PRAYER OF ADORATION AND CONFESSION: Psalm 81:1,10-16
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
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..!
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.)
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
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 22C
|Behold! the mountain of the Lord
|How lovely is your dwelling
|Take up your cross the Saviour said
|Where cross the crowded ways of life
|Glorious things of you are spoken
|God of Jeremiah, grieving
|Jesus, lover of my soul
|What does the Lord require of you
|What God ordains is always good
|PSALM 81:1, 10-16
|Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer
|Sing to the Lord a new song
|You satisfy the hungry heart
|All depends on our possessing
|Author of faith, eternal word
|Awake, my soul, and with the sun
|Christ is alive, with joy we sing
|Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
|For the beauty of the earth
|God of freedom, God of justice
|Holy God, we praise your name
|How firm a foundation, you people of God
|In all my ways, in every task
|Lord Christ, true peace of all above
|Lord Jesus, if the same you are
|Lord, hear my praying, listen to me
|Lord, you have been our dwelling place
|O Changeless Christ, forever new
|Safe in the shadow of the Lord
|When morning gilds the skies
|When trouble strikes and fear takes root
|LUKE 14:1, 7-14
|Blest are the pure in heart
|Brother, sister, let me serve you
|In great thanksgiving
|O Jesus I have promised
|Praise the God who changes places
|When I needed a neighbour were you there