Proper 25(30) Year 2 – Reformation Sunday
Color: Green or Red
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Kingdom Divided – 1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29 (Mark 10:42-45)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Mighty God, your servant Rehoboam divided your kingdom with his tyranny, yet you remained faithful to both kingdoms, even in the midst of conflict. Show us your presence in conflict, and help us to resolve our differences, uniting this world in your name. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlog
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #505. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #400. God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
LBW #493. Hope of the World
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals Cast Down, O God, the Idols (1997) by Herman G. Stuempfle
Various Hymnals O God of Earth and Altar (1865) by G. K. Chesterton
Various Hymnals God Reigns! Earth Rejoices! (2011) by Michael Morgan
Various Hymnals Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (1675) by Johann Jakob Schütz
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
“My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective
“You Have Shown Us” By Andy Park, Chris Tomlin, et al.
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.
Protect the church from idolatries and heresies O God; deepen our faith and inspire preachers and teachers to proclaim your love and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect plants and animals from devastation O God; open our eyes to the damage our systems inflict on creation and make us better stewards of all you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect those without power or influence O God; reform our systems of justice and governance to better reflect your wisdom and compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect our communities from divisions and conflict O God; and turn our hearts to welcome, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect all those in pain or suffering O God; grant them healing and hope in the midst of their tribulations. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect this assembly from selfishness and apathy O God; guide us in our ministries or service and love towards our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Protect the saints in light O God; bring all your people into your eternal and loving presence. 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.