NL Worship Resources: April 29, 2018

Easter 5

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 6A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:16-18 | Sermon Text: Acts 17:16-31 (Paul’s Sermon at
Athens)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 22:26-28
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the unknown, your mysteries are astounding. Give us knowledge where you see fit, and let us sit comfortably with that which we can never understand. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #716. Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #587. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #162. Lord God, the Holy Ghost
LBW #153. Welcome, Happy Morning!
TFF #225 I Believe I’ll Testify
Various Hymnals God, We Praise You!
Various Hymnals Lord of the Boundless Curves of Space
Various Hymnals We Come, O Christ, to You
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; TFF=This Far By Faith)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #567. God of Our Fathers
LBW #547. Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!
WOV #720. In the Presence of Your People
Various Hymnals Amid The Thronging Worshippers
Various Hymnals To God the only wise
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
I’ll Fly Away” By Albert E. Brumley.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God invites us to bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church and the mission of the Gospel; may all followers of Christ boldly proclaim the grace upon grace found in Jesus, the Word made flesh. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for farmers and gardeners who are anxious to begin the spring work; may God bless their endeavors and keep them safe in all that they do. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations, especially those experiencing conflict and violence; may we hold our leaders accountable to the peace and justice that comes from God. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for people experiencing homelessness and poverty; may we use the blessings of God to help provide for those who lack daily bread and all that they need. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for those experiencing sickness and the suffering (especially,…); may we be agents of God’s comfort and peace to them. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for this community of faith; may we go forth from this service to proclaim the grace and love of God to all whom we encounter. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the faithful dead (especially Catherine of Siena, doctor of the church, and…); may we bear witness to the power of God the way they bore witness to us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them, that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: April 22, 2018

Easter 4

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 7C
Readings: Gospel Text: Luke 6:18-19, 22-23 | Sermon Text: Acts 16:16-34 (Paul & Silas)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 97
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of freedom, Paul and Silas worshiped you, even when they were flogged and imprisoned. Transform our hearts so that we may also rejoice in you at all times and in all situations. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #442. All Who Believe and Are Baptized
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #530. Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather
ELW #752. Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #850/1. When in Our Music God Is Glorified
ELW #709. When Our Song Says Peace
ELW #211. You Have Put On Christ
LBW #157. A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
LBW #461. Fight the Good Fight
Various Hymnals Believe in the Lord
Various Hymnals Paul And Silas
Various Hymnals We Have Heard the Joyful Sound
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #835. All Creatures, Worship God Most High!
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #841. Lift Every Voice and Sing
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
W&P #126 Sing Out, Earth and Skies
Various Hymnals El Señor reina, altísimo (The Lord is king, the Most High)
Various Hymnals I Exalt Thee
Various Hymnals The Lord is King!
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; W&P=Worship & Praise Songbook)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Break Every Chain” By Will Reagan.
The Earth Is Yours” By Michael Gungor.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God invites us to bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

A brief silence.

Most High God, move your church to acts of kindness and mercy that we may be agents of grace in the lives of all whom we encounter. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of creation, bless the earth and all its creatures that your sustaining and redeeming power may be made known to all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Just God, bring freedom to the oppressed and unjustly imprisoned that peace and equality may reign above fear and violence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of all, send forth your word that your great salvation may be known throughout the nations. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Restoring God, be with all who suffer from mental illness that they may hear you through voices of hope and comfort. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creator God, on this Earth day open our eyes to see how our selfishness harms your glorious creation and stir in us a longing to heal and restore the beauty of the earth. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Calling God, we give you thanks for all the saints who have journeyed through nations and ages to bring your Word to us; may we be faithful witnesses to your love and grace as well. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them, that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: April 15, 2018

Easter 3

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 3C
Readings: Gospel Text: Matthew 6:24 | Sermon Text: Acts 9:1-19a (Called into Christ’s Service)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 30
Prayer of the Day (WP): God who calls us into service, transform us as you transformed Paul. Shape us into children who rejoice in knowing and proclaiming you to the world. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #500. Now We Remain
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #258. Unexpected and Mysterious
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
LBW #498. All Who Would Valiant Be
LBW #381. Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
LBW #392. O Lord, Send Forth Your Spirit
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Various Hymnals Paul, Preacher of the Word
Various Hymnals Sent by the Lord
Various Hymnals With Thy Spirit Fill Me
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #589. All Depends on Our Possessing
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #875. Praise, Praise, Praise the Lord!
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
ELW #327. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
ELW #262. Wait for the Lord
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
WOV #746. Day by Day
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God 
Various Hymnals Christ Is the World’s Light
Various Hymnals I’d Rather Have Jesus
Various Hymnals In an Age of Twisted Values
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Love the Lord” By Lincoln Brewster.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche. As performed by Sonic Flood.
Shine Jesus Shine” By Graham Kendrick.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God invites us to bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

A brief silence.

