THE GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE (From Psalm 48)
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised.
Your name, O God, like your praise,
reaches to the ends of the earth
PSALM 48 (a fresh translation)
The LORD is great, worthy of the greatest praise.
Zion, holy mountain, a beautiful view,
and the joy of all the earth;
Zion, surrounded by the city of our God;
the city of the great King.
And we know that God is here, in its citadels;
our God, strong and enduring.
Here is the evidence:
kings assembled, having crossed over together.
When they saw it, they were overwhelmed;
they were terrified, and they fled.
Trembling seized them,
writhing like that of a woman in labour,
like the east wind shattering the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard,
so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts,
in the city of our God,
which God establishes forever.
We have reflected on your lovingkindness, O God,
in the midst of your temple.
As is your name, O God, so is your praise
to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is full of justice.
Mount Zion shall rejoice,
the daughters of Judah shall rejoice
because of your judgments.
Walk right around Zion;
go all around it, count its towers.
contemplate its ramparts,
climb over its fortifications,
so that you may describe it to the next generation
For here is God,
our God, forever and ever,
who will lead us forever.
Creating and eternal God,
whose grace is sufficient for us
and whose power is made perfect in weakness,
in our weakness and insufficiency,
we offer our lives
and the gifts of our living
for the work of your mustard seed kingdom;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Mark 6:1-13
(a) Have some (preferably largish) maps and travel posters “blue-tacked” around the walls;
(b) project similar images on an overhead screen during a prayer of confession which includes ackowledgement our reluctance to risk the journey in faith;
(c) IMAGINE THE JOURNEY OF YOUR CHURCH – have members of the congregation, in small groups, select SIX items from the following list (adapt as appropriate for your circumstance) being the items essential for the continued, growing life of the church on its journey.
|The wooden Cross
The lectern Bible
Uniting in Worship
What might you do with the results of this survey?
How might it influence your congregation’s ministry and mission focus?
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.)
By your Holy Spirit, O God,
warm the lives of those we have named
on our lips and in the silence of our hearts;
sustain those beset by doubt and unbelief;
celebrate with those open to your abundance;
bring comfort to those among us and around us
who are hurting,
and encouragement to those
for whom the light of life
shines less brightly.
In Jesus’ name we pray….
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 14 – YEAR B|
|All my hope on God is founded||TIS 560|
|God moves in a mysterious way||TIS 126|
|Take up your cross the Saviour said||TIS 583|
|What does the Lord require||TIS 618|
|2 Samuel 5:1-5,9-10|
|A mighty fortress is our God||TIS 103|
|Glorious things of you are spoken||TIS 446|
|God is our strength and refuge||TIS 28|
|I want to walk as a child of the light||TIS 643|
|Great God, we sing that mighty hand||TIS l24|
|Guide me,O my great Redeemer||TIS 569|
|Join all the glorious names of wisdom,love||TIS 205|
|Now thank we all our God,||TIS 106|
|Praise to the Lord, the Almighty||TIS 111|
|This, this is the God we adore||TIS 220|
|2 Corinthians 12:2-10|
|Be thou my vision||TIS 547|
|Dear Lord, for all the pain||TIS 612|
|Father, whose everlasting love||TIS 213|
|I greet you my Redeemer sure, who lives||TIS 198|
|If we will trust in God to guide us||TIS 554|
|In all my ways, in every task||TIS 553|
|In suffering love the thread of life||TIS 177|
|Jesus, lover of my soul||TIS 211|
|Lord of creation, to you be all praise||TIS 626|
|Lord, I come to you, let my heart be changed||TIS 685|
|Lord, take my hand and lead me||TIS 593|
|Make me a captive, Lord||TIS 604|
|O Jesus, Saviour, grow in me||TIS 575|
|Praise our God, the great creator||TIS 165|
|Thanks to God, whose word was spoken||TIS 413|
|The God of Abraham praise||TIS 125|
|This is a day of new beginnings||TIS 653|
|You are my hiding place|
|All hail the power of Jesus’ name||TIS 224|
|God has spoken to his people, hallelujah||TIS 636|
|Help us, O Lord, to learn||TIS 428|
|Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy||TIS 613|
|Sent forth by God’s blessing||TIS 531|
|There’s a wideness in God’s mercy||TIS 136|
|We are your people||TIS 468|
|Worship, honour, glory, blessing||TIS 772|