Episode 45 – A New Covenant

Gospel Text: Luke 22:19-20
Sermon Text: Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10
Prayer of the Day (WP): God, whose fondness for humanity knows no limit, write your word upon our hearts, so that we need no scroll, no book, no script to know that you love us. Show us the power of your covenant, that you will be faithful to us, even when we fail to remain faithful to you. For the beauty of your word inscribed upon us, we pray, in the name of the one whose body and blood became your new covenant with us, Jesus Christ, our redeemer. Amen.
Helpful Resources: re:Worship,  revgalblog,  SermonWriter,  TextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Worship Resources: November 29, 2020

1st Sunday of Advent (NL313)

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Gospel Text: Luke 23:1-5
Sermon Text: Daniel 6:6-27 (Daniel’s Hope in God)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 25, Romans 5:1-8
Prayer of the Day (WP): 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.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship,  revgalblog, TextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #337. Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
ELW #250. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #354. Calvary (Every Time I Think about Jesus)
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #339. Christ, the Life of All the Living
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #616. Jesus, Remember Me
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #320. The Glory of These Forty Days (vv.3-4)
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #825. You Servants of God
WOV #671. Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
Various Hymnals Dare to Be a Daniel (1873) by P. P. Bliss
Various Hymnals God, We Pray at This Beginning (1992) by Christopher Redmond
Various Hymnals Las primicias del día (1980) by Brus del Monte
Various Hymnals We Have a Gospel to Proclaim (1968) by Edward Burns
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Better Is One Day” By Matt Redman.
Let Our Faith Be Not Alone” By Robbie Seay, Ryan Owens, et al.
More Than Conquerors” As performed by Rend collective.
You Are Good” By Israel Houghton.
More contemporary suggestions 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.

God, we pray that you deliver the church from hypocrisy, timidity, and judgmentalism; increase our trust in your Spirit, active in our words and deeds. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver creation from exploitation and destruction; lift up advocates and protectors of the wild places of the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver the nations from violence and injustice; grant wisdom and compassion to all leaders of tribes and peoples. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver those battling loneliness and fear; help us to see the hidden needs of our neighbors and to reach out in love and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver those enduring illness and disease; rain down your healing power upon all those who need it. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver us from apathy and lethargy; grant us boldness of speech and action on behalf of the Gospel. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God, we give you thanks for all those who have gone before us and whose lives have proven your great faithfulness and deliverance. 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.

Episode 44 – God Calls Isaiah

Gospel Text: Luke 5:8-10
Sermon Text: Isaiah 6:1-8 (God Calls Isaiah)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17
Prayer of the Day (WP): King of heaven and earth, as you cleansed Isaiah with a coal of fire to prepare him for proclaiming your word to the world, prepare us, so that we may know your bidding and carry out our callings with eagerness and urgency. Show the world greatness that cannot be contained any more than smoke or fire can be caught, in the name of the one who sacrificed everything to carry out your commands, Jesus Christ our sanctifier. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship,  revgalblog,  SermonWriter,  TextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Worship Resources: November 22, 2020

Christ the King Sunday (NL312)

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 5B
Gospel Text: Luke 22:19-20
Sermon Text: Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10
Prayer of the Day (WP): God, whose fondness for humanity knows no limit, write your word upon our hearts, so that we need no scroll, no book, no script to know that you love us. Show us the power of your covenant, that you will be faithful to us, even when we fail to remain faithful to you. For the beauty of your word inscribed upon us, we pray, in the name of the one whose body and blood became your new covenant with us, Jesus Christ, our redeemer. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship,  revgalblog,  SermonWriter,  TextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #607. Come, Ye Disconsolate
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #483. Here Is Bread
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #423. Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #487. What Feast of Love
ELW #566. When Twilight Comes
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Various Hymnals Everlasting Love (1880) by Mary James
Various Hymnals Grant to Us, O Lord (1973) by Lucien Deiss
Various Hymnals Help Us, O Lord, to Learn (1959) by William Reid
Various Hymnals Womb of Life (1992) by Ruth Duck
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Behold The Lamb (Communion Hymn)” By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Sing Sing Sing” By Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.

