PRAYER OF ADORATION AND CONFESSION – Psalm 8
O LORD, our God, how splendid is your name in all the earth;
a radiance I will worship to the ends of the cosmos.
On weak infant babbling you have established strength
on account of your enemies,
to subdue chaos and death.
I gaze at the night sky, and marvel at your handiwork;
the moon and stars which you have set in place.
Who am I that you remember me,
or the whole human family, that you care about us?
You have made us in your image, little less than yourself,
and surrounded us with the glory and splendour of your creating word.
Yet you have given us these works of your hands:
you have put the world at our feet;
sheep and cattle, herds and flocks,
birds of the air – blue wren and wedgetail eagle,
fish of the sea – fairy penguin and Southern Right whale
— all the creatures that live and move in the depths and shallows.
O LORD, our God, how splendid is your name in all the earth.
God of all that is – seen and unseen,
there are times we exploit rather than treasure your gift of creation
Spirit of grace, btreath of life,
who inspired the prophets to speak and act,
there are times we betray the truth of the gospel
There are times we fail to live your love
Holy One whom we name God,
fill us again with your spirit of grace,
so that we may again love you, our neighbour and ourselves
in the way Jesus loved. Amen
Creating and life-giving God,
you have given us the works of your hands,
and made us little less than yourself,
and move us to love
by the presence of your Spirit of grace.
What can we bring but the labours of our living
and the life we have in you,
in Jesus’ name. Amen
For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2016.
A CREATIVE MOMENT
Trinity: as simple as ABS? What follows is an outline of my recollection of a moment in worship led by our parish minister, quite some years ago, and well before I was ordained.
Materials: A telephone – it could be one from your study desk, or a mobile/cell ‘phone.
The glossy, attractive finish to the telephone comes from Acrylonitrile one of the plastics used in making the telephone. The telephone’s impact strength – which means it will bounce rather than break if dropped – comes from Butadene. And Styrene give the telephone its attractively moulded shape. You can’t see each of these plastics; what you see is the result, or effect, of their presence. Three plastics, one telephone.
So too, the three Persons of the One God are evident by the effects of their presence.
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.)
of creativity, life and grace,
on our lips and in our silence
for those suffering illness, grief or broken relationship;
others enduring hardship in material ways.
by your presence,
to comfort, encourage and be with
those known to us,
that they may have hope
through the love poured out
in your holy Spirit …
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR TRINITY SUNDAY
|Come down, O Love divine
|Come,thou everlasting Spirit
|Father in heaven, grant to your children
|God has spoken by his prophets
|Immortal, invisible, God only wise
|PROVERBS 8:1-4, 22-31
|Colourful Creator, God of mystery
|Eternal Father, strong to save
|I sing the almighty power of God
|Nature with open volume stands
|O Lord our Lord, your glorious name
|O Lord, our Governor, how glorious is your name
|All hail the power of Jesus’ name
|Christ is made the sure foundation
|Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
|Father of heaven, whose love profound
|God, we praise you, God, we bless you
|How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
|I know that my Redeemer
|Let earth & heaven combine
|May the mind of Christ my Saviour
|O Holy Spirit, enter in
|O love of God, how strong & true
|O what a gift, what a wonderful gift
|Peace with the Father, peace with Christ the Son
|We give immortal praise
|Come down, O Love divine
|Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
|Come, Holy Spirit, come!
|Come, Spirit blest, Creator, come
|Holy Spirit, come confirm us
|Lord God, the Spirit blest
|O breath of God, breathe on us now
|O Spirit of the living God
|O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
|Sometimes a healing word is comfort
|Spirit of truth, essential God
|Your words to me are life and health