Easter 6 Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 4C
Readings: Faith, Hope, and Love – 1 Cor. 13:1-3 (Mark 12:28-31)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Loving Lord, you have showered your world with faith, hope, and love. Help us to be faithful to you, to offer hope to those in need, and to love all your children. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, RevGalPals, re:Worship
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #644. Although I Speak with Angel’s Tongue
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #721. Goodness Is Stronger than Evil
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #585. Hear Us Now, Our God and Father
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #328. Restore in Us, O God
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #642. Ubi caritas et amor (Where True Charity and Love Abide)
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
ELW #510. Word of God, Come Down on Earth
LBW #287. O Perfect Love
WOV #664. A New Commandment
WOV #749. When Love Is Found
Various Hymnals Christians, let us love one another (1973) by A. Nigro
Various Hymnals Don’t Be Afraid (1995) by John Bell
Various Hymnals The Gift of Love (1972) by Hal Hopson
Various Hymnals Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind (2001) by Daniel Schutte
Various Hymnals Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels (1985) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts (1994) by Steven Warner
Various Hymnals We Are Many Parts (1986) by Marty Haugen
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“In the Secret” By Andy Park.
“Wonderful Maker” By Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman.
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.
Keep the church from spouting meaningless noise and turn our words and actions ever towards love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Shower your blessings upon the earth and inspire a deep and abiding love of creation in our hearts. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fan the flame of love in the hearts and minds of our leaders and use them to bring about your justice and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Surround those who feel unlovable with your loving presence and make us witnesses to your love for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Be present with the sick and dying, grant them a powerful experience of your all encompassing and eternal love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Turn our hearts outwards from our own selfish desires and make us better at loving you and loving our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Accept into your eternal presence our loved ones who have died and grant that their example strengthen our faith and service to you. 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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