14B – Epiphany 6B

13B - Epiphany 5B15B - Epiphany 7B
See also my post from 2012
Joyful praise I give you, O LORD;
you drew me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
I called on you and you healed me;
you brought my life up from the darkest depths.
I was among those going down to a pit of death,
but you brought me to life.
All you faithful, praise the LORD,
praise the holy name of the LORD.

O LORD, a fractured relationship with you is like a death;
yet your one desire is life – community with you.
With darkness weeping remains,
but joy comes with the hint of morning light.
We’ve come to take so much for granted in our lives:
“I’m OK – steady as a rock.
In fact, LORD, you’ve been so good to me
I’m more secure than a strong mountain.”
Then it seemed that you hid your face from me,
and I was terrified.
I cried out to you, LORD, when things were really grim;
I pleaded with you to restore my good circumstance:
“What profit is there in my weeping, in my going down in the pit?
Will the dust praise you? Will it declare your faithfulness?
Hear me, LORD, and be merciful.
O LORD, be my help.”
You transformed my mourning into dance,
and gave me new life;
you have taken my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my life will praise you, and not weep.
O LORD, my God, I will praise you  – for ever.

Gracious and generous God,
we do not bring silver, or gold, or fine linen,
but simply ourselves and symbols of our daily life.
By your Holy Spirit bless our lives and our gifts
to your use and for your glory,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

You have transformed my mourning into dance,
and given me new life;
you have taken my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my life will praise you, and not weep.
O LORD, my God, I will praise you  – for ever. 


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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
A pair of running shoes (or other appropriate apparel);
a sports trophy (e.g. cup);
a wreath of evergreen;
a wreath worked from thin branches of a thorn bush. (This one needs to be prepared sufficiently in advance for it to be made “green” and allowed to dry and lose its leaves.)

The running shoes, trophy and evergreen wreath are placed at the foot of the communion table; the thorny wreath/crown placed on the communion table either alone or in front of a cross which might usually be in place there.

(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.)
There is no place you have not been,
Jesus of our history.
Stretch out your hand and touch
those for whom we pray
with life in all its wholeness.
Let the light of your word
dispel the weeping of the dark night
of despair, loneliness and grief
with peace.
Transform the sackcloth and ashes
of our lives,
into songs of thanks and praise.
(The Prayers of the People continue)

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

A new commandment I give unto you TIS 699
All the sleepy should have a place to sleep TIS 697
Bring many names, beautiful and good TIS 182
Come down, O Love divine TIS 398
Father, Lord of all Creation TIS 631
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
My God, accept my heart this day TIS 485
Stand up and bless the Lord TIS 449
2 Kings 5:1-14
God of mercy, God of grace TIS 452
I greet you, my Redeemer sure, who lives TIS 198
In suffering love, the thread of life TIS 177
Lord, your almighty word TIS 447
O Christ the healer, we have come TIS 638
O bless the Lord, my soul TIS 64
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord TIS 81
Sometimes a light surprises TIS 128
Wash, O God, our sons and daughters TIS 493
Yours be the glory, risen, conquering Son TIS 380
Psalm 30
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side TIS 123
Come, O God of all the earth TIS 181
Comfort, comfort all my people TIS 647
Fare well. We come to send you on your w TIS 695
I danced in the morning TIS 242
I set the Lord before my eyes TIS 673
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me TIS 18
I’ll praise my Maker while Itve breath TIS 90
Jesus put this song into our hearts TIS 670
O love that wilt not let me go TIS 602
The great love of God is revealed in the Son TIS 164
What God ordains is always good TIS 109
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Blest are the pure in heart TIS 448
Fight the good fight with all thy might TIS 594
Forth in your name, O Lord, I go TIS 571
Make me a channel of your peace TIS 607
May the mind of Christ my Saviour TIS 609
Put all your trust in God TIS 555
Take up your cross, the Saviour said TIS 583
You holy angels bright TIS 108
Mark 1:40-45
A man there lived in Galilee TIS 235
Father of mercy, God of consolation TIS 472
I danced in the morning TIS 242
Inspired by love and anger TIS 674
Jesus, lover of my soul TIS 211
Lord Jesus, think on me TIS 546
O for a thousand tongues to sing TIS 210
O love how deep, how broad how high TIS 194
Where cross the crowded ways of life TIS 608

2 thoughts on “14B – Epiphany 6B”

  1. Thank you for your work and dedication in providing these resources. They are a great help in the busyness of life and while I don’t always use them they are a tremendous starting point for me. Thanks again


    1. Ray,
      Thank you for your comments; the web site started out in a very modest way years ago and has grown over time, partly in response to a peceived need, partly in response to ideas that have been suggested – sometimes ever so obliquely – by users and also from my journey in parish ministry. Blessings. Jeff

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