Apologies once again, preparing for VBS and our Synod Assembly this last weekend meant I did not complete resources for June 19 as early as I like, and since I am behind, I will not provide quite as much as I normally would. June 26 will be up later today.
Readings: Gospel Text: Luke 15:25-32 | Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (Reconciliation)
Prayer of the Day: God of new creations, keep us firm in Christ. Make us agents of reconciliation until that time when all things are made new and all of creation is reconciled to you. We pray this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #349 Ah, Holy Jesus
ELW #337 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
ELW #442 All Who Believe and Are Baptized
ELW #793 Be Thou My Vision
ELW #638 Blessed Assurance
ELW #654 The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #247 Come Now, O Prince of Peace (Ososŏ, ososŏ)
ELW #807 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #684 Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #855 Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #605 Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #358 Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #673 God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #650 In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #661 I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #595 Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #754 Jesus, the Very Thought of You
ELW #676 Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #631 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #763 My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #343 My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #322 Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #810 O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #351/352 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #606 Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #668 O Zion, Haste
ELW #328 Restore in Us, O God
ELW #665 Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #583/685 Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #614 There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #449 We Know That Christ Is Raised
ELW #666 What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #803 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #785 When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
ELW #359 Where Charity and Love Prevail
LBW #211 Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
LBW #347 Jerusalem the Golden
LBW #336 Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
LBW #411 Lord of All Good
LBW #324 O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
LBW #388 O Spirit of the Living God
LBW #114 There Is a Green Hill Far Away
WOV #669 Come Away to the Skies
WOV #796 My Lord of Light
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Suggested hymns based on the Gospel text:
ELW #779 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #553 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #816 Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #679 For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #740 God of the Sparrow
ELW #619 I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #592 Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #502 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #778 The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #886 Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #608 Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #587/588 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #659 Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
WOV #714 The Thirsty Fields Drink In the Rain
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other options based on both:
“Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
“Broken” By Michael Himes.
“Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.
A brief silence.
Creating God, make your church new. Work in us hearts of forgiveness and reconciliation; that the good news of Jesus Christ prevail over all messages of division and hate. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Creating God, renew your creation. Breath your Spirit of life into the world; that the abundance of your love be known in plants and animals, air and water. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Creating God, reform our systems. Bring about your reconciliation among the nations; that justice and peace might prevail over violence and inequality. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Creating God, bring reconciliation to the broken. Work through us that hope might be proclaimed in the broken places and lives of the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Creating God, bring new life to those who know pain and suffering (especially, …). Bring healing and comfort in the midst of sorrow. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Creating God, renew our faith. Use the lives of the saints who have gone before to deepen our relationship with you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.