Readings: Gospel Text: Luke 6:35 | Sermon Text: Genesis 37:3-8, 17b-22, 26-34; 50:15-21 (God Works through Joseph)
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of dreams and hope,
You spoke to Joseph in his dreams, and those dreams led him to great danger. Yet you used the challenges in his life to save the lives of others. In you, no good thing is accidental. You work in us and through us, even when we are not aware of your presence. Help us to know that you are with us, and that only you are capable of turning all evil to good. We pray all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #648 Beloved, God’s Chosen
ELW #605 Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #603 God! When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #721 Goodness Is Stronger Than Evil
ELW #764 Have No Fear, Little Flock
ELW #707 Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us
LBW #483 God Moves in a Mysterious Way
DATH #81 Instruments of Your Peace
W&P #68 I Was Glad
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest; W&P=Worship & Praise)
Suggested hymns based on the Gospel text:
ELW #700 Bring Peace to Earth Again
ELW #729 The Church of Christ in Every Age
ELW #612 Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #716 Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #359 Where Charity and Love Prevail
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)
Other options based on both:
“Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
“Jesus, Friend Of Sinners” By Mark Hall, Matthew West. As performed by Casting Crowns.
“Scandal Of Grace” By Joel Houston, Matt Crocker. As performed by Hillsong United.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation
A brief silence.
Bless your church, O God, with dreams of your kingdom come and your will being done; that your reign of mercy and peace be brought about. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the earth, O God, with wholeness and abundance; that all might know the glory of your creative and sustaining power. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the leaders of nations, O God, with humility; that all might know that you alone are God. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the dreamers, O God, with vision and insight; that they might proclaim your love in artistry, music, and imagination. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless all who suffer, O God, (especially, …), with healing and comfort; that their peace may be found in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Bless us, O God, with the knowledge of your love shown through the lives and witness of the saints who now rest in 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 Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.