Worship Resources: April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday Year 2

Color: Red or Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Palm Sunday B
Readings: Triumphal EntryMark 11:1-11 (Psalm 118:25-29)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Hosanna! King of all, you reign over all. Reign in our lives, triumph over evil, and teach us to follow in your footsteps. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #370. Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #319. O Lord, throughout These Forty Days
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #264. Prepare the Royal Highway
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
ELW #741. Your Will Be Done (Mayenziwe)
LBW #258. Hosanna to the Living Lord!
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals Filled with Excitement (1972) by Rubén Ruiz Ávila
Various Hymnals Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (1873) by Jennette Threlfall
Various Hymnals The King of Glory Comes (1966) by Willard Jabusch
Various Hymnals Ride on, King Jesus (1991) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals We Have a King (196) by Fred Kaan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Ancient Skies” By Michael Gungor, Michael Rossback.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
We Will Dance” By David Ruis.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Caught between joy and despair, we yearn for the fulfillment of God’s desire beyond the brokenness and neediness of this life. We offer thanksgiving for God’s presence with us and petitions for the transformation of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Blessed One, shower your blessing upon the church; help us to be a beacon of hope and compassion in this time of trial. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon creation and all who work the water and soil; bring an abundant harvest so that all may be fed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon our leaders; grant them wisdom and care for others as they lead in this difficult time. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon those struggling with mental illness; surround them with your love and provide them the support they need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon all the sick, (especially,…); grant healing and peace wherever it is needed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon our congregation; open our eyes to the needs of the people around us and grant us the courage to serve those needs. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon all who are struggling with doubt in this time; turn our eyes to the examples of the saints who show us what faith in you can look like. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Love-maker, day by day you sustain the weary with your word and gently encourage us to place our trust in you. Awaken us to the suffering of those around us; save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt; give us grace to share one another’s burdens in humble service. Amen.


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Worship Resources: March 29, 2020

Lent 5 Year 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 28(33)B and Advent 1B
Readings: End of the AgeMark 13:1-8, 24-37 (Psalm 102:12-17)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Son of Man, you encouraged your followers to obey only your voice, and promised that they would see your glorious presence. Show us your glory and teach us to obey. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #440. In Peace and Joy I Now Depart
ELW #294. In the Bleak Midwinter
ELW #282. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #621. Jesus Lives, My Sure Defense
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #727. Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth
ELW #558. Lord God, We Praise You
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #512. Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #438. My Lord, What a Morning
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #437. On Jordan’s Stormy Bank I Stand
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #327. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
LBW #31. Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying
Various Hymnals Have Thine Own Way, Lord (1906) by Adelaide Pollard
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance (1963) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals O Lord, the Clouds are Gathering (2005) by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals We Lay Our Broken World (2005) by Anna Briggs
Various Hymnals We Turn to God (1953) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Various Hymnals When Will People Cease Their Fighting? (1986) by Constance Cherry
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Come Now is the Time to Worship” By Brian Doerksen.
More Than Conquerors” As performed by Rend collective.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective.
Song of Hope (Heaven Come Down)” By Chase Jenkins, Dan Hamilton, et al.
The World is Troubled” By Dennis Brown.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Source of our hope, ground your church in the promises of our baptism and make us bold in proclaiming your love and grace even in fearful and anxious times.. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, heal the brokenness in your creation and give us the vision necessary to protect what you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, grant wisdom and insight to our public leaders that they may steer the nations through this crisis with minimal loss of life or livelihood. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, help those living in great fear at this time, comfort them with the knowledge of your presence with them now and always. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, provide healing and comfort to all those battling disease, work through our healthcare system to bring a quick resolution to the corona virus pandemic. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, make your church into a shining example of love and care in these difficult times and use our assembly to do your work. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Source of our hope, turn our eyes to the example of the saints and keep us firm in following the way of the cross. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.


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Worship Resources: March 22, 2020

Lent 4 Year 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 26(31)B and Proper 27(32)B
Readings: Great CommandmentMark 12:28-44 (Psalm 89:1-4)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord of love, you have taught us that love is your greatest commandment. Teach us to love as unconditionally as you love us. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #800. 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
ELW #686. We Give Thee but Thine Own
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
LBW #238. God Has Spoken by His Prophets
LBW #16 I Will Sing the Story of Your Love
LBW #264. When All Your Mercies, O My God
WOV #664. A New Commandment
Various Hymnals Christians, let us love one another (1973) by A. Nigro
Various Hymnals For the Life That You Have Given (1987) by Carl Daw
Various Hymnals Love God with all your soul and strength (1715) by Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals Love the Lord Your God (1991) by Jean & Jim Strathdee
Various Hymnals The Temple Rang with Golden Coins (1993) by Herman Stuempfle
Various Hymnals We Are Your People (1973) by Brian Wren
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Ancient Skies” By Michael Gungor, Michael Rossback.
Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
No Greater Love” By Audrey Assad, Chris Tomlin, et al.
Sing Of Your Great Love” By Darlene Zschech.
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)

Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Turn us from ourselves and towards our neighbors, God of love; teach your church how to love like you would have us love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us learn how to better live in harmony with our environment, God of love; bring healing where the earth is damaged. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant wisdom and compassion to our leaders, God of love; keep us from over-consumption and injustice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring comfort and peace to those in turmoil, God of love; strengthen the fainthearted and bind up the brokenhearted. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heal those in any pain (especially,…), God of love; fill them with the knowledge of your presence and care for them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless our community through teachers, parents, foster parents, first responders, and other examples of loving the neighbor, God of love; watch over them and keep them in your care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Encourage us through the example of the saints, God of love; sustain us with your love shown throughout the generations. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.


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Worship Resources: March 15, 2020

Lent 3 Year 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Parable of the Tenants (or Taxes to Caesar)Mark 12:1-17 (Psalm 86:8-13)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Son of God, you spoke words to Jerusalem’s leaders that were hard to hear. Give us ears to receive your word of life so that we can follow you faithfully. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #839. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #840. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #800. 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
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
ELW #262. Wait for the Lord
LBW #238. God Has Spoken by His Prophets
LBW #336. Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
LBW #318. The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow
Various Hymnals Baited, the Question Rose (1996) by Carl P. Daw
Various Hymnals God, When You Called Our Church by Grace (2000) by Carolyn Gillette
Various Hymnals The Great Creator of the Worlds (1939) by Bland Tucker
Various Hymnals The Keeper of a Vineyard (2004) by Michael Hudson
Various Hymnals Living Stones (1997) by Michael Forster
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Cornerstone” By Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, et al.
Grace Like Rain” By Chris Collins, Todd Agnew, et al.
You Are Holy” By Reuben Morgan.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Keep us from rejecting your Word of love, life, and salvation. Make your church a welcoming one; seeing the face of Christ in each of our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Make us better tenants of all that you have entrusted to us. Help us to see that all of creation is yours. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring all nations to your truth and keep us from hypocrisy. Open our eyes to see you at work in the civil realm, as well as the spiritual realm. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Keep us from rejecting you through rejecting our neighbors. Work through us to share your love with all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Do wondrous things in the lives of any struggling with pain or disease. Show forth your healing power through all who work to heal. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Work through this assembly to share your steadfast love. Glorify your name through our ministries and missions. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bind all followers of your way into one body. Bring all your saints and sinners into your everlasting kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.


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