CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 19)
Come into this sacred space to worship God
whose teaching is perfect;
whose directions are sure.
Come into this holy place to worship God
whose standards are right;
whose commandment is clear;
whose judgements are true.
Come with holy fear —
to be given life, and made wise,
to have your heart stirred and your eyes opened wide.
Come — let us worship God.
Let the words of our mouths and the whispering of our hearts
be acceptable to you,
Source of life,
Word of life,
Breath of life. Amen.
PRAYER OF ADORATION AND CONFESSION (from Psalm 19)
Your glory, O God
is declared in the holy silence of the heavens,
and told in the silent succession of day and night.
No speech, or word or voice is heard;
yet they speak to all the world,
and their words reach to the ends of the earth.
The sun joyfully leaps across the sky,
from one end of the heavens to the farthest reaches,
and nothing is hidden from its heat or light.
So nothing that we do or say or whisper in our hearts
is hidden from you, Lord God.
Release us from the darkness we hide deep within our lives.
Let our lives be radiant with holy fear;
delighting in your teaching,
receiving insight from your commandments
and wisdom from your encouraging.
Enliven our desire for your everlasting judgements
over wealth or fame:
to enjoy the sweet drippings of the honeycomb,
that are to be found
in right relationship with those around us,
and with you. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Psalm 19
(a) a goodly length of clean newsprint, or alternatively, a number of smaller sheets of paper which can be joined together;
(b) coloured crayons, felt-tipped marker pens, scraps of coloured paper or other media
Create a mural by inviting the congregation to illustrate the images depicted or suggested by the psalm, using the coloured crayons, felt-tipped marker pens, scraps of coloured paper or other media (perhaps use a glue-stick rather than liquid glue to stick these to the mural).
For some situations it may be better to hang the blank mural on the wall before everyone begins to create; in other situations it may be better to work “on the flat”, with the hanging of the mural being the culmination of this creative moment.
Be imaginative, even the the psalm suggests that perhaps the sky is not the limit 🙂
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.)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
God of unfailing love,
who is above all and through all and in all;
you have blessed us with this new day;
with birds of the air, and fish of the sea;
with animals, plant life, crops, rich vegetation,
trees bowed down with fruit:
yet we cry to you, O God,
for those we name in word and silence
and those whose trouble is known only to you,
that in our living
they may be comforted, encouraged and sustained.
God of this day,
hear our prayer;
in Jesus’ name…
(The Prayers of the People continue)
Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 27A
|Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
|I sing the almighty power of God
|Jesus the Lord said ‘I am the bread’
|Praise and thanksgiving Father we offer
|Forgive our sins as we forgive
|Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
|O for a closer walk with God
|One God, one living God
|This is the day the Lord has made
|Christ, whose glory fills the skies
|God’s law is perfect, and converts
|Let all creation dance
|Morning has broken
|Now to the Lord a noble song
|O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
|Sing a new song, sing a new song
|The day of resurrection
|The voice of God goes out to all the world
|This is my Father’s world
|We all believe in God who made
|Christ the Lord is risen today
|Fairest Lord Jesus
|God gives us a future
|Have faith in God, my heart
|I am alone, yet not alone
|I know that my Redeemer
|Let him to whom we now belong
|Lift up your heads, you mighty gates
|Lord Jesus joy of loving hearts
|Now we come, our heavenly Father
|This is a day of new beginnings
|A man there lived in Galilee
|At the name of Jesus
|Christ is made the sure foundation
|How firm a foundation, you people of God
|I danced in the morning
|The head that once was crowned with thorns