Be gracious to me, O God,
according to your lovingkindness;
according to your abundant compassion
blot out my rebellious acts.
Like a cloudburst, wash my wrongdoing from me
and scour my sins from me;
for I am only too aware of my rebellion,
and my sin is always in front of me.
I have sinned against you – you alone,
and done what is displeasing in your eyes
and so you have a just case when you speak;
blameless when you judge.
Truly, I was born among waywardness,
and my mother conceived me in a sinful society;
indeed, you desired faithfulness in the womb,
and in being kept hidden you caused me to know wisdom
Unsin me with hyssop and I shall be clean;
wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my wrongdoing.
Create for me a clean heart, O God,
and re-create a generous spirit within me.
Do not throw me aside from your presence;
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your favour;
and let a willing spirit sustain me.
God of abundance,
you have given more than we could ask for.
By the power of your Spirit within us,
enable us to extend your hospitality and generosity
to our neighbours;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Ephesians 4:1-16
Perhaps several opportunities:
(a) v.5: Remembering our baptism (Reaffirmation).
(b) vv.11-13: Celebrating/honouring/naming the gifts of ministry exercised in the congregation. Invite members to stand, and remain standing, who are involved in the various ministries are named: participation in leading worship (liturgist, reader, intercessor, musicians etc; pastoral visiting; opportunity/thrift shop volunteers; property maintenance; elder; fellowship/faith-sharing groups; Bible study; and so on. Make sure the list gets everyone standing. We are all part of the one body.
(c) Imagine ways appropriate for your congregation of acknowledging and honouring the diversity within your congregation; diversity which is “knit together” in the one body. For example: As for last Sunday, have a display of various kinds of breads arranged, perhaps especially include loaves of multi-grain bread. (This also ties in the Gospel theme.) Just as the many and various grains make one loaf so we are made one in following Jesus. The bread (toasted?) could be shared over morning tea after worship.
If worship today includes Holy Communion, this would be an occasion to break and share a multi-grain loaf.
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.)
God of unfailing love,
who is above all and through all and in all;
you have blessed us with this new day;
with birds of the air, and fish of the sea;
with animals, plant life, crops, rich vegetation,
trees bowed down with fruit:
yet we cry to you, O LORD,
for those we name in word and silence
and those whose trouble is known only to you,
that in our living
they may be comforted, encouraged and sustained.
God of this day,
hear our prayer;
in Jesus’ name…
(The Prayers of the People continue)
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 SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 18B
|Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
|O Lord Jesus, Marrkapmirr
|Take my life and let it be
|Thuma mina (Send me, Lord)
|2 Samuel 11: 26- 12: 13a
|Father of mercy, God of consolation
|Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
|Make me a captive, Lord
|Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
|Sometimes a healing word is comfort
|What does the Lord require?
|A new heart, Lord, create in me
|Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned
|Create in us a new heart, O God
|Dear Shepherd of your people hear
|God, you touch the earth with beauty
|Have mercy on us, living God
|Lord Jesus, think on me
|Lord, I come to you
|O Holy Spirit, enter in
|Refresh my heart, Lord, renew my love
|Christ is the world’s true light
|Christ, from whom all blessings flow
|Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest
|Help us to accept each other
|I greet you, my Redeemer sure
|In Christ there is no east or west
|O Lord of every shining constellation
|The church’s one foundation
|Your hand O God has guided
|Your words to me are life and health
|Bread of the world, in mercy broken
|Break now the bread of life
|I am the Bread of Life
|Jesus the Lord said, I am the bread
|Lord Jesus joy of loving hearts
|Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us
|My God, your table now is spread
|O God of Bethel, by whose hand
|Robe yourself, my soul, with gladness