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.
A CREATIVE MOMENT
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.
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.)
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
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR ADVENT 3 – YEAR C
|0 God of every nation
|Come, thou long-expected Jesus
|O bless the God of Israel
|Rejoice, the Lord is King
|Tell out, my soul
|Thanks to God whose word was spoken
|The King of glory comes, the nation rejoices
|God is my strong salvation
|God is our song and every singer blest
|I greet you, my Redeemer sure
|Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast
|Since the world was young
|Dona nobis pacem, Domine
|Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
|King of glory, King of peace
|May the mind of Christ my Saviour
|Now thank we all our God
|O come! O come, Emmanuel
|Praise and thanksgiving let everyone bring
|Rejoice, the Lord is King
|Safe in the shadow of the Lord
|Sometimes a light surprises
|What afriend we have in Jesus
|Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
|Forgive our sins as we forgive
|Hark, a herald voice is calling
|Hark, the glad sound, the Saviour comes
|O for a thousand tongues to sing
|On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
|Put all your trust in God
|What does the Lord require