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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.

Holy One,
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.

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

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.

(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

All who love and serve your city TIS 634
Jesus, where’er thy people meet TIS 445
O bless the Lord, my soul, TIS 64
Isaiah 55:1-9
Come, let us to the Lord our God TIS 577
Seek, O seek the Lord TIS 464
There’s a light upon the mountains TIS 276
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy TIS 136
You satisfy the hungry heart TIS 539
You shall go out with joy TIS 755
Psalm 63:1-9
As the deer pants for the water TIS 703
Break now the bread of life TIS 429
Christ is the heavenly food that gives TIS 522
Come, my way, my truth, my life TIS 552
Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts TIS 499
O Lord, you are my God, for you I long TIS 34
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side; TIS 123
Bread of heaven, on you we feed TIS 513
Christ is the heavenly food TIS 522
Come, God’s people, sing for joy TIS 391
Glorious things of you are spoken TIS 446
Help us, O Lord, to learn TIS 428
I know that my redeemer lives TIS 376
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour TIS 520
Now in the name of him who sent TIS 488
O bless the Lord, my soul TIS 64
O love that wilt not let me go TIS 602
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
Through The Red Sea brought at last, alleluia TIS 384
When I needed a neighbour were you there TIS 629
Luke 13:1-9
Christs is the world in which we move TIS 677
God moves in a mysterious way TIS 126
The love of God is greater far TIS 151
When trouble strikes and fear takes root TIS 184

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