Worship Resources: February 2, 2020

Epiphany 4 Year 2

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 8(13)B
Readings: Jairus’ Daughter Healed Mark 5:21-43 (Psalm 131)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of healing, when someone in your world suffers, you suffer as well. Restore your world and heal your children so that no one needs to suffer any longer. Amen
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, RevGalBlog, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #470. Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #755. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus (Thuma Mina)
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #655. Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #617. We Come to You for Healing, Lord
LBW #427. O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns Be Rising
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
Various Hymnals Heal Us, Emmanuel, Hear Our Prayer (1779) by William Cowper
Various Hymnals Immortal Love, for ever full (1866) by John Whittier
Various Hymnals We Cannot Measure How You Heal (1989) by John Bell
Various Hymnals When Jesus the Healer (1979) by Peter D. Smith
Various Hymnals Woman in the Night (1982) by Brian Wren
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Abide With Me” By Henry Francis Lyte, William Henry Monk.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” By Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, et al.
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.

Raise up leaders for the church, leaders who will boldly and loudly proclaim your Gospel of love and mercy for all the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Raise up leaders for the stewardship of creation, leaders who will work to restore creation and bring wholeness to the earth. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Raise up leaders for the nations, leaders that will act with humility and wise judgement for the sake of all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Raise up leaders in our communities, leaders that will strengthen and deepen relationship and reach out in welcome to those on the margins. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Raise up leaders in the medical community, leaders that will work diligently to find cures and offer new treatments. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Raise up leaders in this assembly, leaders that will challenge us when we are too comfortable and comfort us when we are in pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We give you thanks for the leaders of the past, leaders who worked to share your light and love through the generations. 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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Worship Resources: January 26, 2020

Epiphany 3 Year 2

Color: Green
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:

I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever” By Martin Smith.
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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Worship Resources: January 19, 2020

Epiphany 2 Year 2

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 6(11)B
Readings: Parables in Mark Mark 4:1-34 (Psalm 126)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of the Word, in the parable of the sower you showed us how your word can take root and grow within us. Nurture the seeds of your word in our hearts and help us to grow in faith and love. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, RevGalBlog, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #755. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #512. Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #550. On What Has Now Been Sown
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #547. Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #506. The Word of God is Source and Seed
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
WOV #753. You Are the Seed 
Various Hymnals Bring Forth the Kingdom (1986) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals The Kingdom of God Is Justice and Joy (1973) by Bryn Rees
Various Hymnals Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace (1969) by James Quinn
Various Hymnals The Reign of God (1995) by Delores Dufner
Various Hymnals Seed, Scattered and Sown (1987) by Dan Feiten
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:

Build Your Kingdom Here” By Rend Collective Experiment.
Invitacion Fountain” By Michael J. Pritzl.
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.

Help the church to hear and understand the good news of your amazing grace; bless all who sow the seeds of your words. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring healing to the soil and water; open our eyes to see the interconnectedness of all life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Plant your seeds in the nations; help peace and justice to bloom and grow in all lands. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that all hearts be made into good soil, receptive to your freeing word; strengthen communities and relationships with bonds of love and welcome. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring healing and vibrancy to those who are suffering; work in and through doctors, nurses, and all who provide care and comfort. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Make this congregation bold in sharing your word of love and mercy; grant that we live and speak in ways that spread your seeds in all areas of our lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless all those who have shared your light with the world through the generations; help us to stand firm in their loving and faithful example. 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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Worship Resources: January 12, 2020

Baptism of Our Lord Year 2

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 7B, Epiphany 8B, Proper 3(8)B
Readings: Jesus Heals and Teaches Mark 2:1-22 (Psalm 103:6-14)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord of forgiveness, you healed a paralytic by forgiving his sins. Forgive us, heal us, and teach us to walk in your ways. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, RevGalBlog

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #860. I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #308. O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright!*
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise*
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #581. You Are Mine
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
Various Hymnals Freely, Freely (1972) by Carol Owens
Various Hymnals I Hear Thy Welcome Voice (1872) by Lewis Hartsough
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance (1963) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals Now in This Banquet (1986) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals When Jesus the Healer (1979) by Peter D. Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Epiphany and Time after Epiphany Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Overwhelmed by love” By Noel Richards.
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.

Forgive the church for its many sins; keep us from judgement and exclusion and teach us to love and welcome all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive humanity for the damage we have done to your creation; raise up leaders who will work to heal the earth and restore it to wholeness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive the nations; redeem our systems of power and bring about your justice for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive us when we harm others; help us to reach out towards one another with love and reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Restore the sick (especially,…); and forgive the greed that keeps medicine and care from those who need it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive us gathered here today; bring us back to the way of Christ, the way of sacrificial love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Forgive us when we doubt and ignore the witness of the saints; keep us steadfast in the faith and grateful to all who have proclaimed it through the generations. 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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Worship Resources: January 5, 2020

Christmas 2/Epiphany Sunday Year 2

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 4B, Epiphany 5B, Epiphany 6B
Readings: Jesus’ Ministry Begun Mark 1:21-45 (Psalm 103:1-5)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Healing Lord Jesus, you performed miracles that helped followers become aware of your presence and your magnificence. Surprise us today with miracles that we desperately seek, and make your presence known to all. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #860. I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me
ELW #751. O Lord, Hear My Prayer (The Lord Is My Song)
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry*
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
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 #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #617. We Come to You for Healing, Lord
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
WOV #798. Bless the Lord, O My Soul
Various Hymnals Bless His Holy Name
Various Hymnals Jesus Christ Is Waiting
Various Hymnals Silence, Frenzied, Unclean Spirit
Various Hymnals Sing of the Lord’s Goodness
Various Hymnals We Cannot Measure How You Heal
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Advent/Christmas Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
10,000 Reasons” By Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman.
It Is Well” By Adie Camp, Jeremy Camp.
They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
We Are” By Chuck Butler, Ed Cash, et al.
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.

