Worship Resources: January 27, 2019

 

Epiphany 3 Year 1

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 4A and Epiphany 5A
Readings: Beatitudes Sermon text – Matthew 5:1-20 Companion text – Psalm 1:1-3
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Loving God, your son Jesus taught many things that helped people know how deeply you love humanity. Help us to live in your love, so that we might be beacons of light for others. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #461. All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly
ELW #314. Arise, Your Light Has Come!
ELW #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #607. Come, Ye Disconsolate
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #428. Give Thanks for Saints
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #699. In Deepest Night
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #572. Now It Is Evening
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #238. God Has Spoken by His Prophets
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
Various Hymnals Bring Forth the Kingdom (1986) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals Great God, Our Source (1982) by George Utech
Various Hymnals Make me a channel of your peace (1967) words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
Various Hymnals We are the light of the world (1966) by Jean Anthony Greif
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #694. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
Various Hymnals Be Still and Know
Various Hymnals Happy Are They Who Walk (1976) by Erik Routley
Various Hymnals Step by Step (1991) by David “Beaker” Strasser
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

10,000 Reasons” By Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Build Your Kingdom Here” By Rend Collective Experiment.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
We Are” By Chuck Butler, Ed Cash, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)

Sisters and brothers, let us lift our hearts in faith to the one who hears all prayers and holds close all those in need..

A brief silence.

Bless the church, O God, with eyes to see your face in all people and ears to hear your call to love and service. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the resting fields, O God, with renewal and regeneration that the coming year be a fruitful one. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the leaders of the nations, O God, with a deep sense of justice and an earnest desire for peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the mourning, O God, with the knowledge of your loving presence and hope-filled future. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the suffering, O God, (especially,…) with health and healing, endurance and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless this congregation, O God, with deep and authentic community built on care self sacrifice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless the faithful dead, O God, with rest in you and resurrection light. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring healing to all wounds, make whole all that is broken, speak truth to all illusion, and shed light in every darkness, that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: January 20, 2019

Epiphany 2 Year 1

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 1A and Epiphany 3A
Readings: Tempted in the Wilderness Sermon text – Matthew 4:1-17 Companion text – Psalm 91:9-12
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of strength, your son Jesus withstood many temptations because his love for you was greater than his earthly desires. Make our love for you so strong, that we might withstand anything that threatens to stand between us and your love. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #314. Arise, Your Light Has Come!
ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #515. Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #726. Light Dawns on a Weary World
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #601. Savior, When in Dust to You
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
ELW #305. When Jesus Came to Jordan
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Child of Mercy (1991) by David Haas
Various Hymnals Jesus, Tempted in the Desert (1993) by Herman G. Stuempfle
Various Hymnals Mark How the Lamb of God’s Self-Offering (1990) by Carl D. paw
Various Hymnals Once When Jesus Christ Was Hungry (1996) by Rusty Edwards
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #568. Now Rest beneath Night’s Shadow
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #791. We Sing to You, O God
ELW #774. What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine
Various Hymnals He Who Dwells in the Shelter of the Most High (1959) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals Now God be with us, for the night is closing (1863) by Petrus Herbert
Various Hymnals Safe in the Shadow of the Lord (1973) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

40 Days” By Matt Maher.
Come Now is the Time to Worship” By Brian Doerksen.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)

Sisters and brothers, let us lift our hearts in faith to the one who hears all prayers and holds close all those in need..

A brief silence.

God with the church, bless bishops, pastors, deacons, and all leaders of faith communities; work through the church to bring your kingdom near. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the wilderness and waters, bless creation with your creative and sustaining love; work through farmers, gardeners, and others to care for what you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the nations, bless the world with peace and justice; bring humility and compassion into our systems of governance and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the broken-hearted, grant wholeness to those struggling with anxiety, depression, and any other mental illness; make us agents of hope and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the ill, bring healing where it is needed, and peace where healing cannot come; be with doctors, nurses, EMTs, and all others who heal that they may offer comfort to those in need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with us, bless our ministries, especially with our youth; deepen our inter-generational relationships and build up our whole community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God with the saints, keep us mindful of those who have gone before us; grant us thankful hearts for their witness and proclamation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring healing to all wounds, make whole all that is broken, speak truth to all illusion, and shed light in every darkness, that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: January 13, 2019