Calling God, deepen the faith of the church and its leaders and make us ever more devoted to your coming Kingdom. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Awakening God, strengthen creation as plants and animals revive from winter rest and send the warmth and light of spring to brighten the world. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of visions, inspire our leaders to work for justice and peace and move our society from love of wealth to love of you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Jealous God, remind us of the great claim you have on us and help us to rest secure in the promise of eternal and abundant life in you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Healing God, send forth your power to all who are suffering and work through healers of all sorts to bring comfort and peace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of the generations, we give you thanks for the witness of Paul and countless others who have worked faith in us through the Holy Spirit; strengthen our own witness to your power and love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them, that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: April 8, 2018

Easter 2

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 2 A/B/C
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 145:13-21 | Sermon Text: John 20:19-31 (Thomas)
Epistle Suggestion: Romans 3:9-11
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of resurrection, your son, Jesus, awed his followers by appearing among them. With awe we also celebrate his resurrection and rejoice in eternal life. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #760. O Christ the Same
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #543. Go, My Children, with My Blessing
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #390. The Risen Christ
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #820. O Savior, Precious Savior
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #386/7. O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #384. That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
ELW #376. Thine Is the Glory
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #758. You Are the Way
ELW #484. You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Gift of Finest Wheat)
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #472 Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
LBW #151 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
WOV #793. Shout for Joy Loud and Long
Various Hymnals Christ Has Risen
Various Hymnals Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
Various Hymnals So Send I You
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #415. Father Most Holy
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #880. O God beyond All Praising
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #889. The Right Hand of God
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter
LBW #527. All Creatures of Our God and King
LBW #550. From All That Dwell below the Skies
Various Hymnals Abres tú la mano, Señor (The hand of the Lord feeds us)
Various Hymnals Praise to God, Immortal Praise
Various Hymnals We will extol you, ever-blessed Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
More Than Conquerors
Soon and Very Soon” By Andraé Crouch.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God invites us to bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

A brief silence.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for the church and all its members; breathe your Spirit on us and send us forth to witness to your love, forgiveness, and salvation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for all of creation; renew the earth and all that is on it and bring healing where we have caused harm and brokenness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for the nations and the leaders of nations; spread your peace among the hearts of all and restore justice to the oppressed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for all who struggle with doubts of any sort; bring growth out questions and faith out of trial. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for the sick (especially,…); work your healing power in the lives of all who suffer and grant them comfort and peace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for all the saints who have gone before us; as the Spirit moved them, move us and bring us all into your resurrection dawn. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them, that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter A/B/C
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 118:21-29 | Sermon Text: John 20:1-18 (Resurrection)
Epistle Suggestion: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Prayer of the Day (WP): Loving God, with joy and unending praise we raise our voices to you, as together we sing, “Hallelujah! Jesus is risen!” Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #375. Alleluia! Christ Is Arisen (¡Aleluya! Cristo resucitó)
ELW #362. At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
ELW #371. Christians, to the Paschal Victim
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #383. Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!
ELW #369. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia!
ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #419. For All the Faithful Women
ELW #385. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #380. Hallelujah! Jesus Lives!
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #384. That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
ELW #376. Thine Is the Glory
ELW #391. This Joyful Eastertide
ELW #449. We Know That Christ Is Raised
LBW #246. The First Day of the Week
Various Hymnals A Prophet-Woman Broke a Jar
Various Hymnals Comes Mary to the Grave
Various Hymnals In the Garden
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #377. Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
LBW #142. Hail Thee, Festival Day!
LBW #211. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
LBW #521. Let Us with a Gladsome Mind
Various Hymnals Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us
Various Hymnals The Glorious Gates of Righteousness
Various Hymnals This is the Day
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Revolutionary Love” By David Crowder, Jack Parker, et al.
We Believe” By Graham Kendrick.
You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

Teacher of the way of love, work in the church and its leaders; guide us to deeper faith in you and service towards the world you so love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

First born of the dead, bring new life to creation; open our eyes to the beauty all around us and open our hearts to share the abundance you provide. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Ruler of all, restore your justice to the nations; work in the hearts and minds of all leaders of governments that they may seek to do your will. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all grace, draw near to those entombed by sin; may your resurrection light and life dawn upon all who yearn to be made whole. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord of the empty tomb, bring comfort to any who are in pain; grant life abundant and life eternal to those suffering from disease and illness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Resurrected one, gather your children to their heavenly home; guide us along the way of all the saints who have gone before us and were led by you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: March 25, 2018

