Proper 20 (25)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 11(16)A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:50-51 | Sermon Text: Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17 (Jacob’s Dream)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Prayer of the Day (WP): Loving God, like Jacob, who dreamed of your promises, you have filled us with dreams, too. Show us your promises in our dreams, and give us ability to follow our dreams. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #354. Calvary (Every Time I Think about Jesus)
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #739. Touch the Earth Lightly
LBW #249. God Himself Is Present
LBW #477. O God of Jacob
LBW #501. He Leadeth Me: Oh, Blessed Thought!
LBW #186. How Blessed Is This Place, O Lord
LBW #375. Only-Begotten, Word of God Eternal
Various Hymnals Lo, God Is Here! Let Us Adore
Various Hymnals Nearer, My God, to Thee
Various Hymnals We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text:
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
ELW #341. Now Behold the Lamb
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
Various Hymnals As Jacob with Travel Was Weary
Various Hymnals Come and See
Various Hymnals Glory and Grace in the Person of Christ
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other options based on both:
“Bless The Lord” By Jeff Deyo.
“Nearer My God To Thee (Bethany)” By Lowell Mason, et al.
“The Rising” By Matt Redman, Paul Baloche.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh, and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us, you manifest your concern for your whole universe. You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts
and bring them before you.
A brief silence.
Faithful God, increase our trust in your promises and move your church towards acts of love and faith. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Bless your church, O God, that our leaders may dream dreams of your glory and vision for the world and lead us to work diligently for your coming kingdom. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Bless the earth and seas, O God, that your sustaining power be at work through us to restore creation where it is broken and protect it where it is whole. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Bless the nations of the world, O God, that your peace and justice may prevail over us all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Bless our communities, O God, that reconciliation be our goal and love our guide in all that we say and do. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Bless all who suffer, O God, that they may know healing and recover and that all who comfort them work as instruments of your love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Bless the saints, O God, that through them we might see a glimpse of your glory and majesty. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy, holy, holy God, fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.