Worship Resources: March 10, 2019

Lent 1 Year 1

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 19(24)A
Readings: Forgiveness Sermon text – Matthew 18:15-35 Companion text – Psalm 32:1-2
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Forgiving God, as you encouraged your people to forgive, you modeled forgiveness by releasing us from our bondage to sin. Help us to forgive others, so that we might live in harmony with all your children. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #491. Come, Let Us Eat
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #470. Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #320. The Glory of These Forty Days
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #523. Let Us Go Now to the Banquet
ELW #857. Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #549/809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #587. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #524. What Is This Place
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Help Us Accept Each Other (1975) by Fred Kaan
Various Hymnals Jesus, where’er thy people meet (1769) by William Cowper
Various Hymnals Jesus, we look to thee (1749) by Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals There’s a Quiet Understanding (1973) by Tedd Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
LBW #211. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
Various Hymnals Calvary Covers It All (1934) by Mrs. Walter G. Taylor
Various Hymnals How Blest Are Those (1986) by Fred R. Anderson
Various Hymnals You Are My Hiding Place (1981) by Michael Ledner
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
You Are Good” By Israel Houghton.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Forgive the church, O God, where it is in error bring repentance and reformation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive us, O God, for being poor stewards of the earth and  make us mindful of the ways in which we harm your great creation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive the nations, O God, and our corrupt systems of power, bring equality and equity to all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive us, O God, when we do not reach out in love and kindness to those in need and grant us the strength, wisdom, and courage to live out your gospel. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive our broken systems of healing, O God, and help us to better care for all who suffer. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive this congregation, O God, and move us to be better at forgiving others and seeking reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Forgive saints and sinners of all times, O God, and by your mercy bring us all to our heavenly home. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.

Worship Resources: October 21, 2018

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 6(11)C
Readings: David and Bathsheba Sermon text – 2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27; 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-9 Companion text – Matthew 21:33-41
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of forgiveness, you showed your servant David the error of his ways, and forgave him for his sins. Forgive us, and help us to see how we might live differently to honor you. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #185-188 Create in Me a Clean Heart
ELW #598. For by Grace You Have Been Saved
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #328. Restore in Us, O God
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Various Hymnals God, Be Merciful to Me
Various Hymnals Kneeling, Pleading, Waiting
Various Hymnals Take This Moment
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
Various Hymnals Christ is our corner-stone
Various Hymnals O Christ, the Great Foundation
Various Hymnals Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
Various Hymnals Open Our Eyes, Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Compassion Hymn” By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Sweetly Broken” By Jeremy Riddle.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs. Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Compassionate God, forgive the church for its errors; restore us when we stray from the truth of your love and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, forgive us when we harm creation; restore us when we fail in stewarding the gifts you have given us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, forgive our leaders when they stray from justice and peace; restore the nations to wholeness and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, forgive us our sins; restore in us the desire for reconciliation and relationship over our selfishness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, restore the ill (especially,…) and forgive us when we inflict pain on others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, forgive the sins of this congregation; restore in us a sense of unity and gospel-driven purpose. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Compassionate God, forgive all the saints and bring us into your loving and gracious presence at the last day. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, God of power, and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb, that we may desire you as the fullness of life and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.