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.

NL Worship Resources: January 21, 2018

Epiphany 3

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 3B
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 127:1-2 | Sermon Text: John 2:13-25 (Jesus Cleanses the Temple)
Epistle Suggestion: 1 John 1:6-8
Prayer of the Day (WP): Patient God, your son, Jesus, expressed anger at abuses and injustice. Help us to show concern, not apathy, for injustice in our world, and teach us to make right all that may be wrong. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #539. Abide, O Dearest Jesus
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #687. Come to Us, Creative Spirit
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #417. In His Temple Now Behold Him
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #495. We Who Once Were Dead
Various Hymnals From Ashes to the Living Font
Various Hymnals Give Me the Wings of Faith
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #640. Our Father, by Whose Name
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
Various Hymnals God, if you bless not, all the cost
Various Hymnals Peace in Our Time, O Lord
Various Hymnals Sun of My Soul, O Savior Dear
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises” By Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin, et al.
More Than Conquerors
You Never Let Go” 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.

Cleanse the church, O Lord, of all that detracts and distracts us from authentic worship of you and lead us into deeper relationship with you and community with one another. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse creation, O Lord, of all the harm we have inflicted upon it and lead us into better stewardship of the earth and its resources. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse the nations, O Lord, of injustice and violence and lead our leaders into ways of peace and reconciliation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse our hearts, O Lord, of prejudice and judgement and lead us to look upon our neighbors and see your image. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleans our bodies, O Lord, of disease and pain and lead us to health and wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Cleanse our words and witness, O Lord, of divisiveness and lead us to that great day when we will join with all the saints in glorifying you. 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 14, 2018

Epiphany 2

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 2C
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 104:14-16 | Sermon Text: John 2:1:11 (Wedding at Cana)
Epistle Suggestion: Romans 5:16-18
Prayer of the Day: God of abundance, Jesus revealed the riches of your unexpected grace in turning water to wine. Open our hearts to the richness of your love and make us better witnesses to the revelation we have in Jesus Christ. We pray this in the name of Christ, who is God-with-us. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #503/4. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #491. Come, Let Us Eat
ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #312. Jesus, Come! For We Invite You
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #460. Now the Silence
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (The Feast Is Ready)
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
LBW #78. All Praise to You, O Lord
LBW #85. When Christ’s Appearing Was Made Known
Various Hymnals Come to a Wedding
Various Hymnals In Cana at a Wedding Feast
Various Hymnals Sing of God Made Manifest
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #694. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
LBW #527. All Creatures of Our God and King
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
Various Hymnals Deep in the Dust Before Thy Throne
Various Hymnals Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Various Hymnals I Sing the Mighty Power of God
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
Trading My Sorrows” By Darrell Evans.
Your Love is Extravagant” By Darrell Evans.
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.

For the witness of the church, that the good news of Christ be made manifest in our every word and deed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For plants and animals, food and drink, that the richness of your providence strengthen and preserve all of creation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations, that the glory of Christ be revealed in wise leaders and peaceful hearts. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For relationships of all sorts, that they be grounded in Christ and that love may be known and grown. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all who suffer (especially,…), that your mercy be revealed in tender care and insightful action. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all the saints, that we may one day join with them in celebrating the great paschal feast. 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 7, 2018

Epiphany 1/Baptism of Our Lord

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 32:1-2 | Sermon Text: John 1:35-51 (Jesus Says Come and See)
Epistle Suggestion: Galatians 2:15-21
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of all people, you called many by name, asking them to follow Jesus and obey. Call us by name, and help us to follow and obey. Amen

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #442. All Who Believe and Are Baptized
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #847. Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #542. O Living Bread from Heaven
ELW #308. O Morning Star, how fair and bright
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #341. Now Behold the Lamb
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #355/6. Sing, My Tongue
ELW #305. When Jesus Came to Jordan
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore
LBW #103. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God
WOV #787. Glory to God, We Give You Thanks
ASG #41 There’s a Light in the World
DATH #56 Come and See (Makeever)
LS #61 Come and See (Ylvisaker)
Various Hymnals Come and See
Various Hymnals How Bright Appears the Morning Star
Various Hymnals Lord, When You Came
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; ASG=As Sunshine to a Garden; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest; LS=LifeSongs)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #795. God, My Lord, My Strength
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #595 Jesus Loves Me, This I Know
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
LBW #211. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
W&P #160. You Are My Hiding Place
Various Hymnals Calvary Covers It All
Various Hymnals Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Various Hymnals Tú eres mi refugio (I turn to you, O Lord)
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; W&P=Worship & Praise)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Behold The Lamb Of God” By Kip Fox.
High And Lifted Up” By Darlene Zschech, Mike Guglielmucci.
Your Name” By Glenn Packam, Paul Baloche.
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.

