THE GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD (from Psalm 138)
I give you thanks, O LORD,
with my whole heart I sing your praise.
I worship you and give thanks to your name
for your stead-fast love and your faithfulness;
for you have made your name and your word great —
On the day I called, you answered me,
you gave me encouragement – strength deep within my being.
Let all the rulers of the earth praise you, O LORD,
in response to the words of your mouth;
and let them sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (from Psalm 138)
Blessed are you, O LORD, our God,
sovereign of all that is — seen and unseen.
In every generation you have cared for the lonely, and grieving,
and heard the cry of those who call to you;
and you are aware of those who oppress or exploit.
Answer the cries of our hearts.
There are times for each of us
when we seem to walk in the midst of trouble.
Give us life in the face of the “strong men” that bind us:
stretch out your hand and help us.
Your steadfast love endures for-ever.
By the presence of your Spirit
remind us that you do not forsake the work of your hands.
God, whose generous love is steadfast
and whose faithfulness is everlasting,
we bring an offering;
our time, talent, and treasure.
May these gifts be used
with wisdom, and with justice
in the church
and its mission;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Mark 3:20-35
Drape a green cloth in a flowing manner on the floor in a focal area of the worship space. Place on it some symbols relating to the Gospel reading e.g. a coil of rope or cord, a jug of water, a cloth bandage or others which come to mind in your context.
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 borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Gracious and eternal God,
you have raised up your name and your word
your steadfast love endures for ever.
In a world where every day
some division or strife arises
we bring our prayers for others
and for ourselves.
Do not turn from the work of your hand,
your human creation
and the world in which you have set us:
by your holy breath
comfort the lonely;
bind up the broken-hearted
and those who mourn;
calm the fearful;
rejoice with those who celebrate;
be present to those who call on your name,
to those we named on our lips,
and in the silence of our hearts,
those whose concerns are known only to you;
in Jesus’ name we pray….
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 10B
|God is love, let heaven adore him
|Have faith in God, my heart
|Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts (Jesus, thou …)
|Kneels at the feet of his friends
|O for a thousand tongues to sing
|1 Samuel 8:4-11, 16-20
|Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your s
|Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
|Stand up and bless the Lord
|With my whole heart I will praise you,
|2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
|Holy Spirit, come confirm us
|In heavenly love abiiding
|Lead us heavenly Father, lead us
|Man more than man
|O the deep, deep love of Jesus
|Safe in the shadow of the cross
|We all believe in God
|In Christ there is no east or west