Worship Resources: September 30, 2018

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter Vigil A/B/C or Proper 19(24)A
Readings: Rescue at Sea Sermon text – Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29 Companion text – Matthew 2:13-15
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of salvation, you rescued the Israelites at the edge of the Red Sea. Rescue us from the things of this world that threaten our lives and livelihoods, so that we might forever place our trust in you. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #326. Bless Now, O God, the Journey
ELW #794. Calm to the Waves
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #321. Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #862. Praise, Praise! You Are My Rock
WOV #670. When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land
DATH #69 Walk Across the Water
Various Hymnals How Did Moses Cross The Red Sea
Various Hymnals Out of Deep, Unordered Water
Various Hymnals Through the Red Sea Brought at Last
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #420. By All Your Saints (verse 9)
DATH #54 Holy Child
WOV #639. Oh, Sleep Now, Holy Baby
Various Hymnals All People Need a Home
Various Hymnals Child in the Manger
Various Hymnals God, Help the Weary Travelers
Various Hymnals Jesus Entered Egypt
Various Hymnals Mary When You Heard the Warning
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
God Will Make A Way” By Don Moen.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
More Than Conquerors
Rescue” By Jared Anderson.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs. Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

God of rescue, save the church from schisms and heresies; focus our hearts and minds on the grace and love you have shown in Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of rescue, save your creation from pollution and exploitation; bring us to repentance for the ways in which we mistreat what you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.

God of rescue, save the nations of the world from selfishness and violence; guide our leaders into the ways of peace, cooperation, and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of rescue, save the brokenhearted from despair; bring healing and hope for the future to all in mental or spiritual pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of rescue, save the sick from their illnesses; provide wisdom to medical professionals and comfort to the unwell. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of rescue, save this congregation from conflict and division; grant us hearts of forgiveness and bring us into ever deeper relationship with one another. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of rescue, save all the saints from doubt; grant us assurance and hope as we follow the way of Christ with brothers and sisters of all times and places. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, God of power, and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb, that we may desire you as the fullness of life and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.

Worship Resources: September 23, 2018

18th Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Joseph in Prison Sermon text – Genesis 39:1-23 Companion text – Matthew 5:11-12
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of presence, you remained fully with Joseph when he sat long years in a prison for a crime he did not commit. Help us to see that you are always with us, so that we might live faithfully in your world. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #314. Arise, Your Light Has Come!
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #721. Goodness Is Stronger than Evil
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #769. If You But Trust in God to Guide You
ELW #699. In Deepest Night
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #697. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
ELW #600. Out of the Depths I Cry to You
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #773. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
ELW #774. What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine
Various Hymnals People of the Lord
Various Hymnals Safe in Your Hands, O God, Who Made Me
Various Hymnals Trust in the Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #427. For All Your Saints, O Lord
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #428. Give Thanks for Saints
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
LBW #17. How Blest Are Those Who Know Their Need of God
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Blessed Are the Persecuted
Various Hymnals Courage, brother! Do not stumble
Various Hymnals Let There Be Peace on Earth
Various Hymnals We Are the Light of the World
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

10,000 Reasons” By Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman.
Blessed Are the Humble” By Graham Kendrick.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Unwavering” By Matt Maher.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs. Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church around the world; especially for those churches and Christians that find themselves persecuted for their faith, be present with them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for coastlines and waterways; especially for those areas recently affected by hurricanes and flooding, bring restoration to wetlands. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations of the world; especially those areas that are experiencing violence and warfare (especially,…), may your peace prevail. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are in prison; especially those who are imprisoned unjustly, work your justice in all legal systems. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are in any pain; especially those who may be close to death, share the comfort of your presence with them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the people gathered here this day; especially for their work in daily ministry, make them bold in their witness to your love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for all who have died in the faith; especially those we name now (silence), may we be rejoined with them in praising you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, God of power, and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb, that we may desire you as the fullness of life and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.

