23C – Lent 5C

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Psalm 126 (a version for today)
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion
it was a golden age, like living in a dream;
our mouths overflowed with laughter,
and our tongues sang with joy.

All the people round about said,
“The LORD has done a great thing for them.”
The LORD had indeed done a great thing for us –
and we were overjoyed,
happy as we had never known.

O LORD, restore us again,
like the creek-beds outback:
when those who sowed with sweat and tears
reap with shouts of gladness,
when our journey in a broken world
gives way to abundant joy.

God of abundance,
you call us not to remember the past
but to watch for the new things you are doing.
Empowered by your Spirit
may our gifts and our living
restore life to others
like floodwaters flowing
in dead, parched creek-beds outback.
to your glory and praise;
in the name of Jesus,
whom we seek to follow. Amen.

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

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.)
Holy mystery,
whose love permeates
like the fragrance of perfume,
help us bring consolation to those know to us;
those we name on our lips
and in our silence;
return to our memory those whom we have forgotten
and be present to those who have no-one …
that those who go out weeping with the seed
might return rejoicing with the harvest…
      (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

Be thou my vision TIS 547
God is my strong salvation TIS 15
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
My song is love unknown TIS 341
Praise to the Holiest in the height TIS 141
Isaiah 43:16-21  
Almighty God lift up our eyes TIS 615
I, the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658
This is a day of new beginnings TIS 653
We are your people TIS 468
Psalm 126  
For the fruits of all creation TIS 168
Forth in your name, O Lord, I go TIS 571
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
In suffering love the thread of life TIS 177
The Lord has done great things for us TIS 80
To God be the glory, great things he has done TIS 147
When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage TIS 80
Philippians 3:4b-14  
All praise to our redeeming Lord TIS 442
Come, let us join our cheerful songs TIS 209
God gives us a future TIS 687
I greet you, my Redeemer sure, who lives TIS 198
In faith and hope and love TIS 628
Jesus comes will all his grace TIS 219
Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts TIS 499
My God, accept my heart this day TIS 485
We limit not the truth of God… TIS 453
When I survey the wondrous cross TIS 342
John 12:1-8  
A prophet-woman broke a jar TIS 696
Myrrh-bearing Mary from Magdala came TIS 660
No weight of gold or silver TIS 249
What shall I do my God to love TIS 122
What shall we offer our good Lord TIS 439
Woman in the night TIS 661

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