A Call to Worship
Easter 6A 2011
Psalm 66: 8-20

Transforming God, you have taken the world’s darkness
and re-created a world filled with the joy of light and hope.
Come and hear the good news of God’s love for all creation.

Restoring God, you have turned defeat into sudden victory,
and re-created a world filled with the joy of peace and shalom.
Come and hear the good news of God’s awesome powers.

Renewing God, we respond to your mighty deeds with songs
of praise, worship and thankful prayers. You alone are God!
Come and hear the good news of God’s blessings on us all.
Glory and honour, power and dominion belong to God alone. Amen.

Prayers of Praise
Easter 6A 2011
Psalm 66: 8-20

Redeeming and Rescuing God, we gather to praise you
for your mighty acts of the past and present, and we look
forward with anticipation to your continuing involvement with
your people in the times ahead, even to beyond our own
span of time. Faithful God, you always keep your promises,
and for this we give you our sincere thanks and praise.

In joyful confidence, we come to worship our Awesome God.
We come together to share these blessings from the past
and the present, because it is only as a community of faith
that our combined experiences of blessings given and received,
can make a worthy act of worship and praise to our God.

Loving God, our Rock and Redeemer, each of us has a story
to tell of God’s mercies – past and present – of the way God
has led us along treacherous paths; dangerous and dark valleys;
and over slippery mountains on to the plains of peace and joy.
God has continued to hear our cries for help and comfort, and
has guided and blest us throughout our life’s long pilgrimage,
and for this we will praise and glorify your Holy Name forever.

Forgiving God, you have also heard our cries when we sought
forgiveness for past sin, and you have always responded with
loving compassion and forgiveness. Your never-failing love has
upheld and strengthened us, and especially for this, we praise you. Amen.

A Personal Meditation
Easter 6A 2011
Psalm 66: 8-20

Generous God, on this day I give you my sincere thanks
for your past and present blessings. I am so grateful for
the way you have led and guided me along life’s paths
which have had many unexpected twists and turns; many
steep hills to climb, and many tricky paths to be negotiated.
I give thanks that you have guided me on my long journey.

Creative pause: God’s guidance on my faith journey.

Holy God, I give thanks for the way I have the freedom to
share in the worship of you with my fellow travellers, each
of whom have a story to tell of past blessings and guidance.
As I gather with them, I have a deep sense of fellowship, not
only with them, but in fellowship and communication with God.
It is a wonderful privilege to receive God’s forgiveness; but
also to have the opportunity to forgive others their perceived
wrongs; and to forgive myself for my past and present sin.

Creative pause: Receiving and offering forgiveness.

I give heartfelt thanks for the way God has listened for my
voice when I cried out for help, for guidance and for blessing.
I have so much for which I want praise and thank my God!
I have so many blessings - so much to be grateful for – but
most of all, I want to give thanks for the faithfulness of God’s
unfailing love and mercy towards me. I give praise my God!

Creative pause: God’s unfailing love and mercy towards me.

Unless stated otherwise, all Bible readings and extracts used in these weekly Prayers and Meditations are from
‘The New Revised Standard Version’ Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council
of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

*The additional weekly numbering is from the Revised COCU Indexing Scheme
COCU = ('Consultation on Church Union'); as it offers an easy sequential numbering
for the Revised Common Lectionary for the Church Calendar.

If any part of these Prayers and/or Meditations is used in shared worship, please provide
the following acknowledgement:
© 2011 Joan Stott – ‘The Timeless Psalms’ RCL Psalms Year A. Used with permission.


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