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PSALM 146   (Prayer of Adoration)
Praise the LORD.
With the very core of my being and every part of my life
    I want to bless you, LORD God.
I want to celebrate my God with music and song while I live.
There is nothing to be gained by putting all my trust in the powerful people:
 when their breath leaves them, they return to the dust,
    and their clever plans crumble with them.
But the person who looks to the God of Jacob for help,
ah, how fortunate.
Like this person I want to put my hope in the LORD, 
    the God who made the heavens and the earth, the sea,
    and everything in them;
who maintains a kindness that endures for ever;
 who brings about justice for those trampled by society,
    and gives food to those hungry for dignity, love and self-worth;
who breaks the shackles of those imprisoned by hopelessness, circumstance or habit;
    who enables the blind to see again, to see life in its fullness;
who raises up those bent over by the burden of life;
    who loves the upright;
who cares for those separated from their home culture;
who helps the fatherless and the widow,
    but who brings ruin to the way of the wicked.

The LORD shall reign for ever;
   our God, generation after generation. 

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), 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.)
Holy and life-giving God,
in whom we may trust
and not be afraid;
by your Word and your Spirit
comfort and encourage
those we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts…
Pour out your Spirit, O God,
that even those whose troubles are known only to you
and those who have no-one
may draw from your wells of hope and life.
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

Zephaniah 3:14-20
0 God of every nation TIS 621
Come, thou long-expected Jesus TIS 272
O bless the God of Israel TIS 284
Rejoice, the Lord is King TIS 216
Tell out, my soul TIS 161
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431
The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices TIS 279
Isaiah 12:2-6
God is my strong salvation TIS 15
God is our song and every singer blest TIS 646
I greet you, my Redeemer sure TIS 198
Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast TIS 545
Since the world was young TIS 544
Philippians 4:4-7
Dona nobis pacem, Domine TIS 713
Fill my whole life, O Lord my God TIS 596
King of glory, King of peace TIS 201
May the mind of Christ my Saviour TIS 609
Now thank we all our God TIS 106
O come! O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
Praise and thanksgiving let everyone bring TIS 743
Rejoice, the Lord is King TIS 216
Safe in the shadow of the Lord TIS 644
Sometimes a light surprises TIS 128
What afriend we have in Jesus TIS 590
Luke 3:7-18
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire TIS 396
Forgive our sins as we forgive TIS 635
Hark, a herald voice is calling TIS 264
Hark, the glad sound, the Saviour comes TIS 269
O for a thousand tongues to sing TIS 210
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry TIS 270
Put all your trust in God TIS 555
What does the Lord require TIS 618

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