Palm/Passion Sunday

Color: Purple/Scarlet
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 24 | Triumphal Entry Text: John 12:12-27 |
Sermon Text: John 19:16b-22 (The Crucified Messiah)
Epistle Suggestion: 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of honor and celebration, together we cry, “Hosanna!” to your son, who rode willingly and bravely into Jerusalem. Hear us as we celebrate your anointed one, Jesus Christ. Amen

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #337. Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #335. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #353. Were You There
LBW #110. At the Cross, Her Station Keeping
LBW #112/3. Jesus, in Thy Dying Woes
LBW #114. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
LBW #344. We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died
Various Hymnals Hark! the Voice of Love and Mercy*
Various Hymnals Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone
Various Hymnals The Old Rugged Cross
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Contains “Alleluia”

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #734. God, Whose Farm Is All Creation
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #744. Lord, Be Glorified
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
LBW #124/5. The Royal Banners Forward Go
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals The King of Glory Comes
Various Hymnals Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Various Hymnals Psalm 24
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Broken” By Michael Himes.
Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
Savior Of The World” By Ben Cantelon.
More contemporary suggestions 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.

We pray for all leaders of the church: for Bishops and Pastors, Deacons and Elders, Councils and Teachers; may they loudly proclaim the glory and reign of our Crucified King. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for creation: for fields and streams, mountains and plains, oceans and seas; may the coming seasons bring an abundant harvest that all may share. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations of the world: for democracies and republics, for kingdoms and principalities, for theocracies and autocracies; may your peace and justice cover all lands and peoples. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who commit violence against others: for thieves and bandits, for murderers and rapists, for abusers and liars; may they come to repentance and seek paths of reconciliation and righteousness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in the grip of disease: for those dealing with cancer or other chronic illnesses, for those who are paralyzed or unresponsive, for those about to undergo surgery and those recovering from surgery; may your healing power flow through all who work for their wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for those faithful witnesses who have gone before: for Sunday school teachers and pastors, for parents and parental figures, for saints and martyrs; may we join in that long line of witnesses as well. 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.

NL Worship Resources: March 18, 2018

Lent 5

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 146 | Sermon Text: John 19:1-16a (Jesus Condemned)
Epistle Suggestion: Colossians 1:11-14
Prayer of the Day (WP): Holy God, in this season of contemplation, help us to recognize that you revealed yourself in Jesus, who walked among us and was handed over to be crucified. May we be strengthened by his presence among us today. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #349. Ah, Holy Jesus
ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #354. Calvary (Every Time I Think about Jesus)
ELW #370. Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
ELW #339. Christ, the Life of All the Living
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #727. Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #355/6. Sing, My Tongue
ELW #353. Were You There
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
LBW #At the Cross, Her Station Keeping
LBW #114. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
Various Hymnals A Purple Robe, a Crown of Thorn
Various Hymnals O Dearest Lord, Thy Sacred Head
Various Hymnals To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #848. Give to Our God Immortal Praise!
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (The Feast Is Ready)
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
LBW #493. Hope of the World
LBW #537. O Jesus, King Most Wonderful!
LBW #264. When All Your Mercies, O My God
Various Hymnals God of my life! through all its days
Various Hymnals Sing praise to God who reigns above
Various Hymnals Summer suns are glowing
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

All For You” By Jon Neufeld, Tim Neufeld.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
The Wonderful Cross” By Chris Tomlin, Isaac Watts, et al.
More contemporary suggestions 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.

King of the church, turn our anger and judgement into acts of mercy and contrition. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of creation, restore fields and streams to wholeness and vibrancy. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of the nations, bring humility to our leaders and peace to the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of all, forgive our shouts of condemnation and turn our hearts to reconciliation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of life, work your healing power in the lives of all who suffer in any way. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

King of glory, bring us into your presence along with (…, and) all the saints who have gone before us. 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.

