Worship Resources: December 9, 2018

Advent 2 Year 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Esther Sermon text – Esther 4:1-17 Companion text – Matthew 5:13-16
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of justice, you sent your servant Esther into a life of privilege so that those without would be taken care of. In our privilege, show us how to advocate for those who have less, so that your world might be peaceful and just. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #244. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
LBW #461. Fight the Good Fight
Various Hymnals Approach, my soul, the mercy seat by John Newton
Various Hymnals For Such a Time As This by Thomas A. Jackson
Various Hymnals It Is God Who Holds the Nations by Fred Green
Various Hymnals Sisters Let Us Walk Together by Judith Snowdon
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #720. We Are Called
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
W&P #22. Bring Forth the Kingdom
DATH #64. Brighter than the Sun
Various Hymnals As a Fire Is Meant for Burning by Ruth Duck
Various Hymnals Jesus Bids Us Shine by Susan Warner
Various Hymnals We are the light of the world by Jean Anthony Greif
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Shine Jesus Shine” By Graham Kendrick.
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)

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.

O God of the church, grant us your light that we might bear it to a world of darkness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of all creation, grant healing and renewal to the earth that its splendors inspire our joy and praise. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God above all nations, grant the world wise and compassionate leaders that all people know your justice and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of light, grant hope to the hopeless and peace to the anxious as we await the coming of Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of healing, grant wholeness to the broken and comfort to those in pain that the suffering of the world be eased. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of this place and time, grant us boldness in our witness to your light and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

O God of all time, grant us the assurance of eternal life that the example of the saints before us live on in our lives. 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.

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NL Worship Resources: December 10, 2017

You can find a Wreath Lighting resource here based on the hymn “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen and using readings from the Gospel of John.

Advent 2

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 5A or Day of Pentecost B or Easter Vigil A/B/C
Readings: Gospel Text: John 11:25-26 | Sermon Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Ezekiel: Valley of Dry Bones)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of breath, you promised new life to your people in exile by breathing into a valley full of dry bones. Breathe new life into us, so that we might live passionately for you. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #452. Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #407. O Living Breath of God
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #396. Spirit of Gentleness
ELW #506. The Word of God is Source and Seed
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #162. Lord God, the Holy Ghost
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #686. Holy Spirit, Come to Us
Various Hymnals Look Down, O Lord
Various Hymnals Revive Thy Work, O Lord
Various Hymnals Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
ELW #617. We Come to You for Healing, Lord
Various Hymnals It Is Not Death to Die
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance
Various Hymnals Now is Eternal Life
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Days of Elijah” By Robin Mark.
Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
I’ll Fly Away” By Albert E. Brumley.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Brothers and sisters,  as we joyfully await the glorious coming of the Christ, let us pray for the needs of the church, our community, and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church, Lord God, asking that we might prophesy to the world regarding your resurrection and life. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the earth, Lord God, asking that you bring healing and wholeness where there is barrenness and death. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations, Lord God, asking that all the nations be knit together by your justice, mercy, and forgiveness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the grieving, Lord God, asking that they may know your presence and trust in your promise of life out of death. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the hurting, Lord God, asking that we might be your instruments of healing and comfort. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints in light, Lord God, asking that we may one day be joined with them in life abundant and life eternal. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of joy and exultation, you strengthen what is weak; you enrich the poor and give hope to those who live in fear. Look upon our needs this day. Make us grateful for the good news of salvation and keep us faithful in your service until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives for ever and ever. Amen.