58B - Sunday 26B — 60B - Sunday 28B
See also my post from 2012, 2018, 2021
WE GATHER WHERE GOD ALREADY IS (from Psalm 26)
you have brought us from the rest of the night,
to the light of this day,
to the guiding light of your eternal presence.
we gather to hear the sound of your praise.
We come from the busy-ness of our daily lives
which is sometimes messy as well.
we gather in this place where your glory dwells.
You have been with us in the sticky bits and the smooth,
even when we have felt too burdened or busy to notice.
we gather to worship you.
We come to be renewed in your lovingkindness
and strengthened by your faithfulness.
God, through whose goodness
we have these gifts to share;
accept and use the offerings of our hearts
and our hands
that they may be used
in ways that embody your compassion. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Psalm 26:
As the psalmist pleads his case to God, we are invited to imagine, and perhaps depict in posters/photographs/overhead projections, examples of God’s steadfast love (v.2), wondrous deeds (v.7) and glory (v.8).
A second group of images might depict the evil-doers and wicked (v.5), the blood-thirst (9), the evil-doers and bribes (v.10).
Add a third group: images of the great congregation – your congregation, the wider church, and “so great a cloud of witnesses” – in action in the community, living in the tension between the glory of God and the human circumstance of which we capable.
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.)
By your Holy Spirit, O God,
warm the lives of those we name
on our lips and in our silence;
celebrate with those open to your abundance;
bring comfort to those among us and around us
who are hurting;
those whose troubles are known only to you;
and encouragement to those for whom the light of life
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 27B
|All my hope in God is founded
|All things bright and beautiful
|Now thank we all our God,
|Thank you for giving me the morning
|What shall I do my God to love
|When morning gilds the skies
|Ye gates, lift up your heads on high
|Your hand O God has guided
|Job 1:1; 2:1-10
|How firm a foundation, you people of God
|O for a heart to praise my God
|Rejoice in God’s saints
|What God ordains is always good
|God you touch the earth with beauty
|Here in this place, new light is streaming
|I set the Lord before my eyes
|Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
|A man there lived in Galilee
|Christ is the world’s light
|Give me the wings of faith to rise
|God has spoken to his people, Hallelujah
|Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
|I know that my redeemer lives
|In great thanksgiving, O love divine
|Join all the glorious names
|Man more than man
|My song is love unknown
|Now to the Lord a noble song
|Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer
|Praise our God, the great creator
|Praise to the living God
|Rejoice, the Lord is king
|Spirit divine, attend our prayers
|The head that once was crowned with thorns
|To us a child of royal birth
|As man and woman we were made
|Dearest Jesus, we are here
|Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus
|Jesus’ hands were kind hands
|Love divine all loves excelling
|Wash, O God, our sons and daughters
|Your love, O God, has called us here