17th Sunday after Pentecost
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 5(10)A
Readings: Call of Abraham Sermon text – Genesis 12:1-9 Companion text – Matthew 28:19-20
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of covenant, you promised Abraham land, descendants, and blessing so that he might be a blessing for all. Show us how to honor the covenant, so that we might be a blessing to others. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #340. A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #446. I’m Going on a Journey
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #396. Spirit of Gentleness
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
LBW #313. A Multitude Comes from East and West
DATH #68 In the Water
DATH #57 I Will Make You Into a Great Nation
OBS #84 We Sing the One God
Various Hymnals Bānbîn ah (Let All Nations)
Various Hymnals Deep in the Shadows of the Past
Various Hymnals Father Abraham
Various Hymnals God of Abraham
Various Hymnals Make Me a Channel of Blessing
Various Hymnals Bwana Awabariki (May God Grant You a Blessing)
Various Hymnals One More Step Along the World I Go
Various Hymnals Sing, Praise and Bless the Lord
Various Hymnals ‘Tis By the Faith of Joys to Come
Various Hymnals To Abraham and Sarah
Various Hymnals To Walk the Way of Abraham
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest; OBS=O Blessed Spring)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):
ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #678 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #540. Go, Make Disciples
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #547. Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
ELW #386/7. O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
ELW #576. We All Are One in Mission
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
Various Hymnals Freely, Freely
Various Hymnals Go Make of All Disciples
Various Hymnals Go to the World!
Various Hymnals Now Let Us from This Table Rise
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
“Center Of It All” By Tim Hughes.
“Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
“Mission’s Flame” By Matt Redman.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs. Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.
A brief silence.
For the servants of the church, O Lord; that your Good News of life and grace be proclaimed to all the nations of the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For fields and farmers, O Lord; that the coming harvest be abundant and provide food for the world and livelihood for all involved in agriculture. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.
For the nations of the world, O Lord; that blessings, peace, and justice be shared and valued by all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those who feel a lack of purpose, O Lord; that they may know how greatly you value them and find direction and meaning. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For all in any sort of pain, O Lord; that healing and wholeness be worked in their lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For this congregation, O Lord; that we may hear your call and respond with faithfulness and proclamation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
For all who have gone before us, O Lord; that their witness may strengthen our own. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Hear our prayers, God of power, and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb, that we may desire you as the fullness of life and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.