Astound the church with the teachings of your mercy and love; renew our faith and trust in your all-encompassing grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Extend your healing to all of creation; move us to greater care for the world that you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Make your message of peace and justice heard among all nations; grant us the wisdom to pursue reconciliation and community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Open our hearts and our communities to truly welcome all; save us from judging and excluding others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heal the sick (especially,…) and comfort the grieving; turn us towards all who suffer with compassion and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant us patience with one another; help us to work for blessed and beloved community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Thank you for the gift of those who spread your message to us; make us bold in our proclamation of your love for the world. 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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On Vacation

I generally don’t offer resources for Christmas as there are already plenty out there. I also go on a family vacation from the day after Christmas through New Year’s, so I won’t be providing resources for Dec. 29th. I will resume writing/sharing resources for January 5th. Have a very Happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year! I do intend to do my podcast on the Luke 1 text this Wednesday.

Worship Resources: December 22, 2019

Advent 4 Year 2

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent2C, Reign of Christ Year C
Readings: Zechariah’s Song Luke 1:5-13[14-25], 57-80 (Psalm 113)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of the prophets, you sent John into the world to proclaim the coming of your son. Give us ears to hear the proclamations of your promises and eyes to see your presence in this world. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, RevGalBlogPals

Need an Advent Wreath Lighting litany? I have one available here.

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #250. Blessed Be the God of Israel*
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
ELW #560. Christ, Mighty Savior
ELW #604. O Christ, Our Hope
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel*
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
ELW #288. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice*
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #246. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!*
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing*
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #253. He Came Down*
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #768. Lead Me, Guide Me
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #279. O Little Town of Bethlehem*
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming*
ELW #234/5. My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord
ELW #706. The People Walk (Un pueblo que camina)
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten*
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #274. On Christmas Night*
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry*
ELW #281. Silent Night, Holy Night!*
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #296. What Child Is This*
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #2. Blessed Be the Lord*
WOV #646. We Three Kings of Orient Are
Various Hymnals O Come, Divine Messiah (1877) by M. l’abbé Pellegrin
Various Hymnals Mary, First among Believers (2010) by Delores Dufner
Various Hymnals Song of Zechariah (1969) by ames Quinn
Various Hymnals Tell Out, My Soul (1990) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals Wait for the Lord (1984) by Communauté de Taizé
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Advent/Christmas Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Come Now Our King” By Chris August, Dave Barnes.
Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash.
More options 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.

Look with favor upon your church, Lord God, and redeem it from apathy, selfishness, and judgementalism. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Look with favor upon resting fields, Lord God, and redeem creation from the damage we have inflicted upon it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Look with favor upon the nations, Lord God, and redeem them from ways of violence and greed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Look with favor upon the lonely, Lord God, and bring them into blessed and beloved community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Look with favor upon the sick, Lord God, and redeem all who suffer from their pain and despair. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Look with favor upon those gathered here today, Lord God, and redeem us from all the ways of sin that draw us from you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Look with favor upon the saints in light, Lord God, and redeem all people through the love and grace of your Son. 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.


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Worship Resources: December 15, 2019

Advent 3 Year 2

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Rebuilding the Temple Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13 (Luke 2:25-32)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of restoration, you brought your people home from exile and in their joy they rebuilt your temple. Deliver us from our personal and communal exiles, and help us to build up your church. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlogPals

Need an Advent Wreath Lighting litany? I have one available here.

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #275. Angels, from the Realms of Glory*
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn*
ELW #452. Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night*
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
ELW #300. The First Noel*
ELW #268. From Heaven Above*
ELW #848. Give to Our God Immortal Praise!
ELW #536. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #288. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice*
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing*
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #297. Jesus, What a Wonderful Child*
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming*
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #313. O Lord, Now Let Your Servant
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten*
ELW #640. Our Father, by Whose Name
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #263. Savior of the Nations, Come*
ELW #281. Silent Night, Holy Night!*
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #284. ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime*
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
ELW #296. What Child Is This*
ELW #792. When Memory Fades
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
LBW #521. Let Us with a Gladsome Mind
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)
WOV #639. Oh, Sleep Now, Holy Baby
WOV #634. Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly*
Various Hymnals Faithful Vigil Ended (1969) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals Now Let Your Servant Go (1992) by Ruth Duck
Various Hymnals Song of Simeon (1976) by Dewey Westra
Various Hymnals We Are a People (2011) by Jonathan Nowell
Various Hymnals You’re Calling Us (2008) by Graham Kendrick
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Advent/Christmas Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Build Your Kingdom Here” By Rend Collective Experiment.
Spirit Of The Living God” By Daniel Iverson.
More options 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.

For the church and its leaders; that this season of waiting and preparation also be one of powerful witness to the grace and mercy of God at work in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all of creation, especially the soil and water; that we, as stewards, may be good stewards for all that God has made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations of the world; that God’s peace and justice may have primacy over human selfishness and greed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all those living in darkness of any sort; that the light of Christ may offer them hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all who are suffering, especially…; that the healing power of God flow in and through them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this assembly gathered in worship; that we may depart from this place as agents of God’s grace and love for the sake of our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all the saints who have gone before us; that we we may, one day, join them in praising God’s wondrous love for all people. 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.


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