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READINGS
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1     Jeremiah grieves for his people
Psalm 79:1-9              Lord, have mercy and rescue your people
1 Timothy 2:1-7         Be good and Godly citizens
Luke 16:1-13             Stewarding our resources

HYMNS RS = Rejoice and Sing SF = Songs of Fellowship  

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The right hand of God
268
Jesus is Lord!   290
338
Stay with us Lord as longed for peace eludes us
514
O for a thousand tongues to sing!   412
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Here is love

CALL TO WORSHIP

Help us O God, and save us
HAVE MERCY ON US NOW
rescue us and forgive us all our sins
HAVE MERCY ON US NOW
Let us worship our loving, forgiving and merciful saviour
JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!

PRAYER OF APPROACH
- an interpretation of 'Jesus, the very thought of thee' by Bernard of Clairvaux

O Lord Jesus, simply thinking about you makes our hearts swell with love and joy.
We come now to rest in your presence.
We come now to praise your holy name
- there is no better, no sweeter, no lovelier name than yours
that we can know or sing or say.
you bring joy to those who are sorry for wrongdoing,
you bring hope to those who are fearful.
When we fall you show us your kindness,
When we seek you show us your goodness,
You show us your deep love
 - a love beyond words.
Day by day you reveal your love to us in countless different ways,
we could not begin to count your blessings to us.
You are our joy, our glory, our prize
- we love and worship you, now and always. Amen

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God,
The world is filled with tears.
The tears of those who have little while we have much,
the tears of the innocent who have been treated unjustly
the tears of those who are the victims of dishonest practices
the tears of those we have hurt in ignorance, weakness or deliberately.
And you cry with them.
For all the tears we have caused to be shed,
for all the hurt we have caused we are truly sorry.
Our tears are those of penitence, shame and sorrow....

Come, weep no more! Dry your eyes!
Here is good news!
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners
God has rescued us, saved us, forgiven our sins.
In thankfulness and love, let us follow our Lord
And play our part in turning tears of sorrow into tears of joy.
Through Jesus we pray. Amen

OFFERTORY DEDICATION

O God, we belong to you,
you formed us, shaped us, saved us from our sin.
We come to worship you and serve you.
We offer you these gifts of money
- needed for our work and worship to continue
given, not through love of money, but love for you
our eternal Lord and Saviour. Amen