51C – Sunday 19C

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GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE      (Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23)
God, the LORD God, has spoken;
his summons covers all the earth,
like the sun from its rising to its setting.
God has shone forth from Zion;
perfect in its beauty
The LORD God comes and will not be silent;
consuming fire goes before the LORD
who is surrounded by raging storm.
The LORD God calls upon the heavens above
and the earth, so that he might judge his people.
Gather to me my faithful ones;
the ones that make covenant with me by sacrifice.
The heavens declare God’s righteousness
and proclaim, “God, the LORD God, is judge.”
Listen carefully, my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will serve as a witness against you.
I am God, your God.
It is not for your sacrifices that I want to set you right;
indeed, your burnt offerings are always before me

Consider this, then, you who forget God;
lest I tear you to pieces and there is no deliverer.
Those with a sacrifice of thanksgiving honour me;
to those who determine such a path 
I will let them see the salvation of God.

Holy mystery we name God,
we bring our gifts
with hopeful and faithful spirits.
May what we bring in these gifts and our living
serve you in serving others.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 12:32-40
Use again the the “material” symbols suggested for last week. Rather than a perfumed candle, use an unscented one this week. Also include any other symbols which, in your context, convey or symbolise “readiness”.

(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.)

Holy and mysterious,
yet the one in whom we find rest and shelter,
may your word bring healing
to the broken and bruised;
comfort to the grieving;
and assurance to the fearful.
By your spirit of grace
be present to those
whose troubles are known only to you
and those whom we name
on our lips and in our silence…
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

Author of faith, eternal word TIS 565
Glorious things of you are spoken TIS 446
Hark! a herald voice is calling TIS 264
Have faith in God my heart TIS 619
I sing the almighty power of God TIS 119
O breath of life, come sweeping through us TIS 409
Put thou thy trust in God TIS 555
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166
The God of Abraham praise TIS 125
The Lord’s is the earth & all its fullness TIS 13
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266
ISAIAH 1:1, 10-20
Create in us a clean heart, O God TIS 712
Jesus, lover of my soul TIS 211
O God of every nation TIS 621
PSALM 50:1-8, 22-23
God who stretched the spangled heavens TIS 163
Lift up your heads, you mighty gates TIS 267
The Mighty One, God the Lord TIS 30
HEBREWS 11:1-3, 8-16
All my hope on God is founded TIS 560
Author of faith, eternal word TIS 565
Blessed be the everlasting God, TIS 114
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer, TIS 569
Now to the Lord a noble song TIS 113
O come! O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
O Lord of every shining constellation TIS 157
Of the Father’s love begotten TIS 290
Praise our God, the great creator TIS 165
Praise to the living God TIS 102
Thanks to God, whose Word was spoken TIS 431
The God of Abraham praise TIS 125
LUKE 12:32-40
A charge to keep I have TIS 573
A man there lived in Galilee TIS 235
Come, my way, my truth, my life TIS 552
Come,thou long expected Jesus TIS 272
Hark, a herald voice is calling TIS 264

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