Christmas 2/Epiphany Sunday Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 4B, Epiphany 5B, Epiphany 6B
Readings: Jesus’ Ministry Begun – Mark 1:21-45 (Psalm 103:1-5)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Healing Lord Jesus, you performed miracles that helped followers become aware of your presence and your magnificence. Surprise us today with miracles that we desperately seek, and make your presence known to all. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #860. I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me
ELW #751. O Lord, Hear My Prayer (The Lord Is My Song)
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry*
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #617. We Come to You for Healing, Lord
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
WOV #798. Bless the Lord, O My Soul
Various Hymnals Bless His Holy Name
Various Hymnals Jesus Christ Is Waiting
Various Hymnals Silence, Frenzied, Unclean Spirit
Various Hymnals Sing of the Lord’s Goodness
Various Hymnals We Cannot Measure How You Heal
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“It Is Well” By Adie Camp, Jeremy Camp.
“They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”
“We Are” By Chuck Butler, Ed Cash, et al.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
God of revelation, as we gather in praise for the gracious mystery of your Son, we remember the many needs of your church and your world.
A brief silence.
Astound the church with the teachings of your mercy and love; renew our faith and trust in your all-encompassing grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Extend your healing to all of creation; move us to greater care for the world that you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Make your message of peace and justice heard among all nations; grant us the wisdom to pursue reconciliation and community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Open our hearts and our communities to truly welcome all; save us from judging and excluding others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heal the sick (especially,…) and comfort the grieving; turn us towards all who suffer with compassion and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant us patience with one another; help us to work for blessed and beloved community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Thank you for the gift of those who spread your message to us; make us bold in our proclamation of your love for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Guide us on the path of salvation, O God, that the radiance and power of your Holy Spirit working in the world will gather together all peoples and nations in one community to offer you worship and proclaim your splendor. Amen.
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