62A – Sunday 30A

61A - Sunday 29A63A - All Saints Day
See also my post from 2017, 2020, 2023

O Lord you are our help
from generation to generation.
Before the mountains were born,
before you were in labour with the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting, you are.
You give humankind back to the dust,
and you say, “Back you go, mortals.”
A thousand years pass before your eyes like yesterday,
like the last watch of the night when it is over.
You pour sleep on them,
and they are like grass that fades in the morning;
like grass that springs up but withers,
and towards evening shrivels up.
Indeed we are consumed by your wrath
and worn out by your anger
You keep our waywardness in front of you
and the sins we have hidden are lit by your face.
All our days pass away under your fury;
we finish our years with a sigh.
We may live for seventy years, or eighty, if we are strong;
yet most of them are toil and trouble, soon gone – and we are gone.
Who can understand the power of your anger
or that even those who fear you can be the object of your fury.
Teach us then, to number our days,
so that we might acquire a heart of wisdom.
Turn back, O LORD! – How long?
Change your mind about your servants!
Fill us each day with your steadfast love,
that we may shout for joy and happiness all our days.
Give us joy equal to the days you chastened us,
the years we came to know disaster.
Let your works be visible to all who serve you,
and a vision of your splendour to their children.
Let the kindness of the Lord our God be upon us;
say “Yes” to our daily activity, O LORD,
say “Yes” to our daily activity.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1999.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 22:34-46
(a) a length of blank newsprint (for a “mural”, OR
(b) large sheets of plain paper which could provide the same effect when joined together.
(c) coloured pencils, felt-tipped pens, crayons, water-based paintsInvite the congregation express with words and pictures their responses to the following questions:
How do you love God?
How do you love your neighbour? (Who is your neighbour?)
How do you love yourself?

This could be done from an individual and/or congregational perspective.

While that addresses the past, the congregation could also be invited to “brainstorm” responses that look to their future mission and ministry by reshaping these question in the form:
“How could I/we love . . . .?”

(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer will borrow lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community. )

Holy and compassionate God,
rejoice with those who rejoice and give thanks today
Draw near to those who are weighed down with grief,
and comfort those whose troubles are known only to you;
in Jesus’ name we pray…
(The Intercessions continue…)

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate

God of all power and truth and grace TIS 567
Lord in the strength of grace TIS 483
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
Seek, O seek the Lord TIS 464
Thank you for giving me the morning TIS 162
This is my will, my one command TIS 641
When I needed a neighbour TIS 629
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Forth in your name, O Lord, I go TIS 571
O God of Bethel, by whose hand TIS 564
Put all your trust in God TIS 555
The God of Abraham praise TIS 125
Psalm 90: 1-6, 13-17
Lord, you have been our dwelling-place TIS 144
Our God our help in ages past TIS 47
The church’s one foundation TIS 457
l Thessalonians 2:1-8
O Jesus I have promised TIS 595
Through all the changing scenes of life TIS 112
Who would true valour see TIS 561
Your hand, O God, has guided TIS 456
Matthew 22:34-46
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
Lord of creation, to you be all praise TIS 626
Rejoice, the Lord is King TIS 216
Take my life, and let it be TIS 559

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