Worship Resources: March 17, 2019

Lent 2 Year 1

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 20(25)A
Readings: Laborers in the Vineyard Sermon text – Matthew 20:1-16 Companion text – Psalm 16:5-8
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Generous God, you have promised to open your kingdom to all people, despite their circumstances. Bring us close to you, and help us to proclaim the goodness of your generosity. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #587. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #588. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
LBW #381. Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
Various Hymnals From Heaven You Came (1983) by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals Give Thanks (1970) by Henry Smith
Various Hymnals Jesus, Lover of My Soul (1740) Charles Wesley
Various Hymnals The World Turned Upside Down (1991) by John Ylvisaker
Various Hymnals When God Is a Child (1989) by Brian A. Wren
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #773. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
Various Hymnals Center of My Life (1985) by Paul Inwood
Various Hymnals To Thee, O Lord, I Fly (1862) by George William Martin
Various Hymnals When in the Night I Meditate
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective, Rend Collective Experiment.
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.

Keep the church from jealousy over your amazing and abundant grace O Lord, and show us how to be better workers for you kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Strengthen creation, O Lord, and instill in all people a desire to care for and nurture all plants and animals. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bend governments and rulers to your will, O Lord, and instill in all nations an earnest desire for peace, and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to better live with respect and equality for all, O Lord, especially between  genders. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Provide hope and healing for the sick, O Lord, (especially,…) that all may know vibrant and whole life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Direct this congregation in your ways, O Lord, and help us to better serve you in our daily lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Grant peaceful rest to the faithful dead, O Lord, and bring us, with them, to your new creation. 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.

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