19th Sunday after Pentecost
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter Vigil A/B/C or Proper 19(24)A
Readings: Rescue at Sea Sermon text – Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29 Companion text – Matthew 2:13-15
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of salvation, you rescued the Israelites at the edge of the Red Sea. Rescue us from the things of this world that threaten our lives and livelihoods, so that we might forever place our trust in you. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #326. Bless Now, O God, the Journey
ELW #794. Calm to the Waves
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #321. Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #862. Praise, Praise! You Are My Rock
WOV #670. When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land
DATH #69 Walk Across the Water
Various Hymnals How Did Moses Cross The Red Sea
Various Hymnals Out of Deep, Unordered Water
Various Hymnals Through the Red Sea Brought at Last
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):
ELW #420. By All Your Saints (verse 9)
DATH #54 Holy Child
WOV #639. Oh, Sleep Now, Holy Baby
Various Hymnals All People Need a Home
Various Hymnals Child in the Manger
Various Hymnals God, Help the Weary Travelers
Various Hymnals Jesus Entered Egypt
Various Hymnals Mary When You Heard the Warning
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
“God Will Make A Way” By Don Moen.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
“More Than Conquerors”
“Rescue” By Jared Anderson.
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.
God of rescue, save the church from schisms and heresies; focus our hearts and minds on the grace and love you have shown in Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of rescue, save your creation from pollution and exploitation; bring us to repentance for the ways in which we mistreat what you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.
God of rescue, save the nations of the world from selfishness and violence; guide our leaders into the ways of peace, cooperation, and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of rescue, save the brokenhearted from despair; bring healing and hope for the future to all in mental or spiritual pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of rescue, save the sick from their illnesses; provide wisdom to medical professionals and comfort to the unwell. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of rescue, save this congregation from conflict and division; grant us hearts of forgiveness and bring us into ever deeper relationship with one another. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
God of rescue, save all the saints from doubt; grant us assurance and hope as we follow the way of Christ with brothers and sisters of all times and places. 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.