Proper 20(25) Year 1 (Pentecost 15)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 13(18)A or Proper 24(29)C
Readings: Jacob Wrestles God – Genesis 32:9-13, 22-30 (Mark 14:32-36)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Holy God, your servant Jacob wrestled with your angel and prevailed. In honor of his persistence you gave him a new name. Teach us to persist in the face of struggle, and call us by name. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #250. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #770. Give Me Jesus
ELW #244. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
LBW #477. O God of Jacob
LBW #211. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
LBW #509. Onward, Christian Soldiers
PPSJ #6 The God of Jacob Hallelujah
Various Hymnals Grace is when God gives us (2005) by Paul Crouch and David Mudie
Various Hymnals I Would Not Be Denied (1900) by Charles Jones
Various Hymnals There Shall Be Showers of Blessing (1883) by D.W. Whittle(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; PPSJ=Psalm Project: Shout for Joy )
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“All Over The World” By Martin Smith, Matt Redman.
“Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
“Broken” By Michael Himes.
“In the Secret” By Andy Park.
More options 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, O God, with a willingness to wrestle with our own hypocrisy and judgemental-ism; and turn us outward from our walls to love and serve our neighbor. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless creation, O God, through all those who are willing to speak out against pollution and the harm being done to what you have made; bring about wholeness and healing where there is brokenness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the brokenhearted, O God, with friends and family who will not let them go; and show your presence with those in darkness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless all in any pain, O God, with healing and comfort; and help all who wrestle with disease and illness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless this congregation, O God, and open our hearts to see your presence in our neighbors and in the stranger. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Bless the saints in light, O God, and use their example to strengthen us still on the journey; help us to know the faith of all the saints, especially when our own faith is weak. 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.