66B – Sunday 33B

65B - Sunday 32B67B - Reign of Christ
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1 SAMUEL 2:1-10
My very being praises the LORD;
my sense of triumph come through my God.
I’m able to laugh at my enemies, because I can rejoice in my situation.
“There isn’t a Holy One like the LORD;
indeed, there is no one besides you, no Rock like our God.
Talk no more with high pride, or arrogance;
for the LORD is a God of knowledge, who weighs every action.
The power of the mighty is shattered,
but the feeble gather strength.
The well-heeled have fallen on hard times,
but the hungry are have more than enough.
The barren give birth,
but the fertile no longer bear children.
The LORD kills and brings to life;
bringing down to Sheol and raising up.
The LORD makes poor and makes rich;
bringing low, and lifting up.
The LORD raises up the poor from the dust;
lifting the needy from the garbage tip,
making them sit with princes,
inheriting a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s,
who set the world upon them.
“The LORD God will guard the feet of the faithful,
but will cut off the wicked in darkness;
for no one prevails by might.
The LORD! The LORD’s adversaries shall be shattered;
the Most High will thunder in heaven.
The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
the LORD will strengthen the king,
and greatly empower the LORD’s anointed.”

Gracious and generous God,
in full assurance of faith
we offer these gifts and our lives
in response to the blessings we receive.
Empower us with your Spirit
to hear those who cry out for mercy
that we may be loving and committed bearers of the gospel
in word and in deed.
In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

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

(a) Samuel 1:14-20

In these last weeks of the church year the readings from the Hebrew Scriptures are concerned with women (Naomi and Hannah) who have no future in that they have no children. Each deals with that situation in a different way. Children are born; Obed thegrandfather of David, and Samuel who annoints David king. Invite the congregation to continue the mural begun two weeks ago depicting aspects of these narratives which culminate next week (Reign of Christ Sunday; Christ the King) with the last words of David, in which he mentions the everlasting covenant made with him by God. Today, the childless Hannah is rewarded for her faithfulness.

(b) Mark 13:1-8
There are some interesting parallels and contrasts in the imagery of the Samuel readings and the gospel: raising up and bringing low, birth and birthpangs. Invite the congregation to add their images to the mural.

(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.)
God of comfort,
by the light of your Word and the warmth of your Spirit
bring courage and hope
to those whom we have named today,
to those whom we name in our silence
and to those who cry to you
in their anxiety and vexation
that they may know your peace.
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

Christ be my leader by night as by day TIS 624
God, who made the earth TIS 146
God, who stretched the spangled heavens TIS 163
In heavenly love abiding TIS 588
Lord of creation to you be all praise TIS 626
O for a thousand tongues to sing. TIS 210
O worship the King all-glorious above, TIS 133
Soldiers of Christ arise TIS 570
Spirit, divine, attend our prayers TIS 406
Tell out,my soul, the greatness of the Lord TIS 161
The Lord will come and not be slow
You holy angels bright TIS 108
1 Samuel 1:4-20
All my hope on God is founded TIS 560
Great is your faithfulness TIS 154
Long ago, prophets knew TIS 283
Lord Jesus, think on me TIS 546
Woman in the night TIS 661
1 Samuel 2:1-10
How shall I sing to God TIS 667
My soul gives glory to my God TIS 172
Now thank we all our God TIS 106
Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25
Among us and before us Lord, you stand TIS 259
Blessed Jesus, at your word TIS 437
By your priestly power, O risen Lord TIS 529
Christ be my leader by night as by day TIS 624
Come, God’s people, sing for joy TIS TIS
Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove TIS 402
Draw near and take the body of our Lord TIS 498
Far beyond the mind’s grasp TIS 542
God, we praise you, God, we bless you TIS 99
Hail, our once despised Jesus TIS 373
Have faith in God, my heart TIS 619
I come with joy to meet my Lord TIS 533
Let all creation dance TIS 187
Lord Jesus, think on me TIS 546
O Master, let me walk with thee TIS 601
Pull back the veil on the dawn of creation TIS 326
Rock of Ages,cleft for me TIS 222
Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands TIS 496
The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices TIS 279
This is the truth we hold TIS 469
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
Where high the heavenly temple stands TIS 377
You we praise, high priest and victim TIS 525
Mark 13:1-18
A charge to keep I have TIS 573
Christ is our cornerstone TIS 433
Fight the good fight with all thy might TIS 594
Lo, he comes with clouds descending TIS 273
O day of God, draw near TIS 616
The people that in darkness walked TIS 274
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy TIS 136
Through all the changing scenes of life TIS 112

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