Baptism of Christ Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 2A or Baptism of the Lord A
Readings: Jesus’ Baptism: Matthew Sermon text – Matthew 3:1-17 Companion text – Psalm 2:7-8
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Righteous God, you sent your son Jesus to be baptized by John in the Jordan, so that all might hear the proclamation of your love. Make us voices of proclamation, so that all might know of your love through our words and our actions. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #302. As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #304. Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #305. When Jesus Came to Jordan
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
Various Hymnals Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (1707) by Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals Prepare the Way of the Lord (1984) by Communaute de Taizé
Various Hymnals Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice (1989) by Carl P. Daw
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
Various Hymnals I Cannot Tell (1920) by W. Y. Fullerton
Various Hymnals Where Jordan Cuts the Wilderness (1998) by Brian Ruttan
Various Hymnals Why This Dark Conspiracy (2012) by Norman J. Goreham
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)

Sisters and brothers, our baptismal vows call us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray that your spirit rest upon the church and its leaders; that we may better proclaim to your great love and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon the waters; that this fundamental element of life be protect and preserved for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon the president, senators, representatives, governors, mayors and all civil leaders; that they may serve with compassion and humility. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon all the baptized; that we may live in ways that please you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon those dealing with illness and loss; that they may know the peace of your presence with them always. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon this assembly; that we may prepare the way for the coming of your Kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray that your spirit rest upon the faithful dead; that their memory may strengthen our faith and move us to acts of love and charity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, you revealed your Son in the waters of the Jordan and anointed him with the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim good news to all people. Sanctify us by the same Spirit, that we may proclaim the healing power of the gospel by acts of love in your name. Amen.

Worship Resources: January 6, 2019

Epiphany Sunday Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany A/B/C or Christmas 1A
Readings: Day of Epiphany: Magi Visit Sermon text – Matthew 2:1-23 Companion text – Psalm 96:10-13
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Extravagant God, you sent magi with generous gifts to visit the baby Jesus and proclaim his reign to all the world. Make our voices heard when we proclaim God’s love to all. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #273. All My Heart Again Rejoices
ELW #275. Angels, from the Realms of Glory
ELW #302. As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #301. Bright and Glorious Is the Sky
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #300. The First Noel
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #276. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
ELW #294. In the Bleak Midwinter
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #279. O Little Town of Bethlehem
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #296. What Child Is This
WOV #642. I Wonder As I Wander
WOV #639. Oh, Sleep Now, Holy Baby
WOV #646. We Three Kings
Various Hymnals God’s Surprise (1987) by John L. Bell
Various Hymnals Night of Silence (1984) by Daniel Kantor
Various Hymnals The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (1942) by West Indian Trad.
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #267. Joy to the World
ELW #260. The King Shall come
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #825. You Servants of God
Various Hymnals Cantate Domino (1995) by Brian Henkelmann
Various Hymnals The Lord is King! (1863) by Josiah Conder
Various Hymnals New Songs of Celebration Render (197) by Erik Routley
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Rising” By Matt Redman, Paul Baloche.
We Believe” By Graham Kendrick.

More contemporary suggestions 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.

Reveal yourself within the church, O God; guide us in the ways of witness and proclamation that all the world may know of your love and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within creation, O God; open our eyes to the beauty of your world and make us better stewards of all that you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within governments, O God; place compassion and wisdom in the hearts and minds of the worlds leaders that your peace and justice may prevail. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within the broken places of the world, O God; help us to see the face of Christ in those who struggle and mourn. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within the suffering, O God (especially,…); may we reach out to all with arms of comfort and hope grounded in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within this congregation, O God; move us out from this place to bear your redeeming Word to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Reveal yourself within the saints, o God; keep us following the path they have trod, the path that leads to our heavenly home. 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.

On Vacation

I generally don’t provide much by way of resources for Christmas, as there is already a plethora of material available (one of my favorites is re:Worship). And I traditionally take the week after Christmas as vacation to spend time with family; so I won’t be providing resources for Christmas 1 either. I will resume updating with a post for Epiphany the Wednesday before and work to get back on my two-week-out schedule following that. Have a Blessed Christmas!!

PS – So as I was preparing a hymn-sign service for December 30th I realized there is not a lot out there for Matthew 1:1-17. So I wrote an opening litany for that Sunday:

On the precipice of a New Year we cast our thoughts to the past,
we give thanks for all the saints who have gone before us in faith.

Our stories are the continuation of countless stories before us,
may our lives of faith continue on in those who follow after us.

As we reflect this day on the ancestors of Jesus,
ordinary people involved in God’s extraordinary gift of salvation,
we pray that God use ordinary us in sharing that gift with the world.

And just as many named in Christ’s genealogy were outsiders and outcasts,
and others were kings, priests, and leaders;
may we see you at work in both the lowly and the mighty,
and may our worship this day join with theirs in reflecting your glory.

