If it had not been for the LORD
we would have been devoured by those who attack us,
their anger was like a raging bushfire.
The would have swallowed us alive,
like raging flood water sweeping over our necks,
and like an avalanche, a frozen flood, swallowed our lives.
Blessed is the LORD
who did not allow us to be caught like prey to their teeth.
We have escaped with our lives like a bird out of a trap;
the trap is broken and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the LORD
who made heaven and earth.
Thanks be to God.
we bring the work of our hands
and the longing of our hearts.
May our serving
be a seasoning to others;
the works of our hands
acts of grace in your name. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Mark 9:38-50
Place a cup of water and flat dish or saucer containing some table or rock salt on the communion table or other focal point in the worship space.
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 and eternal God,
in whom we find rest and shelter,
hear the cries of our world …
those for whom today is the beginning of life;
who face new ventures and new challenges;
who are engulfed by loneliness, despair or grief;
who feel cast off from your presence;
who are walled in by circumstance;
whose will to live is exhausted;
who this day will encounter eternal rest:
in Jesus’ name we pray…..
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 26B|
|Forgive our sins as we forgive||TIS 635|
|God moves in a mysterious way||TIS 126|
|God, who stretched the spangled heavens||TIS 163|
|How shall I sing to God||TIS 667|
|I know someone who watches over me . . .||TIS 662|
|I, the Lord of sea and sky||TIS 658|
|Lord of creation to you be all praise||TIS 626|
|My God, accept my heart this day||TIS 485|
|Sing to God, sing praises sing praises||TIS 66|
|Sing, all creation, sing to God in gladness||TIS 61|
|The Son of God proclaim||TIS 528|
|This is the day the Lord has made||TIS 368|
|We are your people,||TIS 468|
|Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22|
|All my hope on God is founded||TIS 560|
|God of freedom, God of justice||TIS 657|
|I the Lord of sea and sky||TIS 658|
|Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord||TIS 161|
|Through all the changing scenes of life||TIS 112|
|You are my hiding place||TIS 754|
|Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;||TIS 123|
|Now Israel may say, and that truly,||TIS 79|
|Our God our help in ages past||TIS 47|
|The Lord is my light, my light and salvation||TIS 747|
|All the sleepy should have a place to sleep||TIS 697|
|Father of mercy, God of consolation||TIS 472|
|Here, Lord, we take the broken bread||TIS 523|
|Jesus, lover of my soul||TIS 211|
|Jesus’ hands were kind hands||TIS 236|
|Lift up your hearts unto the Lord||TIS 732|
|Spirit divine, attend our prayers||TIS 406|
|Be thou my vision||TIS 547|
|Dear Father, Lord of humankind||TIS 598|
|For the beauty of the earth||TIS 137|
|Great is your faithfulness||TIS 154|
|I heard the voice of Jesus say||TIS 585|
|Lord Jesus, we belong to you||TIS 686|
|Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy||TIS 613|
|Son of God, eternal Saviour||TIS 606|
|Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands||TIS 496|