As previously mentioned, I am part of a group doing a summer series on “Women of Scripture.”
Holy Trinity Sunday
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 6(11)A
Readings: Sarah & Hagar Sermon text – Genesis 16:1-12,15-16; 18:1-15; 21:1-3, 8-21 Companion texts – Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 and/or Matthew 9:35-36
Prayer of the Day: God of Hagar, protect those sent away from safety as you protected Hagar and Ishmael. Open our eyes to see the vulnerable in our midst and open our hearts to serve them in their needs. God of Sarah, deepen our trust in your promises and fill us with compassion even in the midst of despair. Fill us with delight in you, God of laughter and compassion. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #802. Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus
ELW #783. Praise and Thanks and Adoration
DATH #97 Tell What God Has Done for Us
ASG #6 Clap Your Hands! Shout for Joy!
Various Hymnals God of the Women
Various Hymnals God It Was
Various Hymnals In a Deep, Unbounded Darkness
Various Hymnals To Abraham and Sarah
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest; ASG=As Sunshine to a Garden)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #860. I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #493. Taste and See
Various Hymnals I Will Call Upon the Lord
Various Hymnals Let Your Heart Be Broken
Variouos Hymnals World Peace Prayer
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Children of God” By David Carr, Mac Powell, et al.
“Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
“Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Empowering God, you gave the church the abiding presence of your Holy Spirit. Look upon your church today and hear our petitions.
A brief silence.
We pray for the church in its many and varied forms; let our witness be full of delight in God’s promises. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for the waters; let the healing power of God undo the harm we have committed, that this fundamental element be preserved for all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for the nations; let peace and justice be known throughout the world and God’s light shine upon all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for struggling with the demon of addiction; let us be agents of God’s grace and freedom. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for those dealing with disease of any sort; let God’s healing power shower down upon them. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
We pray for this congregation; let us be faithful witnesses to the power of God’s promises. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
We pray for the dearly departed; let their example deepen our life together and trust in God’s eternal activity. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Grant that, gathered and directed by your Spirit, we may confess Christ as Lord and combine our diverse gifts with a singular passion to continue his mission in this world until we join in your eternal praise. Amen.