55B – Sunday 23B

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PSALM 125 (A version for today)
Trust in the LORD, and be like a mountain;
firm, unshakable, and standing for ever.
Jerusalem is surrounded by mountains;
just so, the LORD surrounds us, now and for ever.
Surely injustice will not continue to rule
over the hopes of those working to put things right;
otherwise they too will become unjust.
Do good, O LORD, to the good,
and to those trying to walk a straight path in their living.
But may the LORD carry off those who lives take winding, devious ways;
together with those doing evil.
Peace be on God’s people.

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
they are like Mount Zion which is immovable, abiding for ever.
Jerusalem has mountains surrounding it,
and the LORD God surrounds God’s people even now, and for all time.
God of the unexpected moment,
you have gathered us by your Spirit
to serve us and renew us, and surround us.
Break in on our world like hearing to the deaf,
sight to the blind, speech to the dumb;
come in your unexpected hour.
Bring form to our chaos, light to our darkness,
and life to our hearts.
Fill us with your expectant Spirit:
and so transform our gathering to your glory,
and perfect our worship for your praise. Amen

PRAYERS OF ADORATION (from Proverbs 22)  AND CONFESSION (from Psalm 125)
Gracious God,
creator and giver of life to all, both rich and poor;
we worship you, LORD God.
Your name is beyond great riches,
By your generosity we are blessed;
we worship you, LORD God.
With manna you sustained your people in the wilderness
and with the bread of life you feed us
in the midst of the adversity and injustice of this world 
Your spirit of compassion is beyond silver and gold;
we worship you, LORD God.
You plead the cause of the poor and oppressed,
give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, 
and a song of joy to the speechless.

You create us and accept us as we are, O God:
in the times when we have failed
in our relationship with you and with each other;
in the times when we have passively accepted
injustice done to others;
in the times when we have enjoyed your creativity around us,
but have been afraid to ask for our own healing.

Source of life,
Word of life,
Breath of life,,
raise us from our pain and brokenness;
touch us, heal us and strengthen us,
so that we may live in the wholeness
you desire. Amen.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – James 2:1-10, 14-17
Celebrate the diversity of the outreach, welfare and justice ministries of your denomination or congregation. Around the walls of your worship space arrange pictures/posters depicting some of these. At a focal point in the worship space place a range symbols, e.g. a cup of water, a lighted candle, a loaf of bread. If you can, include a length of barbed wire to symbolise all who are oppressed.

(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 name
on our lips and in the silence of our hearts;
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…
      (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 is my strong salvation TIS 15 AHB 493
God of all power and truth and grace TIS 567 AHB 477
I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath, TIS 90 AHB 44
Jesus,lover of my soul TIS 211 AHB 139
Lord we are blind TIS 633 AHB 563
Sent forth by God’s blessing, TIS 531 AHB S76
Your words to me are life and health TIS 430 AHB 337
Proverbs 22:1-2,8-9
God who stretched the spangled heavens TIS 163 AHB 112
Happy are they who walk in God’s wise ways TIS 1 SA 43
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour TIS 520 AHB 441
Made in God’s likeness, moved by the Spirit TIS 671 SA 65
Where cross the crowded ways of life TIS 608 AHB 532
Psalm 125
Glorious things of you are spoken TIS 446 AHB 374
God is love; let heaven adore him TIS 153 AHB 53
Morning has broken TIS 156 AHB 91
Our God, our help in ages past TIS 47 AHB 46
Safe in the shadow of the Lord TIS 644 SA 74
James 2:1-10,14-18
All the sleepy should have a place to sleep TIS 697
Father, all-loving, and ruling in majesty TIS 160 AHB 104
Fold to your heart your sister and your brother TIS 587 AHB 503
Forth in your name, O Lord, I go TIS 571 AHB 480
I the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459 AHB 391
Kneels at the feet of his friends TIS 640 AHB 561
O thou who camest from above TIS 572 AHB 486
Praise and thanksgiving Father we offer TIS 627 AHB 569
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS 606 AHB 529
Where cross the crowded ways of life TIS 608 AHB 532
Mark 7:24-37
Father of mercy, God of consolation TIS 472 SA 33
God of mercy, God of grace TIS 452 AHB 379
If we will trust in God to guide us TIS 554 AHB 459
O bless the Lord, my soul TIS 64 AHB 63
O Christ the healer, we have come TIS 638
O for a thousand tongues to sing TIS 210 AHB 141
What God ordains is always good TIS 109
Where there is charity and love TIS 434 AHB 591
You satisfy the hungry heart TIS 539

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