A Call to Worship
Lent 3A 2011
Psalm 95

Come, let us gather to sing our praises to God!
Let us give a joyful shout of thanks to our God!
For the Lord our God is a great and glorious God!

Come, let us recognise God’s creative powers!
Let us rejoice in the diversity of God’s creation!
All creation, all people and creatures of the earth,
sky, seas and waters joyfully praise their Maker.

Come, let us listen for God’s word to us today!
We come to bow in worship before our God, as we
respond to being God’s belovèd and forgiven children! Amen.

Prayers of Praise and Exaltation
Lent 3A 2011
Psalm 95

Great and Glorious God, in joyful celebration we come to worship
the Lord our God with songs, music and prayers. Come, let us
worship the Lord our God, whose mighty powers are beyond
our understanding, and whose mercy and grace is endless.

Our God is an unshakable Rock, a Refuge who offers safety and
security; a hiding place, where we can lose ourselves in the arms
of God’s holy presence. Come, let us sing and shout our joy and praises,
for our God, that Steadfast and Reliable God, is worthy of our praises.

As the great Creator and Owner of all things visible and invisible,
we are in awe of the extent of God’s creative powers! The diversity
of creation is beyond our comprehension! We give thanks for the
sights and sounds we see of rocky mountains and deep, quiet valleys;
for the immensity of the skies with their stars, suns and planets;
for the depths of the oceans, the winding rivers and streams;
for the immensity of the deserts and plains – all with their own plant,
fish, animal and bird life. God holds all of creation within the palm
of God’s own hands, and in awe we worship our wondrous God.

Come, let us worship the God who is our Guide, and who lovingly
cares for all of God’s vulnerable and defenceless people; and who
leads them into the fullness of life within God’s presence as they
listen, follow and obey their Guide’s voice, and who leads them to
safety and rest. Come, let us joyfully worship the Lord our God. Amen.

A Personal Meditation
Lent 3A 2011
Psalm 95

With joy I accept the invitation to worship the Lord, the Maker,
Owner and Ruler of this great and glorious world, the home in
which I live. I will sing in joyful celebration of the wonders of my God!

Creative pause: God is Owner and Ruler of all things.

My God is an Unshakeable Rock, a place of safety and refuge;
a hiding place where I can rest securely within God’s powerful
but gentle arms. There is no god the equal of my wondrous God;
all things pale into insignificance before the majesty of God.

Creative pause: My security is in God’s presence.

My God is the Creator, Sustainer, Renewer and Owner of all
creation! Every tiny cell and microbe is produced by God’s hands;
and the immensity and diversity of creation is beyond the powers
of my mind to contemplate. I am in awe of the wonders of my God,
and I can only fall on my knees in worship, praise and thankfulness.

Creative pause: I bow before the awesome powers of my God.

My God is also a loving and caring Guide who cares for humanity,
weak and wayward as we all are, both individually and collectively!
My God calls for me to follow, to find nurture, rest and security in
the presence of my Guiding God; who turns me away from danger;
and whose voice offers me assurance and comfort, peace and rest.

Creative pause: I find rest and security in my Guiding God.

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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