A Call to Worship
Epiphany 5C 2010
Psalm 138

We praise you, O Lord our God,
We exalt your great name forever!
With all our beings, we praise you God!

In wonder and reverent awe, Glorious God,
we praise you, for you are always faithful.
With all that we are, Loving God, we give you thanks!

Our God always travels with us, through bad times,
good times, dangerous times, and fear-filled times.
Therefore Loving God, we trust you with everything!
We come to worship and give thanks to our God. Amen.

Prayers of Thankfulness and Praise
Epiphany 5C 2010
Psalm 138

O Lord our God, we give you our thanks, and with all that
we are, we praise your holy and glorious name. We want to
sing songs of joyful praise! Our daily experiences of God’s
constant love and care encourages us to trust even more
in our saving God; and we want to keep singing your praises!
The steadfast love of the Lord endures for ever. Hallelujah!

With thankful and peace-filled hearts and minds, we come
to worship our God, to praise and bring honour to God’s name.
Compassionate God, you watch the lowly and the kings;
you look at the powerful, and the weak, offering them all the
same protecting and nurturing hand and care. You have never
abandoned those whom you have created, and who love you!
The steadfast love of the Lord endures for ever. Hallelujah!

Along with the leaders of other peoples, we come to offer
our humble thanks, and to give recognition to God’s glory.
Kings, leaders, and bureaucrats, join with the humble people
of each land, so that with one voice, they praise Almighty God!
We join together to exalt the name of the Lord our God.
The steadfast love of the Lord endures for ever. Hallelujah!

O Lord our God, with joy and thankfulness we offer our prayers
of praise, because your love endures forever! You reveal your
love and justice to all who seek to follow in your ways of truth—
your keep your promises to your people, as they seek to fulfil
your purposes for humanity, all for God’s greater and eternal glory.
The steadfast love of the Lord endures for ever. Amen.

A Personal Meditation
Epiphany 5C 2010
Psalm 138

Great is the Lord our God, and great is God’s name!
Glorious is the Lord our God, and glorious is God’s name!
Worthy of praise and honour is God’s holy name!
Praise to the steadfast love of the Lord our God!
The leaders of the earth have heard God’s holy name,
and they too sing of the glory and wonders of God’s powers.

Creative pause: God’s great and glorious name.

The place in which I worship God is holy, and filled
with the awesome presence of the Lord our God.
The place in which we worship God is holy, a place
for all people to share with people from near and far,
from all areas of life and responsibility - for all who gather
to honour and worship God in the beauty of God’s holiness.

Creative pause: Worshipping God in the beauty of holiness.

O Lord my God, in confident trust I come to worship you.
My life experiences have been complex and often filled with
anguish and pain; yet it is because of these things that
I now come before you now, content in your care of me
through all these challenge and struggles. O my God your
steadfast love has upheld me, even when I have been out
of my depths and bewildered by life - with all its upheavals.
You are always ‘there’ for me, and I praise your holy name!

Creative pause: I trust God with all my life experiences.

Trustworthy God, I now rest calmly and quietly in your love,
because your powers have defeated all that threatened me.
I give you my sincere thanks, and I earnestly pray that all which
you have begun in me will bear much fruit, through all with whom
I meet, to the glory and honour of God’s holy name - for ever.

Creative pause: Resting calmly and quietly in God love.

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:
© 2010 Joan Stott – ‘The Timeless Psalms’ RCL Psalms Year C. Used with permission.


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