All Saints Sunday (NL308)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 27(32)B or Proper 5(10)C
Gospel Text: Luke 4:24-26
Sermon Text: 1 Kings 17:1-16 [17-24] (God’s Care for the Widow)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of compassion, by the power of God, Elijah provided bread and oil for the widow and her household. By faith in God, the widow provided food and water for Elijah. Give us hearts to love one another, so that in providing and in receiving, we too, might experience the unimaginable power of God, through the one who has provided life itself, your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #316. Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
CBM #76. For Such a Time as This
Various Hymnals A Prophet-Woman Broke a Jar (1993) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals If We Could Be Like the Widow (2004) by Mary Bittner
Various Hymnals Song of Two Widows (1997) by Mary Nelson Keithahn
Various Hymnals When a Prophet Sings of Justice (1998) by John Core
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Break Our Hearts” By Vicky Beeching.
“Facedown” By Matt Redman.
“Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche. As performed by Sonic Flood.
“Song of Hope (Heaven Come Down)” By Chase Jenkins, Dan Hamilton, et al.
“You Are Good” By Israel Houghton.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
All blessing, honor, and glory, all wisdom, praise, and thanks be yours, O God of our salvation! We pray in communion with all the saints on earth and heaven, with the martyrs and the faithful in all ages, and in the name of the Lamb who was slain, who alone is worthy of worship.
A brief silence.
God of the church, open our hearts and eyes to see your presence in the outcast and the stranger, make us bold in proclaiming your love for all people. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of all creation, bless creatures and plants of all sorts, pour out your blessing upon all life and sustains us with your grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of the nations, help us to see you at work in all all people and tribes, and make us to see your image in our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of the lost and despairing, pour out your love and blessing upon the brokenhearted and the anxious, and provide a keen sense of your presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of healing, work in and through doctors, nurses, reseachers, and all health care staff to bring comfort and wholeness where it is most needed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of this assembly, deepen our trust in your promises and work your will and your word in our lives. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
God of all time, broaden our perspective to see your work throughout the ages and to see your work through the generations of the saints. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless us with your healing presence; make us hungry for justice; strengthen our faith; and increase our love for others, especially those we find it most difficult to love. Amen.