Lent 1 Year 1
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 19(24)A
Readings: Forgiveness Sermon text – Matthew 18:15-35 Companion text – Psalm 32:1-2
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Forgiving God, as you encouraged your people to forgive, you modeled forgiveness by releasing us from our bondage to sin. Help us to forgive others, so that we might live in harmony with all your children. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #491. Come, Let Us Eat
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #470. Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #320. The Glory of These Forty Days
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #523. Let Us Go Now to the Banquet
ELW #857. Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #549/809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #587. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #524. What Is This Place
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Help Us Accept Each Other (1975) by Fred Kaan
Various Hymnals Jesus, where’er thy people meet (1769) by William Cowper
Various Hymnals Jesus, we look to thee (1749) by Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals There’s a Quiet Understanding (1973) by Tedd Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):
ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
LBW #211. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
Various Hymnals Calvary Covers It All (1934) by Mrs. Walter G. Taylor
Various Hymnals How Blest Are Those (1986) by Fred R. Anderson
Various Hymnals You Are My Hiding Place (1981) by Michael Ledner
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
“Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
“You Are Good” By Israel Houghton.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.
A brief silence.
Forgive the church, O God, where it is in error bring repentance and reformation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Forgive us, O God, for being poor stewards of the earth and make us mindful of the ways in which we harm your great creation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Forgive the nations, O God, and our corrupt systems of power, bring equality and equity to all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Forgive us, O God, when we do not reach out in love and kindness to those in need and grant us the strength, wisdom, and courage to live out your gospel. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Forgive our broken systems of healing, O God, and help us to better care for all who suffer. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Forgive this congregation, O God, and move us to be better at forgiving others and seeking reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Forgive saints and sinners of all times, O God, and by your mercy bring us all to our heavenly home. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.