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Introduction:
Readings:
Hymns:
Opening
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Prayer of
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Introduction:
Readings:
Hymns:
Opening
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Prayer of
Approach:

Menu:

Introduction:
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Hymns:
Opening
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Prayer of
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Introduction:
Readings:
Hymns:
Opening
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Introduction:
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Hymns:
Opening
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Introduction:
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Hymns:
Opening
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Introduction:
Readings:
Hymns:
Opening
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Introduction:
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Liturgical material for November 15th 1998

Introduction

The stuff might look a bit odd this week (not least the sermon) because I have to incorporate a Wedding and a Thanksgiving & Dedication Service into our normal morning worship.  We expect to have lots of visitors to the service and so the language of prayers, sermon and stuff will have to take account of an eclectic congregation, some of theme who have been coming for years, some who are there simply to see a wedding, some who are there because they have to come to the service so they can wet the baby's head afterwards, and some who are coming for the first time and have a genuine need to hear the Good News for the first time.

Readings
Malachi 4:1-2a
Psalm 98*
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19*
The Day of the Lord is coming!
Global Praise!
No slacking - get to work!
Temples come crashing down!

(I shall be ignoring the readings from Malachi and Thessalonians this week - they are a bit grim for a wedding!)

Hymns

R&S 135
R&S 709
R&S 250

R&S 663
R&S 466

R&S 467

R&S 293
R&S 486
R&S 291
(Hymns linked with psalm 98):
Joy to the World!
New songs of celebration render
The strife is o'er, the battle done
(Wedding Hymns):
Love Divine, all loves excelling
As man and woman we were made
(Thanksgiving/Dedication Hymn):
O God, your life-creating love
(Hymns linked with Luke 21:5-19):
Ye servants of God, your master proclaim
By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered
To the name of our salvation

Opening Sentences

Sing to our God a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
Let the world sing and those who dwell in it!
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
Sing praises to the LORD with music and melody!
Sing to our God a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!

Prayer of Approach

Creator God, We take this day, as a special day, to celebrate the goodness of the world you have made, the world you sustain. The world teems with life and is filled with beauty, celebrating its creator. You have breathed your life into each one of us, made us in your image, called us to be your children. We rejoice, and we are glad.

Saviour God, We take this day, as a special day, to celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead. With joy in our hearts we can proclaim that he is risen! He shared our life and suffered our death so that we might share his life and his rising - conquering death. Because he lives, we too shall live! We rejoice, and we are glad.

God-with-us, We take this day, as a special day, to celebrate the coming of your Spirit, for you are not a God above and beyond us, but with us and in us. Your Spirit within us, we have a measure of your love, of your joy, of your peace, of your power to live as your children in the world. We rejoice, and we are glad.

God of all our celebrations, we take this as a special day to give thanks for Zara and Caitlin and to celebrate the marriage of Sandra and Charlie.

God of every day, We take this day as a special day, forgive us when we take it as the only day to rejoice and be glad in all you have given, for Monday and Thursday, Tuesday and Friday, Wednesday and Saturday are your days too. Help us to live as your children all the days of our lives. Amen.

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