26th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28B)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 1A
Readings: Swords into Plowshares Sermon text – Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20; 37:1-7; then 2:1-4 Companion text – Matthew 5:14
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of deliverance, you promised prosperity and peace to the exiles of Jerusalem. Grant us to prosper, not for riches, but for faith, so that our lives may be a blessing to all. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #247. Come Now, O Prince of Peace (Ososŏ, ososŏ)
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #536. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
ELW #806. O God, My Faithful God
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW # 713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #651. Oh, Praise the Gracious Power
ELW #866. We Are Marching in the Light (Siyahamba)
Various Hymnals Behold a Broken World
Various Hymnals For the Healing of the Nations
Various Hymnals Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old
Various Hymnals We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):
ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
Various Hymnals As a Fire Is Meant for Burning
Various Hymnals Renew Thy Church, Her Ministries Restore
Various Hymnals We are the light of the world
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
“We Are” By Chuck Butler, Ed Cash, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.
A brief silence.
For the church and its leaders, may we draw ever closer to one another in Christian love and unity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For the well-being of creation, may your abundant life strengthen and renew all flora and fauna. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For peace among nations, may justice and peace prevail and our rulers lead us to equity and fairness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those who are anxious and worried, may your peace, which surpasses all understanding, bring them to hope and wholeness of spirit. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those who gather for word and sacrament, and those who are preparing to gather with family, may our time together be blessed by your presence with us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
In thanksgiving for all who have died and are at rest, may their examples serve as a witness to us of grace and faith. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.