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Call to Worship – Psalm 30 (Common English Bible)
I exalt you, Lord, because you pulled me up; you didn’t let my enemies celebrate over me.
Lord, my God, I cried out to you for help, and you healed me.
Lord, you brought me up from the grave, brought me back to life from among those going down to the pit.
You who are faithful to the Lord,
sing praises to him;
give thanks to his holy name!
His anger lasts for only a second,
but his favor lasts a lifetime.
Weeping may stay all night,
but by morning, joy!
When I was comfortable, I said, “I will never stumble.”
Because it pleased you, Lord,
you made me a strong mountain.
But then you hid your presence. I was terrified.
I cried out to you, Lord. I begged my Lord for mercy:
“What is to be gained by my spilled blood, by my going down into the pit? Does dust thank you? Does it proclaim your faithfulness?
Lord, listen and have mercy on me!
Lord, be my helper!”
You changed my mourning into dancing.
You took off my funeral clothes and dressed me up in joy so that my whole being might sing praises to you and never stop.
Lord, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
Hymn 762. Just as I am (verses 1, 3, 4 and 5).
Recognition of our Healing Ministries
(inspired by Psalm 30, “Pray the Psalms” http://praythepsalms.com/?p=180)
Gracious God, You are the healer. You are the One who makes bodies whole, who mends marriages, who binds up broken hearts. Though You often heal through various means – doctors, medicines, surgeries, loving friends, forgiveness – You are still the source of all health and healing. You are the One who defines wholeness and who gives it as a gift.
Dear Lord, continue to heal us where we are broken. You see those places, Lord, even when we don’t see them. Heal our fears, our sadness, our inner brokenness. Make us the whole people You have created and saved us to be.
Yet we know, Lord, that full healing doesn’t come in this life. We look forward to the time when we shall stand before You completed, made perfect through Your grace. In the meanwhile, may we discover more of Your wholeness each day.
Prayers of the People
Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer
Scripture 2 Sam. 1:1, 17-27, Mark 5:21-43 Olga Pirone.
Hymn 674. Renew us all, O Lord.