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See also my post from 2017, 2020, 2023

Psalm 133  (a translation for today)
How good, indeed, how pleasant  it is,
for a community to live as one.
It is like precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
the beard of Aaron, 
flowing down over his robes;
like dew on Mount Hermon, 
which comes upon the mountains of Zion
for there the LORD has ordained the blessing ?
life for ever.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Genesis 45:1-15 and Matthew 15:21-28
If your theme this week continues the Joseph saga, re-use the symbols of last week and add an image or object which typifies or symbolises Joseph’s status as Egyptian “ruler”.
For the gospel reading, drape a swathe of brown cloth (representing the journey of Jesus and his disciples) from the worship table onto the floor in front and place some largish scraps of bread on this cloth.

(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.)

Holy one whom we name God,
you have heard the cry of your people in every generation;
Hear our prayer
for those in our congregation; our community; our families,
those we have named
on our lips and in our silence,
and those whose trouble is known only to you;
in Jesus’ name we pray …
         (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

Christ is the world’s light TIS 246
Fold to your heart your sister and your broth TIS 587
God of mercy, God of grace TIS 452
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
Our God, be gracious unto us TIS 37
Sometimes a healing word is comfort TIS 692
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431
This is a day of new beginnings TIS 653
Genesis 45:1-15
Fold to your heart your sister and your brother TIS 587
Forgive our sins, as we forgive TIS 635
God moves in a mysterious way TIS 126
Where there is charity and love TIS 434
Psalm 133
All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442
Dear Father, Lord of humankind TIS 598
Help us accept each other TIS 648
Romans 11:1-2a,29-32
Christ’s is the world in which we move TIS 677
Father of mercy, God of consolation TIS 472
Father, whose everlasting love TIS 213
O Christ the healer, we have come TIS 638
Praise to the Holiest in the height TIS 141
When Christ was liftedfrom the earth TIS 248
Matthew 15:10-28
All hail the power of Jesus’ name TIS 224
Blessed Jesus, at your word TIS 437
God of grace and God of glory TIS 611
Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on TIS 729
Jesus shall reign where ‘er the sun TIS 207
O bride of Christ, rejoice TIS 336
O changeless Christ, for ever new TIS 254

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