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CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 30)
Sing praises to the LORD,
and give thanks to God’s holy name
for the LORD our God has healed us
when we cried for help
and restored us in times of deepest despair.
The LORD has turned our sorrow into dancing;
taken our sackcloth from us,and clothed us with joy.
Sing to the LORD without end,
and give thanks to the LORD for ever. 
Eternal and ever present God,
sustain and excite our gathered community;
arouse our expectancy;
subdue our expectations.
Come, silent Spirit, and embrace us.
Let the words we see and hear and speak and sing
be transformed by the Word made flesh, 
that our worship may be wholly yours, Lord God.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

Joyful praise I give you, O LORD;
you drew me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
I called on you and you healed me;
you brought my life up from the darkest depths.
I was among those going down to a pit of death,
but you brought me to life.
All you faithful, praise the LORD,
praise the holy name of the LORD.

O LORD, a fractured relationship with you is like a death;
yet your one desire is life – community with you.
With darkness weeping remains,
but joy comes with the hint of morning light.
We’ve come to take so much for granted in our lives:
“I’m OK – steady as a rock.
In fact, LORD, you’ve been so good to me
I’m more secure than a strong mountain.”
Then it seemed that you hid your face from me, 
and I was terrified.
I cried out to you, LORD, when things were really grim;
I pleaded with you to restore my good circumstance:
“What profit is there in my weeping, in my going down in the pit?
Will the dust praise you? Will it declare your faithfulness?
Hear me, LORD, and be merciful.
O LORD, be my help.”
You transformed my mourning into dance,
and gave me new life;  
you have taken my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my life will praise you, and not weep.
O LORD, my God, I will praise you – for ever. 

Tender and generous God,
as the rain falls on thirsty soil
so your grace comes to us in generous abundance.
As the fruits of the earth nourish our bodies
so your love nourishes our lives.
As you gave life in all its fullness to the world,
so we open our lives to the Spirit
of the One who calls us “friend”.
Bless the offering of these gifts
and our daily living
to serve you in serving others. Amen.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 10:1-11
The theme of discipleship continues. Continue the use of the ‘path’ from last week. Add other destinations and directions to the ‘Jerusalem’ signpost. The words ‘shalom’ and ‘peace’ could appear on posters on a wall of the worship centre.

(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.)

You are above us and beneath us, O God;
in air and earth,
beside us and within.
Hear our prayers for all that concerns us
and may the light of your Word and warmth of your Spirit
comfort and encourage,
today and in the days to come,
those whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts.
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 my hope on God is founded TIS 560
God of grace and God of glory TIS 611
In heavenly love abiding TIS 588
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207
2 Kings 5:1-14
Bring many names TIS 182
Father of peace and God of love TIS 482
In water we grow TIS 494
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side; TIS 123
Come, O God of all the earth TIS 181
Comfort, comfort all my people TIS 647
Fare well. We come to send you on the way TIS 695
I danced in the morning when the world was begun TIS 242
I set the Lord before my eyes TIS 673
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me TIS 18
What God ordains is always good TIS 109
GALATIANS 6:(1-6),7-16
All who love and serve your city TIS 634
Come, Holy Spirit, come TIS 422
Glorious things of you are spoken TIS 446
I’m not ashamed to own my Lord TIS 562
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
In the cross of Christ I glory TIS 349
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
No weight of gold or silver TIS 249
O Master, let me walk with thee TIS 601
Sing my tongue the glorious battle TIS 331
The law of Christ alone can make us free TIS 630
We sing the praise of him who died TIS 347
When I survey the wondrous cross TIS 342
Yours be the glory, risen conquering Son TIS 380
LUKE 10:1-11, 16-20
Forth in your name, O Lord, I go TIS 671
Glory be to Jesus TIS 344
God, your glory we have seen in your Son TIS 461
Love divine, all loves excelling TIS 217
O breath of life, come sweeping through us TIS 409
Shalom to you now TIS 778
Spread, O spread, almighty word TIS 450

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