Christ has come, breaking into our broken reality,
break into us, O Christ, and keep us in your Way. Amen.

Worship Resources: December 23, 2018

Advent 4 Year 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 4A
Readings: Jesus as Immanuel Sermon text – Matthew 1:18-25 Companion text – Psalm 23:1-4
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of promise, you made a commitment to Joseph that you would make Jesus a savior to all. Renew your commitment with us, so that all may know the saving grace of your son, Jesus. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #275. Angels, from the Realms of Glory
ELW #289. Angels We Have Heard on High
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn
ELW #277/8. Away in a Manger
ELW #283. O Come, All Ye Faithful
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #259. Fling Wide the Door
ELW #268. From Heaven Above
ELW #288. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
ELW #290. Go Tell It on the Mountain
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #282. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
ELW #267. Joy to the World
ELW #279. O Little Town of Bethlehem
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
ELW #292. Love Has Come
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #274. On Christmas Night
ELW #269. Once in Royal David’s City
ELW #285. Peace Came to Earth
ELW #281. Silent Night, Holy Night!
ELW #293. That Boy-Child of Mary
ELW #265. The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
ELW #300. The First Noel
ELW #342. There in God’s Garden
ELW #296. What Child Is This
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)
Various Hymnals Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Various Hymnals Jesus, Name Above All Names
Various Hymnals The Hands That First Held Mary’s Child
Various Hymnals The name of Jesus
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #699. In Deepest Night
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #768. Lead Me, Guide Me
ELW #782. My Shepherd, You Supply My Need
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #780. Shepherd Me, O God
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
Various Hymnals God Leads Us Along
Various Hymnals He Leadeth Me
Various Hymnals I Will Sing the Wondrous Story
Various Hymnals Surely Goodness and Mercy
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)

We seek the mighty God in the most unlikely places as a child in a stable, and in an empty tomb. May God hear these prayers, which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

A brief silence.

God with the church, guide us in your right paths and work through us that your will be done in this world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with creation, guide us in your right paths and bless all that lives with your sustaining power. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the nations, guide us in your right paths and send forth your just and peaceful spirit upon the earth. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with us, guide us in your right paths and stir in us all a desire for relationship and reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.

God with the suffering, guide us in your right paths and work your healing power in the lives of in need (especially,…). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with this congregation, guide us in your right paths and bless our ministries that they might reflect your desires for this time and this place. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God with the saints, guide us in your right paths and bring us all to our heavenly home. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: December 16, 2018

Advent 3 Year 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Baptism of the Lord (A)
Readings: Light to the Nations Sermon text – Isaiah 42:1-9 Companion text – Matthew 12:15-21
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of light, you sent a savior into the world to bring justice and release to all who are in bondage. Shine this light upon us, and show us how to bring justice and peace to all who suffer. We pray these things in the name of
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #314. Arise, Your Light Has Come!
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #771. God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #699. In Deepest Night
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #710. Let Streams of Living Justice
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #263. Savior of the Nations, Come
Various Hymnals Behold the Prince of Peace by John Needham
Various Hymnals Behold my Servant! see him rise
Various Hymnals Open the Eyes of My Heart by Paul Baloche
Various Hymnals The Voice of God Goes Out to All the World by Luke Connaughton
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #317. Jesus on the Mountain Peak
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
Various Hymnals Beauty for brokenness by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals Prepare the Way, O Zion by Frans Franzen
Various Hymnals To the Name of Our Salvation by J. M. Neale
Various Hymnals With Joy We Meditate the Grace by Isaac Watts
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
God Of Nations” By Peter Furler, Steve Taylor.
We Speak to Nations” By Israel Houghton.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)

We seek the mighty God in the most unlikely places as a child in a stable, and in an empty tomb. May God hear these prayers, which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

A brief silence.

Lord God, call your church to righteousness and keep it in your love, grace, and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, stretch our your hand in healing and protection over all that you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Just God, grant your spirit to the nations and send your light to the dark places of the world . Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Suffering God, teach all people of your faithfulness and bring forth justice and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Saving God, sustain all who suffer with your spirit and release those imprisoned by pain or disease. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renewing God, take this congregation and move it according to your will, making us a light to our communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Promising God, keep us steadfast toward you as you kept the saints before us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thanksgiving for the Word (Advent-Epiphany)

As mentioned before, my parish occasionally has a service of the word rather than a service of Holy Communion. Here is the Thanksgiving for the Word that I wrote for Advent through Epiphany.

