20th Sunday after Pentecost (NL306)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 28(33)B, Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth A/B/C
Gospel Text: Luke 1:46-55
Sermon Text: 1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10 (God Answers Hannah)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 113, Romans 12:9-16b
Prayer of the Day (WP): God who answers prayer, we are blessed and humbled that you hear us when we call to you in our time of deepest longing. Receive our gratitude for your listening ear. Amen.
Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #503/4. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #419. For All the Faithful Women
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #473. Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo)
ELW #867. In Thee Is Gladness
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #754. Jesus, the Very Thought of You
ELW #236. Magnificat
ELW #882. My Soul Does Magnify the Lord
ELW #573. My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord
ELW #234/5. My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord
ELW #251. My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #844. Praise to the Lord (Louez l’Eterne)
ELW #208. Praise to You, O God of Mercy
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (The Feast Is Ready)
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #531. Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
LBW #146. Rejoice, Angelic Choirs, Rejoice!
WOV #720. In the Presence of Your People
Various Hymnals God of the Women (1998) by Carolyn Gillette
Various Hymnals My Heart Is Overflowing (1993) by Miriam Winter
Various Hymnals Song of Hannah (1987) by Emily Brink
Various Hymnals Tell Out, My Soul (1961) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
“Glorious Unfolding” By Steven Curtis Chapman.
“Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
“Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
“You Have Shown Us” By Andy Park, Chris Tomlin, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.
A brief silence.
Lord of hosts, remember your church and bless your servants (especially Bishop(s)…) with all that they need to proclaim your radical love and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord of hosts, remember creation and bless fields and animals as they prepare for winter rest and renewal. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord of hosts, remember the nations of the world and pour out your justice and peace upon all tribes and peoples. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord of hosts, remember the sick (especially,…) and provide them with your enduring healing, comfort, and hope. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord of hosts, remember your servants gathered here today and deepen our trust in your power and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Lord of hosts, remember your servants of every time and place and bring all your people into your loving and eternal presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.