58B – Sunday 26B

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Psalm 124
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.

Generous 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.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2015.

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.

(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)

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

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
Psalm 124
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
James 5:13-20
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
Mark 9:38-50
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

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