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PSALM 25:1-10
Dear LORD, I call out from the deepest part of my being.
I’ve trusted in you,
don’t let me be ashamed;
don’t let my enemies rejoice over me.
I’m sure that those who wait for you will not be put to shame;
but those without principles, who act without faith,
they will be put to shame.
Show me your ways, LORD;
teach me your way to behave.
Help me walk in your way, and teach me;
for you are my saving God.
I wait for you all day because of your goodness;
remember your acts of mercy, LORD
– and your lovingkindness – they have been for ever.
Don’t remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways,
remember me according to your lovingkindness.
You, LORD, are good and upright,
and showing sinners the way.
You help the humble walk in justice
and teach the humble your way.
All your paths are lovingkindness and faithfulness
for those keeping your covenant and your teaching.

PSALM 25 (another version)
To you, O LORD, I lift up my inmost being.
In you, O LORD, have I trusted,
let me not be ashamed; do not let my enemies rejoice over me.
Indeed, those who wait for you will not be put to shame;
the unprincipled who act faithlessly will be put to shame.
Make your ways known to me, O LORD,
teach me your ways (of behaviour)
Make me walk in your way, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation.
I have waited for you all the day
on account of your goodness.
Remember your acts of mercy, O LORD,
and your lovingkindness, for they are from of old.

Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellions,
remember me according to your lovingkindness.
The LORD is good and upright,
therefore he is showing sinners (in) the way.
He will make the humble walk in justice
and teach the humble his way.
All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and faithfulness
for those keeping God’s covenant and decrees.

Receive our giving and our living, O God,
in the name of Jesus.
By your steadfast love and faithfulness,
through the influence of the Holy Spirit,
teach us to live and give
in the way of your justice
and acting to put things right. Amen.

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

Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) which was published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.

(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.)
Compassionate God,
mindful of your mercy
and of your steadfast love,
be a sustaining presence
to those we name on our lips
and in silence…
a blessing to those
who love and care for them…
Pour out your Spirit, O God,
on all who are weighed down with grief;
those whose troubles are known only to you;
and be present to those who have no-one …
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

Jeremiah 33:14-16
Bread of the world in mercy broken TIS 512
Comfort, comfort all my people TIS 647
O bless the God of Israel TIS 284
O come, 0 come, Emmanuel TIS 265
The voice of God goes out to all the world TIS 282
Psalm 25:1-10
God, who stretched the spangled heavens TIS 163
Lord, take my hand and lead me TIS 593
Now let us from this table rise TIS 530
O Lord, make me know your ways TIS 14
Seek, 0 seek the Lord TIS 464
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Christ is the world’s true light TIS 238
I want to walk as a child of the light TIS 643
My heart is full of Christ and longs TIS 214
Praise to you, 0 Christ our Saviour TIS 258
The great love of God is revealed in the Son TIS 164
We limit not the truth of God… TIS 453
When he comes back, when he xomes back TIS 280
Luke 21:25-36
Come, thou long-expected Jesus TIS 272
Forty days and forty nights TIS 591
God, your glory we have seen in your Son TIS 461
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes TIS 269
Hark! a herald voice is calling TIS 264
Joy to the world! the Lord is come TIS 268
Lord Jesus, if the same you are TIS 566
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour TIS 520
O day of God draw near TIS 616
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266

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