Worship Resources: April 28, 2019

I hope you had a very blessed Holy Week and Easter! I will work towards getting back on my usual posting schedule ASAP.

Easter 2 Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Trinity Sunday A
Readings: Great Commission Sermon text Matthew 28:16-20 – Companion text – Psalm 40:9-10
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of action, you sent your disciples into the world to preach, teach, and make disciples of all nations. Make us instruments of proclamation, so that all might know of the love you have for humanity. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #540. Go, Make Disciples
ELW #543. Go, My Children, with My Blessing
ELW #290. Go Tell It on the Mountain
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #538. The Lord Now Sends us Forth
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #547. Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
ELW #386/7. O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #384. That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
ELW #576. We All Are One in Mission
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #192. Baptized into Your Name Most Holy
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
Various Hymnals Always with us, always with us (1858) by Edwin Nevin
Various Hymnals Freely, Freely (1972) by Carol Owens
Various Hymnals Go Make of All Disciples (1955) by Leon Adkins
Various Hymnals Go to the World! (1991) by Sylvia Dunstan
Various Hymnals Now Let Us from This Table Rise (1968) by Fred Kaan
(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 #268. From Heaven Above
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #861. When Long Before Time (The Singer and the Song)
Various Hymnals Before Thy People I Confess
Various Hymnals I Waited For The Lord Most High
Various Hymnals Thy Tender Mercies, O My Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
We Speak to Nations” By Israel Houghton.
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.

Send the church our to make disciples and proclaim your love to all nations. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Save creation from the shortsightedness of humanity and bring your healing to bear upon all life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring the nations into the arms of your mercy and grant all people leaders who care for them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Strengthen all the baptized in their faith and renew their trust in your great promises. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Be with the sick and suffering (especially,…) and provide them with wholeness and joy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Make us better teachers of your Word and strengthen our community of faith. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bring all the saints into your great congregation that we may share the glad news of your deliverance with all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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.

Worship Resources: April 14, 2019

Just a heads up, I won’t be providing materials for the Triduum, I believe there are enough resources out there for worship planning already. Hope you have a blessed Holy Week!

Palm Sunday Year 1

Color: Purple or Red
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Palm Sunday A
Readings: Triumphal Entry Sermon text Matthew 21:1-17 – Companion text – Psalm 118:25-29
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Righteous God, you brought your son Jesus into Jerusalem to show people the radical grace of your love. Show us this grace, and give us eyes to see your goodness. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #781. Children of the Heavenly Father (Tryggare kan ingen vara)
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #770. Give Me Jesus
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor*
ELW #241. O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #264. Prepare the Royal Highway
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
LBW #531. Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
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 (1985) by Carl Tuttle
Various Hymnals Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (1973) by Jennette Threlfall
Various Hymnals Praise Him, All Ye Little Children
Various Hymnals Tell Me the Stories of Jesus (1885) by William H. Parker
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Contains “Alleluia”

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
Various Hymnals Crown his head with endless blessing (1811) by William Goode
Various Hymnals Give Thanks to God for All His Goodness (1982) by Stanley M. Wiersma
Various Hymnals O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good (1936)
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

At Your Name” By Phil Wickham, Tim Hughes.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Hallelujah Time” By Jean Watt.
You Alone Can Rescue” By Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman.
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.

Cleanse your church of selfishness and hypocrisy, Lord; and open the lips of your followers that we might sing forth your praise. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse creation of pollution and harm, Lord; and make us better stewards of the abundant resources you provide. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse the nations of injustice and oppression, Lord; and work in our leaders that they may follow in your ways of peace and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse our hearts and minds, of fear and anxiety, Lord; and move us to reach out to others who are in mental pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse the sick (especially,…) of their illness, Lord; and bless all who provide care and healing. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse this congregation of its brokenness, Lord; and help us to see you in one another. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Cleanse our hearts of doubt, Lord; and keep us steadfast in your Way, which the saints have trod before us. 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.

