Changing calls in a pandemic is crazy, who knew?

I am bouncing between VA and MN now as we navigate selling/buying a house and preparing to move the rest of the family. So I will simply be sharing previous resources I’ve curated/created for the rest of April. I do intend to review/revise these at some point in the future, but that’s not in the cards right now.

Resources for Sunday, April 11th (Emmaus Road) – https://freedfromfreedfor.org/2017/04/11/nl-worship-resources-april-23-2017/

Resources for Sunday, April 18th (Stephen’s Witness) – https://freedfromfreedfor.org/2017/04/18/nl-worship-resources-april-30-2017/

Resources for Sunday, April 25th (Ethiopian Eunuch Baptized) – https://freedfromfreedfor.org/2017/04/25/nl-worship-resources-may-7-2017/

I hope these help!

Worship Resources for April 4, 2021

FYI: I do not generally provide resources for the Triduum as there tends to be plenty of resources already available for those services, whether Narrative Lectionary or any other Lectionary! Have a very blessed Holy Week! Also, I re-used the Prayers of Intercession from four years ago. Feel free to adapt them to your local circumstances (that holds true for any prayers of intercession I have crafted, you are welcome to adapt them as you need).

Easter Sunday NL339: Resurrection

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter (C)
Psalm Text: Psalm 118:17, 21-24
Sermon Text: Luke 24:1-12
Other Text Suggestions: Isaiah 65:17-25; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Prayer of the Day (WP): Risen Messiah, hallelujah! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Glory be to you, whom death could not defeat. Praise to the savior of heaven and earth. Honor and glory are yours, now and forever, Christ our savior and redeemer. Amen.

Helpful Resources: SermonWriterTextWeekRevGalPalsre:WorshipWord&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #629 Abide with Me
ELW #375 Alleluia! Christ Is Arisen
ELW #793 Be Thou My Vision
ELW #364 Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia
ELW #371 Christians, to the Paschal Victim
ELW #389 Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #383 Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!
ELW #339 Christ, the Life of All the Living
ELW #373 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #363 Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #855 Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #521 O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #361 The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #385 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!
ELW #347 Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #619 I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #365 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #765 Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #438 My Lord, What a Morning
ELW #379 Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #386/7 O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
ELW #366 The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #384 That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
ELW #376 Thine Is the Glory
ELW #391 This Joyful Eastertide
ELW #353 Were You There
LBW #151 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
WOV #671 Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
Various Hymnals Because You Live, O Christ
Various Hymnals Low in the Grave He Lay
Various Hymnals Woman in the Night
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the Psalm:

ELW #174/5 Alleluia
ELW #645 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #556 Morning Has Broken
LBW #142 Hail Thee, Festival Day!
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other options based on both:

Easter Song” Anne Herring
I’ll Fly Away” Albert E. Brumley
Resurrection Day” Matt Maher
More contemporary suggestions here.

Dakota Road options:
“GO NOW” 
“REMEMBERING THE PROMISE” 
“WE HAVE SEEN THE MESSIAH” 
“YOUR LOVE IS EVERLASTING” 

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

God of Resurrection, breathe your vibrant life into the church that we may be inspired to ever greater feats of proclamation and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of life, sustain all of creation with your power that we might know and proclaim your providence and care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Conqueror of death, work your will in the world that the nations and leaders of nations might strive for justice, peace, and the equitable distribution of your resources. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of the living, provide hope to the hopeless and joy to the despairing, that all who are entombed might be freed from their bonds. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of shalom, bring about your healing and wholeness to all who suffer that life might be lived as you want it to be lived. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of relationship and community, bless our assembly with hearts of love and service as well as eyes to see your presence and activity in the world around us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord of heaven and earth, bless the rest of all the saints and unite us with them in the everlasting light of the Resurrection dawn. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.

