LORD;
and instil me with your rulings.
Continually, I put my life in my hands;
but I do not forget your way for living.
The wicked set a trap for me;
but I do not wander from your directions..
Your terms for living are my heritage for ever;
they are indeed the joy of my heart.
I turn my heart to live out your precepts;
they are my reward for ever.
Holy mystery we name God,
we bring the bustle of each day,
the energy created by our work,
the enthusiasm of our eager hearts.
May our joy in following Jesus strengthen us
that our living may also extend
your hospitality and compassion
to our neighbours. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Genesis 25:19-34 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Theme symbols on the worship table, or other appropriate position in the worship space today, could be a small pile of red lentils together with a “gift-wrapped” parcel labelled “Double Share of Inheritance”. (Genesis) and small piles of wheat and stones (Gospel).
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 God, healer and bringer of wholeness,
we wonder why life is the way it seems to be:
let you word light the path
of the weak and the lonely;
your spirit comfort
those burdened with grief,
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 15A
|Fold to your heart your sister and your brother
|God moves in a mysterious way
|God! When human bonds are broken
|O God of Bethel, by whose hand
|Blessed are those whose way is blameless
|Help us, O Lord, to learn
|Jesus, my Lord, let me be near you
|Lord, You are the light of life to me
|Lord, keep us steadfast in your word
|Lord, take my hand and lead me
|Lord, your word abiding
|O Holy Spirit, enter in
|O for a closer walk with God
|Your words to me are life and health
|Breathe on me, breath of God
|Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
|Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
|Lord of creation, to you be all praise
|O Holy Spirit, enter in
|Thanks to God whose Word was spoken
|Matthew 13: 1-9,18-23
|Bring many names, beautiful and good
|God has spoken to his people, hallelujah
|God, your glory we have seen in your Son
|Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult
|Master speak, thy servant heareth
|O Jesus I have promised
|Sent forth by God’s blessing
|Spread, O spread, almighty Word
|Thanks to God whose word was spoken
|We know that Christ is raised
|What shall we offer our good Lord