54C – Sunday 22C

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See also my posts from 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022

O God, our strength, we shout our joy;
we shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
You are the LORD our God,
you brought us up out of a living death;
and filled our wide open mouths.
At times our history we have not heard your voice;
and at times we did not want to hear it.
We have been stubborn
and you have left us to our own devices.
But you long for us to listen to you;
and to walk in your ways.
You long for us to allow you to stand between us
and the things that weigh down our lives;
to turn your hand against them.
All that are against you would knuckle under;
and their time would be over for ever.
You would feed us with the best bread;
and with the purest honey you would satisfy us.

God of abundance and love,
who would feed us
and satisfy us
with the finest of wheat and honey;
we offer our lives
and the gifts of our living
that others might be guests,
fed and satisfied,
at your banquet
of justice and love. Amen

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2013.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Luke 14:1, 7-14
Here’s an opportunity to be radical. (“Isn’t every Sunday?” I hear some ask.) As worshippers arrive have them sit in a different seat from their usual one. Visitors could be ‘ushered’ to specific seats, ensuring that regulars are dislocated/dislodged..!

(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.)

Loving God,
fountain of living water,
rejoice with those who rejoice and give thanks today
and strengthen the weak and the lonely.
Pour out your Spirit
on all who are weighed down with grief;
those whose troubles are known only to you;
those we name on our lips and in our silence;
that all may eat at your feast
of justice and love
and be satisfied …
         (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

Behold! the mountain of the Lord TIS 441
How lovely is your dwelling TIS 44
Take up your cross the Saviour said TIS 583
Where cross the crowded ways of life TIS 608
Glorious things of you are spoken TIS 446
God of Jeremiah, grieving TIS 679
Jesus, lover of my soul TIS 211
What does the Lord require of you TIS 751
What God ordains is always good TIS 109
PSALM 81:1, 10-16
Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer TIS 627
Sing to the Lord a new song TIS 43
You satisfy the hungry heart TIS 539
HEBREWS 13:1-8,15-16
All depends on our possessing TIS 556
Author of faith, eternal word TIS 565
Awake, my soul, and with the sun TIS 557
Christ is alive, with joy we sing TIS 393
Fill my whole life, O Lord my God TIS 596
For the beauty of the earth TIS 137
God of freedom, God of justice TIS 657
Holy God, we praise your name TIS 127
How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578
In all my ways, in every task TIS 553
Lord Christ, true peace of all above TIS 623
Lord Jesus, if the same you are TIS 566
Lord, hear my praying, listen to me TIS 689
Lord, you have been our dwelling place TIS 144
O Changeless Christ, forever new TIS 254
Safe in the shadow of the Lord TIS 644
When morning gilds the skies TIS 227
When trouble strikes and fear takes root TIS 184
LUKE 14:1, 7-14
Blest are the pure in heart TIS 448
Brother, sister, let me serve you TIS 650
In great thanksgiving TIS 632
O Jesus I have promised TIS 595
Praise the God who changes places TIS 178
When I needed a neighbour were you there TIS 629

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