Worship Resources for March 28, 2021

Palm/Passion Sunday NL336: Triumphal Entry

Color: Purple or Scarlet
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Palm Sunday C
Psalm Text: Psalm 118:19-23
Sermon Text: Luke 19:29-44
Other Text Suggestions: Zechariah 9:9-10Revelation 7:9-12
Prayer of the Day (WP): Hosanna, King, blessed are you, our king, who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven! Even if our voices were silenced, creation itself would rise up to praise you! Hosanna in the Highest! Amen.

Helpful Resources: SermonWriterTextWeekRevGalPalsre:WorshipWord&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor*
ELW #724. All who love and serve your city
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land*
ELW #537. O Jesus, King Most Wonderful!
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown*
ELW #264. Prepare the Royal Highway
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!*
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
LBW #22. The Advent of Our God
WOV #640. Glory to God
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
TFF #24. Glory to God
Various Hymnals Filled with Excitement (1972) by Rubén Ruiz Ávila
Various Hymnals God! As with Silent Hearts (1989) by Fred Kaan
Various Hymnals Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (1873) by Jennette Threlfall
Various Hymnals Palm Sunday Processional (1999) by Rory Cooney
Various Hymnals The King of Glory Comes (1982) by Willard F. Jabusch (Use Stephen Colbert’s version!!)
Various Hymnals When I Needed a Neighbor (1965) by Sydney Carter
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; TFF=This Far by Faith; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest)
* Lenten/Holy Week Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:

Ancient of Days” By Gary Sadler, Jamie Harvill.
How Great is Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
One Day” By Vicky Beeching and Robin Mark.
Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Dakota Road options:
“CANTICLE OF THE SUN”
“COME” 
“GOD OF STARS AND DISTANT PLANETS”
“HOLY, HOLY (God of power)”
“HOLY ONE”

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Caught between joy and despair, we yearn for the fulfillment of God’s desire beyond the brokenness and neediness of this life. We offer thanksgiving for God’s presence with us and petitions for the transformation of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Glorious God, open the eyes of your church to see you coming to us, again and again, in new and surprising ways. Open our lips that we may praise you and proclaim your glory. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all places, you reveal your glory in creation and call us to steward what you have made. Make us better caretakers of flora and fauna, all that lives and with whom we share this planet. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all peoples, unite us all in the understanding that no matter what divides us, we can find unity in your love for creation. Give us leaders with hearts for cooperation and mutual upbuilding. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving God, shower the world with your grace and love. Grant us your eyes of compassion and mercy that we reach out to all in any need. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Healing God, be with the sick and the suffering, especially,…. Use your power to to bring them healing, comfort, and peace according to your will. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Great God, inspire us through our worship of you and move us to do your will and to proclaim your word in our lives and in our communities. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of resurrection, make us firm in our faith in you as you made firm the faith of the saints before us. Unite the saints of all times and places in praise and worship of you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Love-maker, day by day you sustain the weary with your word and gently encourage us to place our trust in you. Awaken us to the suffering of those around us; save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt; give us grace to share one another’s burdens in humble service. Amen.

Worship Resources for March 21, 2021

5th Sunday in Lent NL335: Zacchaeus

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 26(31)C
Psalm Text: Psalm 84:1-4,10-12
Sermon Text: Luke 18:31—19:10
Other Text Suggestions: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Prayer of the Day (WP): Lord of the lost, we are quick to judge and slow to accept those whom we consider lower than ourselves. But you show us the way of acceptance, forgiveness, and peace. We honor your name for teaching us to love, for the sake of the one who is the essence of love itself, Jesus Christ our loving Lord. Amen.

Helpful Resources: SermonWriterTextWeekRevGalPalsre:WorshipWord&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #345. Jesus, I Will Ponder Now*
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #802. Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown*
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #510. Word of God, Come Down on Earth
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
TFF #150. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
Various Hymnals Are You the One (1999) by Mary Nelson Keithahn
Various Hymnals I Saw the Rich Ones (Work for a World) (2000) by Pat Mayberry
Various Hymnals Jesus Is Passing This Way (1895) by Fanny Crosby
Various Hymnals Seeking the Lost (1901) by J. A. Lee
Various Hymnals Zacchaeus (1999) by Unkown
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; TFF=This Far by Faith; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest)
* Lenten Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:

Humble Thyself In The Sight Of The Lord” By Bob Hudson.
Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche. As performed by Sonic Flood.
Trading My Sorrows” By Darrell Evans.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Dakota Road options:
“DO JUSTICE” 
“EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING TO OFFER” 
“LIGHT AND LOVE”  
“PEOPLES CHURCH”
“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.

