Watchword for the Week

“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,

and give thanks to his holy name.” (Psalm 30:4)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2013)

ORGAN PRELUDE

WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP

(Verses from Psalm 146)

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God all my life long.

Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.

When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.

Happy are those whose help is in the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God

who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.

The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphans and the widow.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Hymn 175 * Praise, I will praise you, Lord

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)

PRAYER of PRAISE and CONFESSION

God of grace and glory, make your presence known to us as we worship you this day. Jesus our Christ, may your name be praised from the rising of the sun to the midnight hour; may we always honour your holy name.

Spirit of holiness, breathe on us all: bind us in Christian love and service.

O God, Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit, be known to us today. Transform our lives and our community into the image of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.

Hymn 77 * Laudate Dominum

(Hymn of the Month, June 2013)

Let us join together in the prayer of confession: Too often our hearts are cold and without gratitude.

Too often our hands are passive and unwilling to carry out acts of mercy.

Too often our lips are pursed tightly, unwilling to speak words of love.

Too often we are separated and alienated from our better self, separated and alienated from you, our God, our very life breath.

Hear our confession, we pray.

Forgive us, O life-giving God; reclaim us for your love. Amen.

Hymn 776 Kyrie eleison [repeated ad lib]

WORDS of ASSURANCE

Our God sets captives free.

We are free in God’s sight.

Our God brings new life to the desperate.

We can face the new day with courage.

Our God changes our lives into hope.

Thanks be to God! Amen.

CHILDREN’S TIME

SHARING GOD’S PEACE (eg 433)

Hevenu shalom alechem. [We wish peace to you all.]

(Children may leave for Kids’ Church)

SCRIPTURE READINGS

1 Kings 17:8-24 OT p. 353 (351)

St. Luke 7:11-17 NT p. 84

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

Hymn 543 Christ, be our light!

SERMON “Are we beggars all?”

(Geeske Dehling, Theology Student, Berlin)

“Tell me, what can you claim?

Not a thing!

Not your name!

Tell me if you can recall,

Just one thing, not a gift, in this life? …

If there’s one thing I know in this life,

We are beggars all!”

Hymn 237 * Look forward in faith

(Offerings are gathered)

Hymn 807 * Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heavenly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

(Offerings are brought forward)

DEDICATION PRAYER

We offer to you, living God, all that we have and are, in the name of him who lived and died and was raised from death for the sake of the world, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

NOTICES and PRAYERS for OTHERS

God of love: show us the Way.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn 283 The voice of God goes out

(Tune: Woodlands, No. 622)

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)

ORGAN POSTLUDE

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