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Prayers of the Church, Lessons, Hymns, June 16: 4th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 6, Father’s Day


Ezekiel 17:22-24 (God plants cedar sprig on mountain of Israel; all may find shelter)

Psalm 1 (Blessed is the man who meditates on God’s Law day and night)

ELW: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 (Praise God always; righteous flourish like palm trees)

2 Corinthians 5:1-11 (We will be further clothed, in eternal life)

                ELW/RCL: 2 Corinthians 5:6-13 (Walk by faith, not sight; all must appear before

judgment seat; all done in Christ for others, not self)

Mark 4:26-34 (Parable of growing seed & mustard seed)

Opening hymn: Oh, Worship the King: LBW #548, ELW #842, LSB #804

Hymn of the Day: We Plow the Fields and Scatter: LBW #362, ELW #680 Spanish tune/ 681

OR Preach You the Word, and Plant it Home: LSB #586

Communion Hymn #1: Great is Thy Faithfulness: WOV #771, ELW #733, LSB #809

Communion Hymn #2: Our Father, By Whose Name: LBW #357, ELW #640, LSB #863

Closing Hymn: On What Has Now Been Sown: LBW #261, ELW #550, LSB #921





Let us come before the Throne of Mercy with our prayers for the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence

Thank you, dear Lord, planting your Kingdom so humbly in our midst! Thank you for making it a place of welcome and shelter for all, even for nesting birds. Thank you for not overwhelming us with your glory and power. Make our faith and love grow like cedar sprigs and mustard seeds, to your glory and for the good of our neighbor.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Clothe your Church with the beauty, holiness, and righteousness of Christ. Make it a lovely dwelling-place for all people. Grant that its words and deeds may bear the fruit which you desire, and which last unto eternity.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


We lift before you the plight of Christians around the world who are persecuted for your Name’s sake. Let their suffering yield a rich harvest of faith, love, and forgiveness. Shield and defend your missionaries, especially when they are met with hostility and rejection.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Plant this congregation firmly in Christ, our living water. May we abide in his love, share his forgiveness, teach his commandments, and share in his righteousness.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


In you, all good and faithful fatherhood finds its source, guide, and fulfillment. Bless all fathers, and all who act with a father’s love. Fill them with your Spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and fear of the Lord, and joy in your presence. Grant that in their care, all children find protection, guidance, and love.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Teach our earthly rulers to walk not in the counsel of the ungodly; nor stand in the way of sinners; nor sit in the seat of scoffers. Teach them to delight on your Law; to meditate on it day and night; and to establish it as the source of justice, truth, and well-being among all people.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Keep in your care all who defend life, liberty, and justice. Teach them your commandments. Fill their minds with wisdom, their hearts with integrity, and their arms with courage and strength.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give to all who suffer the refreshing waters of your compassion and healing. Make them dwell in the safety of your care even in the midst of all that troubles them. Today we remember before you: {List}.  Help us to speak words of encouragement and offer deeds of kindness to them. Bring us, with them, into the unending joy of your Kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Thank you for gathering into your heavenly Kingdom all the redeemed who have gone before us, especially those we love and miss the most. Let us always find refreshment in your Word, blessing in your Sacraments, guidance in your Spirit, and forgiveness in your Son. Gather us, with all your people, into the welcoming shelter of your embrace. Let us abide there in joy forever.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Graciously hear, and generously answer our prayers as may be best for us and give you the greatest glory, for the sake of your dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.


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