Epiphany 4 (NL Year 3)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Psalm: Psalm 92 | Sermon Text: Luke 6:1-16 (Healing on the
OT Suggestion: Exodus 16:9-12; 22-30
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Lord of the Sabbath, Your followers were told not to work on the Sabbath, and yet they boldly plucked grain to show that you are Lord of all. The world tells us not to rest on the Sabbath. Show us how to rest boldly, rejecting conventions that go against your will, and instead praying and resting as you did up on the mountain, for the glory of your word and work, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #883 All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #465 As the Grains of Wheat
ELW #729 The Church of Christ in Every Age
ELW #625 Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #521 O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #413 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #335 Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
ELW #631 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #596/597 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #437 On Jordan’s Stormy Bank I Stand
ELW #423 Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #608 Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #655 Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #824 This Is My Father’s World
ELW #774 What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine
ELW #853 When Morning Gilds the Skies
LBW #506 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
WOV #746 Day by Day
LS #73 Come! Come! Everybody Worship
Various Hymnals Alone with God
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance
Various Hymnals Praise with Joy the World’s Creator
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; LS=LifeSongs)
Suggested hymns based on the Psalm:
ELW #629 Abide with Me
ELW #557 Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #781 Children of the Heavenly Father
ELW #807 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #856 How Great Thou Art
ELW #765 Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #763 My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #839/840 Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #623 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #821 Shout to the Lord
ELW #850/851 When in Our Music God Is Glorified
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)
Other options based on both:
“We Will Glorify” By Twila Paris. As performed by Twila Paris, Insyders.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
We pray in the light of our Lord, Jesus Christ; for the needs of the earth and all people.
A brief silence.
You, O Lord, have given us the gift of Sabbath; may your church protect and proclaim this day of rest, renewal, and relationship. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
You, O Lord, have given us plants and animals, fields and forests; may we be good stewards of creation and work towards its replenishment. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
You, O Lord, have given us leaders; may we hold them accountable to the justice, mercy, and peace that you call all nations and peoples to work towards. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
You, O Lord, have given us communities; may we work to strengthen and expand them that your vision of inclusion and unity may be realized. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
You, O Lord, have given us medicines and science, doctors and researchers; may your healing and comfort be brought to all who suffer (especially,…). God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
You, O Lord, have given us spiritual fore-bearers; may we look to their faithful examples for strength and the knowledge of your grace and loving loyalty. God of 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.