16th Sunday after Pentecost
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 14(19)C
Gospel Text: Luke 3:8
Sermon Text: Genesis 15:1-6 (God’s Promise to Abraham)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the covenant, as you promised Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars, you have also promised us that we might live under those stars as your people, faithful and loved. Show us how to live as your people, and how to nurture all your children with whom we share the same canopy of sky night after night. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #336. All my hope on God is founded
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #427. For All Your Saints, O Lord
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #429. In Our Day of Thanksgiving
ELW #841. Lift Every Voice and Sing
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #640. Our Father, by Whose Name
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #739. Touch the Earth Lightly
LBW #160. Filled with the Spirit’s Power
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
Various Hymnals Abraham, Sarah Too (2004) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals Timeless Love! We Sing the Story (1970) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals To Abraham and Sarah (1984) by Judith Fetter
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People (1978) by David Hoekema
Various Hymnals Yahweh Is Calling (1977) by Susan Langeland
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
“Days of Elijah” By Robin Mark.
“God Is In Control” By Twila Paris.
“Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.
A brief silence.
Lord God, help your church to remain faithful to you and to your promises. Keep us steadfast in your way of righteousness and trust. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God, be present in creation. Come to the broken places of the world and bring restoration, healing, and wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God, inspire our leaders towards your justice. Be a shield to the oppressed, the poor, the refugee, and all who need your gracious protection. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God, be present with all those in any pain. Come to the broken and hurting and provide them with your healing, comfort, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God, strengthen our community of faith. Help us to walk always in the paths of peace, justice, and righteousness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Lord God, we give you thanks for all the saints who have gone before us. Use their witness to deepen our faith and trust in your eternal promises. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.