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PSALM 148 (Jeff’s Version for Today)
Praise the LORD from the heavens, and in the high places;
all you great cloud of witnesses, praise the LORD.
Sun and moon, and star strewn cosmos; 
edges of the universe, and echoes of creation, 
praise the LORD! 
Praise the name of the LORD,
who commanded and they were created;
who set them in place for ever and ever;
who gave them order which will never fade away. 
Praise the LORD, from the earth,
all sea-creatures and ocean depths;
fire and hail, snow and smoke; 
stormy wind, working the word of the LORD;
mountains, and hills; 
fruit trees and cedars, all of you; 
wild animals, cattle, reptiles and birds on the wing;
kings of the earth, and all peoples, 
leaders, and all judges of the earth; 
young men — and young women too;
old, and young . . . . 
Let them praise the name of the LORD
— because it is raised up above everything —
whose majesty is over the earth and heavens;
who has raised up a horn,
to the glory of all receiving the steadfast love of the LORD; 
the people of Israel, a people close to the LORD.
Praise the LORD! 

Risen Lord Jesus,
what can we bring,
but what we have already received from you;
love, life and the substance
of our world and work?
Grant us, by your companion Spirit,
the love to use our lives and our gifts
to the glory of your name. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2013.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Reveleation 21:1-6
Furnish the worship centre with a bowl of salty water (representing tears), a swathe of white/gold cloth draped from the bowl onto the floor, white/yellow/gold flowers, and perhaps some large paper cut-out butterflies.

A brief explanation of the symbols, either written or spoken, could be given to the congregation. The reading lends itself to more than one voice; they could be “antiphonal pairs”, perhaps with older and younger voices for contrast to emphasis “all things new”. The bowl of “tears” could be removed at the appropriate moment in the reading and, a few verses later, a large glass jug or pitcher of fresh water brought in – “water as a gift from the spring of the water of life”.

Click here for some ideas for worship in Lent and Easter gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print), 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.)
Risen Jesus, loving like no other;
as you have loved
so may we try,
not just among one another
but also among those whom we name
in word and silence…
and where we cannot
there may your spirit of grace be,
company to the lonely…
comfort to those weighed down with grief…
those we have forgotten…
those whose troubles are known only to you..

      (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

Let all the world in every corner sing: TIS 105
Glory be to God the Father TIS 142
Give me the wings of faith to rise TIS 438
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us TIS 580
Acts 11:1-18
All hail the power of Jesus’ name TIS 224
I am the church! you are the church! TIS 467
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207
Lord, let me see, see more and more TIS 681
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy TIS 136
Psalm 148
All creatures of our God and King TIS 100
All things praise you, Lord most high TIS 148
Come, O God of all the earth TIS 181
Glory to God on high! TIS 221
Glory to God above
Joyful, joyful, we adore you TIS 152
O worship the King, all-glorious above TIS 133
Praise God from whom all blessings flow TIS 768
Praise to the Holiest in the height TIS 141
Sing praise to the Lord! praise him in the height TIS 96
When God almighty came to be one of us TIS 281
When morning gilds the skies TIS 227
Revelation 21:1-6
Christ is made the sure foundation TIS 432
For all the saints, who from their labours rest TIS 455
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts TIS 499
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
Made in God’s likeness, moved by the Spirit TIS 671
Robe yourself, my soul, with gladness TIS 503
Spirit, divine, attend our prayers TIS 406
This, this is the God we adore TIS 220
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266
John 13:31-35
A new commandment I give unto you TIS 699
Christ from whom all blessings flow TIS 440
Filled with the Spirit’s power, with one accord TIS 411
Help us to accept each other TIS 648
Love divine, all loves excelling TIS 217
Where there is charity and love TIS 434

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