Thanksgiving for the Word

Let us pray.

Your Word points us to the coming of Christ in glory,
the full in-breaking of the Kingdom of God into our world,
a Kingdom of peace, justice, mercy, and love,
where all things shall be made new.
For your Word of hopeful future, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Your Word became flesh in Jesus Christ,
taking on human flesh and human limitations,
in order to express the fullness of your love,
and the depths of your grace.
For your Word-with-us, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Your Word proclaimed love in the waters of baptism,
joining us even in temptation and trial,
and teaching people their blessedness
in meekness, righteousness, grief, and persecution.
For your illuminating Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Your Word shows the treasure that is relationship with you,
relationship with one another,
and the beauty of your Kingdom.
For your Word which crafts community, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Your Word provided food for the hungry,
both physically, and in spirit,
and showed compassion for all people.
For your generous Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

On the mountaintop your Word was transfigured,
shining forth with the light of your glory,
and revealing your full and loving presence in Christ.
For your glorious Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Work in us, O God,
through your creative, faithful, just, forgiving, and powerful Word.
And being steeped in your Word, make us witnesses to it and
send your Spirit to direct us in the way of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: December 9, 2018

Advent 2 Year 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Esther Sermon text – Esther 4:1-17 Companion text – Matthew 5:13-16
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of justice, you sent your servant Esther into a life of privilege so that those without would be taken care of. In our privilege, show us how to advocate for those who have less, so that your world might be peaceful and just. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #244. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
LBW #461. Fight the Good Fight
Various Hymnals Approach, my soul, the mercy seat by John Newton
Various Hymnals For Such a Time As This by Thomas A. Jackson
Various Hymnals It Is God Who Holds the Nations by Fred Green
Various Hymnals Sisters Let Us Walk Together by Judith Snowdon
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #720. We Are Called
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
W&P #22. Bring Forth the Kingdom
DATH #64. Brighter than the Sun
Various Hymnals As a Fire Is Meant for Burning by Ruth Duck
Various Hymnals Jesus Bids Us Shine by Susan Warner
Various Hymnals We are the light of the world by Jean Anthony Greif
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Shine Jesus Shine” By Graham Kendrick.
We Are” By Chuck Butler, Ed Cash, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)

We seek the mighty God in the most unlikely places as a child in a stable, and in an empty tomb. May God hear these prayers, which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

A brief silence.

O God of the church, grant us your light that we might bear it to a world of darkness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of all creation, grant healing and renewal to the earth that its splendors inspire our joy and praise. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God above all nations, grant the world wise and compassionate leaders that all people know your justice and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of light, grant hope to the hopeless and peace to the anxious as we await the coming of Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of healing, grant wholeness to the broken and comfort to those in pain that the suffering of the world be eased. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of this place and time, grant us boldness in our witness to your light and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

O God of all time, grant us the assurance of eternal life that the example of the saints before us live on in our lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: December 2, 2018

Advent 1 Year 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 22(27)C, Proper 26(31)C
Readings: Faith as a Way of Life Sermon text – Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:[3b-6], 17-19 Companion text – Matthew 26:36-38
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Faithful God, you proved your faithfulness to your people when they cried out to you in distress. Be present in our distress, and show us how to be faithful to you in the midst of suffering. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #240. Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
WOV #667. Stay Here
WOV #785. Weary of All Trumpeting
HFW # 398 God Is Truly Present
Various Hymnals Be Still and Know by John Bell
Various Hymnals Bring Forth the Kingdom by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals God of Our Life, Through All the Circling Years by Hugh Kerr
Various Hymnals Song of the Prophets by Michael Morgan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #626. By Gracious Powers
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #348. Stay with Me
Various Hymnals According to Thy Gracious Word by James Montgomery
Various Hymnals Down in the Garden by W.H.L.
Various Hymnals Nothing Can Trouble by St. Teresa of Avila
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
Overwhelmed by love” By Noel Richards.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)

We seek the mighty God in the most unlikely places as a child in a stable, and in an empty tomb. May God hear these prayers, which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church universal, that we may produce the fruits of the spirit and lead the nations in proclaiming your praise. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for plants and animals as they enter winter rest, that their slumber may lead to a vibrant and life-filled spring. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations, that wherever voices cry out in distress or pain, your peace and justice may prevail. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are grieving, that the promise of Emmanuel provide some solace and comfort. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and suffering (especially,…), that the power of the risen lord bring them healing and wholeness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this congregation and its ministries, that we may exult in the God of our salvation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints in light, that their work might echo through the generations and inspire our work and service to you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.