Episode 36 – God’s Promise to Abram

Gospel Text: Luke 3:8
Sermon Text: Genesis 15:1-6 (God’s Promise to Abraham)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the covenant, as you promised Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars, you have also promised us that we might live under those stars as your people, faithful and loved. Show us how to live as your people, and how to nurture all your children with whom we share the same canopy of sky night after night. Amen.

Worship Resources: September 20, 2020

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 14(19)C
Gospel Text: Luke 3:8
Sermon Text: Genesis 15:1-6 (God’s Promise to Abraham)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the covenant, as you promised Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars, you have also promised us that we might live under those stars as your people, faithful and loved. Show us how to live as your people, and how to nurture all your children with whom we share the same canopy of sky night after night. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #336. All my hope on God is founded
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #427. For All Your Saints, O Lord
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #429. In Our Day of Thanksgiving
ELW #841. Lift Every Voice and Sing
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #640. Our Father, by Whose Name
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #739. Touch the Earth Lightly
LBW #160. Filled with the Spirit’s Power
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
Various Hymnals Abraham, Sarah Too (2004) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals Timeless Love! We Sing the Story (1970) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals To Abraham and Sarah (1984) by Judith Fetter
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People (1978) by David Hoekema
Various Hymnals Yahweh Is Calling (1977) by Susan Langeland
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Days of Elijah” By Robin Mark.
God Is In Control” By Twila Paris.
Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Lord God, help your church to remain faithful to you and to your promises. Keep us steadfast in your way of righteousness and trust. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, be present in creation. Come to the broken places of the world and bring restoration, healing, and wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, inspire our leaders towards your justice. Be a shield to the oppressed, the poor, the refugee, and all who need your gracious protection. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, be present with all those in any pain. Come to the broken and hurting and provide them with your healing, comfort, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, strengthen our community of faith. Help us to walk always in the paths of peace, justice, and righteousness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord God, we give you thanks for all the saints who have gone before us. Use their witness to deepen our faith and trust in your eternal promises. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Worship Resources: September 15, 2019

We do God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday on September 8th, so no resources for that Sunday, sorry! If you do GWOH Sunday check out the resources available for that: https://www.elca.org/dayofservice

Proper 19(24) Year 1 (Pentecost 14)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 6(11)A
Readings: Isaac Born to Sarah – Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 (Mark 10:27)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of promise, Abraham scoffed and Sarah laughed when they were told of your plans for them and their family. Yet you remained faithful to your promise, and gave them a son, Isaac. Help us to trust in your promises for our lives, and to live according to your will. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #641. All Are Welcome

ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown

ELW #482. I Come with Joy

LBW #313. A Multitude Comes from East and West
DATH #97. Tell What God Has Done for Us
CBM #72. Exalted Be Your Name
Various Hymnals Abraham, Sarah Too (2004) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals God Has Made Laughter (1982) by Kathy Eddy
Various Hymnals God It Was (1989) by John L. Bell
Various Hymnals God of the Women (1998) by Carolyn Gillette
Various Hymnals God, We Praise You for the Women (2006) by Daniel Damon
Various Hymnals O God, Whose Steadfast Love (1994) by James Haddix
Various Hymnals To Abraham and Sarah (1984) by Judith Fetter
Various Hymnals We Are on Our Way (1989) by Helen Walter
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People (1978) by David Hoekema

(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest; CBM=Come Beloved of the Maker)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
The Lord Our God” By Kristian Stanfill and Jason Ingram.
You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We give you thanks, O God, for teachers, theologians, and all those who help us to grow in faith. Raise up more leaders in the church who will challenge and encourage your people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for the bounty of your great creation. Work in us and through us that we may be better caretakers of all that you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for those who care for and support those struggling with mental illness. Grant healing and wholeness to the lonely and anxious. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for physicians, nurses, and all those who seek to restore people to health. Be with all who suffer and surround them with your loving arms. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for this community of faith. Deepen our faith and use us to work your will in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We give you thanks, O God, for the example of all the saints who have gone before us. Unite us all in praising and worshiping you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

 

NL Worship Resources: September 17, 2017

Proper 19 (24)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 8(13)A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:29 | Sermon Text: Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 (Binding of Isaac)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of promise, You stayed the hand of Abraham and fulfilled the promise you made to him, that he would father a great nation. Keep your promises to us, that we become inheritors of eternal life. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #626. By Gracious Powers
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #771. God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #839. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #840. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #327. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
ELW #870. We Praise You, O God
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
Various Hymnals Abraham, When Severely Tried
Various Hymnals A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #199. Jesus, Lamb of God
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #341. Now Behold the Lamb
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
LBW #103. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God
LBW #305. I Lay My Sins on Jesus
Various Hymnals Behold the Lamb of God
Various Hymnals Not All the Blood of Beasts
Various Hymnals There Is a Redeemer
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Genesis 22” By Ken Bible
Lamb Of Glory” By Greg Nelson, Phill McHugh.
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)

Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh, and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us, you manifest your concern for your whole universe. You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts
and bring them before you.

A brief silence.

Faithful God, increase our trust in your promises and move your church towards acts of love and faith. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God above, bless the land and all that is on it; watch over farmers and laborers as they undertake the crucial work of harvest, keep them safe and grant them endurance. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord of all, grant insight and wisdom to all of our civil leaders, help them to see your vision for the world and for the good of all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of sacrificial love, help us to see your creative and redeeming work in the world and draw us into better and deeper relationship with you and with our neighbors. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Greater carer of us all, be with all those who are suffering this day, grant them healing and strength; but most of all grant them the peace that comes from the knowledge of your presence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of our ancestors, inspire us by the faith of our forefathers and foremothers, that our witness be as powerful as theirs and echo into the future. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Holy, holy, holy God, fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.