44C – Sunday 12C

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Like a deer panting for streams of water
so the very core of my being longs for you, O God.
My life thirsts for God, the God of life;
When will I enter and see the face of God?
My tears were my food day and night
when they said to me day after day, “Where is your God?”
Let me remember these things and pour out my life;
how I would cross over with the crowd,
and walk slowly to the house of God,
with the sound of joyful shouts and thanksgiving, and festive procession.
I ask my inmost self,
“Why are you dejected, and why your groaning within me?
Wait for God with hope, because I will praise him again,
the helping presence of my God.”
My life within me is despairing;
therefore I will remember you,
from the land of Jordan and Hermon,
from the mountain of Mizar
Deep calls to deep,
to the clamour of water-spouts.
All your breakers and waves have overwhelmed me.
Day by day the LORD orders his lovingkindness
and in the night his song is with me,
a prayer to the living God.
I say to God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I walk in deepening darkness,
in the trouble caused by my enemies?”

With a feeling of death in my bones my enemies taunt me,
saying to me day after day,
“Where is your God?”

I ask my inmost self,
“Why are you dejected, and why your groaning within me?
Wait for God with hope, because I will praise him again,
the helping presence of my God.”

Creating and life-giving mystery
we name God,
you have given your creation into our care.
Bless the labours of our living
and move us to bear the fruits of your Spirit of grace;
in our following the way of Jesus. Amen

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 8:26-39
The theme of discipleship continues.
Symbols on the table at the centre of worship could include a swathe of white/gold cloth draped from the table onto the floor or a lighted candle (Jesus’ word which frees the man of his demons); a large card or small poster with the post/zip code of your locality (we have a responsibility to proclamation where we live); a ‘blindfold’ (symbolising the fear 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.)

Holy God,
who heard the cry of Elijah in his distress;
be a sustaining presence
to those we name in word and silence…
a blessing to those who love and care for them…
Pour out your Spirit
on all whose tears have been their food
day and night…
those who troubles are known only to you…
and those who have no-one…
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

A man there lived in Galilee TIS 235
Christ is made the sure foundation TIS 432
I’m not ashamed to own my Lord TIS 562
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
My God, accept my heart this day TIS 485
Take up your cross the Saviour said TIS 583
The church’s one foundation TIS 457
Who would true valour see TIS 561
1 KINGS 19:1-4, 8-15a
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer TIS 569
Put all your trust in God TIS 555
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431
PSALM 42 and 43
As pants the hart for cooling streams TIS 25
as the deer pants for the water TIS 703
Give me the wings of faith to rise TIS 438
Just as a lost and thirsty deer TIS 26
Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts TIS 499
Lord Jesus, if the same you are TIS 566
Vindicate me, O God, defend my cause TIS 27
We limit not the truth of God… TIS 453
When morning gilds the skies TIS 227
All hail the power of Jesus’ name TIS 224
Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme TIS 116
Christ is the world’s true light TIS 238
Christ is alive! Let Christians sing TIS 387
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
My heart and voice I raise TIS 225
Salvation now to us has come TIS 195
The great love of God is revealed in the Son TIS 164
There’s a light upon the mountains TIS 276
They that believe and are baptised TIS 479
LUKE 8:26-39
Dear Father, Lord of humankind TIS 598
Dear shepherd of your people, hear TIS 444
Lord Jesus, think on me TIS 546
O Jesus I have promised TIS 595

4 thoughts on “44C – Sunday 12C”

  1. Dear Jeff
    I am the organist at St Matthews Anglican Church South Grafton NSW. One of my jobs most weeks is to choose the hymns for the services . I find your research and hymn suggestions most useful – and especially suitable for Australian congregations compared to other web resources out there. While i do mix and match wiith your suggestions, I find them absolutely invaluable every week.

    Hope ou can keep it up ! Thanks so much…………….Jim

    1. Thank you Jim for your comments. Yes, hymn selection appropriate for a given Sunday can be a taxing task, week in week out. I’m glad the resource is helpful. I think most Sundays in the 3-year cycle are covered. It’s a work-in-progress; there’s often something to fine tune. Blessings.

  2. I just want to say “Thankyou” Jeff for the resources you provide gratis every week. As a lay person who has to take his turn from time to time, I am very grateful as it saves me an enormous amount of work that, as a newsagent Mon-Sat, I probably otherwise wouldn’t be able to cope with.

    Keva Lloyd
    Sea Lake Uniting-Anglican Parish.

    1. Keva,
      Thank you for your comments. I do understand the pressures you outline: it was one of the reasons I started this venture so many years ago.
      Blessings, as you take your regular turn in an important aspect of Christ’s ministry. Jeff

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