Proper 9(14) Year 1 (Pentecost 4)
Reminder: I am part of a group doing “Unsung Heroes” this summer
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 28(33)A
Readings: Deborah and Jael – Judges 4:1-9,21-35
Prayer of the Day: God of the covenant, you brought your people to the promised land and led them against their enemies. Lead us against all the forces that defy you and raise up just and wise leaders who will show us how to walk in your ways. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #419. For All the Faithful Women
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
LBW #9. I Called to My God for Help
Various Hymnals Sing! Deborah, Sing! (1989) by Luiza Cruz
Various Hymnals The Song of Deborah by John Barnard
Various Hymnals With Awe Approach the Mysteries (1997) by Jane Marshall
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“How Great is Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
“Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
“Your Face Outshines The Brightest Sun” By David Gate, Matt Redman.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.
A brief silence.
We pray for the church. Deepen our witness and bless our ministries of service. Open our hearts to new relationships and open our eyes to see your presence in the people around us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for clean air and clean water. Help us to better care for this great earth that you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for those who are enslaved, trafficked, or oppressed. Open our ears to the cries of the exploited and move us to work. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for those without community. Surround them with your loving presence and bring them into healthy and life-giving relationships. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for those in need of healing. Be with caregivers and grant them strength and patience. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for this congregation. Bring forth new ministries and bless the ministries we currently share with our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
We pray in thanksgiving for all who have gone before us. Surround us all with your great love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.