Advent 1 (NL Year 3)
Closest RCL Sunday: N/A
Readings: Gospel Text: Luke 23:1-5 | Sermon Text: Daniel 6:6-27 (Daniel’s Hope in God)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 25
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of deliverance, You rescued Daniel from the mouths of the lions when he was punished for worshiping you. Liberate all who are endangered for the sake of their faith, and rescue us from anything that separates us from worshiping only you, for the sake of the one who made your name known to all people, across land and seas, Jesus Christ, our redeemer. Amen.
You can find words of Confession and Absolution along with a Call to Worship here.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #250 Blessed be the God of Israel
ELW #245 Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #569 The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #320 The Glory of these Forty Days
ELW #311 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #418 Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #825 You Servants of God
WOV #671 Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
Various Hymnals Dare to Be a Daniel
Various Hymnals He Is Able to Deliver Thee
Various Hymnals Who would true valor see
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Suggested hymns based on the Gospel text:
ELW #337 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
ELW #416 At the Name of Jesus
ELW #662 Christ is the King!
ELW #749 O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #502 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #260 The King Shall come
ELW #430 Rejoice, for Christ is King!
W&P #136 The King of Glory Comes
W&P #80 King of Kings and Lord of Lords
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; W&P=Worship & Praise Songbook)
Other options based on both:
“Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
“May the Lord” As performed by The Brilliance.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
In expectation of the coming of our Lord, who is Emmanuel, God-with-us; we pray for the needs of the world, the church, and each other.
A brief silence.
Living God, work signs and wonders through your church that the good news of your deliverance may be proclaimed to all the world. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
God of creatures great and small, heal broken ecosystems and protect the abundance and diversity of life on earth. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
God above, work in our leaders and provide them with wise and faithful counselors. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
God of deliverance, bring all who are trapped in despair or loneliness out of the darkness of their lion’s dens. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
God of abundance, heal all who suffer and restore people and relationships to wholeness. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Enduring God, your eternal dominion is evident in the lives of all the saints, we thank you for their witness and example. God of mercy, hear our prayer.
Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.