THE GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE (from Psalm 111)
Praise the LORD.
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart;
in the group of the upright and in the congregation.
Great are the works of the LORD,
studied by all who take delight in them;
works full of majesty;
and God’s grandeur endures for ever.
PRAYER OF ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING (Psalm 111)
Praise the LORD!
We give you thanks and praise, LORD God, with all our heart,
here, in this place, and in the whole church.
Great are your works O LORD,
cause for study, meditation and wonder by all who delight in them.
Honour and majesty mark your works;
and your covenant faithfulness endures forever.
You have caused your wonderful deeds to be proclaimed;
you, O LORD, are gracious and compassionate.
You provide food for those who hold you in holy awe;
you will remember your covenant for ever and ever.
You have declared to your people the power of your works;
that you would give them the heritage of the nations.
The works of your hands are lasting kindness and justice:
all your commandments are dependable;
unshakeable for ever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
You sent redemption to your people;
you have commanded your covenant be kept forever.
Holy and awesome is your name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who do them have good insight
Praise of you, LORD God, continues forever. Amen
Gracious and eternal Lord God,
to whom we turn in every need;
receive the gifts we offer,
and let our lives give glory and praise;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Mark 1:21-28
This could be a service of healing; a time to seek release from the demons in our own lives, (and allow release for those demons we have held captive within us).
Offer times of silence, prayer, candle-lighting, and anointing.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(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.)
healer and bringer of wholeness,
rejoice with those who rejoice and give thanks today
and strengthen the weak and the lonely.
Pour out your Spirit
on all who are weighed down with grief,
and those whose troubles are known only to you;
that all may know your peace …
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EPIPHANY 4 – YEAR B
|A man there lived in Galilee
|All hail the power of Jesus’ name
|Almighty God, lift up ur eyes
|Brother, sister, let me serve you
|Father, we adore you
|God, who stretched the spangled heavens
|Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
|Jesus the name high over all
|Lord of earth and all creation
|Made in God’s likeness, moved by the Spirit
|O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
|O Jesus I have promised
|O Lord Jesus, Marrkapmirr
|O for a thousand tongues to sing.
|Rejoice, the Lord is King
|Sing, all creation, sing to God in gladness
|Where wide sky rolls down and touches red sand
|From all who dwell below the skies
|God has spoken by his prophets
|God has spoken to his people, hallelujah
|God is love, let heaven adore him
|Guide me, O my great Redeemer
|Lord, you word abiding
|O Lord of every shining constellation
|Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
|Crown him with many crowns
|Jesus, lover of my soul
|Praise now the Lord! It’s good to raise
|Praise our God, the great Creator
|Praise the Lord, I will give thanks to the Lord
|1 Corinthians 8:1-13
|All creatures of our God and king
|Be thou my vision
|Christ is the world’s light, he and none other
|Help us accept each other
|Lord Jesus, we belong to you
|O Spirit of the living God
|One God, one living God
|The law of Christ alone can make us free
|We all believe in God who made
|We have a gospel to proclaim
|Where there is charity and love
|Dear Lord, for all in pain
|Jesus! the name high over all
|Jesus’ hands were kind hands
|O Christ the healer, we have come
|O for a thousand tongues to sing
|The voice of God goes out to all the world