Worship Resources: April 7, 2019

Lent 5 Year 1

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Reign of Christ A
Readings: Last Judgement Sermon text Matthew 25:31-46 – Companion text – Psalm 98:7-9
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of justice, you have shown yourself in this world in the poor, the hungry, and the needy. Make us willing participants of your grace and generosity, so that when you come again, we will know your face. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #695. As Saints of Old
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #714. O God of Mercy, God of Light
ELW #764. Have No Fear, Little Flock
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #260. The King Shall come
ELW #707. Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #479. We Come to the Hungry Feast
ELW #686. We Give Thee but Thine Own
ELW #487. What Feast of Love
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
Various Hymnals Come Now, You Blessed, Eat At My Table (1992) by Ruth C. Duck
Various Hymnals God of Day and God of Darkness (1994) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals Help Us Accept Each Other (1975) by Fred Kaan
Various Hymnals There’s a Spirit in the Air (1979) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals When I Needed a Neighbor (1965) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals When the Church of Jesus (1969) by Fred Green
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #819. Come, All You People (Uyaimose)
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #694. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
Various Hymnals Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord (1931)
Various Hymnals The Lord comes to rule the earth
Various Hymnals Sing a New Song (1979) by Daniel Schutte
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Compassion Hymn” By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, et al.
To the Least of These” By Randy Gill.
We Will Dance” By David Ruis.
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.

Bless the church with boldness, O God, that we may proclaim your love for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless creation with your life, O God, that all life sing for joy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless our leaders with compassion, O God, that your justice and peace rule over all nations. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless those who suffer want, O God, that those who have much may see you in their neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the sick, O God (especially,…), that your care may be at work in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless this assembly, O God, that we might better serve the needs of our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless those who have gone before us, O God, that their faithful service inspire our own. 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.

Worship Resources: March 31, 2019

Lent 4 Year 1

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 27(32)A
Readings: Bridesmaids Sermon text Matthew 25:1-13 – Companion text – Psalm 43:3-4
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of holy anticipation, you have promised that you would return at a time unknown to us. Make us ready, so that when you return we might be welcomed into your kingdom with open arms. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #246. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
ELW #260. The King Shall come
ELW #240. Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah
ELW #241. O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
ELW #244. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers*
ELW #348. Stay with Me
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
LBW #443. Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray
Various Hymnals The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us (1880) translated by Matthias Loy
Various Hymnals Jesus Is Coming Again (1957) John W. Peterson
Various Hymnals Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (1928) Variously Attributed
Various Hymnals The Sands of Time Are Sinking (1857) A. R. Cousin
Various Hymnals What If It Were Today? (1912) Mrs. C. H. Morris
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
*contains “alleluia”

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #773. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
LBW #452. As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams
LBW #536. O God of God, O Light of Light
LBW #501. He Leadeth Me: Oh, Blessed Thought!
Various Hymnals As a Deer in Want of Water (1987)
Various Hymnals Now, when the dusky shades of night retreating (1853)
Various Hymnals Send Out Thy Light and Thy Truth (1912)
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
In the Secret” By Andy Park.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
You Are the Light” By Steve Fee.
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 all its ministers; that we may keep busy with the proclamation of the Gospel as we await the coming of our Lord. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For creation in all its glory; that your vibrant life infuse all plants and animals. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For our President, Governor, Mayor and all elected officials; that they may seek to do your will as they lead. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those experiencing hunger or homelessness; that all may know the abundance that you  provide for us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those dealing with illness (especially,…); that they may find hope in you and comfort from us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this congregation and its ministries; that we may better exemplify blessed and beloved community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For the saints who have gone before us; that the example of their faith deepen and enliven our own. 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.

Worship Resources: March 24, 2019

Lent 3 Year 1

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 23(28)A
Readings: Wedding Banquet Sermon text – Matthew 22:1-14 Companion text – Psalm 45:6-7
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of celebration, you have invited all people to rejoice in the goodness of your love. Help us to be hospitable to all people at your banquet, so that all might receive your blessing. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #485. I Am the Bread of Life
ELW #523. Let Us Go Now to the Banquet
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #488/9. Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (The Feast Is Ready)
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
Various Hymnals Among us and before us (1989) by John L. Bell
Various Hymnals City of God, Jerusalem (1998) by Christopher M. Idle
Various Hymnals Come, Share the Lord (1984) by Bryan Jeffery Leech
Various Hymnals Shout for Joy (2005) by John L. Bell
Various Hymnals We Come as Guests Invited (1975) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #505. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #308. O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright!
LBW #472/3. Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
Various Hymnals From Every Stormy Wind That Blows (1828) by Hugh Stowell
Various Hymnals My Heart Doth Overflow (Public Domain)
Various Hymnals My heart is full of admiration (1991) by Graham Kendrick
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Holy Moment” By Matt Redman.
Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
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)

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 and it’s leaders; that our focus be always on inviting others into blessed community and communion with you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for streams and waterways; that spring flooding be minimal and that we may better care for all waters on the earth. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our political leaders; that compassion, empathy, and compromise be at work in order to ensure justice and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those without community or hope; that they may find love and support and that we may better minister to those outside our community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and suffering (especially,…); that all people may know care and comfort in times of trial and adversity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this assembly; that relationship, reconciliation, and community ever be our focus and priorities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints who have gone before us; that their example may guide us along the path of faith. 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.

