Epiphany 3 Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Jesus and the Gerasene Demoniac – Mark 5:1-20 (Psalm 89:1-4)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Jesus healer of mind and body, we sometimes suffer at the hands of physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Quiet our minds, still our hearts, and empower our bodies so that we may be whole and healed. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, RevGalBlog, BibleHub
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #388. Be Not Afraid
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
LBW #506. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
LBW #16. I Will Sing the Story of Your Love
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
Various Hymnals I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord (1800’s) by James Fillmore
Various Hymnals Psalm 89: For Ever I Will Sing (1993) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals We lay our broken world (2005) by Anna Briggs
Various Hymnals When Jesus the Healer (1979) by Peter D. Smith
Various Hymnals Wonderful Story of Love (1885) by J. M. Driver
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
God of revelation, as we gather in praise for the gracious mystery of your Son, we remember the many needs of your church and your world.
A brief silence.
Heal the church, Most High God, of all its sins and move church leaders to lead with boldness and vision. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heal creation, Most High God, of pollution and stir us to take better care of the planet you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heal the nations, Most High God, of injustice and work through national leaders to bring about peace and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heal the brokenhearted, Most High God, of despair and surround them with love and care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heal the sick, Most High God, of their illnesses and work your freeing power in all entombed by disease or pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heal our congregation, Most High God, of apathy and turn us outwards towards the needs of our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Heal our faith, Most High God, when it is damaged and point us to the powerful witness of the saints who have gone before us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Guide us on the path of salvation, O God, that the radiance and power of your Holy Spirit working in the world will gather together all peoples and nations in one community to offer you worship and proclaim your splendor. Amen.
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