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					 DIOCESAN MENTAL
  HEALTH SUNDAY




      6:00 pm, SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER 2009
HOLY COVENANY ANGLICAN CHURCH JAMISON
Come As You Are TIS 693


Welcome
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Sentence:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world
gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:27)


Call to Worship:

Jesus our friend and guide, we come to this place as people touched by mental illness.
Whoever we are, God says,
We are welcome here!

Wherever we have been, God says,
We are welcome here!

Whatever we have done, God says,
We are welcome here!

In the midst of depression, anxiety, confusion, delusion or doubt, God says to you,
We are welcome here!

Whether we feel we deserve it or not, God says to us,
We are welcome here!

God of outstretched arms,
you welcome us to this place.
You invite us to experience peace,
community, welcome
and an overwhelming sense of the love
that you pour out upon all your children.

May we feel that love and peace in this time of worship,
may we share it with one another,
and may we leave this place with hope in our hearts,
committed to sharing your love in our world.
In Christ‟s name we pray. Ame n.


Opening Prayer:
Let us pray:
O Christ for whom we search,
our help when help has failed:
give us courage to expose our need
and ask to be made whole;
that, being touched by you,
we may be raised to new life
in the power of your name. Amen
                                     Janet Morley All Desires Known


Jesus Christ is Waiting TIS 665
Jesus Christ is waiting,
waiting in the streets;
no-one is his neighbour,
all alone he eats.
Listen, Lord Jesus,
I am lonely too.
Make me, friend or stranger,
fit to wait on you.

Jesus Christ is raging,
raging in the streets,
where injustice spirals
and real hope retreats.
Listen, Lord Jesus,
I am angry too.
In the Kingdom‟s causes
let me rage with you.

Jesus Christ is healing,
healing in the streets;
curing those who suffer,
touching those he greets.
Listen, Lord Jesus,
I have pity too.
Let my care be active,
healing just like you.

Jesus Christ is dancing,
dancing in the streets,
where each sign of hatred
he, with love, defeats.
Listen, Lord Jesus,
I should triumph too.
Where good conquers evil
let me dance with you.

Jesus Christ is calling,
calling in the streets,
„Who will join my journey?
I will guide their feet.‟
Listen. Lord Jesus,
let my fears be few.
Walk one step before me;
I will follow you.
                                                               Words: John L. Bell.
                                Music: French melody arr. Lawrence Francis Bartlett.


First Reading
Then Job answered: “Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my
groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his
dwelling! I would lay my case before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would
learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me. Would he
contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; but he would give heed to me.
There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be acquitted for ever by
my judge.

“If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he
hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him. God has made
my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me; If only I could vanish in darkness, and
thick darkness would cover my face!                                 (Job 23:1–9, 16–17)

For the word of the Lord,
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23: Modified by Johann Sheehan
The Lord is my comforter,
I shall not fear.
He guides me along paths of peace.
He leads me to quiet places,
  and invites me to rest.
He calls me to places of tranquillity
  in his name.

Even though I experience turmoil and uncertainty,
I will not doubt,
For you walk with me.
You prepare a feast before me,
In the presence of my tormentors.
Opportunities for abundant life flow over me.
Surely your love and peace will guide me
  along my journey,
And I will find rest and peace in you forever.
Second Reading
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark, chapter 10, beginning at
verse 17.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses
one of them. Does he not leave the ninety- nine in the open country and go after the
lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully outs it on his shoulders
and goes home. The he calls his friends and neighbours together and says „Rejoice,
with me: I have found my lost sheep.‟”                                (Luke 15: 3-6)

For the Gospel of the Lord,
praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon: Jane Foulcher

Quiet Reflection
During a period of quiet reflection, members of the congregation are invited to
participate in one or more of the following activities:
      Time of Prayer for Healing — Members of the congregation are invited to
       come forward to receive prayer for healing for themselves or another.
      Light a candle in me mory of somebody — Members of the congregation are
       invited to light a candle in memory of somebody.
      Write a prayer/story/poem or draw a picture — reflecting your own
       experience of that of somebody else.
      Plant a seed — Members of the congregation are invited to plant a seed as a
       symbol of new life.

As the Deer Pants for the Water TIS 703
As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after you
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship you

Refrain
You alone are my strength and shield,
To you alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my hearts desire,
And I long to worship you

I want you more than gold or silver,
Only you can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy giver
and the apple of my eye.                              ˇ
You're my friend and you are my brother,
even though you are a King.
I love you more than any other,
so much more than anything.

 Refrain


Comfort, Comfort all my people TIS 647
Comfort, comfort all my people
with the comfort of my Word.
Speak it tender to my people:
all your sins are taken away.

Though your tears be rivers running,
though your tears be an ocean full,
though you cry with the hurt of living:
comfort, comfort.
Every valley shall be lifted,
every mountain shall be low,
every rough place will be smoother:
comfort, comfort.

Comfort, comfort all my people
with the comfort of my Word.
Speak it tender to my people:
all your sins are taken away.

Though your eyes see only darkness,
though your eyes can see no light,
though your eyes see pain and sorrow:
comfort, comfort.
Every night will have its morning,
every pain will have an end,
every burden will be lightened:
comfort, comfort.

Comfort, comfort all my people
with the comfort of my Word.
Speak it tender to my people:
all your sins are taken away.
                                                        Words and Music: Robin Mann

Intercessions
Merciful God, we give thanks for those who care for individuals experiencing mental
illness.
We pray for those who have missed out on opportunities to complete their education
as a result of their ill- health.

God of Grace,
Here our prayer.

We pray for those whose lives are in turmoil as a result of mental illness, for the
hungry, the homeless, those trapped in a cycle of poverty and those who see no hope
for their future. Stir up your people to meet their material, spiritual and psychological
needs.

God of Grace,
Here our prayer.

We pray for those who have lost their jobs, and those who find themselves in
unsatisfactory or stressful work circumstances. Help us all work to promote
meaningful engagement for all who seek it.

God of Grace,
Here our prayer.

We give thanks for those who care for and support those experiencing mental illness,
for family, friends, medical staff and chaplains. Grant them your wisdom that they
may know how to care.

God of Grace,
Here our prayer.

We remember those who have lost their life to suicide and those who struggle with
thoughts of self- harm or suicide on a regular basis. May they know the gentle touch
of your love in their lives.

God of Grace,
Here our prayer.

Let us pray:

Our Fathe r in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the powe r, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
Where the Spirit is TIS 421
      Refrain
        Where the spirit is there’s freedom.
        Where the Spirit is, there is life!

Not by the world can our freedom be nourished,
not by our things, only by Spirit.
Practise, my children, to live by the Spirit,
drop all your masks, take freedom‟s clothing!

      Refrain
        Where the spirit is there‟s freedom.
        Where the Spirit is, there is life!

Heaven on earth, here we live, free to
love and to share, carried by joy.
Practise, my children, to live by the Spirit,
daring today to taste God‟s future.

      Refrain
        Where the spirit is there‟s freedom.
        Where the Spirit is, there is life!

Wounds will be healed, eyes will be opened,
imaging God, reflecting Jesus.
Practise, my children, to live by the Spirit,
heaven is here, time made eternal.


      Refrain
       Where the spirit is there‟s freedom.
       Where the Spirit is, there is life!
                                                  Words and music: Per Gunnar Harling

Blessing
Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the faint hearted; support the weak;
help the afflicted;
give honour to all; love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always. Ame n.


Please join us for supper at the conclusion of the Service.

				
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