Lent 1 Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 23(28)B
Readings: First Last and Last First – Mark 10:17-31 (Psalm 19:7-10)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord of abundant riches, when asked to give everything to follow Jesus, a rich man faltered. Give us the courage to give everything that we have to you, knowing that what you offer is more valuable than all the riches in the world. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #589. All Depends on Our Possessing
ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #320. The Glory of These Forty Days
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #541. O Jesus, Blessed Lord
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #555. Oh, Sing to God Above
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #655. Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #551. The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #479. We Come to the Hungry Feast
ELW #524. What Is This Place
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
W&P #150 We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise
Various Hymnals Be Still, For the Spirit of the Lord (1986) by David Evans
Various Hymnals Spirit of Jesus, if I love my neighbor(1983) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals The Stars Declare His Glory (1981) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; W&P=Worship & Praise)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
“Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.
A brief silence.
Almighty God, keep the church from seeking after wealth and power; grant us leaders who will keep your Word always in front of our eyes. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the land and water in this season of rest; and keep us hopeful as we look for the first signs of spring life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Establish your justice in our systems of judgement and governance; guide the hearts and minds of those with great wealth that they use that wealth for the benefit of their neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Pour out your favor on all those who feel distant from you; surround them with loving support and care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant healing to all who are suffering (especially,…); be at work through doctors, nurses, EMTs, and aides to bring comfort to all who need it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Deepen relationships between those of different backgrounds and beliefs; help us to work together and let our cooperation be a symbol of your kingdom come. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Gather us along with all the saints who have gone before; give us a foretaste of your kingdom of life and community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.
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