Proper 27 (32) (NL310)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 3B, Proper 20(25)A
Gospel Text: Luke 18:13
Sermon Text: Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10 [4:1-11] (Jonah & God’s Mercy)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 145:1-8, Philippians 1:21-30
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the seas, sky, and land, when Jonah turned to run from you, you showed him that nothing and no one could hide from your presence. You are in all things, and you love all things. Show us the gift of your presence, and help us to carry your word of compassion and grace to all the world, in the name of the one who carried out your love flawlessly, Jesus Christ our redeemer. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #374. Day of Arising
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #507. O God of Light
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
WOV #615. Return to the Lord
MSB1 S490 I Called to the Lord
MSB1 S489 Jonah Prayed
Various Hymnals Called as Partners in Christ’s Service (1981) by Jane Huber
Various Hymnals God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us (1933) by John J. Moment
Various Hymnals Jonah (1998) by Susan Peterson
Various Hymnals Song of Jonah (1982) by Calvin Seerveld
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” By Stuart Townend.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
“The One Who Saves” By Ben Fielding.
“You Are My All In All” By Dennis Jernigan.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.
A brief silence.
Grant hearts of compassion to the church and its leaders; instill in us a desire for community, justice, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant healing and wholeness to your creation; restore lands and waters to vibrancy and abundance. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant wisdom and insight to the leaders of the nations; fill the hearts of all people with mercy and love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant care and support to those struggling with despair or anxiety; work through your people to proclaim the hope we have in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant healing to those in pain (especially,…); grace doctors and nurses with patience and endurance as they administer your loving healing. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant servant hearts to those gathered in worship today; move us to reach out in love and service to all the people around us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Grant us reunion with the saints in your good time; bring all your children to your heavenly home. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.