50C – Sunday 18C

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WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD (from Psalm 107: 1-9)
Come and worship the Lord our God;
You alone, O Lord, are good ,
and your lovingkindness is forever.
Come into the saving presence of the Lord our God;
You save us, O Lord,
and rescue us from our troubles.
Come and worship the Lord our God
who has gathered us;
You gather us, Lord God,
from a week which was sometimes like a wasteland,
where our inner being was hungry and thirsty for you.
Come and worship the Lord our God
who hears when we cry out;
You lift us from the muddy ground of our distress,
and by a straight path, O Lord,
you lead us into community,
Come and worship the Lord our God
whose steadfast love and marvellous works are for all humankind;
You satisfy our thirst, O Lord;
and the emptiness of our deepest hunger,
you fill with good things.

Creating and generous God,
in response to the blessings
we receive from you,
we offer the gifts of our living.
By your Spirit enable us to hear
those who cry out in need
that we may be
generous, committed bearers of the gospel
in word and deed.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 12:13-21
A couple of contrasting ideas to use together: (a) A money-bag/purse/wallet or wad of “Monopoly” money or small mound of grains of wheat as a focus in the worship centre, and (b) an aroma to fill the worship space e.g. light a perfumed candle.
Here I’m trying to contrast the tangible with the intangible; the earthly with the transcendent.

(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 all grace,
in you is hope, which has endured throughout every age.
In that hope we remember before you now
those we have named on our lips and in the silence of our hearts.
By the light of your Word and the warmth of your Spirit
help us bring consolation to those know to us,
return to our memory those whom we have forgotten
and be present to those who have no-one;
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 hail the power of Jesus’ name TIS 224
God your are clothed with life TIS 193
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
Lord in the strength of grace TIS 483
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431
HOSEA 11:1-11
God is love, let heaven adore him TIS 153
Sing Praise to God who reigns above, TIS 110
Loving Spirit, loving Spirit TIS 417
PSALM 107:1-9, 43
Eternal Father, strong to save TIS 138
God is the refuge of his saints TIS 120
Let us with a gladsome mind TIS 83
Thus will say the Lord’s redeemed TIS 67
Break thou the bread of life TIS 429
Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna! TIS 394
Christ is alive! let Christians sing TIS 387
Come let us with our Lord arise TIS 375
Firmly I believe and truly TIS 140
God, you are clothed with light TIS 193
God, you touch the earth with beauty TIS 610
He is risen, he is risen! TIS 379
I bind unto myself this day TIS 478
If we have died to ourselves in Jesus TIS 475
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
Now is eternal life TIS 385
Praise with joy the world’s creator TIS 179
Rejoice, the Lord is king TIS 216
The advent of our God TIS 271
There’s a light upon the mountains TIS 276
We know that Christ is raised TIS 489
When Christ was lifted from the earth TIS 248
LUKE 12:13-21
All depends on our possessing TIS 556
Dear Father, Lord of humankind TIS 598
God of grace and God of glory TIS 611
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS 606
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness TIS 454

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