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WE GATHER TO WORSHIP (From Psalm 71:1-6)
Come into this sacred space to worship God.
God of mystery, in you I trust;
never let be be shamed.
In your way of putting things right,
encourage and strengthen me;
turn your ear towards me, and hear my plea.

Come into this sacred space to worship God.
Be to me a rock for dwelling in,
a secure place for retreating to, time and time again;
a rock for my restoration;
for you are my rock and my stronghold.

Come into this sacred space to worship God.
Sustain me against the hand of the wicked,
the hands of the unjust and the ruthless.

Come into this sacred space to worship God.
For you are my hope,
my trust since my early years.
I have relied on you from the womb;
from my birth you have sustained me.
In you is my wonder again, and again, and again.

Compassionate God,
we offer these gifts and our lives
in response to your many blessings.
May your Spirit of grace enable us
to hear and help those who cry out for mercy.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1998, 2013.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 4:21-30
Prepare a sign, “Doctor, heal yourself!”, in the style perhaps of a protest banner. The text might also prompt ideas for other such banners.
At the centre of the worship space have a jar of flour or meal, a small jug or container of oil and a jug or bowl of water – symbols of the events in the Hebrew Bible to which Jesus refers.

(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.)
Gentle Spirit of grace,
strength to those whom we name
in word and silence…
rejoice with the hopeful…
be company to the lonely…
a comfort to all weighed down with grief…
and those whose troubles are known only to you…
that all may know your peace…
      (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


Community of Christ TIS 473
Give to our God immortal praise, TIS 84
God is our song, and every singer blest TIS 646
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
Praise with joy the world’s creator TIS 179
The law of Christ alone can make us free TIS 630
Where wide sky rolls down and touches red sand TIS 188
Jeremiah 1:4-10
God of Jeremiah grieving TIS 697
God of grace and God of glory TIS 61I
I the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658
Lord, your almighty Word TIS 447
Loving Spirit, loving Spirit TIS 417
Morning glory, starlit sky TIS 174
Thuma mina (Send me, Lord) TIS 749
Psalm 71:1-6
A mighty fortress is our God TIS 103
Fill my whole life, O Lord my God TIS 596
In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge TIS 40
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
We praise, we worship thee, O God, TIS 98
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
A new commandment I give unto you TIS 699
Come as you are TIS 693
Eternal light, shine in my heart TIS 548
God beyond glory TIS 678
God! When human bonds are broken TIS 683
In faith and hope and love TIS 628
Jesus, my Redeemer, lives TIS 366
Love is his word, love is his way TIS 534
When love is found and hope comes home TIS 654
Where there is charity and love TIS 434
Luke 4:21-30
Fairest Lord Jesus TIS 203
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes TIS 269
How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578
Lord, bid your servant go in peace TIS 324
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord TIS 161

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