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.
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.
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.
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.)
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)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 27C
|Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side;
|Forth in thy name O Lord I go
|Sing praise and thanksgiving,
|We are your people,
|Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father
|By the Babylonian waters
|By the waters
|How shall I sing to God
|God of Jeremiah grieving
|Lord, hear my praying, listen to me;
|2 Timothy 1:1-14
|Beauty for brokenness
|Breathe on me, breath of God
|Come to us, creative Spirit
|Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
|Come, Holy Spirit, come!
|Come, Holy Spirit
|Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire
|Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
|Come, Spirit blest, Creator, come
|God, your glory we have seen in your Son
|Have faith in God, my heart
|I’m not ashamed to own my Lord
|Like the murmur of the dove’s song
|Love Divine all loves excelling
|O Holy Spirit, enter in
|O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
|Praise the Spirit in creation
|Spirit divine, attend our prayers
|Take up your cross the Saviour said
|There’s a spirit in the air
|Wa wa wa Emimimo
|God of grace and God of glory
|I sing the almighty power of God
|O Jesus I have promised