Persistent God, you sent your only Son into the world to seek the lost and lift up the downtrodden. Grant your church the vision it needs to see those on the outside of community and to search them out in love and service. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Merciful God, forgive the many ways in which we have harmed what you have made. Work in us and through us to care for all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all nations, raise up leaders who will pursue your priorities over the priorities of the world. Instill in all people a sincere desire to care for one another and to pursue justice and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, watch over and keep the oppressed and the orphan. Turn our hearts to any who are in need. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Healing God, watch over those in any pain, especially,…. Surround them with comfort and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, strengthen the bonds of love and relationship within this assembly. Use us to proclaim your love and grace into our broken world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Eternal God, we thank you for the saints who have gone before us. May their witness strengthen our proclamation and work. 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.

Worship Resources for March 14, 2021

4th Sunday in Lent NL334: Rich Man & Lazarus

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 21(26)C
Psalm Text: Psalm 41:1-3
Sermon Text: Luke 16:19-31
Other Text Suggestions: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; 1 Timothy 6:6-19
Prayer of the Day (WP): Divine Word, you sent Moses to speak law to the people and bring order to chaos. You sent prophets to speak repentance and bring hope to the hopeless. You sent your son, Jesus, to become your living Word. Open our ears to hear your word, and our hearts to reflect the light of your truth to others, for the sake of the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Helpful Resources: SermonWriterTextWeekRevGalPalsre:WorshipWord&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #461. All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #222. Into Paradise May the Angels Lead You
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land*
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #768. Lead Me, Guide Me
ELW #523. Let Us Go Now to the Banquet
ELW #750. Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #704. When Pain of the World Surrounds Us
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
TFF #157. God Be with You till We Meet Again
TFF #160. God Be with You
DATH #96. Give It Away
Various Hymnals As Water to the Thirsty (1975) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals For the Healing of the Nations (1968) by Fred Kaan
Various Hymnals Heaven Shall Not Wait (1987) by John Bell
Various Hymnals Po’ Man Laz’rus (2000) by John Ylvisaker
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; TFF=This Far by Faith; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest)
* Lenten Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:

Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Dakota Road options:
 “LEAD US TO PEACE BY YOUR LIGHT”  
“PEOPLE OF HOPE” 
“PEOPLES CHURCH”
“WHAT SHALL I GIVE” 

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.

Watch over your church, O God, and lead us to proclaim your love and grace in the world. Keep your church from apathy and judgement and instill in us a sincere desire to care for all people. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Watch over creation, O God, and restore all that you have made to wholeness. Work through us to heal waterways of all kinds that all might have clean and abundant water. Work in us and through us to bring healing and wholeness to all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Watch over our leaders, O God, and set their minds and hearts on justice and peace. Bless all those who speak out on behalf of the poor and the oppressed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Watch over the brokenhearted, O God, and bring them into beloved community. Grant us the eyes to see the hidden pain that others carry and the hearts to reach out to them in love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Watch over the sick, O God, especially,…. Bless EMTs, doctors, nurses, and all who provide comfort and aid to others. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Watch over this assembly, O God, and keep us in your care. Bless our ministries to the various generations, that it may inspire and equip us for ministry in the world around us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Watch over the saints, O God, and keep their memory in our minds. Use us as you have used others to share your love and grace with future generations. 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.

Worship Resources for March 7, 2021

3rd Sunday of Lent NL333: Lost Sheep, Coin, Son

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 19(24)C; Lent 4C
Psalm Text: Psalm 119:167-176
Sermon Text: Luke 15:1-32
Other Text Suggestions: Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Prayer of the Day (WP): Rejoicing Father, you celebrate when one of your lost children is found because no one is worthless to you. We stand humbled and in awe that you would count us among your most prized possessions. Give us eyes to see the priceless value of every living soul, for the sake of the one who became human for the sake of our souls, Jesus Christ our seeker. Amen.

