Proper 19 (24)
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 8(13)A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:29 | Sermon Text: Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 (Binding of Isaac)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of promise, You stayed the hand of Abraham and fulfilled the promise you made to him, that he would father a great nation. Keep your promises to us, that we become inheritors of eternal life. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #626. By Gracious Powers
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #771. God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #839. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #840. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #327. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
ELW #870. We Praise You, O God
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
Various Hymnals Abraham, When Severely Tried
Various Hymnals A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text:
ELW #199. Jesus, Lamb of God
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #341. Now Behold the Lamb
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
LBW #103. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God
LBW #305. I Lay My Sins on Jesus
Various Hymnals Behold the Lamb of God
Various Hymnals Not All the Blood of Beasts
Various Hymnals There Is a Redeemer
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other options based on both:
“Genesis 22” By Ken Bible
“Lamb Of Glory” By Greg Nelson, Phill McHugh.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh, and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us, you manifest your concern for your whole universe. You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts
and bring them before you.
A brief silence.
Faithful God, increase our trust in your promises and move your church towards acts of love and faith. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
God above, bless the land and all that is on it; watch over farmers and laborers as they undertake the crucial work of harvest, keep them safe and grant them endurance. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Lord of all, grant insight and wisdom to all of our civil leaders, help them to see your vision for the world and for the good of all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
God of sacrificial love, help us to see your creative and redeeming work in the world and draw us into better and deeper relationship with you and with our neighbors. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Greater carer of us all, be with all those who are suffering this day, grant them healing and strength; but most of all grant them the peace that comes from the knowledge of your presence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
God of our ancestors, inspire us by the faith of our forefathers and foremothers, that our witness be as powerful as theirs and echo into the future. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.
Holy, holy, holy God, fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.