PRAYER OF CONFESSION – PSALM 85
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.
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.
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.
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 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
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 17C
|All who love and serve your city
|Father of peace and God of love
|How firm a foundation, you people of God
|Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
|Stand up and bless the Lord
|When morning gilds the skies
|Father of heaven, whose love profound
|God is love, let heav’n adore him
|Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy
|Loving Spirit, loving Spirit
|I will hear what the Lord has to say
|I will listen to what the Lord God is saying
|Let us with a gladsome mind
|O breath of life, come sweeping through us
|Bread of heaven,on thee we feed
|Come let us with our Lord arise
|God is love, let heaven adore him
|Lift high the cross
|Love Divine all loves excelling
|My heart is full of Christ, and longs
|Nature with open volume stands
|O for a thousand tongues to sing.
|O Jesus crucified, for us
|Our God, we know your providence
|The church’s one foundation
|The royal banners forward go
|There’s a light upon the mountains
|This is the day the Lord has made
|We know that Christ is raised
|When we to cleansing waters came
|Forgive our sins as we forgive
|How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
|O changeless Christ, for ever new
|O Lord, hear my prayer
|Our Father God in heaven above
|We plough the fields, and scatter