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.

Advent Wreath Lighting

Week 1:

A reading from the Gospel of John: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Verse 1 of “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen

Let us pray: God of hope and love, like the light of this first advent candle, may we shine forth with love towards you and towards others. Open our eyes to see your image in our neighbors and serve you by serving them. We pray this is in the hope, and expectation, of the in-breaking of your kingdom into our lives. Amen.

Week 2:

A reading from the Gospel of John: “He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.”

Verse 2 of “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen

Let us pray: God our Father, as the flame is not diminished when it is shared from one candle to two, may we share the light of your love with our sisters and brothers. Strengthen our witness that the body of Christ may grow and your light might overcome all the darkness of the world. We pray this in the name of Christ, the one who desires to bring all into the family of God. Amen.

Week 3:

A reading from the Gospel of John: “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Verse 3 of “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen

Let us pray: In-dwelling God, as the darkness is overcome by ever more and more light, increase your light within us. Make us people of your light and forgiveness and move us to actions of mercy and justice. We pray this, trusting in the source of all light, Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Week 4:

A reading from the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

Verses 1-3 of “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen

Let us pray: God-with-us, source of all hope and light, increase our faith in you and overcome all darkness within us. Help us to understand that our identity is grounded in you; and work your will and your word in us and through us. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: December 18, 2016

Advent 4 (NL Year 3)

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday: Advent 4B
Readings: Psalm: Psalm 113 | Sermon Text: Luke 1:26-49 (Jesus’ Birth
Announced)
OT Suggestion: Isaiah 35:1-10
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Father God, There is no miracle as grand as birth. As we prepare for the coming of your son, Jesus, create in us new life. Transform us so that we may reflect the light of your son, and become beacons of goodness, kindness, compassion, generosity, honesty, patience, and peace, for the sake of the one whose name brings deliverance and life to all the world, Jesus Christ, infant king. Amen.

You can find words of Confession and Absolution along with a Call to Worship here. I also have an Advent Wreath Lighting Litany here.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #265 The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came*
ELW #416 At the Name of Jesus
ELW #723 Canticle of the Turning
ELW #283 O Come, All Ye Faithful*
ELW #254 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
ELW #419 For All the Faithful Women
ELW #288 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice*
ELW #270 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing*
ELW #434 Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #297 Jesus, What a Wonderful Child*
ELW #267 Joy to the World*
ELW #272 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming*
ELW #236 Magnificat
ELW #573 My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord
ELW #251 My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness*
ELW #234/235 My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord
ELW #295 Of the Father’s Love Begotten*
ELW #269 Once in Royal David’s City*
ELW #430 Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #263 Savior of the Nations, Come*
ELW #672 Signs and Wonders
ELW #281 Silent Night, Holy Night!*
ELW #293 That Boy-Child of Mary*
ELW #424 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #64 From East to West*
WOV #634 Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly*
WOV #646 We Three Kings of Orient Are*
Various Hymnals Song of Mary
Various Hymnals Tell Out, My Soul
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Indicates Advent/Christmas Hymns

Suggested hymns based on the Psalm:

ELW #846 Amen, We Praise Your Name
ELW #569 The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #434 Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #620 How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #563 O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
ELW #460 Now the Silence
ELW #844 Praise to the Lord (Louez l’Eterne)
ELW #858/859 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #824 This Is My Father’s World
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)
*Indicates Advent/Christmas Hymns

Other options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Immanuel” By Michael Card.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

In expectation of the coming of our Lord, who is Emmanuel, God-with-us; we pray for the needs of the world, the church, and each other.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church, O Lord; that we might boldly proclaim your presence in the world. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for creation, Mighty One; that your amazing, abundant, and sometimes surprising life bring wholeness to the world. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations, God; that all might know you as above all kings and presidents and that your justice and peace may prevail wherever there is oppression or violence. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the lowly, O Savior; that your favor may be showered upon them and that unfair and unjust systems may be dismantled. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all in need of healing, Emmanuel; that they may know the peace and comfort found in your presence with them. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for all the faithful women who have gone before us, O Lord; that the example of Elizabeth, Mary, and countless others may strengthen and deepen our faith in you. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: December 11, 2016

Advent 3 (NL Year 3)

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday: Advent 3B
Readings: Gospel Text: Luke 4:16-21 | Sermon Text: Isaiah 61:1-11 (Spirit of the Lord Upon Me)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 126
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Spirit of the Lord God, You bring good news to the oppressed, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and release the prisoners. You comfort all who mourn, and shower your people with the oil of gladness instead of mourning; a mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. We will greatly rejoice in the Lord, our whole being shall exult in God, for the sake of the one who brought righteousness to life, Jesus Christ our salvation. Amen.

