21st Sunday after Pentecost/Reformation Sunday (NL307)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 11(16)B or Advent 4B
Gospel Text: Luke 1:30-33
Sermon Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17 (God’s Promise to David)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 89:20-37, Ephesians 2:11-22
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of hope, you promised to make David’s household great among the nations. Then you sent your son, Jesus, to transform this world so that all people are one in the great household of God. Show us how to live as your children, as sisters and brothers in your holy and blessed realm, in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who will one day welcome us all home. Amen.
Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #268. From Heaven Above
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #263. Savior of the Nations, Come
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #814. Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am
ELW #265. The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
ELW #569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #258. Unexpected and Mysterious
LBW #64. From East to West
Various Hymnals Before the Temple’s Great Stone Sill (1986) by Thomas Troeger
Various Hymnals Jesus, Lord of all creation (2014) by Julie Tennent
Various Hymnals No Wind at the Window (1992) by John Bell
Various Hymnals Would You Build a Home? (2008) by Richard Garland
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Ancient of Days” By Gary Sadler, Jamie Harvill.
“Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
“Wonder” By Joel Houston & Matt Crocker
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.
We pray for the church, that we may be a living temple, ever true to your word and steadfast in proclaiming your redeeming love and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for fields and forests, that they may rest well in the coming winter season and that they may bring your abundance again next year. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for countries and principalities, tribes and nations, that we may pursue peace and justice rather than glory and power. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for the lonely and despairing, that they may be surrounded with love and granted hope in your future. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for the sick and the suffering, that they may find rest and recovery in your healing presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for our assembly, that we may go forth from this service ready to love you by serving our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
We pray for the saints at rest, that the example of their faith and life be a witness to our own. 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.