Easter 2 Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Ascension A/B/C and/or Easter 7A
Readings: You Shall Be My Witnesses – Acts 1:1-14 (Mark 6:7-13)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord Jesus, after your death and resurrection you sent your followers into the world to proclaim your resurrection to the entire world. Send us into the world to bear witness to all you have done in our lives. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals, re:Worship
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #393. A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #604. O Christ, Our Hope
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #401. Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading
ELW #398. Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #260. The King Shall come
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #857. Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #439. Soon and Very Soon
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #576. We All Are One in Mission
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #681. Come, O Holy Spirit, Come
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
Various Hymnals Christ for the world we sing! (1869) by Samuel Wolcott
Various Hymnals Go to the World! (1991) by Sylvia G. Dunstan
Various Hymnals Hail Thee, Festival Day (6th Century) by Venantius Fortunatus
Various Hymnals O Holy Spirit, by Whose Breath (tr. 1971) by Rabanus Maurus
Various Hymnals There Is a Redeemer (1982) by Melody Green
Various Hymnals When God the Spirit Came (1977) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
“Shine Jesus Shine” By Graham Kendrick.
“Tell the World” By Joel Houston, Jonathon Douglass, et al.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.
A brief silence.
Send your Spirit upon the church, and especially its leaders; that they may lead us in boldly proclaiming the kingdom of God present in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Send your Spirit upon creation, and especially resting fields; that the coming harvest be abundant that all the world may be fed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Send your Spirit upon our leaders, and especially on executives like our President, Governor, and Mayors; that their decisions be guided by compassion and care for all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Send your Spirit upon the marginalized, especially poor and needy; that our communities work to ensure that everyone’s basic needs are met. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Send your spirit upon the sick, especially,…; that your will of healing and wholeness be at work in their lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Send your Spirit upon this congregation; that we may be an example of love, grace, and service in our neighboring communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Send your Spirit upon us and use the example of the saints to keep us firm in our faith. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.
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