Worship Resources: March 17, 2019

Lent 2 Year 1

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 20(25)A
Readings: Laborers in the Vineyard Sermon text – Matthew 20:1-16 Companion text – Psalm 16:5-8
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Generous God, you have promised to open your kingdom to all people, despite their circumstances. Bring us close to you, and help us to proclaim the goodness of your generosity. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #587. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #588. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
LBW #381. Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
Various Hymnals From Heaven You Came (1983) by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals Give Thanks (1970) by Henry Smith
Various Hymnals Jesus, Lover of My Soul (1740) Charles Wesley
Various Hymnals The World Turned Upside Down (1991) by John Ylvisaker
Various Hymnals When God Is a Child (1989) by Brian A. Wren
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #773. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
Various Hymnals Center of My Life (1985) by Paul Inwood
Various Hymnals To Thee, O Lord, I Fly (1862) by George William Martin
Various Hymnals When in the Night I Meditate
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective, Rend Collective Experiment.
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.

Keep the church from jealousy over your amazing and abundant grace O Lord, and show us how to be better workers for you kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Strengthen creation, O Lord, and instill in all people a desire to care for and nurture all plants and animals. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bend governments and rulers to your will, O Lord, and instill in all nations an earnest desire for peace, and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us to better live with respect and equality for all, O Lord, especially between  genders. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Provide hope and healing for the sick, O Lord, (especially,…) that all may know vibrant and whole life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Direct this congregation in your ways, O Lord, and help us to better serve you in our daily lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Grant peaceful rest to the faithful dead, O Lord, and bring us, with them, to your new creation. 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.

Thanksgiving for the Word (Lent-Holy Week)

If you have a Thanksgiving for the Word on Sundays when you don’t have communion, I have written one for Lent-Holy Week based on the texts during that time.

Thanksgiving for the Word

Let us pray.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of forgiveness and reconciliation,
a kingdom where debts are forgiven and lives restored.
For your Word of the forgiving kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of abundance and generosity,
a kingdom where the needs of all are provided for.
For your Word of the bountiful kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of invitation and acceptance,
a kingdom where all people are honored and loved.
For your Word of the welcoming kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of love and caring,
a kingdom where the king is found in the least and lowly.
For your Word of the serving kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of praise and joy,
a kingdom where hosannas are proclaimed and people are made whole.
For your Word of the joyous kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of sacrifice and redemption,
a kingdom where the arms of God are spread wide on a cross.
For your Word of the saving kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Work in us, O God,
through your forgiving, abundant, accepting, loving, and sacrificial Word.
And being steeped in that Word, make us witnesses to it and
send your Spirit to direct us in the way of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: March 10, 2019

Lent 1 Year 1

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 19(24)A
Readings: Forgiveness Sermon text – Matthew 18:15-35 Companion text – Psalm 32:1-2
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Forgiving God, as you encouraged your people to forgive, you modeled forgiveness by releasing us from our bondage to sin. Help us to forgive others, so that we might live in harmony with all your children. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #491. Come, Let Us Eat
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #470. Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #320. The Glory of These Forty Days
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #523. Let Us Go Now to the Banquet
ELW #857. Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #549/809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #587. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #524. What Is This Place
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Help Us Accept Each Other (1975) by Fred Kaan
Various Hymnals Jesus, where’er thy people meet (1769) by William Cowper
Various Hymnals Jesus, we look to thee (1749) by Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals There’s a Quiet Understanding (1973) by Tedd Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
LBW #211. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
Various Hymnals Calvary Covers It All (1934) by Mrs. Walter G. Taylor
Various Hymnals How Blest Are Those (1986) by Fred R. Anderson
Various Hymnals You Are My Hiding Place (1981) by Michael Ledner
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
You Are Good” By Israel Houghton.
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.

Forgive the church, O God, where it is in error bring repentance and reformation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive us, O God, for being poor stewards of the earth and  make us mindful of the ways in which we harm your great creation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive the nations, O God, and our corrupt systems of power, bring equality and equity to all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive us, O God, when we do not reach out in love and kindness to those in need and grant us the strength, wisdom, and courage to live out your gospel. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive our broken systems of healing, O God, and help us to better care for all who suffer. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive this congregation, O God, and move us to be better at forgiving others and seeking reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Forgive saints and sinners of all times, O God, and by your mercy bring us all to our heavenly home. 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.