Helpful Resources: SermonWriterTextWeekRevGalPalsre:WorshipWord&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us*
ELW #619. I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #782. My Shepherd, You Supply My Need
ELW #460. Now the Silence
ELW #772. Oh, that the Lord Would Guide My Ways
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #608. Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
Various Hymnals From Ashes to the Living Font (1994) by Alan J. Hommerding
Various Hymnals Heaven Is Singing for Joy (El cielo canta alegría) (1958) by Pablo D. Sosa
Various Hymnals Ring the Bells of Heaven (1866) by W. O. Cushing
Various Hymnals Welcome! Wanderer, Welcome! (1884) by Horatius Bonar
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Lenten Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Go Get the Lost One” By Rain for Roots.
Shine Into Our Night” By Joel Sczebel.
Undo” By Kevin Huguley, Scott Davis, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Dakota Road options:
“EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING TO OFFER” 
“LIGHT AND LOVE”  
“PEOPLES CHURCH”
“REACH OUT” 
“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.

Rescue the church, O God, from divisions and schisms. Help us to find our unity and joy in your grace and good news. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Find and strengthen those who protect creation, O God. Work in us and through us to bring healing and wholeness to all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help the leaders of countries, O God, to seek out the lost and oppressed. Set our minds on justice and peace that the world may better reflect your kingdom and rule. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Rescue the lost, O God. No matter how or why they may be lost, please bring them into healthy and supportive communities and surround them with love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Find and strengthen those who heal, O God. Work in and through them to share your comfort and healing. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us, O God, to search for those around us in any sort of need. Open our eyes to your presence in the people around us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

You bring your flock home, O God. Thank you for our heavenly home and for those who have gone before us on the way to it. 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.

Worship Resources for February 28, 2021

2nd Sunday of Lent NL332: Lament Over Jerusalem

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 3C; Lent 2C
Psalm Text: Psalm 122
Sermon Text: Luke 13:1-9, 31-35
Other Text Suggestions: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1
Prayer of the Day (WP): Holy One of mighty power, your word is powerfully dangerous. Your word casts out demons. Your word heals incurable diseases. Your word devours empires. Your word transforms the fabric of the universe. Help us to stand in awe and fear of what your word is capable of doing. Give us courage to speak your word and wisdom to hear it, for the sake of the one whose very whisper can demolish sin, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Helpful Resources: SermonWriterTextWeekRevGalPalsre:WorshipWord&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #508. As Rain from the Clouds
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory*
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #768. Lead Me, Guide Me
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #735. Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
ELW #566. When Twilight Comes
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #484. You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Gift of Finest Wheat)
LBW #427. O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns Be Rising
Various Hymnals Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy (1759) by J. Hart
Various Hymnals From Ashes to the Living Font (1994) by Alan J. Hommerding
Various Hymnals Shelter Me, O God (1984) by Bob Hurd
Various Hymnals You Are My Hiding Place (1981) by Maranatha! Music
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Lenten Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:

Broken” By Michael Himes.
Death Was Arrested” By Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, et al.
God Of The Poor (Beauty For Brokenness)” By Graham Kendrick.
The Lost are Found” By Ben Fielding, Sam Knock.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Dakota Road options:
“ALL MY RELATIVES”
“BRING YOUR MERCY” 
“DO JUSTICE” 
“LOVE TO THE WORLD” 
“MERCY” 

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.

For religious communities, that they may share peace, love, and justice with each other and the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the beauty of the earth, that we may be ever more dedicated to protecting and preserving what you have entrusted to us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For governments and leaders of governments, that they may devote themselves to service and compassion towards their citizens. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the lonely and brokenhearted, that they may find support and community and experience your great love for them. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all who suffer in mind or body, that they may know your presence and find comfort and healing. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For us worshipping together now, that we may go forth from our worship in order to love and serve our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For the saints who now rest in you (especially,…), that we may follow in their footsteps to our eternal home with you. 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.

