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PSALM 119:105-112
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.

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

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).

(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

Genesis 25:19-34
Fold to your heart your sister and your brother TIS 587
God moves in a mysterious way TIS 126
God! When human bonds are broken TIS 683
O God of Bethel, by whose hand TIS 564
Psalm 119:105-112
Blessed are those whose way is blameless TIS 75
Help us, O Lord, to learn TIS 428
Jesus, my Lord, let me be near you TIS 656
Lord, You are the light of life to me TIS 261
Lord, keep us steadfast in your word TIS 436
Lord, take my hand and lead me TIS 593
Lord, your word abiding TIS 427
O Holy Spirit, enter in TIS 400
O for a closer walk with God TIS 576
Your words to me are life and health TIS 430
Romans 8:1-11
Breathe on me, breath of God TIS 407
Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord TIS 399
Holy Spirit, ever dwelling TIS 410
Lord of creation, to you be all praise TIS 626
O Holy Spirit, enter in TIS 400
Thanks to God whose Word was spoken TIS 431
Matthew 13: 1-9,18-23
Bring many names, beautiful and good TIS 182
God has spoken to his people, hallelujah TIS 636
God, your glory we have seen in your Son TIS 461
Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult TIS 589
Master speak, thy servant heareth TIS 597
O Jesus I have promised TIS 595
Sent forth by God’s blessing TIS 531
Spread, O spread, almighty Word TIS 450
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431
We know that Christ is raised TIS 489
What shall we offer our good Lord TIS 439

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