49C – Sunday 17C

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O LORD, act favourably for our land;
turn the tide of our fortunes;
lift off the guilt of our people;
help us to say “sorry” and be reconciled to one another
and to you.
Turn to us, O God our helper!
It seems for some that you are angry with us.
Will it go on for generation upon generation?
Turn and give us life;
show us your faithfulness,
and help us!, O LORD.

Listen for what God, the LORD, has to say:
        The LORD indeed has promised well-being
        for all who are faithful to God –
        don’t let them turn back to foolish ways!

Love God and those around you with every part of your being
        and the glory of God will live in our land.
Faithfulness and truth will work together;
Righteousness and well-being will embrace.
Truth will sprout from the earth like a carpet of lush new growth,
and justice will look down like a wedge-tail eagle flying high.
The LORD will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
Justice will go ahead of the LORD,
and prepare a way for God’s footsteps.

Gracious God,
by our gifts and our lives,
may the light that came into the world
in Jesus shine through us,
dispelling darkness and bringing life;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 11:1-13
The theme of discipleship continues; faithfulness in relationship to God in prayer; faithfulness to others in our living. Again, use the ‘path’ from previous weeks.
As with last week’s lection, this one could be dramatised in any one of a number of ways. Have three flat-breads, an egg, and a fish (I’ll leave you to your creativity on that one!) on the table at the centre of worship. Some red/orange/blue ‘fire-coloured’ material(s) could be draped from the worship table to symbolise the gift of the Holy Spirit.

(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 Life and Hope,
who hears the joy and pain in our hearts
before we speak,
and answers us, in often unexpected ways,
before we know our needs …
By the gentle breath of your Spirit
strength to those whom we have named
on our lips and in our hearts …
rejoice with the hopeful;
be company to the lonely …
a comfort to all weighed down with grief …
and those whose troubles are known only to you …
that all may know your peace:
in Jesus’ name …
         (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 who love and serve your city TIS 634
Father of peace and God of love TIS 482
How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us TIS 580
Stand up and bless the Lord TIS 449
When morning gilds the skies TIS 227
HOSEA 1:2-10
Father of heaven, whose love profound TIS 131
God is love, let heav’n adore him TIS 153
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy TIS 613
Loving Spirit, loving Spirit TIS 417
I will hear what the Lord has to say TIS 713
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying TIS 45
Let us with a gladsome mind TIS 83
O breath of life, come sweeping through us TIS 409
Bread of heaven,on thee we feed TIS 513
Come let us with our Lord arise TIS 375
God is love, let heaven adore him TIS 153
Lift high the cross TIS 351
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
My heart is full of Christ, and longs TIS 214
Nature with open volume stands TIS 343
O for a thousand tongues to sing. TIS 210
O Jesus crucified, for us TIS 354
Our God, we know your providence TIS 169
The church’s one foundation TIS 457
The royal banners forward go TIS 332
There’s a light upon the mountains TIS 276
This is the day the Lord has made TIS 368
We know that Christ is raised TIS 489
When we to cleansing waters came TIS 484
LUKE 11:1-13
Forgive our sins as we forgive TIS 635
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds TIS 233
O changeless Christ, for ever new TIS 254
O Lord, hear my prayer TIS 741
Our Father God in heaven above TIS 550
We plough the fields, and scatter TIS 130

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