59C – Sunday 27C

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Remembering my misery and homelessness is bitter poison!
        My heart recalls it again and again;
and is crushed within me.
This is what I will keep in mind,
and so regain my hope:
God’s steadfast love will never be spent
nor the Lord’s compassion come to an end;
they are new every morning.
Great is your faithfulness!
I say to myself, “I have the Lord
in whom I will wait in hope.”
The Lord is good to all who wait with trust,
who seek God with expectant hearts.
It is good to wait in hopeful stillness for the salvation of the Lord.

Gracious God,
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose never-ending mercies
are new every morning;
how can we make a sufficient offering?
Let our lives, our mustard-seed faith,
and these symbols of our daily labours,
be enough for today;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Lamentations 1:1-6
There are events in the life of every congregation and its community which been negative, debilitating or the cause of collective grief. These may be situations which have been ‘blocked out’ or which remain unresolved but which nevertheless deserve to be acknowledged and lamented in the process of resolution and closure. The reading from Lamentations may offer the opportunity for a service of acknowledgement and lament.

(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
and in that hope we remember
the widow, the exile, the weeping,
the restless, the pursued, the desolate;
those we have named
on our lips and in our silence…
By your Spirit of grace
be present to those who have no-one;
help us bring consolation to those known to us;
return to our memory those whom we have forgotten;
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

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side; TIS 123
Forth in thy name O Lord I go TIS 571
Sing praise and thanksgiving, TIS 107
We are your people, TIS 468
Lamentations 1:1-6
Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father TIS 154
Psalm 137
By the Babylonian waters TIS 85
By the waters TIS 708
How shall I sing to God TIS 667
God of Jeremiah grieving TIS 679
Lord, hear my praying, listen to me; TIS 689
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Beauty for brokenness TIS 690
Breathe on me, breath of God TIS 407
Come to us, creative Spirit TIS 652
Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove TIS 402
Come, Holy Spirit, come! TIS 422
Come, Holy Spirit TIS 710
Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire TIS 396
Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord TIS 399
Come, Spirit blest, Creator, come TIS 397
God, your glory we have seen in your Son TIS 462
Have faith in God, my heart TIS 619
I’m not ashamed to own my Lord TIS 562
Like the murmur of the dove’s song TIS 419
Love Divine all loves excelling TIS 217
O Holy Spirit, enter in TIS 400
O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God TIS 401
Praise the Spirit in creation TIS 415
Spirit divine, attend our prayers TIS 406
Take up your cross the Saviour said TIS 583
There’s a spirit in the air TIS 414
Veni Creator TIS 750
Wa wa wa Emimimo TIS 711
Luke 17:5-10
God of grace and God of glory TIS 611
I sing the almighty power of God TIS 119
O Jesus I have promised TIS 595

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