1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29), 30-39: Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal
Psalm 96: A song of praise inviting all people to declare God’s glory, and to celebrate that God brings justice to the earth.
Galatians 1:1-12: Paul challenges the Galatians about the ‘gospel’ they are following
Luke 7:1-10: Jesus heals the centurion’s servant

Resources for COCU41C/Pentecost2C:
Rex AE Hunt
Singing from the Lectionary


We cannot measure how you heal – tune: Tune: Ye Banks and Braes
Youtube clip here, Hymnary information here.

We cannot measure how you heal
or answer every sufferer’s prayer,
yet we believe your grace responds
where faith and doubt unite to care.
Your hands, though bloodied on the cross
survive to hold and heal and warn,
to carry all through death to life
and cradle children yet unborn.

The pain that will not go away,
the guilt that clings from things long past,
the fear of what the future holds
are present as if meant to last.
But present too is love which tends
the hurt we never hoped to find,
the private agonies inside
the memories that haunt the mind.

So some have come who need your help,
and some have come to make amends,
as hands which shaped and saved the world
are present in the touch of friends.
Lord, let your Spirit meet us here
to mend the body, mind and soul,
to disentangle peace from pain
and make your broken people whole
John L. Bell and Graham Maule © The Iona Community

Praise the one who breaks the darkness (Tune: Nettleton or Joel)
Praise the one who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light.
Praise the one who frees the prisoners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the one who preached the Gospel,
healing every dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands
with the very bread of peace.

Praise the one who blessed the children
with a strong yet gentle word.
Praise the one who drove out demons
with a piercing two-edged sword.
Praise the one who brings cool water
to the desert’s burning sand.
From this well comes living water,
quenching thirst in every land.

Praise the one true love incarnate:
Christ who suffered in our place.
Jesus died and rose for many
that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done.
Praise the one redeeming glory,
praise the One who makes us one.
Words: Rusty Edwards (1987, Hope Publishing Co)

Gifts of the Spirit
Tune: Personent Hodie. Metre: 666 66 and refrain

When our Lord walked the earth,
All the world found its worth;
As declared at his birth,
God became our neighbour,
Granting, with his favour,
Power to speak and heal,
Grace to know what’s real,
Wisdom, insight and faith,
Love and understanding.

Through his life, through his death,
Through each gesture and breath,
Jesus joined faith and deed,
Model for our caring,
Showing and yet sharing
Power to speak…..

Jesus loves all his friends
And that love never ends;
To his Church gifts he sends
Through the Holy Spirit.
These we still inherit:
Power to speak…..

Sing and smile and rejoice,
Clap your hands, raise your voice;
For, with unnerving choice,
God, in Christ, has found us
And displays around us
Power to speak…..

©1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Govan, Glasgow G51 3UU, Scotland

O Christ, the Great Foundation
(words: T’ingfang Lew, translated Mildred A Wiant; Music: Aurelia)

O Christ, the great foundation
On which your people stand
To preach Your true salvation
In every age and land:
Pour out Your Holy Spirit
To make us strong and pure,
To keep the faith unbroken
As long as worlds endure.

Baptized in one confession,
One church in all the earth,
We bear our Lord’s impression,
The sign of second birth:
One holy people gathered
In love beyond our own,
By grace we were invited,
By grace we make You known.

Where tyrants’ hold is tightened,
Where strong devour the weak,
Where innocents are frightened,
The righteous fear to speak,
There let Your church awaking
Attack the powers of sin
And, all their ramparts breaking,
With You the victory win.

This is the moment glorious
When He who once was dead
Shall lead His church victorious,
Their champion and their head.
The Lord of all creation
His heavenly kingdom brings,
The final consummation,
The glory of all things.

Music.O Christ the one foundation.Lew

Praises Singing (Tune: ‘Praise My Soul’, 87 87 87. 134 TIS)
Praise, my soul, the wondrous beauty
to discover everywhere:
painted sunset, morning glory,
cooling rain, and breezes fair.
Praises singing, praises bringing,
for the wonder that we share.

Praise, my soul, the sense of myst’ry,
knowledge we have yet to find,
much awaiting our discovery,
life’s details of every kind.
Praises singing, praises bringing,
for the questing, searching mind.

Praise, my soul, the deep compassion
freely offered, freely giv’n,
care that reaches past the barriers,
care that takes the stranger in.
Praises singing, our lives bringing,
joined with all we share a part.

Praise, my soul, the sense of justice,
seeing others equally,
full respect for rights and honour,
full respect for dignity.
Praises singing, our lives bringing,
t’wards a whole humanity.
© Scott Kearns 2008

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