Psalm Text: Psalm 113 Sermon Text: Luke 1:26-45 [46-56] (Jesus’ Birth Announced) Other Text Suggestions: Micah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10 Prayer of the Day (WP): 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. Helpful Resources: re:Worship, TextWeek, Word & World, Sermon Writer, BibleHub
Gospel Text: Luke 4:16-21 Sermon Text: Isaiah 61:1-11 (Spirit of the Lord Upon Me) Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Prayer of the Day (WP): 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. Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub
Gospel Text: Luke 11:13 Sermon Text: Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 (Joel: God’s Promised Spirit) Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 65, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Prayer of the Day (WP): Loving Lord, when we have strayed, you have called us to come home to you. “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing.” With all our hearts we return to you, and gratefully accept your gentle love, for the sake of the one whose spirit lives in us, Jesus Christ our loving savior. Amen. Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub
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&World, BibleHub
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.
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