3rd Sunday after Epiphany NL323: Fish for People
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 5C
Psalm Text: Psalm 90:14-17
Sermon Text: Luke 5:1-11
Other Text Suggestions: Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13); 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Prayer of the Day (WP): Lord Jesus of fisher folk, you taught your disciples to cast a wide net — not for fish, but for people. Teach us the fishing craft. Make our fingers nimble so we may handle hearts and hands gently; make our minds quiet and patient while we wait for those who are not yet ready to receive you; and make our hearts hungry for your word, for the sake of the one who has captured our hearts already, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Helpful Resources: RevGalPals, re:Worship, SermonWriter, TextWeek, BibleHub, Word&World
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #494. For the Bread Which You Have Broken
ELW #540. Go, Make Disciples
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #473. Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo)
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #497. Strengthen for Service, Lord
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #551. The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
ELW #825. You Servants of God
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
LBW #494. Jesus Calls Us; O’er the Tumult
Various Hymnals Isaiah in a vision did of old (1978) by Martin Luther
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance (1963) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals Lord, When You Came (1979) by Cesáreo Gabarain
Various Hymnals Sing Hey for the Carpenter (1987) by John Bell
Various Hymnals Two Fishermen (1986) by Suzanne Toolan
Various Hymnals You Walk Along Our Shoreline (1991) by Sylvia Dunstan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Epiphany/Time After Epiphany Hymns
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Ancient Words” By Lynn DeShazo.
“Broken” By Michael Himes.
“The King of Love My Shepherd Is” By Henry Williams Baker, John Bacchus Dykes.
“Thy Word” By Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Dakota Road options:
“ALL OF MY LIFE”
“BLESSINGS ON THE ROAD”
“BUILD UP – Isaiah 57, 58”
“EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING TO OFFER”
“PEOPLE OF HOPE”
“TO LIVE ON”
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Sisters and brothers, our baptismal vows call us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world.
A brief silence.
You call your church to fish for people by proclaiming your love and grace in word and in deed; strengthen us for service and deepen our faith and trust in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You call humanity to steward the earth and all that you have made; instill in us a desire to protect and care for all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You call upon the leaders of nations to work for justice and peace; make your justice roll down upon all people like rolling waters. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You call upon us to reach out in love to all of our neighbors; open our eyes to see your face in the lonely, the anxious, the mentally ill, and all who suffer in mind or spirit. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You call upon us to serve our neighbor’s need; work through us to provide comfort and healing to all who are in pain or are suffering physical maladies. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
You call upon your church to unite in service to the world; grant that this assembly may go forth to work on behalf of your blessed kingdom. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
You call all people to yourself; draw us, with the saints, to our home in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God, you revealed your Son in the waters of the Jordan and anointed him with the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim good news to all people. Sanctify us by the same Spirit, that we may proclaim the healing power of the gospel by acts of love in your name. Amen.