Worship Resources: September 16, 2018

17th Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 5(10)A
Readings: Call of Abraham Sermon text – Genesis 12:1-9 Companion text – Matthew 28:19-20
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of covenant, you promised Abraham land, descendants, and blessing so that he might be a blessing for all. Show us how to honor the covenant, so that we might be a blessing to others. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #340. A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #446. I’m Going on a Journey
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #396. Spirit of Gentleness
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)
LBW #313. A Multitude Comes from East and West
DATH #68 In the Water
DATH #57 I Will Make You Into a Great Nation
OBS #84 We Sing the One God
Various Hymnals Bānbîn ah (Let All Nations)
Various Hymnals Deep in the Shadows of the Past
Various Hymnals Father Abraham
Various Hymnals God of Abraham
Various Hymnals Make Me a Channel of Blessing
Various Hymnals Bwana Awabariki (May God Grant You a Blessing)
Various Hymnals One More Step Along the World I Go
Various Hymnals Sing, Praise and Bless the Lord
Various Hymnals ‘Tis By the Faith of Joys to Come
Various Hymnals To Abraham and Sarah
Various Hymnals To Walk the Way of Abraham
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest; OBS=O Blessed Spring)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #678 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #540. Go, Make Disciples
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #547. Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
ELW #386/7. O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
ELW #576. We All Are One in Mission
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
Various Hymnals Freely, Freely
Various Hymnals Go Make of All Disciples
Various Hymnals Go to the World!
Various Hymnals Now Let Us from This Table Rise
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Center Of It All” By Tim Hughes.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
Mission’s Flame” By Matt Redman.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs. Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

For the servants of the church, O Lord; that your Good News of life and grace be proclaimed to all the nations of the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For fields and farmers, O Lord; that the coming harvest be abundant and provide food for the world and livelihood for all involved in agriculture. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.

For the nations of the world, O Lord; that blessings, peace, and justice be shared and valued by all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who feel a lack of purpose, O Lord; that they may know how greatly you value them and find direction and meaning. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all in any sort of pain, O Lord; that healing and wholeness be worked in their lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this congregation, O Lord; that we may hear your call and respond with faithfulness and proclamation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all who have gone before us, O Lord; that their witness may strengthen our own. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, God of power, and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb, that we may desire you as the fullness of life and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.

Thanksgiving for the Word

I’m back! Since I’ve been off of the Narrative Lectionary for the summer (sort of), I haven’t been updating this blog. I will be resuming regular updates soon. The parish I serve participates in God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday, so we do a simple prayer service before going out to do service projects in our community. So I don’t have resources for this upcoming Sunday. However, I will be posting resources for September 16th later today. In the meantime, my parish only does Holy Communion twice a month, so I have written a Thanksgiving for the Word using the NL texts for the next couple of months as inspiration. I followed a similar format to the Thanksgiving for the Word (sunadysandseasons.com subscription required to open the previous link) found in the ELW.

Thanksgiving for the Word

Let us pray.

By your Word you judged the wickedness of a fallen humanity,
you sent your cleansing flood to restore creation,
you brought Noah and the ark safely through the raging waters and
established a new covenant marked by a great bow in the sky.
For your just and restorative Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you established a great covenant with Abraham,
you promised to remain with him and his descendants and
to bless all the world through him.
For your faithful and eternal Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you continually rescue your people,
you strengthened Joseph in his trials and
shepherded your people Israel out of the house of their slavery.
For your trustworthy Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you provided the gift of the Law,
you equip us with order and justice,
you bring harmony and shalom into our brokenness.
For your Word of peace, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you call leaders and prophets,
you open our eyes to the error or our ways,
you grant wisdom and vision to your people and
bring healing of body, mind, spirit, and community.
For your Word of shalom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word made flesh, Jesus Christ,
you direct our path and open our hearts to your reign,
you draw near to us in Christ and break in to our reality
with the joy and peace of your rule.
For your Word with us, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Work in us, O God,
through your creative, faithful, just, forgiving, and powerful Word.
Being steeped in your Word, make us proclaimers of it and
send your Spirit to direct us in the way of Jesus Christ. Amen.