Worship Resources: December 1, 2019

Advent 1 Year 2

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 1C
Readings: Promise of the Messiah Jeremiah 33:14-18 (Mark 8:27-29)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of the promised Messiah,as we wait for the fulfillment of your promise, we watch, we listen, and we open our hearts for your Word. Show us signs of your presence: a light in the darkness, a voice in the silence, and a stirring deep within us. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, TextWeek

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #250. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #245 Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #254 Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #769. If You But Trust in God to Guide You
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #246 Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding
ELW #253 He Came Down
ELW #435 Lo! He Come with Clouds Descending
ELW #323 O Lord of Light, Who Made the Stars
ELW #248 People Look East
ELW #263 Savior of the Nations, Come
ELW #262 Wait for the Lord
ELW #487 What Feast of Love
LBW #16. I Will Sing the Story of Your Love
LBW #31 Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying
Various Hymnals The Days Are Surely Coming (2009) by David Gambrell
Various Hymnals O Day of God, Draw Nigh (1972) by R. B. Y. Scott
Various Hymnals I’ve Got Peace Like a River
Various Hymnals The Promise of the Lord (2009) by F. Richard Garland
Various Hymnals Sing Praise to the God of Israel (1992) by Stephen P. Starke
Various Hymnals When God Restored Our Common Life (1992) by Ruth C. Duck
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Shout to the Lord” By Darlene Zschech.
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.

Help the church and its leaders, O God, in its proclamation that Jesus is the Savior of the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring life out of death, O God, and restore creation to vitality and wholeness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Work through governments, O God, that they might better execute justice and righteousness in all lands. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fulfill your promises, O God, to bring release to the captive, whatever their captivity may be. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heal the sick and comfort the dying, O God, work through all involved in the care of others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless with congregation, O God, with boldness to say that our righteousness is found in Christ alone. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We give you thanks, O God, for all your saints and the witness they bore to us and the world. 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: November 24, 2019

Christ the King Year 2

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Josiah’s Reform 2 Kings 22:1-10, [11-20]; 23:1-3 (Luke 24:30-32)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of faithfulness, your servant Josiah restored your holy words to a people longing for your guidance. Help us learn your Scriptures so that we might carry your words in our hearts, in our words and in our actions. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, TextWeek

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn
ELW #247. Come Now, O Prince of Peace (Ososŏ, ososŏ)
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #509. God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #769. If You But Trust in God to Guide You
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #517. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word
ELW #669. Rise Up, O Saints of God!
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
LBW #428. O God of Earth and Altar
LBW #227. How Blest Are They Who Hear God’s Word
WOV #743. Stay with Us
Various Hymnals O For that Tenderness of Heart by Charles Wesley
Various Hymnals This New Built Bethel Now is Done by John Newton
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Ancient Words” By Lynn DeShazo.
More Than Conquerors
Thy Word” By Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.

A brief silence.

Ground the church in your Word; your Word which proclaims love and grace to all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renew creation through your Word; your Word which brought all things into being and sustains all life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Guide the nations with your Word; your Word which speaks out for justice and peace among all peoples and communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring your Word to bear upon all systems of power; your Word which releases the prisoner, welcomes the stranger, and gives hope to the oppressed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Sustain with your Word all who suffer; your Word of healing, hope and life even in the midst of brokenness and pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reorient this community toward your Word; your Word that teaches welcome and love for our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Sanctify all believers in your Word; your Word which carries the promise of life eternal and life abundant. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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Worship Resources: November 17, 2019

Proper 28(33) Year 2 – Pentecost +23

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 22(27)A or Proper 15(20)C
Readings: Isaiah’s Vineyard Song Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5 (Mark 12:1-3)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Loving Lord, you have searched your people for evidence of goodness, the way fruit is sought in a vineyard. Send your righteous judge and find goodness in your faithful children. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, TextWeek

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #247. Come Now, O Prince of Peace (Ososŏ, ososŏ)
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #486. God Extends an Invitation
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
ELW #786. O Holy Spirit, Enter In
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #282. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #710. Let Streams of Living Justice
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #308. O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright!
ELW #248. People, Look East
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
LBW #418. Judge Eternal, Throned in Splendor
WOV #656. By the Babylonian Rivers
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)
Various Hymnals Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old (1982) by Joy Patterson
Various Hymnals Lord, Today (1978) by Mike Balhoff
Various Hymnals Our Cities Cry to You, O God (1987) by Edith Clarkson
Various Hymnals O When Will We See Justice Done? (2011) by Carol Bechtel
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Breath Of God” By Vicky Beeching.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.

A brief silence.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon the church and its leaders, that we may walk in righteousness and faithfulness, proclaiming God’s judgement and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon all of creation, that as winter rest beings a spirit of renewal and healing be at work in the land and water. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon all governmental leaders, that they may know and fear the Lord. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon teachers and all involved in the education system, that they may impart wisdom and understanding to their students. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon all those who are sick in mind, body, or spirit; that they may be made whole and find delight in the Lord. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon this assembly, that we go out from this service proclaiming the love of God for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon the blessed saints who now rest from their labors, that their witness and service inspire our own. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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