The opening song is, “Your love is amazing”, from the Sapphire Singers. If you have problems connecting, try this direct link to YouTube:
Call to worship
We come to hear the Good News, to embody the love of God in Christ as we share our lives with others. .
You may like to light a candle at this time.
God’s truth is revealed in Jesus Christ the light of the world. May the light shine for the hope of the world.
Acknowledgment of country
As we begin, it is appropriate to recognise that this great land has been home to our first nations peoples for many thousands of years. Let us also acknowledge those Aboriginal peoples who are the first inhabitants of the regions in which we dwell, and honour them for their care of the land.
Praise the Lord, all people, let the sound of praise be heard! Great is God’s power! Creator of the universe, whose breath gives life, whose hands create beauty, whose love brings freedom, whose glory fills the earth, to you alone our praise we bring.
We come together today, to worship you: to sing your praise, to confess our mistakes, and to receive your love and mercy. Be present among us as we worship you, and as we open ourselves to your Word.
We also ask for your forgiveness, through Jesus Christ who gave all, that we might learn to follow his example. May we forgive others, as you have forgiven all those who follow Christ. In his name we pray. Amen.
From the Bible
The Bible reading for today is from the Gospel of Luke. The words of the reading are below. There is also a video of a dramatic re-enactment of the Gospel reading underneath.
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.
Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
Dramatic readings from Lumo
Here is the dramatic re-enactment of the Gospel reading by the Lumo group. If you have trouble connecting you can go directly to YouTube at:
The message is brought to you by Geoff Wellington from the Saltbush Community. Jesus encounters 10 people on the road to Jerusalem and offers healing and transformation. One returns to praise and give thanks to God. The interests of God continue to emerge in the most unexpected places. Can we open our eyes to see and live into those ways of being, healed and transformed like the leper?
What did you hear in the Word today? Where do you see the interests of God played out in your neighbourhood? How will we respond to the invitation to not only receive healing but transformation?
Before a time of prayer you may like to spend some time in silence sitting still. Close your eyes lightly. Sit relaxed but alert. Simply be still and open to God. You may prefer to do this while listening to the ‘Optional reflective music’ below.
Optional reflective music
“Come as you are”, courtesy of Uniting Creative. If you have problems connecting, try this direct link to YouTube:
Prayers for Others
Let us pray.
Jesus, we bring our prayers for the healing of the world, for those we know and for ourselves.
Jesus, through your words and touch those who were distressed found peace, and those who were tormented found rest. So, we name before you- (in silence or by a name only)
Jesus, you prayed for those who were sick and you restored them to health. So, we name before you- (in silence or by a name only)
Jesus, you cried when a friend died, and you shared the grief of those who mourn. So, we name before you- (in silence or by a name only)
Jesus, you taught us to pray. So, in a moment of silence we pray for all known to us who this day need to know you are near. Silence.
We thank you, for all engaged in the ministries of healing and reconciliation, for those who work in hospitals and hospices, for doctors and district nurses, for cares and counsellors, for peacemakers and peacekeepers.
God our maker, Jesus our healer, Holy Spirit of love and life hear our prayers. To those who seek you, to all who need you, To the world you cherish bring healing, bring wholeness, bring peace. Amen.
Go out into the world, to love and serve the Lord. Bless us and the people we meet along the way. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Won my heart”, courtesy of Emu Music. If you have problems connecting, go directly to YouTube at:
“Goodness is stronger than evil”, from Lord of Light Lutheran Church. If you have trouble connecting, go directly to YouTube at:
Messy Family Fun Psalm 23
There are many fun activities at HomeFaith based on the theme of the ‘Good Shepherd’ at:
Pentecost Flames Salad Spinner Art and Prayer Ideas
Get a cheap salad spinner and use it to create some spinner art! It’s brilliant: quick, clean (because the spinner sits in its own bowl) and each piece is unique! The process of making the art really lends itself to Pentecost themes so here’s an idea to help celebrate the occasion. Go to the following link:
The prayers & blessing are based on content in the Saltbush service for this week, which can be found at: