46C - Sunday 14C — 48C - Sunday 16C
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God stands in the divine assembly;
and delivers judgement in the midst of the gods:
“How long will you judge unjustly,
favouring the wicked?
Get justice for the helpless and the orphan,
uphold the rights of the poor;
rescue the poor and the needy,
save them from the hand of those who care little for justice.
They do not know and they do not understand –
they wander about in darkness;
meanwhile all the foundations of the earth tremble.
You are gods,
members of the community of the Most High, all of you.
Even so, you will die like humankind,
and fall like any chief.
So, get up, and give justice to the earth,
for you have an hereditary responsibility to all the nations.
WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD (From Psalm 82:3-5)
Let us worship God
who acts as judge for the helpless and the orphan;
who upholds the rights of the poor;
who rescues the poor and the needy;
who saves them from the hand of those who care little for justice.
who lights up the darkness in which we stumble.
Most High, we gather to celebrate your greatness,
joining with the all creation
to sing your praises and offer you worship.
For you are worthy of adoration from every mouth,
and every tongue should praise you.
You created the earth by you power;
and save humanity by your mercy.
You make all things new by your grace.
Source of life,
Word of life
and Breath of life,
we offer our grateful praise. AMEN
Holy mystery we name God,
we bring the bustle of each day,
the energy created by our work,
the enthusiasm of our eager hearts.
May our joy in following Jesus strengthen us
that our living may also extend
your hospitality and compassion
to our neighbours. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 10:25-37
The theme of discipleship continues.
Build on the use of the ‘path’ from last week. Add ‘Jericho’ to the ‘Jerusalem’ signpost, pointing in the opposite direction. Bandages and a flask of oil and/or wine could be placed on the worship table.
Retain last week’s ‘shalom’ and ‘peace’ posters. Shalom is about right relationship with God and neighbour, through love. Discipleship is about following Jesus in that way.
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.)
God of boundless love,
You have heard the cry of your people in every generation;
Hear our prayer
for those in our congregation; our community; our families,
whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts:
those whose 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
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 15C
|Forth in thy name O Lord I go
|God of all power and truth and grace
|Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God almighty,
|Lord of creation to you be all praise
|O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
|O love that wilt not let me go
|God has spoken by his prophets
|Pour out your Spirit from on high
|What does the Lord require
|A charge to keep I have
|Amazing grace [how sweet the sound]
|Father in heaven grant to your children
|For all the saints who from their labours rest
|God be in my head and in my understanding
|God, who stretched the spangled heavens
|Hail, gladdening Light, of his pure glory poured
|Help us, O Lord, to learn
|Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
|Lord Christ, true peace of God above
|Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days
|There’s a spirit in the air
|When morning gilds the skies
|With joy, we meditate the grace
|God of freedom, God of justice
|Joyful, joyful, we adore you
|Kneels at the feet of his friends
|O for a heart to praise my God
|O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning
|O Master, let me walk with thee
|What does the Lord require
|What does the Lord require of you
|When I needed a neighbour were you there