Lent 2 (NL Year 3)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 2C
Readings: Psalm: Psalm 122 | Sermon Text: Luke 13:1-9, 31- 35 (Lament over Jerusalem)
OT Suggestion: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Holy One of mighty power, your word is powerfully dangerous. Your word casts out demons. Your word heals incurable diseases. Your word devours empires. Your word transforms the fabric of the universe. Help us to stand in awe and fear of what your word is capable of doing. Give us courage to speak your word and wisdom to hear it, for the sake of the one whose very whisper can demolish sin, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #340 A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
ELW #724 All who love and serve your city
ELW #779 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #468 Around You, O Lord Jesus
ELW #469 By Your Hand You Feed Your People
ELW #722 O Christ, Your Heart, Compassionate
ELW #618 Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #592 Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #660 Lift High the Cross
ELW #727 Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth
ELW #735 Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth
ELW #858/859 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #587/588 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #613 Thy Holy Wings
ELW #791 We Sing to You, O God
ELW #566 When Twilight Comes
ELW #719 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
LBW #493 Hope of the World
LBW #427 O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns Be Rising
Various Hymnals Depth of mercy! can there be
Various Hymnals O for an heart to love my God
Various Hymnals Shelter Me, O God
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
Suggested hymns based on the Psalm:
ELW #641 All Are Welcome
ELW #711 O Day of Peace
ELW #753 Dona nobis pacem
ELW #532 Gather Us In
ELW #749 O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #311 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #628 Jerusalem, My Happy Home
LBW #347 Jerusalem the Golden
LBW #337 Oh, What Their Joy
LBW #445 Unto the Hills
WOV #656 By the Babylonian Rivers
Various Hymnals Dear Shepherd of Your People, Hear
Various Hymnals Psalm 122: Let Us Go Rejoicing
Various Hymnals Unto Thy Temple, Lord, We Come
Other options based on both:
“Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
“Jesus, Friend Of Sinners” By Mark Hall, Matthew West.
“Lord Have Mercy” By Steve Merkel.
“Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002 )
God of the covenant, you call us to be fruitful servants within creation, and to offer our lives as the foundation of your realm. We lay before you the desires of our hearts, that we may be transformed by their fulfillment.
A brief silence.
Grant us boldness, O Lord; that your church may proclaim your love, peace, and justice with courage, trusting that whatever the result, our lives are in your hands. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant us boldness, O Lord; that we may speak out against the misuse of your creation and the unjust ways in which those resources are shared and utilized. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant us boldness, O Lord; that we may hold our leaders accountable to the vision you have given us in Christ, a vision of peace, justice, and unity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant us boldness, O Lord; that we may honestly and authentically repent of our brokenness and trust in your mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant us boldness, O Lord; that we may work for healing and wholeness in the world and call for systems of care that benefit even the least and poorest amongst us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Grant us boldness, O Lord; that we live our lives as the saints and martyrs before us, without fear of death or concern for well-being, but rather focused on the proclamation of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant, O God, that the prayers we offer may be your channel for new and abundant life not only hoped for, but worked for, through faithful word and deed. Amen.