PALM 63:1-8 (a version for today)
Holy mystery we name God,
it is you whom I seek.
My whole being thirsts for you;
my body aches for you
like a thirsty, drought-ravaged land.
Aching and thirsting,
I caught a vision of you in the sanctuary,
and a glimpse of your glory.
Because your steadfast love is more than life itself,
my lips praise you.
Indeed, I will praise you all my life,
my hands working to the glory of your name.
My whole being is satisfied:
it’s as though I’ve eaten the finest food;
shouts of joy are on my lips,
my mouth praises you.
whose steadfast love is more than life itself,
we praise you:
motivated by your Spirit of grace
may our words and our actions
bring you honour and praise;
may the life we live reflect Jesus. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Isaiah 55:1-9
During Lent the primary focus of these creative moments is on the lections from the Hebrew Scripture, in which we see God’s steadfast, sure love expressed in covenant, promise and abundant provision.
Add to the banners/graphics from the past two weeks (produce and stars) with symbols of bread, wine and milk on the worship centre.
Click here for some ideas for worship in Lent and Easter gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) which was 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.)
Gracious and eternal Source of life,
in whom we find rest and shelter,
hear the cries of our world …
those for whom today is the beginning of life…
those whom we name in word and silence…
all who face new ventures and new challenges…
who are engulfed by loneliness, despair or grief…
who feel cast off from your presence…
who are walled in by circumstance…
whose will to live is exhausted…
or who this day will encounter death…
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 LENT 3 – YEAR C
|All who love and serve your city
|Jesus, where’er thy people meet
|O bless the Lord, my soul,
|Come, let us to the Lord our God
|Seek, O seek the Lord
|There’s a light upon the mountains
|There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
|You satisfy the hungry heart
|You shall go out with joy
|As the deer pants for the water
|Break now the bread of life
|Christ is the heavenly food that gives
|Come, my way, my truth, my life
|Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts
|O Lord, you are my God, for you I long
|1 Corinthians 10:1-13
|Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;
|Bread of heaven, on you we feed
|Christ is the heavenly food
|Come, God’s people, sing for joy
|Glorious things of you are spoken
|Help us, O Lord, to learn
|I know that my redeemer lives
|Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
|Now in the name of him who sent
|O bless the Lord, my soul
|O love that wilt not let me go
|This, this is the God we adore
|Through The Red Sea brought at last, alleluia
|When I needed a neighbour were you there
|Christs is the world in which we move
|God moves in a mysterious way
|The love of God is greater far
|When trouble strikes and fear takes root