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PSALM 126 (a rough translation)
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion
it was like living in a dream;
our mouths overflowed with laughter,
and our tongues sang with joy.
All the people round about said,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD did indeed do great things for us
 – and we were overjoyed.
O LORD, restore us again,
like the creek-beds in ‘the bush’:
those who sowed with tears
 reaping with shouts of gladness,
our journey in a broken world
giving way to abundant joy.

Psalm 126 (a version for today)
It was a golden age, like living in a dream;
our mouths overflowed with laughter,
and our tongues sang with joy.
All the people round about said,
“The LORD  has done a great thing for them.”
The LORD had indeed done a great thing for us
– and we were overjoyed,
 happy as we had never known.
O LORD, restore us again,
like the creek-beds outback:
when those who sowed with sweat and tears
shall reap with shouts of gladness,
when our journey in a broken world
shall give way to abundant joy.

Bless our giving, O God,
with the wisdom of your Spirit
that it may be the oil of gladness
for those who mourn,
a mantle of praise
for those whose spirits are faint,
and a planting to display your glory;
in Jesus name we pray. Amen (from Isaiah 61:3)

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

Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) which was published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.

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

Lord of Life…
Creator of all…
Comfort of all sorrows…
attend our prayers…
and by your Holy Spirit
give us enough courage to bring good news
to those we name on our lips
enough compassion to bind up
the broken hearted we name in the silence of our hearts
enough confidence to proclaim your liberating word,
and the opportunity to unknowingly comfort
one whose trouble is known only to you;
in Jesus’ name we pray…..
(The Prayers of the People continue)

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Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate

O come! O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
So God loved the people of the world TIS 241
Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11
Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair TIS 690
Come to be our hope, O Jesus TIS 688
Come, thou long-expected Jesus TIS 272
Come, your hearts and voices raising TIS 297
Dear Lord, for all in pain we pray TIS 612
God of freedom, God of justice TIS 657
God’s Son came to bless us TIS 197
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
Holy Spirit, ever dwelling TIS 410
Jesus put this song into our hearts TIS 670
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207
Lord, your almighty word TIS 447
Praise with joy the world’s Creator TIS 179
Robe yourself, my soul, in gladness TIS 503
Sing of the Lord’s goodness, TIS 183
The advent of our God TIS 271
Psalm 126
For the fruits of all creation TIS 168
In suffering love the thread of life TIS 177
Joyful, joyful, we adore you TIS 152
When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage TIS 80
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
A new heart, Lord, create in me TIS 559
Father of mercy, God of consolation TIS 472
Father of peace and God of love TIS 482
For the beauty of the earth TIS 137
Give thanks for the Lord is good TIS 74
Go now in peace TIS 782
Holy Spirit, go before us TIS 420
Lord Christ, true peace of all above TIS 623
O Christ the healer, we have come TIS 638
Rejoice, the Lord is king TIS 216
Spirit divine, attend our prayers TIS 406
Thank you for giving me the morning TIS 162
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
John 1:6-8,19-28
Come, you people, come adore him TIS 101
Hark, a herald voice is calling TIS 264
I want to walk as a child of the light TIS 643
Jesus the name high over all TIS 218
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry TIS 270
Saviour of the nations, come TIS 295

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