A brief silence.

Lord, fill the church with your law of love and make us your people, people freed to love and serve our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, renew the earth and all that is in it, fashion our hearts with love for you and love for the glorious creation you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, write your statutes on the hearts of our leaders, help them to see the primacy of your justice and your peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, comfort the suffering and brokenhearted, grant that our suffering bring us closer in love and hope to those in pain. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, restore your people (especially,…), send out your healing and comfort on those battling illness and disease. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, remember our sin no more and keep us steadfast in your way of love and service. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord, keep us mindful of the saints who have gone before us, spread your love and grace from generation to generation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Episode 43 – Jonah & God’s Mercy

Gospel Text: Luke 18:13
Sermon Text: Jonah 1:1-173:1-10 [4:1-11] (Jonah & God’s Mercy)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 145:1-8Philippians 1:21-30
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the seas, sky, and land, when Jonah turned to run from you, you showed him that nothing and no one could hide from your presence. You are in all things, and you love all things. Show us the gift of your presence, and help us to carry your word of compassion and grace to all the world, in the name of the one who carried out your love flawlessly, Jesus Christ our redeemer. Amen.
Helpful Resources: re:WorshiprevgalblogSermonWriterTextWeekWord&WorldBibleHub

Worship Resources: November 15, 2020

Proper 28 (33) (NL311)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Trinity Sunday B
Gospel Text: Luke 5:8-10
Sermon Text: Isaiah 6:1-8 (God Calls Isaiah)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17
Prayer of the Day (WP): King of heaven and earth, as you cleansed Isaiah with a coal of fire to prepare him for proclaiming your word to the world, prepare us, so that we may know your bidding and carry out our callings with eagerness and urgency. Show the world greatness that cannot be contained any more than smoke or fire can be caught, in the name of the one who sacrificed everything to carry out your commands, Jesus Christ our sanctifier. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship,  revgalblog,  SermonWriter,  TextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #401. Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #473. Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo)
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #630. In Heaven Above
ELW #868. Isaiah in a Vision Did of Old
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #558. Lord God, We Praise You
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #823. Praise the Lord! O Heavens
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #497. Strengthen for Service, Lord
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #381. Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
LBW #547. Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!
Various Hymnals God, We Praise You! (1978) by Christopher Idle
Various Hymnals Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old (1982) by Joy Patterson
Various Hymnals Sing to the Mountains (1979) by Robert Dufford
Various Hymnals The Voice of God Is Calling (1913) by John Holmes
(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.
God is Great” By Marty Sampson.
Sending” By Charlie Hall, Nathan Nockels, et al.
You are Holy” By Per Harling.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.

A brief silence.

Lord, send your church out into the world to proclaim your glory and practice your self-sacrificial love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send us out into your creation with hearts of care and a deep desire to protect what you have some wonderfully made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send us leaders who will protect the widow, the orphan, and the resident alien. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send your spirit of hope into the lives of those who are despairing and help them to know you presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send your healing spirit upon all who are suffering or in any pain, bring them your wholeness and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, blot out our sin and send us forth into the world to bear witness to your activity in our lives and in the world around us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord, we give you thanks for the saints you have sent to us and we pray that you will use us our witness to others too. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Episode 42 – God’s Care for the Widow

Gospel Text: Luke 4:24-26
Sermon Text: 1 Kings 17:1-16 [17-24] (God’s Care for the Widow)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of compassion, by the power of God, Elijah provided bread and oil for the widow and her household. By faith in God, the widow provided food and water for Elijah. Give us hearts to love one another, so that in providing and in receiving, we too, might experience the unimaginable power of God, through the one who has provided life itself, your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Worship Resources: November 8, 2020