NL Worship Resources: March 11, 2018

Lent 4

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Good Friday A/B/C or Reign of Christ B
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 145:10-13 | Sermon Text: John 18:28-40 (Jesus and Pilate)
Epistle Suggestion: Colossians 1:12-14
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of truth, too often we bend truth to fit our needs. Show us how to recognize and follow your truth, shown to us by the love and life of your son, Jesus. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #431. O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us
ELW #481. Come to the Table
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
LBW #537. O Jesus, King Most Wonderful!
LBW #124/5. The Royal Banners Forward Go
LBW #202. Victim Divine, Your Grace We Claim
LBW #190. We Praise You, Lord
Various Hymnals O come and mourn with me awhile
Various Hymnals Hail, Thou once-despisèd Jesus!
Various Hymnals You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #889. The Right Hand of God
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
LBW #521. Let Us with a Gladsome Mind
Various Hymnals God, my King, Thy might confessing
Various Hymnals I will praise your name forever
Various Hymnals Praise the Lord! His Glories Show
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Go To Dark Gethsemane” By James Montgomery, Richard Redhead.
Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
You Are My King (Amazing Love)” By Billy Foote.
More contemporary suggestions 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.

We pray for the church; that we may point to the truth of Jesus Christ in all that we do. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for creation; that the truth of God’s creative and sustaining power inspire us to heal and protect the environment. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations and the leaders of nations; that the truth of God’s ruling kingdom of justice and peace may be known and fully realized. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the coming kingdom; that the truth of our citizenship in God’s kingdom cause us to be agents  of mercy and love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick (especially,…); that the truth of God’s desire for life and healing inspire us to acts of comfort and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the faithful dead; that the truth of God in which they trusted may be as deeply rooted in our lives as it was in theirs. 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.

NL Worship Resources: March 4, 2018

Lent 3

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Good Friday A/B/C
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 17:1-7 | Sermon Text: John 18:12-27 (Peter’s Denial)
Epistle Suggestion: Hebrews 4:14-16
Prayer of the Day (WP): Holy God, we, like Peter, often turn our backs on you. Forgive us and show us a new way to live, walking boldly and passionately toward you. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #349. Ah, Holy Jesus
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #697. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #497. Strengthen for Service, Lord
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
LBW #106. In the Hour of Trial
Various Hymnals At the Cross Her Station Keeping
Various Hymnals Shadows Lengthen into Night
Various Hymnals When We Are Tempted to Deny Your Son
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #321. Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #561. Joyous Light of Heavenly Glory
ELW #752. Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #889. The Right Hand of God
LBW #368. I Love Your Kingdom, Lord
Various Hymnals O God of Bethel, by Whose hand
Various Hymnals Hear Our Prayer, O Lord
Various Hymnals Keep Me as the Apple of the Eye
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
Overwhelmed by love” By Noel Richards.
More contemporary suggestions 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.

Lord of love, we pray for the church; may we confess your rule with ever greater boldness and unity. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of life, we pray for the resting fields; may the spring renewal provide an abundant harvest for the sake of all. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of unity, we pray for all the countries of the world; may your peace and justice rule where there is oppression and subjugation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of all mercy, we pray for all who doubt; may the Holy Spirit bring us all to deeper faith and trust in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of healing, we pray for all who suffer in any way; may they find their wholeness in your presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord of time, we pray for the dearly departed (especially,…); may we all be drawn into your presence on the last day. 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.

NL Worship Resources: February 25, 2018

Lent 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Maundy Thursday A/B/C
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 51:7-12 | Sermon Text: John 13:1-17 (Jesus Washes Feet)
Epistle Suggestion: Hebrews 10:21-23
Prayer of the Day (WP): Holy Lord God, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as a sign of service and compassion. Show us how to live and love in service and with compassion, for the sake of all your children. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #431. O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #360. Love Consecrates the Humblest Act
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #608. Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #642. Ubi caritas et amor (Where True Charity and Love Abide)
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
ELW #484. You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Gift of Finest Wheat)
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #336. Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
LBW #114. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
Various Hymnals An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare
Various Hymnals Meekness and Majesty (This is Your God)
Various Hymnals Pan de Vida
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #185-188. Create in Me a Clean Heart
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #328. Restore in Us, O God
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
ELW #758. You Are the Way
LBW #192. Baptized into Your Name Most Holy
Various Hymnals Blessed Be the Fountain
Various Hymnals O for a Closer Walk with God
Various Hymnals Search Me, O God
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
We Are Called” By David Haas.
More contemporary suggestions 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.

For the church and its leaders; that we may better serve the needs of the people around us and proclaim Christ’s sacrificial love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the earth and its creatures; that all living things may know God’s sustaining power and abundant life. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations of the world; that all people may pursue justice and reconciliation above power and exploitation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all who serve; that they may feel Christ’s presence with them, encouraging and strengthening them. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who are in pain; that God’s healing power provide miraculous healing, comfort, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all the saints who have gone before us (especially Deaconess Elizabeth Fedde, and …); that the witness of their service to others inspire our deeds and priorities. 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.