Christ the King Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Josiah’s Reform – 2 Kings 22:1-10, [11-20]; 23:1-3 (Luke 24:30-32)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of faithfulness, your servant Josiah restored your holy words to a people longing for your guidance. Help us learn your Scriptures so that we might carry your words in our hearts, in our words and in our actions. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, TextWeek
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn
ELW #247. Come Now, O Prince of Peace (Ososŏ, ososŏ)
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #509. God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #769. If You But Trust in God to Guide You
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #517. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word
ELW #669. Rise Up, O Saints of God!
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
LBW #428. O God of Earth and Altar
LBW #227. How Blest Are They Who Hear God’s Word
WOV #743. Stay with Us
Various Hymnals O For that Tenderness of Heart by Charles Wesley
Various Hymnals This New Built Bethel Now is Done by John Newton
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“More Than Conquerors”
“Thy Word” By Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith.
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.
Ground the church in your Word; your Word which proclaims love and grace to all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Renew creation through your Word; your Word which brought all things into being and sustains all life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Guide the nations with your Word; your Word which speaks out for justice and peace among all peoples and communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bring your Word to bear upon all systems of power; your Word which releases the prisoner, welcomes the stranger, and gives hope to the oppressed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Sustain with your Word all who suffer; your Word of healing, hope and life even in the midst of brokenness and pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Reorient this community toward your Word; your Word that teaches welcome and love for our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Sanctify all believers in your Word; your Word which carries the promise of life eternal and life abundant. 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.
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