NL Sermon Resources: Feb. 28, 2016

Textweek.com is one of my go-to’s for commentaries and other resources, but occasionally there aren’t a lot of resources there; so I go scrounging on my own. Here’s what I found, may it help you too!

Here’s the textweek site for Feb 28, 2016 – http://textweek.com/Narrative%20Lectionary/N2Lent3.htm

Here are other commentaries on Mark 12:1-12 that I found with a brief blurb on each:

  • Working Preacher commentary (2012). “In a time of social chaos, including conflict with other Jewish people and conflict within their own households, Mark uses the parable of the wicked servants to assure members of the congregation they have a place in the vineyard by following Jesus and being committed to the community of the Realm.”
  • Commentary by David Lose (2012). “Read this way, this parable is not about justice or judgment only, but also and primarily about love, God’s love for each and all of us.”
  • RevGalBlogPals commentary on both Mark 12:1-12 and Mark 12:13-17. “The gospel is always dangerous with its challenge, its radical statements and its unflinching truth. But these two passages are often (mis)appropriated to make them even more so.”
  • Devotions on Mark 12:1-12 by Kevin Ruffcorn.
  • Lectio Divina resource on the text from the Order of The Carmelites. “What does this parable teach us concerning the way of exercising authority? And you, how do you exercise your authority in the family, in the community and in your work?”
  • Commentary by Geoff Thomas (2004). “Theologically what do we find here at the heart of Mark’s gospel? The doctrine of the eternal Sonship of Christ. Before his birth in the stable at Bethlehem he was God the Son. “He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all,” wrote Cecil Francis Alexander in one of her hymns for children.”
  • Article by Wim J. C. Weren (1998). “This article attempts to prove the following theses. The parable of the tenants in Mark 12,1-12 has been constructed on the basis of the vineyard song in Isa 5,1-7. There are connections with the Hebrew text as well as with the LXX version.”

I may add more to this during the week.

NL Worship Resources: Feb. 21, 2016

Lent 2

Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 34:11-14 | Sermon Text: Mark 10:32-52 (Bartimaeus Healed)

Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #515 Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #626 By Gracious Powers
ELW #693 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #532 Gather Us In
ELW #526 God Is Here!
ELW #673 God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #860 I’m so Glad Jesus Lifted Me
ELW #708 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #712 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #579 Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #322 Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #431 O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us
ELW #818 O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #843 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #608 Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #667 Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #729 The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #798 Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #659 Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
ELW #510 Word of God, Come Down on Earth
WOV #783 Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
WOV #753 You Are the Seed
Prayers of Intercession:

O Lord, our rock and our redeemer, let the prayers we now offer, both in voice and in the silence of our hearts, be acceptable to you.

A brief silence.

Bless your church with ears to hear and eyes to see. As your children, guide us in all that is good and teach us your ways that we may proclaim your enduring goodness and compassion. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless all of your creatures and everything you have made. As your children, guide us in being stewards of the earth and its myriad resources that we may proclaim your majestic and sustain power.  Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless all leaders of governments and civil society. As your children, guide us in seeking peace and pursuing it that we may proclaim your justice to all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless those who are oppressed and marginalized. As your children, guide us in departing from evil and doing good that we may proclaim your restoring power to all those in need. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless all who suffer from afflictions of any kind. As your children, guide us in offering comfort, companionship, and care for all who suffer (especially,…) that we may proclaim your healing to the hurting. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

 Bless all the saints who have gone before us. As your children, guide us in looking to the example of the saints and being examples to those saints that will follow after us, that we may proclaim your eternity throughout the ages. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

 To you, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your boundless mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.