Worship Resources: January 6, 2019

Epiphany Sunday Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany A/B/C or Christmas 1A
Readings: Day of Epiphany: Magi Visit Sermon text – Matthew 2:1-23 Companion text – Psalm 96:10-13
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Extravagant God, you sent magi with generous gifts to visit the baby Jesus and proclaim his reign to all the world. Make our voices heard when we proclaim God’s love to all. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #273. All My Heart Again Rejoices
ELW #275. Angels, from the Realms of Glory
ELW #302. As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #301. Bright and Glorious Is the Sky
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #300. The First Noel
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #276. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
ELW #294. In the Bleak Midwinter
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #279. O Little Town of Bethlehem
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #296. What Child Is This
WOV #642. I Wonder As I Wander
WOV #639. Oh, Sleep Now, Holy Baby
WOV #646. We Three Kings
Various Hymnals God’s Surprise (1987) by John L. Bell
Various Hymnals Night of Silence (1984) by Daniel Kantor
Various Hymnals The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (1942) by West Indian Trad.
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #267. Joy to the World
ELW #260. The King Shall come
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #825. You Servants of God
Various Hymnals Cantate Domino (1995) by Brian Henkelmann
Various Hymnals The Lord is King! (1863) by Josiah Conder
Various Hymnals New Songs of Celebration Render (197) by Erik Routley
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Rising” By Matt Redman, Paul Baloche.
We Believe” By Graham Kendrick.

More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of revelation, as we gather in praise for the gracious mystery of your Son, we remember the many needs of your church and your world.

A brief silence.

Reveal yourself within the church, O God; guide us in the ways of witness and proclamation that all the world may know of your love and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within creation, O God; open our eyes to the beauty of your world and make us better stewards of all that you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within governments, O God; place compassion and wisdom in the hearts and minds of the worlds leaders that your peace and justice may prevail. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within the broken places of the world, O God; help us to see the face of Christ in those who struggle and mourn. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within the suffering, O God (especially,…); may we reach out to all with arms of comfort and hope grounded in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within this congregation, O God; move us out from this place to bear your redeeming Word to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Reveal yourself within the saints, o God; keep us following the path they have trod, the path that leads to our heavenly home. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Guide us on the path of salvation, O God, that the radiance and power of your Holy Spirit
working in the world will gather together all peoples and nations in one community to offer you worship and proclaim your splendor. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: January 28, 2018

Epiphany 4

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 2A, Lent 4BTrinity B, Holy Cross A/B/C
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 139:13-18 | Sermon Text: John 3:1-21 (Nicodemus)
Epistle Suggestion: Ephesians 2:1-10
Prayer of the Day (WP): Birthing God, you gave us new life when we were born of water and Spirit. Help us live into that new life, refreshed and renewed for your work. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #732. Borning Cry
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #443. Dearest Jesus, We Are Here
ELW #470. Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
ELW #323. God Loved the World
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #407. O Living Breath of God
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #448. This Is the Spirit’s Entry Now
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #472/3. Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
Various Hymnals As Moses Raised the Serpent Up
Various Hymnals God Loved the World
Various Hymnals To God Be the Glory
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #568. Now Rest beneath Night’s Shadow
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #590. Salvation unto Us Has Come
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
LBW #264. When All Your Mercies, O My God
Various Hymnals Almighty Father, Gracious Lord
Various Hymnals Lord, You Have Searched Me
Various Hymnals Still, Still with Thee
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
This Is How We Know” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of revelation, as we gather in praise for the gracious mystery of your Son, we remember the many needs of your church and your world.

A brief silence.

May the Spirit blow in and through your church, O God; and move it to acts of love, service, and witness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

May the Spirit blow in and through your creation, O God; and bring about revival, healing, and wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

May the Spirit blow in and through the nations, O God; and plant seeds of justice and peace in the hearts of all leaders. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

May the Spirit blow in and through us, O God; and lead us out of self interest and apathy, and towards our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

May the Spirit blow in and through those who heal, O God; that suffering and pain be eased, and disease and illness be cured. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

May the Spirit blow in and through the saints, O God; and join us with them in your eternal kingdom. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Guide us on the path of salvation, O God, that the radiance and power of your Holy Spirit working in the world will gather together all peoples and nations in one community to offer you worship and proclaim your splendor. Amen.