Proper 27 (32) (NL310)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 3B, Proper 20(25)A
Gospel Text: Luke 18:13
Sermon Text: Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10 [4:1-11] (Jonah & God’s Mercy)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 145:1-8, Philippians 1:21-30
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the seas, sky, and land, when Jonah turned to run from you, you showed him that nothing and no one could hide from your presence. You are in all things, and you love all things. Show us the gift of your presence, and help us to carry your word of compassion and grace to all the world, in the name of the one who carried out your love flawlessly, Jesus Christ our redeemer. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #374. Day of Arising
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #507. O God of Light
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
WOV #615. Return to the Lord
MSB1 S490 I Called to the Lord
MSB1 S489 Jonah Prayed
Various Hymnals Called as Partners in Christ’s Service (1981) by Jane Huber
Various Hymnals God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us (1933) by John J. Moment
Various Hymnals Jonah (1998) by Susan Peterson
Various Hymnals Song of Jonah (1982) by Calvin Seerveld
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” By Stuart Townend.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
The One Who Saves” By Ben Fielding.
You Are My All In All” By Dennis Jernigan.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.

A brief silence.

Grant hearts of compassion to the church and its leaders; instill in us a desire for community, justice, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant healing and wholeness to your creation; restore lands and waters to vibrancy and abundance. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant wisdom and insight to the leaders of the nations; fill the hearts of all people with mercy and love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant care and support to those struggling with despair or anxiety; work through your people to proclaim the hope we have in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant healing to those in pain (especially,…); grace doctors and nurses with patience and endurance as they administer your loving healing. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant servant hearts to those gathered in worship today; move us to reach out in love and service to all the people around us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Grant us reunion with the saints in your good time; bring all your children to your heavenly home. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Episode 41 – God’s Promise to David

Gospel Text: Luke 1:30-33
Sermon Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17 (God’s Promise to David)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 89:20-37, Ephesians 2:11-22
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of hope, you promised to make David’s household great among the nations. Then you sent your son, Jesus, to transform this world so that all people are one in the great household of God. Show us how to live as your children, as sisters and brothers in your holy and blessed realm, in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who will one day welcome us all home. Amen.
Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Worship Resources: November 1, 2020

All Saints Sunday (NL308)

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 27(32)B or Proper 5(10)C
Gospel Text: Luke 4:24-26
Sermon Text: 1 Kings 17:1-16 [17-24] (God’s Care for the Widow)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of compassion, by the power of God, Elijah provided bread and oil for the widow and her household. By faith in God, the widow provided food and water for Elijah. Give us hearts to love one another, so that in providing and in receiving, we too, might experience the unimaginable power of God, through the one who has provided life itself, your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #316. Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
CBM #76. For Such a Time as This
Various Hymnals A Prophet-Woman Broke a Jar (1993) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals If We Could Be Like the Widow (2004) by Mary Bittner
Various Hymnals Song of Two Widows (1997) by Mary Nelson Keithahn
Various Hymnals When a Prophet Sings of Justice (1998) by John Core
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Break Our Hearts” By Vicky Beeching.
Facedown” By Matt Redman.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche. As performed by Sonic Flood.
Song of Hope (Heaven Come Down)” By Chase Jenkins, Dan Hamilton, et al.
You Are Good” By Israel Houghton.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

All blessing, honor, and glory, all wisdom, praise, and thanks be yours, O God of our salvation! We pray in communion with all the saints on earth and heaven, with the martyrs and the faithful in all ages, and in the name of the Lamb who was slain, who alone is worthy of worship.

A brief silence.

God of the church, open our hearts and eyes to see your presence in the outcast and the stranger, make us bold in proclaiming your love for all people. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all creation, bless creatures and plants of all sorts, pour out your blessing upon all life and sustains us with your grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of the nations, help us to see you at work in all all people and tribes, and make us to see your image in our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of the lost and despairing, pour out your love and blessing upon the brokenhearted and the anxious, and provide a keen sense of your presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of healing, work in and through doctors, nurses, reseachers, and all health care staff to bring comfort and wholeness where it is most needed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of this assembly, deepen our trust in your promises and work your will and your word in our lives. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of all time, broaden our perspective to see your work throughout the ages and to see your work through the generations of the saints. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless us with your healing presence; make us hungry for justice; strengthen our faith; and increase our love for others, especially those we find it most difficult to love. Amen.