Worship Resources: March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Whose is the greatest? Sermon text – Matthew 18:1-9 Companion text – Psalm 146:7c-10
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Holy God, your servants argued about who would be greatest in your kingdom. Help us to be confident in the love you have for us, so that we feel no need to compete for your attention. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #443. Dearest Jesus, We Are Here
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
LBW #190. We Praise You, Lord
Various Hymnals Child of Blessing, Child of Promise (1981) by Ronald S. Cole-Turner
Various Hymnals For the Healing of the Nations (1968) by Fred Kaan
Various Hymnals In Christ Alone (2002) by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty
Various Hymnals Says Jesus, ‘Come and gather round’ (2005) by Keith Fisher
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (The Feast Is Ready)
LBW #493. Hope of the World
LBW #539. Praise the Almighty
Various Hymnals Alaba, alma mía, al Señor (2010) by Conception Abbey and the Grail
Various Hymnals Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (1675) by Johann Jakob Schütz
Various Hymnals Tell Out, My Soul (1962) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Overwhelmed by love” By Noel Richards.
We Are” By Chuck Butler, Ed Cash, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Gracious and merciful God, you see into the secret places of our hearts, where we mourn our sins. As we turn again to your grace, receive our prayers.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church, and especially our bishop(s) (name(s)); that we may praise your name and proclaim your greatness in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for resting fields and animals; that winter slumber give way to an abundant spring growth. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations of the world; that all people may know the just and peaceful reign of God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for teachers, school administrators, and support staff; that they may bless their students with knowledge and insight, as well as compassion and empathy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and suffering (especially,…); that they may experience healing and comfort in the midst of pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our congregation; that our Lenten journey deepen our faith and bring us into deeper communion with one another and with You. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints in light; that their memory strengthen us in our faith journey. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Look with mercy on our contrite hearts, wash from us the stain of iniquity, and create a new and right spirit in us, that we may declare your praise and offer an acceptable sacrifice in these Lenten days; through Christ Jesus, who bore our sins on the cross. Amen.

Worship Resources: March 3, 2019

 

Transfiguration Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 17(22)A, Transfiguration A, Lent 2A
Readings: Transfiguration Sermon text – Matthew 16:24-17:8 Companion text – Psalm 41:7-10
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Radiant God, you revealed yourself in your son, Jesus, when he was transfigured on the mountain before his disciples. Reveal yourself to us daily, so that we might enlighten others with the good news of your love. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #799. Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #806. O God, My Faithful God
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #315. How Good, Lord, to Be Here!
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #317. Jesus on the Mountain Peak
ELW #754. Jesus, the Very Thought of You
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #802. Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #316. Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair
ELW #783. Praise and Thanks and Adoration
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
WOV #785. Weary of All Trumpeting
Various Hymnals Christ Beside Me (4th Century) Attrib. to St. Patrick
Various Hymnals Open the Eyes of My Heart (1997) by Paul Baloche
Various Hymnals Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory (1985) by Thomas H. Troeger
Various Hymnals You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd (1991) by Sylvia G. Dunstan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #770. Give Me Jesus
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Various Hymnals How Blest Are Those Who Thoughtfully (1985) by Bertus Polman
Various Hymnals Happy Are Those Who Tend the Poor and Weak by David T. Koyzis
Various Hymnals Sáname, Señor (Lord, heal my soul) (2010) by Unknown
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Above All” By Lenny LeBlanc, Paul Baloche.
Blessed Redeemer” As performed by Casting Crowns.
Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
More Than Conquerors
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

O God, as your Son drew apart to be in prayer with you, we offer our prayers for the transformation of the world and the church.

A brief silence.

Transfigure the church, O Lord, into the blessed community that you craft for us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure the earth, O Lord, into the beauty and glory you intend for all living things. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure the nations, O Lord, into realms of peace and justice that are grounded in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure our society, O Lord, into one that values all people and welcomes you in the least and lowly. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure the suffering, O Lord, into people of vibrant health and hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure this congregation, O Lord, into a place of worship and praise, service and community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Transfigure all your followers of all times and places, O Lord, into the blessed community of light. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You revealed your glory and presence in your beloved Son, Jesus the Christ. In receiving our prayers, reveal the glory and presence of your Spirit alive in the world today, free us from all doubts, and empower us to act as a transfigured people. Amen.