09C - Baptism of Jesus — 11C - Epiphany 3C
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PRAYER OF ADORATION (From Psalm 36:5-10)
Gracious and eternal God,
your lovingkindness cannot be contained
by the cosmos
and your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds;
your acting to put things right
stands like grand mountains
and your judgements are like the deep ocean.
Yet you save humanity and all creation alike;
how precious is your lovingkindness.
You offer safety to all humanity;
all are refreshed in the abundance of your house,
and from the streams of your delight all may drink.
Yours is the fountain of life;
yours the light of the world.
Let your lovingkindness embrace those who know you,
your actions for setting things right
embrace those with a godly heart.
Holy, transforming mystery we name God,
endowed with particular gifts,
we bring an offering;
not simply symbols of our daily living
but also our lives and the talents
that make each who we are,
to be used for the common good
by the inspiration of your Spirit of grace.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – John 2:1-11
Six stone water jars arranged above and behind the altar are a feature of the church at Cana celebrating the first of Jesus’ signs.
This might offer a springboard for imagining ways of connecting creatively with the text today. Perhaps the simplest might be a (glass) jug of water placed at a focal point in the worship space.
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.)
Deepest mystery of grace,
beneath, above, around
by the light of your Word
and the warmth of your Spirit
as followers of Jesus,
to comfort and encourage
today and in the days to come,
those whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts.
(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 EPIPHANY 2C
|All hail the power of Jesus’ name||TIS 224|
|Almighty God, lift up our eyes||TIS 615|
|Come to be our hope, O Jesus||TIS 688|
|God of many names||TIS 180|
|O sing a new song to the Lord||TIS 56|
|The church’s one foundation||TIS 457|
|Wake, awake! for night is flying||TIS 266|
|Come, O God of all the earth||TIS 181|
|Glory to thee, my God, this night||TIS 558|
|God of mercy, God of grace||TIS 452|
|Lord Jesus, if the same you are||TIS 566|
|Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King.||TIS 111|
|What shall we offer our good Lord||TIS 439|
|You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord||TIS 48|
|1 Corinthians 12:1-11
|A prophet-woman broke a jar||TIS 696|
|All praise to our redeeming Lord||TIS 442|
|Christ, from whom all blessings flow||TIS 440|
|Come, Holy Spirit, come||TIS 422|
|Filled with the Spirit’s power||TIS 411|
|Holy Spirit, come confirm us||TIS 413|
|In Christ there is no east or west||TIS 459|
|Let earth and heaven combine||TIS 305|
|Made in God’s likeness||TIS 671|
|O Sprit of life, O Spirit of God||TIS 401|
|Praise the Spirit in creation||TIS 415|
|We are your people||TIS 468|
|Where the Spirit is, there’s freedom||TIS 421|
|As man and woman we were made||TIS 645|
|Blessed Jesus, at your word||TIS 437|
|Christ, whose glory fills the skies||TIS 212|
|Come, my way, my truth, my life||TIS 552|
|For the beauty of the earth||TIS 137|
|Immortal, invisible, God only wise||TIS 143|
|Robe yourself my soul, in gladness||TIS 503|
|Your love, O God, has called us here||TIS 664|