You can find words of Confession and Absolution along with a Call to Worship here.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #314 Arise, Your Light Has Come!
ELW #242 Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn*
ELW #257 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel*
ELW #254 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
ELW #607 Come, Ye Disconsolate
ELW #256 Comfort, Comfort Now My People*
ELW #711 O Day of Peace
ELW #239 Hark, the Glad Sound!*
ELW #664 Heaven Is Singing for Joy
ELW #282 It Came upon the Midnight Clear*
ELW #434 Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #709 Let Streams of Living Justice
ELW #712 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #843 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #665 Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #488/489 Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness
ELW #842 Oh, Worship the King
LBW #302 Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness
WOV #638 Holy Child Within the Manger*
Various Hymnals Beauty for Brokenness
Various Hymnals The Voice of God Goes Out to All the World
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Indicates Advent/Christmas Hymns

Suggested hymns based on the Gospel text:

ELW #268 From Heaven Above*
ELW #532 Gather Us In
ELW #311 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #267 Joy to the World*
ELW #805 Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #712 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #269 Once in Royal David’s City*
ELW #665 Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #798 Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #668 O Zion, Haste
LBW #83 From God the Father, Virgin-Born
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Indicates Advent/Christmas Hymns

Other options based on both:

Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
King Of Heaven (Isaiah 61)” By Brian Bergman, Charlie Hall, et al.
Spirit Of The Sovereign Lord” By Andy Park.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

In expectation of the coming of our Lord, who is Emmanuel, God-with-us; we pray for the needs of the world, the church, and each other.

A brief silence.

Lord God, open the eyes of your church to see how scripture is being fulfilled in the world and challenge the faithful to join in your redemptive and healing work. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, bring healing to the places in creation where we have brought ruin and guide our actions that we might be better stewards of what you have given us. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, provide for all the nations rulers who are concerned for the poor and the oppressed, that your favor may be upon all peoples. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, bring your justice to the oppressed, to captives, and to prisoners and work in us the will to proclaim your good news to all. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, comfort all who mourn, especially this time of year, and work through all ministers of that comfort so ashes may be turned to garlands. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, cast your mantle upon all who suffer in any way (especially,…), and bring your peace to all in need. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord God, you shower us with blessings and favor; we give you thanks for the blessing of the saints who now rest in you and pray you favor us all with a heavenly home. God of mercy, hear our prayer.

Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Advent Wreath Lighting Litany

Week 1 – Nov. 27, 2016:

Verse one of “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (ELW #240)

We walk in darkness
And look for the coming light.

We are beset upon on all sides
And seek deliverance from evil.

We are cowed by political and societal pressure
And seek the strength to proclaim your reign.

God of Daniel, open our eyes to see your Kingdom breaking into our own. Strengthen our trust in your promises and help us to locate our hope in you. May the light of this candle be for us the light of the sunrise breaking into our dens of lions, our dens of fear and anxiety, our dens of darkness and death. And may we, who have see your light in the darkness, proclaim the hope we have in you to this weary world. Amen.

Week 2 – Dec. 4, 2016:

Verse two of “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (ELW #240)

We walk in darkness
And look for the coming light.

We turn to the Lord with weeping and mourning
As we see our brokenness and the brokenness around us.

We look  to you for graciousness and abundant love, O Lord
Since we cannot find it in ourselves or in our world.

God of Joel, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and lead us to our true home, your Kingdom. Broaden our love and show us your presence even in surprising places. May the light of this candle show us your dreams and visions that we may boldly proclaim your mercy and love. Amen.

Week 3 – Dec. 11, 2016:

Verse three of “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (ELW #240)

We walk in darkness
And look for the coming light.

We look for the year of our Lord’s favor when justice and peace will prevail
Knowing that too often we do not act as your anointed people.

We await the shoots of righteousness and praise to spring forth
Trusting that you turn our barrenness into abundance.

God of Isaiah, cover us in your righteousness and bless us to be blessings to others. Magnify our praise that we may display your glory and proclaim your good news. May the light of this candle illumine the dark places of our lives and show us how you bring restoration to ruins and wholeness to devastation. Amen.

Week 4 – Dec. 18, 2016:

Verse four of “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” (ELW #240)

We walk in darkness
And look for the coming light.

We await the glorious news of Emmanuel, God-with-us
The one who will turn the world upside down and God-side up.

We marvel at your graciousness, God Most High
Seeing your Holiness clothed in humanness.

God of Mary and Elizabeth, fill us with joy at the news of your coming in Jesus. Deepen our faith in your ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. May the light of this candle comfort us with the knowledge that your light banishes the darkness and that your light dwells with us and in us. Amen.