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Psalm 119:97-104
How I love your teaching;
I ponder on it all day.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies
because it is always mine.
I have greater understanding than all my teachers
because I meditate on your prescription for life.
I have greater insight than the aged
because I have kept your instructions.
I have kept from setting foot in any evil way
so that I will keep your word.
I have not turned aside from your judgements
because you yourself have been my teacher.
How delectable are your sayings on my palate,
more than honey to my mouth.
I gain insight from your directions,
and so it is that I hate every false way.

Holy mystery we name God,
just and faithful;
bless the offering of our lives
and these symbols of our living
may we help those who cry
to you for justice. Amen

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

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Jeremiah 31:27-34
Decorate the walls of the worship space with posters illustrating destruction, from both natural and human disasters e.g. flood, war, displaced communities etc., and growth/building up e.g. new-born baby, new housing development, flourishing gardens.
Two big posters could bear the words, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge” and “Know the LORD”.
Make a return offering of cardboard cutout hearts bearting the words, “I know the LORD”. Supply small safety-pins for the members of the congregation to pin the hearts on themselves.

(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.)

Covenant-making God,
plant the seed of hope
in those whose troubles are known only to you,
those whom we name on our lips
and in our silence;
Write their names on your heart
and remember them in their distress
that they may not lose heart.
in Jesus’ name we pray…
         (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

Comfort, comfort, all my people TIS 647
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158
Great God, your Spirit, like the wind TIS 416
Help us, O Lord, to learn TIS 428
Lord, your word abiding TIS 427
Seek, O seek the Lord TIS 464
Sometimes a light surprises TIS 128
Spirit, divine, attend our prayers TIS 406
JEREMIAH 31:27-34
Dear Lord, for all in pain TIS 612
Father, whose everlasting love TIS 213
Help us, O Lord, to learn TIS 428
How deep the riches of our God TIS 167
I the Lord of sea and sky TIS 658
O love of God how strong and true TIS 139
O the deep, deep love of Jesus TIS 232
PSALM 119:97-104
Blessed are those whose way is blameless TIS 75
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158
Lord, you are the light of life to me TIS 261
2 TIMOTHY 3:14-4:5
Blessed Jesus, at your word TIS 437
Come Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire TIS 425
Filled with the Spirit’s power with one accord TIS 411
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158
God of Jeremiah, grieving TIS 679
Lord, your word abiding TIS 427
O breath of God, breathe on us now TIS 408
Praise the Spirit in creation TIS 415
Spirit of truth, essential God TIS 426
Spread, O spread, almighty word TIS 450
Take my life and let it be TIS 599
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431
LUKE 18:1-8
Be thou my vision TIS 547
Let all mortal flesh keep silence TIS 497
Make me a channel of your peace TIS 607
Sometimes a light surprises TIS 128
Take my life and let it be TIS 599
What a friend we have in Jesus TIS 590

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