Proper 7(12) Year 1 (Pentecost 2)
Reminder: I am part of a group doing “Unsung Heroes” this summer
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Melchizedek – Gen 14:17-20; Hebrews 7:11-19
Prayer of the Day: God Most High, bless us as you blessed Abram so long ago; and use us to bless others as you used Melchizedek. Make us agents of your peaceful and just kingdom at work in the world. We pray this in the name of our high priest, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #772. Oh, that the Lord Would Guide My Ways
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
LBW #347. Jerusalem the Golden
Various Hymnals Christ Sits At God’s Right Hand (2002) by Stephen Starke
Various Hymnals Thus the great Lord of earth and sea (18th Century) Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals You Are a Priest Forever (1970) by Salmo
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“God Is Here” By Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, et al.
“Sing” By Jeff Pardo, Josh Wilson.
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.
Bless the church and its leaders (especially, …); give them wisdom and boldness in proclaiming your vision for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the waters of the earth; grant wholeness and healing where we have damaged them and instill in us a desire that all people have access to this fundamental component of life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless presidents, prime ministers, monarchs, and all who lead nations; help them to work for peace and justice above selfish ambition or greed.. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless refugees, immigrants, and all who seek safety and prosperity; make us compassionate in our response to those fleeing violence and poverty. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the sick and suffering (especially, …); heal the broken in mind and body. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless this congregation and its ministries; turn us ever more outwards toward our neighbors and those in need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Bless the saints; and unite us with them around your heavenly throne in the priesthood of all believers. 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.