Lent 5 Year 1
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Reign of Christ A
Readings: Last Judgement Sermon text Matthew 25:31-46 – Companion text – Psalm 98:7-9
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of justice, you have shown yourself in this world in the poor, the hungry, and the needy. Make us willing participants of your grace and generosity, so that when you come again, we will know your face. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #695. As Saints of Old
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #714. O God of Mercy, God of Light
ELW #764. Have No Fear, Little Flock
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #260. The King Shall come
ELW #707. Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #479. We Come to the Hungry Feast
ELW #686. We Give Thee but Thine Own
ELW #487. What Feast of Love
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
Various Hymnals Come Now, You Blessed, Eat At My Table (1992) by Ruth C. Duck
Various Hymnals God of Day and God of Darkness (1994) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals Help Us Accept Each Other (1975) by Fred Kaan
Various Hymnals There’s a Spirit in the Air (1979) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals When I Needed a Neighbor (1965) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals When the Church of Jesus (1969) by Fred Green
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #819. Come, All You People (Uyaimose)
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #694. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
Various Hymnals Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord (1931)
Various Hymnals The Lord comes to rule the earth
Various Hymnals Sing a New Song (1979) by Daniel Schutte
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Compassion Hymn” By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, et al.
“To the Least of These” By Randy Gill.
“We Will Dance” By David Ruis.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.
A brief silence.
Bless the church with boldness, O God, that we may proclaim your love for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless creation with your life, O God, that all life sing for joy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless our leaders with compassion, O God, that your justice and peace rule over all nations. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless those who suffer want, O God, that those who have much may see you in their neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the sick, O God (especially,…), that your care may be at work in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless this assembly, O God, that we might better serve the needs of our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Bless those who have gone before us, O God, that their faithful service inspire our own. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.