NL Worship Resources: March 6, 2016

Lent 3
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 89:1-4 | Sermon Text: Mark 12:28-44 (Great Commandment)
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Lord of love, you have taught us that love is your greatest commandment. Teach us to love as unconditionally as you love us. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #303 Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #693 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #679 For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #612 Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #708 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #750 Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
ELW #430 Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #800 Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #685 Take My Life, That I May Be (PATMOS)
ELW #583 Take My Life, That I May Be (TOMA MI VOLUNTAD)
ELW #686 We Give Thee but Thine Own
ELW #729 When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
W&P #42 Glorify Thy Name
Suggested hymns based on the Psalm text:
ELW #733 Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #311 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #796 How Firm a Foundation
ELW #661 I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #839/840 Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #460 Now the Silence
ELW #632 O God, Our Help in Ages Past
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 #432 The Head That Once Was Crowned
Other options  based on both:
“Ancient Skies” By Michael Gungor, Michael Rossback. As performed by Gungor.
“Come Now is the Time to Worship” By Brian Doerksen.
“Love the Lord” By Lincoln Brewster.
More contemporary suggestions here
Prayers of Intercession

O Lord, our rock and our redeemer, let the prayers we now offer, both in voice and in the silence of our hearts, be acceptable to you.

A brief silence.

May your church sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever. May we proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

May all of your creation bear witness to your redemptive and sustaining power, O Lord, forever. May we be good stewards of all that you have made. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

May your peace and justice rule over all lands and governments, O Lord, forever. May we work for justice and peace among all nations and peoples. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

May all who know injustice or oppression feel the firmness of your faithfulness, O Lord, forever. May we proclaim your love and mercy to a world desperate to hear of it. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

May your presence be known to all who suffer, O Lord, forever. May we be agents of your healing and comfort to all in need (especially,…). Hear us, O God.Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

May your love be known throughout eternity, O Lord, forever. May we, one day, join with all the faithful departed in singing of your steadfast love and faithfulness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

 To you, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your boundless mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.

NL Sermon Resources: Feb. 28, 2016

Textweek.com is one of my go-to’s for commentaries and other resources, but occasionally there aren’t a lot of resources there; so I go scrounging on my own. Here’s what I found, may it help you too!

Here’s the textweek site for Feb 28, 2016 – http://textweek.com/Narrative%20Lectionary/N2Lent3.htm

Here are other commentaries on Mark 12:1-12 that I found with a brief blurb on each:

  • Working Preacher commentary (2012). “In a time of social chaos, including conflict with other Jewish people and conflict within their own households, Mark uses the parable of the wicked servants to assure members of the congregation they have a place in the vineyard by following Jesus and being committed to the community of the Realm.”
  • Commentary by David Lose (2012). “Read this way, this parable is not about justice or judgment only, but also and primarily about love, God’s love for each and all of us.”
  • RevGalBlogPals commentary on both Mark 12:1-12 and Mark 12:13-17. “The gospel is always dangerous with its challenge, its radical statements and its unflinching truth. But these two passages are often (mis)appropriated to make them even more so.”
  • Devotions on Mark 12:1-12 by Kevin Ruffcorn.
  • Lectio Divina resource on the text from the Order of The Carmelites. “What does this parable teach us concerning the way of exercising authority? And you, how do you exercise your authority in the family, in the community and in your work?”
  • Commentary by Geoff Thomas (2004). “Theologically what do we find here at the heart of Mark’s gospel? The doctrine of the eternal Sonship of Christ. Before his birth in the stable at Bethlehem he was God the Son. “He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all,” wrote Cecil Francis Alexander in one of her hymns for children.”
  • Article by Wim J. C. Weren (1998). “This article attempts to prove the following theses. The parable of the tenants in Mark 12,1-12 has been constructed on the basis of the vineyard song in Isa 5,1-7. There are connections with the Hebrew text as well as with the LXX version.”

I may add more to this during the week.

NL Worship Resources: Feb. 28, 2016

Lent 3

Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 86:8-13 | Sermon Text: Mark 12:1-12 (Parable of the Tenants)

Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #388 Be Not Afraid
ELW #371 Christians, to the Paschal Victim
ELW #645 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #693 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #415 Father Most Holy
ELW #856 How Great Thou Art
ELW #676 Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #839/840 Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #379 Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #460 Now the Silence
ELW #423 Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #500 Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
ELW #583 Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685 Take My Life, That I May Be (PATMOS)
ELW #654 The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #262 Wait for the Lord
Prayers of Intercession:

O Lord, our rock and our redeemer, let the prayers we now offer, both in voice and in the silence of our hearts, be acceptable to you.

A brief silence.

Unite the church with an undivided heart so that your name might be revered. Guide our Bishops (especially Presiding Bishop Eaton, and …) and grant them to know and trust in your steadfast love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Protect your works of creation, for none are like them. Strengthen us in our stewardship of all that you have made and grant healing where we have harmed the majesty of creation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You alone are God and you alone are worthy of our praise. Bring about your peace on earth until that time when all nations truly bow down before your glory. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Out of your great mercy and steadfast love, you have delivered us from Sheol. Inspire in us that same mercy and love that we might reach out to others who find themselves trapped in hells of addiction, anxiety, or injustice. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Your steadfast love for us is great and beyond compare. Help us to bear your love to all in pain, (especially…). Hear us, O God.Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We give thanks to you, O God, with our whole heart for our deliverance and for the deliverance of all who died in faith and now rest in you. We look for them time when we join with them in singing your glory. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

 To you, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your boundless mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.

NL Worship Resources: Feb. 21, 2016

Lent 2

Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 34:11-14 | Sermon Text: Mark 10:32-52 (Bartimaeus Healed)

Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #515 Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #626 By Gracious Powers
ELW #693 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #532 Gather Us In
ELW #526 God Is Here!
ELW #673 God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #860 I’m so Glad Jesus Lifted Me
ELW #708 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #712 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #579 Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #322 Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #431 O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us
ELW #818 O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #843 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #608 Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #667 Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #729 The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #798 Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #659 Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
ELW #510 Word of God, Come Down on Earth
WOV #783 Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
WOV #753 You Are the Seed
Prayers of Intercession:

O Lord, our rock and our redeemer, let the prayers we now offer, both in voice and in the silence of our hearts, be acceptable to you.

A brief silence.

Bless your church with ears to hear and eyes to see. As your children, guide us in all that is good and teach us your ways that we may proclaim your enduring goodness and compassion. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless all of your creatures and everything you have made. As your children, guide us in being stewards of the earth and its myriad resources that we may proclaim your majestic and sustain power.  Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless all leaders of governments and civil society. As your children, guide us in seeking peace and pursuing it that we may proclaim your justice to all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless those who are oppressed and marginalized. As your children, guide us in departing from evil and doing good that we may proclaim your restoring power to all those in need. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless all who suffer from afflictions of any kind. As your children, guide us in offering comfort, companionship, and care for all who suffer (especially,…) that we may proclaim your healing to the hurting. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

 Bless all the saints who have gone before us. As your children, guide us in looking to the example of the saints and being examples to those saints that will follow after us, that we may proclaim your eternity throughout the ages. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

 To you, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your boundless mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.