PRAYER OF ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING (Ps.139:1-6)
Lord God, you know me through and through;
you know my sitting down, and my getting up.
You sense what I am thinking from far away;
you understand my journeying and my resting.
In fact, you are familiar with the way I do everything;
even before I speak, you know what’s on my mind.
You are in my past, and in my future,
you surround me with your love
and your reassuring hand is upon me.
This wonderful knowledge is beyond my understanding;
it surpasses everything, and is beyond my grasp.
For the stories we share, for our life together,
and for the breath of your Spirit among us,
we thank you,
Holy and blessed Trinity. Amen
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (Psalm 139:7-12)
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where could I get away from your presence?
If I climbed the heavens, you would be there;
if I made my bed in Sheol, you would be there.
If I were to fly with the morning light
and settle at the farthest limits of the sunset,
even there your hand would lead me,
and your right hand would take hold of me.
If I asked the darkness to cover me,
and the light around me to become night,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for light and dark are just the same.
Forgive what we have been;
help us amend what we are;
shape what we shall be;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways;
in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
God always generous,
rich in lovingkindness and compassion,
we offer our gifts and our living
that, by your holy breath,
we may together be instruments of your loving
in our following the way of Jesus. Amen
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Genesis 28:10-19a and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Jacob’s experience of God might be symbolised with a ladder; a large boulder (of the papier mache variety, I suggest); a small pile of soil and a compass.
The parable could be symbolised visually by a bundle/pile of wheat and a bundle/pile of weeds.
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.)
Based on a prayer by Anselm of Canterbury (11th Cent.)
made known to us most clearly in Jesus,
Together with our joys and our thanks
we bring before you,
the sorrows of the bereaved …
the helplessness of the weak …
the despondency of the weary …
the failing powers of the aged …
By your Holy Spirit draw near to each:
those we have named on our lips and in our silence …
and those we have forgotten …
(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 16A
|I am alone, yet not alone
|In suffering love, the thread of life
|Lord, you have been our dwelling place
|O God of Bethel, by whose hand
|Our God, we know your providence
|Psalm 139: 1-12, 23-24
|I am alone, yet not alone
|I sing the almighty power of God
|In our darkness there is no darkness
|Lord of creation, to you be all praise
|Lord, the light of your love is shining
|O Lord Jesus Marrkapmirr
|O Lord, you have searched me and known me
|One God, one living God
|When morning gilds the skies
|You are before me, Lord, you are behind
|A man there lived in Galilee
|Break now the bread of life
|By your kingly power, O risen Lord
|Christ is the world’s true light
|Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
|Holy Spirit, come confirm us
|Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
|Lord God, the Spirit blest
|O love, how deep, how broad, how high
|Praise the God who changes places
|Praise the Spirit in creation
|Stars and planets flung in orbit
|There’s a light upon the mountains
|Wash, O God, our sons and daughters
|Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43
|For the fruits of all creation
|God has spoken to his people, hallelujah
|God, your glory we have seen in your Son
|Help us accept each other
|Lord Jesus, we belong to you
|The great love of God