PRAYER OF CONFESSION (From Psalm 130)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading!
If you, O LORD, if you took our faults and wrong actions into account,
Lord, who could stand before you?
But in you there is a deep well of forgiveness,
so that you may be held in holy awe.
I wait for you, O LORD, I wait with deep longing,
and in your word I stand, waiting in hope.
My deep longing for the Lord
is more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who wait for an end to the night.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON (from Psalm 130)
Our hope in you, O LORD!
For with you there is steadfast love,
and great power to save.
It is the LORD God who will save us from all our wrongdoing.
Thanks be to God.
COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING (from Psalm 130)
Wait for the LORD,
I wait with deep longing;
and in his word I stand, waiting in hope.
Hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with the LORD is great power to save.
Go into the world with assurance, hope and promise:
the grace of the Word of life rest upon you;
the love of the Source of life, embrace you;
and the transforming power of the Breath of life uphold you,
this day and all your days. 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.
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 God, in your steadfast love
hear all who cry to you
in their day of trouble,
comfort those who cannot be comforted,
and raise up the weak,
that together we may know your saving ways,
and mighty works…
(The Prayers of the People continue)
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Mark 5:21-43
Three suggestions, not necessarily mutually exclusive: (a) make this a healing service – a service of prayer for healing and the sick. (b) have the lection read while members of the congregation mime the story (c) have some members present a dramatic retelling of the gospel story.
Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms
|HYMN SEARCH FOR SUNDAY 13B
|A charge to keep I have
|All my hope on God is founded
|Did you ever see a kookaburra laugh
|I sing the almighty power of God
|I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath,
|In great thanksgiving
|May the grace of Christ our Saviour
|Morning glory, starlit sky
|Rejoice, the Lord is King
|Sing praise and thanksgiving, let all creatures
|Son of God, eternal Saviour
|The law of Christ alone can make us free
|When I needed a neighbour
|2 Samuel 1: 1,17-27
|Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
|Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days
|Be still, my soul, the Lord is on your side
|How shall I sing to God
|O come! O come, Emmanuel
|Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord
|Sing a new song, sing a new song
|2 Corinthians 8: 7-15
|Glory to God, glory to God, praise and alleluia
|He became poor, that we may be rich
|Let all together praise our God
|Son of God, eternal Saviour
|Where cross the crowded ways of life
|he became poor that we may become rich
|Christ is the heavenly food that gives
|Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father
|I danced in the morning
|Jesus’ hands were kind hands
|O Christ the healer, we have come
|O for a thousand tongues to sing
|Put all your trust in God
|Woman in the night