54B – Sunday 22B

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PSALM 45:1-2,6-9
My heart stirs with a noble theme –
let me recite my works concerning the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skilful writer.
In appearance and speech,
God has blessed the king for ever.
God’s throne endures for ever and ever,
the sceptre of God’s sovereignty is a sceptre of justice.
With the oil of rejoicing God has anointed
the one who has loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
All your robes are myrrh, and aloes and cassia;
from ivory palaces stringed instruments delight you.
Daughters of kings take their place among your noble ladies;
the consort of your right hand, in gold of Ophir.

God among us,
you show us who you are by what you give us.
What we give others is a sign of who we are.
Grant us wisdom
to use our gifts and our lives to your glory;
in Jesus’ name. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2012.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
At a focal point in the worship space place a bowl of water and a towel, a Bible opened at Exodus 20 (the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses), if possible copies of several acts of parliament and/or the Constitution and Regulations of your church/denomination, together with two lighted candles. Symbolically, the water and towel point to washing/making clean, acts of servanthood; the 10 Commandments and the legislation to the order/regulation of our selves and community; the candles to the two commandments which Jesus saw as being the most important and which cut through the myriad rules of tradition.

(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.)

Tender and loving God,
comfort of the sorrowing,
strength of the suffering,
embrace them in your mercy
and by the presence of your Spirit,
moving as a gentle breeze,
or blowing as a turbulent storm,
strengthen us to serve them.
Hear our prayer
for those whose names are on our lips
and those for whom we pray in silence…
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

God of grace and God of glory TIS 611
God of mercy, God of grace TIS 452
Help us, O Lord, to learn TIS 428
O breath of life, come sweeping through us TIS 409
O for a heart to praise my God TIS 568
Song of Songs 2:8-13
As man and woman we were made TIS 645
As the deer pants for the water TIS 703
Jesus, we thus obey TIS 508
joyful, joyful, we adore you TIS 152
O Love that will not let me go TIS 602
The voice of God goes out to all the world TIS 282
Whenlove is found, and hope comes home TIS 654
Psalm 45:1-2,6-9
Immortal, invisible, God only wise TIS 143
Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star TIS 199
My heart is full of Christ, and longs TIS 214
What does the Lord require? TIS 618
James 1:17-27
Almighty God, lift up our eyes TIS 615
Dear Father, Lord of humankind TIS 598
For the beauty of the earth TIS 137
God gives us a future TIS 687
Help us, O Lord, to learn TIS 428
Holy Spirit, go before us TIS 420
I sing the almighty power of God TIS 1 19
O dearest Lord, thy sacred head TIS 352
Put all your trust in God TIS 555
Sent forth by God’s blessing TIS 531
Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands TIS 496
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
We plough the fields, and scatter TIS 130
Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23
A mighty fortress is our God TIS 103
As a chalice cast of gold TIS 476
At the name ofJesus TIS 231
Blest are the pure inheart TIS 448
Fairest Lord Jesus TIS 203
For the beauty of the earth TIS 137
God of all power and truth and grace TIS 567
King of glory, King of peace TIS 201
We limit not the truth of God TIS 453

4 thoughts on “54B – Sunday 22B”

  1. Hi Kevin and Jeff,

    The reason for the difference in the Seasons of the Spirit material it that they (SOS) are working on the Season of Creation and so don’t stick with the lectionary readings. This can be a little annoying when you’re trying to work with the lectionary readings, but all the more reason to be creative.


  2. Hi there.

    I have found this site most useful, especially you wonderful references to music from Scripture as i frequently have to arrange the music and play it for our services.
    We are using “Seasons of the Spirit” and find that your passages for week 2/9/2012 are different to “Seasons”. is there a reason for this i wonder?
    Seasons passages are :
    Roman s1:18-23
    Joh n1:1-14

    I have to say that our congregational newsletter has a different set of readings as well.
    Mark 7 1-8 etc
    James 1: 17-27
    Psalm 15
    Deut 4: 1,2,6-9,
    Which are listed as the passages in the lectionary link on your website.

    So now i am totally confused.
    Mind you, there are seldom these types of differences from Seasons – to church News to your site.

    Any suggestions please?

    Many Thanks

    Kevin Harkness
    Elder and Musician ( sort of)
    Grantham Heights Uniting Church
    Seven Hills New South Wales

    1. Hi Kevin,

      The Revised Common Lectionary a couple of variations and this can be confusing.The ‘continuous’ variant, used by the UCA (and followed in my web site), has Old Testament readings that are somewhat continuous e.g. the recent David/Solomon narrative. The alternative RCL has Old Testament readings that are sort of thematic in that they try to prefigure or reflect the gospel reading. The associated psalm is also different as it seeks to respond to, or echo, the theme of the Old Testament reading. The Deut 4:1,2,6-9 reading and Psalm 15 are from the alternative RCL stream. At the moment I’m not able to clarify the reasons for the readings in the ‘Seasons’ material.

      I hope this goes some way to clarifying the issue for you 🙂

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