Worship Resources for February 21, 2021

1st Sunday of Lent NL331: Good Samaritan

Color: Purple
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: SermonWriterTextWeekRevGalPalsre:WorshipWord&WorldBibleHub

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:
“DRAW NEAR” 
“FROM NOW ON” 
“IN GOD’S EYES” 
“JUSTICE MEANS” 
“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.

Worship Resources for February 14, 2021

Transfiguration Sunday NL329: Transfiguration

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Transfiguration C, Lent 2C
Psalm Text: Psalm 36:5-10
Sermon Text: Luke 9:28-45
Other Text Suggestions: Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Prayer of the Day (WP): Dazzling Lord, in blinding light you showed your disciples a hint of your power and purpose. Reveal yourself to us today. Show us what you desire of us and how to broadcast your love to the world, for the sake of the one who keeps company with the prophets Moses and Elijah, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Helpful Resources: SermonWriterTextWeekRevGalPalsre:WorshipWord&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #515. Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #315. How Good, Lord, to Be Here!*
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #335. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
ELW #317. Jesus on the Mountain Peak*
ELW #841. Lift Every Voice and Sing
ELW #563. O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
ELW #751. O Lord, Hear My Prayer (The Lord Is My Song)
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #566. When Twilight Comes
ELW #316. Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair*
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #559. O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
WOV #696. I’ve Just Come from the Fountain
Various Hymnals God Is Here Today (1999) by Javier Mateo
Various Hymnals Open the Eyes of My Heart (1997) by Paul Baloche
Various Hymnals Transform Us (1993) by Sylvia Dunstan
Various Hymnals We are standing on holy ground (1983) by Geron Davis
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Epiphany/Time After Epiphany Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Be Still And Know” By Steven Curtis Chapman.
In the Secret” By Andy Park.
Weak Man” By Ed Cash, Jack Mooring, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Dakota Road options:
“GOD OF STARS AND DISTANT PLANETS”
“HEART OF THE PEOPLE” 
“LOVE CAN BREAK THROUGH” 
“MESSIAH” 
“YOU SET US FREE” 

Prayers of Intercession:

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

O God, as your Son drew apart to be in prayer with you, we offer our prayers for the transformation of the world and the church.

A brief silence.

Glorious Lord, transform your church and turn it into a true reflection of your just and peaceful kingdom here on earth. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Glorious Lord, transform creation and restore waterways and forests, oceans and mountains to the great splendor you first formed them to be. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Glorious Lord, transform the nations and the leaders of nations into people that care for one another and work for equity and justice. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Glorious Lord, transform the hearts and minds of any who struggle with mental illness and are burdened with anguish, anxiety, or any other invisible pain. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Glorious Lord, transform the bodies and minds of any who struggle with disease and are burdened with chronic illness, sudden sickness, or any other visible pain. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Glorious Lord, transform the lives of this assembly by turning us ever outwards towards our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Glorious Lord, you transformed the lives of countless saints before us, transform our lives too. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You revealed your glory and presence in your beloved Son, Jesus the Christ. In receiving our prayers, reveal the glory and presence of your Spirit alive in the world today, free us from all doubts, and empower us to act as a transfigured people. Amen.

An update on the future of this blog.

So, my big news is that I have taken a new call out in Virginia (MN winters got too cold!). The congregation I will be serving uses the RCL (I may try to talk them into trying the NL at some point). Despite that, I am only 4 months away from having written/curated resources for all four years of the NL cycle. Since I have just a few months left, I intend to finish this project. Then, over the summer I will reorganize this blog so that it is easier to find the NL resources. I will also be contemplating what direction to take this site once I’ve completed the NL cycle I’m working on. I would welcome suggestions from you all as to what kind of resources you would like to get from me (I have written several VBS curricula for instance). Feel free to leave a comment or email me any thoughts/suggestions!