Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 6A (11A) or Reign of Christ (A)
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:14-17 | Sermon Text: Psalm 100 (A Hymn of Praise)
Epistle Suggestion: Romans 5:1-8
Prayer of the Day: Lord God, you have claimed us as your people and made us your children. Open our lips to praise you, and open our eyes to see the mighty works of your steadfast love, that we may rejoice in you from generation to generation. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh that reveals your glory. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #819. Come, All You People (Uyaimose)
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #751. O Lord, Hear My Prayer (The Lord Is My Song)
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #870. We Praise You, O God
ELW #825. You Servants of God
LBW #531. Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
LBW #550. From All That Dwell below the Skies
LBW #521. Let Us with a Gladsome Mind
LBW #264. When All Your Mercies, O My God
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
WOV #793. Shout for Joy Loud and Long
Various Hymnals O Be Joyful in the Lord
Various Hymnals Raise a Song of Gladness
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text:
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #655. Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #510. Word of God, Come Down on Earth
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
WOV #614. Praise to You, O Christ, Our Savior
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other options based on both:
“Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes. As performed by Phillips Craig & Dean.
“Holy Moment” By Matt Redman.
“Lord Of All” By Kristian Stanfill.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Lord God, friend of those in need, your Son Jesus has untied our burdens and healed our spirits. We lift up the prayers of our hearts for those still burdened, those seeking healing, those in need within the church and the world.
A brief silence.
We pray for the church and its leaders, that we may worship the Lord with gladness and sing praises to God all the day long. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for all the earth, that the abundance you have provided may cause all of creation to sing forth with joy. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for the nations of the world, that peace and justice may reign and that all people may enter your courts with gladness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for greater faith, that we may know your steadfast love and grace in deep, powerful, and formative ways. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, that all your sheep may know the comfort of your love and presence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
We pray with thanksgiving for all who have walked the way before us, that their example strengthen our trust in your faithfulness to all generations. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Hear our prayers that we may love you with our whole being and willingly share the concerns of our neighbors. Amen.