Worship Resources: February 23, 2020

Transfiguration Year 2

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 19(24)B, Transfiguration B, Lent 2B
Readings: Transfiguration Mark 8:27 –9:8 (Psalm 27:1-4)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord of light, as you were transfigured on the mountain, your followers were given a glimpse of your glory. Shine your light in our lives so that we will know how truly marvelous you are. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Please be aware of the problematic nature of light/white=good and dark/black=bad that can often be used around Transfiguration (as well as other readings/hymns). For more information on this consider reading the Treasures of Darkness series from 2017 by various Afro-Lutheran authors found here: https://medium.com/tag/treasuresofdarkness/archive

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #320. The Glory of These Forty Days
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #315. How Good, Lord, to Be Here!
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #815. I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
ELW #317. Jesus on the Mountain Peak
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #316. Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #739. Touch the Earth Lightly
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
Various Hymnals Christus Paradox (1991) by Sylvia Dunstan
Various Hymnals Sing of God Made Manifest (2003) by Carl Daw
Various Hymnals Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory (1985) by Thomas Troeger
Various Hymnals We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding (1988) by Carl Daw
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Better Is One Day” By Matt Redman.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
More options here.
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.

Transform your church, O God, and make us bold in proclaiming Christ as the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your creation, O God, and bring healing where there is harm and wholeness where there is brokenness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your leaders, O God, and turn their hearts towards justice and peace for all nations. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your broken people, O God, and cause shalom to reign in the hearts and minds of all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your hurting people, O God, and deliver them from pain, disease, and illness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your disciples, O God, into a holy people who claim you as the Lord of every aspect of our lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Transform your saints, O God, into the heavenly choir with whom we will one day sing your praises. 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.


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Worship Resources: February 16, 2020

Epiphany 6 Year 2

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 17(22)B
Readings: What Defiles? Mark 7:1-23 (Psalm 51:1-3, 6-7)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Teacher Jesus, too often we blame external people and situations for our heartaches and brokenness. Help us to look inward to uncover and heal the things that defile: bitterness, hatred, jealousy, and greed. Help us instead to be agents of peace, hope, generosity, and love. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #786. O Holy Spirit, Enter In
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #477. I Received the Living God
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #512. Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #750. Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #328. Restore in Us, O God
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #584. The Son of God, Our Christ
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #758. You Are the Way
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Various Hymnals As a Chalice Cast of Gold (1984) by Thomas Troeger
Various Hymnals Be Kind to One Another (1915) by Mabel Roseman
Various Hymnals Sing praises old and new (1998) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals Your word, O God, a living sword (1998) by Christopher Wren
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Glorious Unfolding” By Steven Curtis Chapman.
The King of Love My Shepherd Is” By Henry Williams Baker, John Bacchus Dykes.
Undo” By Kevin Huguley, Scott Davis, 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.

Help the church to honor you with both lips and hearts, O God, and keep us focused on your word of grace, mercy, salvation, and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant wisdom to all who care for the land and all who care for animals, O God, and work through them to bring the earth’s abundance to all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Work through our governmental leaders, O God, and keep them from those things which defile hearts and minds. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Provide communities of love and support to those on the outskirts, O God, and make us better at truly welcoming our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring healing and comfort to the sick, O God, and surround them with your loving presence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Keep us from worshiping traditions over you, O God, and turn our hearts to your precepts of love and compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We remember the saints who now rest in you, O God, and pray that their witness and love live on in our lives. 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: February 9, 2020

Epiphany 5 Year 2

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 9(14)B and Proper 10(15)B
Readings: Death of John the Baptist Mark 6:1-29 (Psalm 122)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Holy Jesus, you sent many into the world to proclaim your kingdom on earth. Send us, equip us, and walk with us so that everyone can learn of your abundant love. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, RevGalBlog, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #515. Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #626. By Gracious Powers
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #766. Lord of Our Life
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #538. The Lord Now Sends us Forth
LBW #238. God Has Spoken by His Prophets
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #418. Judge Eternal, Throned in Splendor
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
Various Hymnals O Carpenter, Why Leave the Bench (1996) by Richard Leach
Various Hymnals O God, Our Creator, You Work Every Day (2000) by Carolyn Gillette
Various Hymnals Inspired by love and anger (1949) by John Bell
Various Hymnals When Jesus the Healer (1979) by Peter Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
I Will Follow” By Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, et al.
Jesus, Friend Of Sinners” By Mark Hall, Matthew West.
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.

For the church and its leaders, (especially,…); that they lead with wisdom and vision, proclaiming your freeing Gospel to the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For farmers and all who work the land; that this season of resting fields provide some renewal for all who sow and reap. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all the nations of the world; that your abundant blessings be poured out on all people and lands. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who struggle with mental illness; that they may seek out help and be surrounded with love and encouragement. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who struggle with physical illness; that they may know healing and wholeness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this congregation; that we seek out new ways to reach out in love and service towards 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 the example of their sacrifices enliven and deepen our own faith and inspire acts of mercy. 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: 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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