Epiphany 2 Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 6(11)B
Readings: Parables in Mark – Mark 4:1-34 (Psalm 126)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of the Word, in the parable of the sower you showed us how your word can take root and grow within us. Nurture the seeds of your word in our hearts and help us to grow in faith and love. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, RevGalBlog, BibleHub
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #755. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #512. Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #550. On What Has Now Been Sown
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #547. Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #506. The Word of God is Source and Seed
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
Various Hymnals Bring Forth the Kingdom (1986) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals The Kingdom of God Is Justice and Joy (1973) by Bryn Rees
Various Hymnals Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace (1969) by James Quinn
Various Hymnals The Reign of God (1995) by Delores Dufner
Various Hymnals Seed, Scattered and Sown (1987) by Dan Feiten
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“Invitacion Fountain” By Michael J. Pritzl.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
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.
Help the church to hear and understand the good news of your amazing grace; bless all who sow the seeds of your words. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bring healing to the soil and water; open our eyes to see the interconnectedness of all life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Plant your seeds in the nations; help peace and justice to bloom and grow in all lands. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant that all hearts be made into good soil, receptive to your freeing word; strengthen communities and relationships with bonds of love and welcome. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bring healing and vibrancy to those who are suffering; work in and through doctors, nurses, and all who provide care and comfort. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Make this congregation bold in sharing your word of love and mercy; grant that we live and speak in ways that spread your seeds in all areas of our lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Bless all those who have shared your light with the world through the generations; help us to stand firm in their loving and faithful example. 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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