Invitatory Psalm 67
God, be gracious to us and bless us
and make your face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.
May God continue to bless us;
let all the ends of the earth revere you.
Psalms 141, 146
Daily Lectionary Reading, Psalm 114
When Israel came out of Egypt— when the house of Jacob came out from a people who spoke a different language— 2 Judah was God’s sanctuary; Israel was God’s territory. 3 The sea saw it happen and ran away; the Jordan River retreated! 4 The mountains leaped away like rams; the hills leaped away like lambs! 5 Sea, why did you run away? Jordan, why did you retreat? 6 Mountains, why did you leap away like rams? Hills, why did you leap away like lambs? 7 Earth: tremble before the Lord! Tremble before the God of Jacob, 8 the one who turned that rock into a pool of water, that flint stone into a spring of water! [Common English Bible]
Great God of time and powers beyond our dreaming— Great God of holiness and grace beyond our imagination— we gather to worship you this day, in this small segment of time and eternity; and in a sacred space that is special to us. We come before you in reverent awe and amazement— that you care for us as individual people amongst millions of other people; that we are nurtured as your beloved children amongst countless numbers of people whom you have loved in times past, and into the unknown future. Throughout history as we know and understand it, you have offered and led your people towards and into new beginnings— despite many times they have gone astray; despite the many times they have rebelled against you and your ways of peace and justice; and despite the many times they have rejected you and your guiding hand. Compassionate God, you continue to reach out to people in their wilfulness and their human pride, aware that, despite your incredible love for them, they think that they know what is best for themselves and for the world. Generous and Patient God, today we offer you our praise, our thanks and our worship. We remember with thanks our heritage as your people of faith, and we ask that we may be blessed as we seek to be your faithful people every day of our life, and that we may honour and serve you with our songs and prayers; with awe and reverence; and with joy and delight. Amen.
If used in shared worship, please provide an acknowledgement as follows: © 2011 Joan Stott – "The Timeless Psalms" RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission.
(for this and other prayers, go to the Timeless Psalms website http://www.wesleychurchgeelong.net/w_resources/pentecost13a_2011.htm)
Psalms 140, 142, 143