1st Sunday of Lent NL331: Good Samaritan
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 10(15)C; Proper 11(16)C
Psalm Text: Psalm 15
Sermon Text: Luke 10:25-42
Other Text Suggestions: Amos 7:7-17; Colossians 1:1-14
Prayer of the Day (WP): Compassionate God, how easily you love those who look unlovable to us! How readily you welcome undesirables into your home! How slow we are to follow your example. Turn our hearts toward all who are considered outcast, shunned, and unclean so that we may love our neighbor without pity or apathy, for the sake of the one who became flesh to cleanse the world of sin and death forever, Jesus Christ our redeemer. Amen
Helpful Resources: SermonWriter, TextWeek, RevGalPals, re:Worship, Word&World, BibleHub
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #402. Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ
ELW #419. For All the Faithful Women
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #714. O God of Mercy, God of Light
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
LBW #435. O God, Whose Will Is Life and Good
LBW #502. Thee Will I Love, My Strength
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Inspired by Love and Anger (1949) by John Bell
Various Hymnals Lo! I Come with Joy (1747) by Charles Wesley
Various Hymnals They Asked, “Who’s My Neighbor?” (1981) by Jan Wesson
Various Hymnals When I Needed a Neighbor (1965) by Sydney Carter
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Lenten Hymns
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“Compassion Hymn” By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, et al.
“God Of The Poor (Beauty For Brokenness)” By Graham Kendrick.
“My Song is Love Unknown” By John Nicholson Ireland, Samuel Crossman.
“Sweetly Broken” By Jeremy Riddle.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Dakota Road options:
“FROM NOW ON”
“IN GOD’S EYES”
“MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT”
“WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE”
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.
Teach the church what it means to love and serve our neighbors, keep us from hypocrisy and fear that we may truly see and reach out towards all people. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Teach humanity to care for the earth as you care for it, help us to see the interconnectedness of the world and work to preserve what you have entrusted to us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Teach our leaders the ways of justice and peace, and grant us all the humility to set the welfare of all over our own personal desires. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Teach us to reach out in love and support to those around us, pursuing loving and edifying relationships and community. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Teach us how to best love and support those who are suffering in mind body or soul (especially,…) and grant us the courage to care for them. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Teach this assembly how to walk in your ways and how to best serve our communities and neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
We give you thanks for the teaching of the saints and we pray that we too may sound forth your praise and glory in our thoughts, words, and deeds. 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.