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PSALM 91:1-6, 9-16 (Jeff’s Version for Today) 
Whoever dwells under the protection of the Most High,
lives in the shadow of the Almighty,
“O LORD, you are my refuge and my stronghold;
        my God in whom I trust.”
Indeed, the LORD will deliver you from the traps of others,
and from the threat of destruction.
With his wing he will cover you,
and under his wing you may take refuge;
God’s faithfulness is a shield and protection.
Do not fear the terror of the night
or the words and actions that wound by day;
the painfulness that stalks in darkness
or the wrong that overwhelms in broad daylight.

Truly, any person who loves me I will bring to safety,
and anyone who knows my name I will keep out of harm’s way,
and anyone who will call on me I will answer,
and be with in distress,
and rescue,
and bring honour,
and satisfy with long life,
and show my saving work.

INTERCESSION (From Psalm 91)
Close yet cosmic mystery
we name God,
gather and comfort the oppressed and grieving
strengthen those who fear the terror of the night,
or daily life;
rescue the distressed;
keep safe those who love you.
be present to those who call on your name,
to those we have named today,
and those we name in our hearts.
Show them your saving ways
to your honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen

Generous God,
we bring our diverse gifts.
Let the light of Jesus
light the path of our following.
Let the Spirit of Jesus
enliven our serving. Amen.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
In a dark and hopeless time for Israel, Jeremiah expresses his vision of God’s faithfulness in the purchase of land. Accompanied by an appropriate litany the group/congregation could plant a tree/shrub as an expression of your vision of God’s faithfulness. (When Martin Luther was asked what he would do if he was told the world would end tomorrow, he replied, “I’d plant a tree”.) If this is not possible/appropriate for your situation then perhaps you could have some property deeds or similar ‘instruments’ gathered/displayed on a table in the worship space. Pictures or posters of farmland and/or vineyards being worked could also be displayed around the worship space.

(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.)

Most High God,
whose faithfulness is a shield and protection:
gather the oppressed and grieving under your wing
strengthen those who fear the terror of the night,
or daily life;
be present to those who call on your name;
to those we have named on our lips,
and in the silence of our hearts;
for the sake of your honour and glory…
         (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

Be thou my vision TIS 547
For the fruits of all creation TIS 168
Forth in thy name O Lord I go TIS 571
God is our song, and every singer blest TIS 646
God of freedom, God of justice TIS 657
Immortal, invisible, God only wise TIS 143
My heart and voice I raise TIS 225
O Jesus I have promised TIS 595
O Spirit of the living God TIS 405
Sometimes a light surprises TIS 128
JEREMIAH 32:1-3a, 6-15
God is our strength and refuge TIS 28
God of Jeremiah, grieving TIS 679
PSALM 91:1-6, 14-16
Glory to thee, my God, this night TIS 558
I thou but suffer God to guide thee TIS 554
O God of Bethel, by whose hand TIS 564
Safe in the shadow of the Lord TIS 644
Whoveer lives besid ethe Lord TIS 49
You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord TIS 48
1 TIMOTHY 6:6-19
All glory,praise and honour TIS 333
All my hope on God is founded TIS 560
Glory be to God the Father TIS 142
Holy Spirit, ever dwelling TIS 410
Immortal, invisible, God only wise TIS 143
Let all mortal flesh keep silence TIS 497
Praise our God, the great creator TIS 165
Rejoice, the Lord is king TIS 216
the head that once was crowned with thorns TIS 378
LUKE 16:19-31
Blessed are the pure in heart TIS 448
Christ is the world’s light TIS 246
Father, Lord of all creation TIS 631
Jesu, remember me, when you come into your kingdom TIS 730
O God of Bethel, by whose hand TIS 564

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