Proper 23(28) Year 2 (Pentecost 18)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 26(31)B
Readings: Ruth – Ruth 1:1-17 (Mark 3:33-35)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of the people, your servant Ruth showed great love when she clung to Naomi. Teach us to show great compassion, and to turn to you when we are in need. Amen.
Other Resources: Textweek, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, NL FaceBook Group
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #419. For All the Faithful Women
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
LBW #298. One There Is, above All Others
LBW #287. O Perfect Love
Various Hymnals Covenant Hymn (1993) by Rory Cooney
Various Hymnals God of Abraham (1990) by Bernadette Farrel
Various Hymnals In Matthew’s Gospel There Are Five (1998) by Mary Nelson Keithahn
Various Hymnals I Will Trust in the Lord
Various Hymnals Wherever You Go (1993) by David Haas
Various Hymnals Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1907) by Ada R. Habershon
Various Hymnals You Are My Father (Too’n mera pita) (2006) by Harkanwal Singh Sahota
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“In Christ Alone” By Stuart Townend, Keith Getty.
“I Will Follow” By Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, et al.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
“You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.
A brief silence.
For the church and all it’s leaders; that we may be ever faithful to your loving, gracious, and freeing Word. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans; that the waters of the earth be cleansed and made available to all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For our leaders; that they may be faithful in their promises and wise in their actions. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For refugees and immigrants; that we may welcome and care for them as Ruth was welcomed and cared for. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For the sick and suffering; that their trust in your presence and healing bring them comfort and hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For this assembly gathered here; that we may be faithful to our baptismal promises and boldly proclaim the good news of Christ to all the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
For the faithful dead; that their dedication and example be a witness to us in our work for your kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.