53A – Sunday 21A

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Psalm 124 (a translation for today – a prayer of confession)
If it had not been for the LORD – let Israel assert –
If it had not been for the LORD,
who was on our side when others rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us alive:
their anger was like a raging bushfire.
They would have swept us away,
like floodwaters sweeping over our necks,
and like an avalanche, a frozen flood, swallowed our lives.
Blessed is the LORD
who did not give us as prey to their teeth.
Our lives have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s net;
the trap is broken and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the LORD 
who made heaven and earth.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Exodus 1:8-2:10 and Matthew 16:13-20
Let your imagination lead you in providing a setting for worship which takes the birth of Moses as its theme. How might you represent baby, basket and river reeds?
For worship focussed on the gospel reading reclaim the papier mache boulder on which Jacob rested his head. Signs bearing the words “Elijah”, “John the Baptist” and “prophet” – each crossed out – and a sign bearing the word “Messiah” would also help to set the scene.

(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.)

God of all grace,
even as you are present with us
be with those who feel overwhelmed;
about to be swallowed up …
swept away in a great torrent …
Be with those we have named on our lips and in our silence…
and by your Word and your Spirit
help us bring consolation to those know to us,
return to our memory those whom we have forgotten
and be present to those who have no-one …
         (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

God moves in a mysterious way TIS 126
Here, Lord, we take the broken bread TIS 523
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
Sometimes a healing word is comfort TIS 692
Stand up and bless the Lord TIS 449
This is a day of new beginnings TIS 653
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
Exodus 1:8-2:10
All the sleepy should have a place to sleep TIS 697
Come to be our hope, Lord Jesus TIS 688
God moves in a mysterious way TIS 126
Inspired by love and anger TIS 674
Praise to the living God TIS 102
Psalm 124
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side TIS 123
Great is your faithfulness TIS 154
Now Israel may say and that truly TIS 79
Romans 12:1-8
A new heart, Lord, create in me TIS 559
Breathe on me, breath of God TIS 407
Christ, from whom all blessings flow TIS 440
Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord TIS 399
Eternal light, shine in my heart TIS 548
God is our song, and every singer blest TIS 646
God, who stretched the spangled heavens TIS 163
God, you touch the earth with beauty TIS 610
In all my ways, in every task TIS 553
Let him to whom we now belong TIS 563
Lord, I come to you TIS 685
Lord, You are the light of life to me TIS 261
O thou who camest from above TIS 572
Sing praise and thanksgiving, TIS 107
We are your people, Lord, by your grace TIS 468
What God ordains is always good TIS 109
When I survey the wondrous cross TIS 342
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holine TIS 454
Matthew 16:13-20
Glorious things of you are spoken TIS 446
God gives us a future TIS 687
God of grace and God of glory TIS 611
Jesus! the name high over all TIS 218
Join all the glorious names TIS 205
Lord, You are the light of life to me TIS 261
Lord, keep us steadfast in your word TIS 436
Well, Jesus is the rock TIS 669
What shall we offer our good Lord TIS 439

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