We pray for the Church and its leaders (especially Bishop(s)…); that we may continually be inviting others to come and see your goodness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the waters, for oceans and seas, lakes and streams; that we may better care for and protect this fundamental necessity of life. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our leaders (especially,…); that prejudice be dashed from their hearts and they see that good can come from any place or people. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for people of all faiths; that divisions cease and love of neighbor be the guiding principle within our hearts and minds. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are hurting (especially, …); that they may see your glory revealed in healing, comfort, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for all the saints who have pointed us to you; that their witness may strengthen our own. 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: December 17, 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 3

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter Vigil A/B/C or Epiphany 8C or Proper 10(15)A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 4:13-14 | Sermon Text: Isaiah 55:1-13 (Word Accomplishes God’s Purpose)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 46
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of restoration, save us when we find ourselves spiritually thirsty. Help us walk your road with your purpose, strengthened by your living water. Amen

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful
ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #289. Angels We Have Heard on High
ELW #447. O Blessed Spring
ELW #491. Come, Let Us Eat
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #267. Joy to the World
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #726. Light Dawns on a Weary World
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #510. Word of God, Come Down on Earth
LBW #213 I Come, O Savior, to Your Table
LBW #15 Seek the Lord
ASG #1 As Sunshine to a Garden
W&P #48 Go Out With Joy
W&P #155 What A Mighty Word God Gives
Various Hymnals Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old
Various Hymnals Messiah! At Thy Glad Approach
Various Hymnals When Shall the Voice of Singing
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; ASG=As Sunshine to a Garden; W&P=Worship & Praise)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #444. Cradling Children in His Arm
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
WOV #696. I’ve Just Come from the Fountain
Variious Hymnals As Water to the Thirsty
Various Hymnals Fill My Cup, Lord
Various Hymnals Jesus, Lover of My Soul
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

How Great is Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Listening” By Vicky Beeching.
The Lost are Found” By Ben Fielding, Sam Knock.
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.

May your Word accomplish your purpose in the Church, Lord God; speaking of your grace and love through words and deeds. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

May your Word accomplish your purpose in creation, Lord God; causing joy to ring out from even the trees and mountains. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

May your Word accomplish your purpose in our leaders, Lord God; inspiring humility and contrition where it is needed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

May your Word accomplish your purpose, Lord God; bringing wholeness and reconciliation to the broken places of the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

May your Word accomplish your purpose in the suffering, Lord God; bringing comfort and turning grieving into trust in your steadfast love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

May your Word accomplish your purpose in the example of the saints, Lord God;  that their witness sprout faith throughout all lands and peoples. 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.

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.

NL Worship Resources: December 3, 2017

Advent 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A (John 18:33-37 = Proper 29(34)B)
Readings: Gospel Text: John 18:36-37 | Sermon Text: Daniel 3:1, [2-7] 8-30 (Fiery Furnace)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 104:1-4
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of fiery flames, even the most raging fire could not destroy your servants when they called upon you in faith. Give us faith to withstand anything that rages to deter us from following you. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #240. Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God
ELW #825. You Servants of God
LBW #527. All Creatures of Our God and King
Various Hymnals Able To Deliver
Various Hymnals Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Various Hymnals Sadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; OBS=O Blessed Spring)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #431. O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #264. Prepare the Royal Highway
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
Various Hymnals Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus
Various Hymnals O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
Various Hymnals Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; ASG=As Sunshine to a Garden)

Other options based on both:

All Bow Down” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash.
I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever” By Martin Smith.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend Collective
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.

Deliver your church, O God, from heresies and divisions; bring us into deeper faith and relationship that your Gospel shine forth in all we say and do. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Deliver your creation, O God, from pollution and abuse; restore ecosystems to health and wholeness that all the world may know your providence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Deliver the nations, O God, from war and injustice; free the captive and raise up the lowly that your shalom rule over us all. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Deliver those who are persecuted for faith in you, O God, from their trials and tribulations; strengthen the faith of all believers that all people bless your holy name. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Deliver the suffering, O God, from disease and grief; work through doctors, nurses, and all who bring healing to others that all may know of your presence with them. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Deliver all the faithful, O God, into your glorious presence; keep us strong in the faith and loud in our witness that all might know of your love and grace. 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.

NL Worship Resources: November 26, 2017

Christ the King

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 23 (28)C
Readings: Gospel Text: John 14:27 | Sermon Text: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14 (Jeremiah’s Letter to Exiles )
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 66:1-12
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of hope, how often have we found ourselves in exile, separated from your presence! Restore us, and let us find you when we seek you. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #318. Alleluia, Song of Gladness
ELW #724. All who love and serve your city
ELW #761. Evening and Morning
ELW #462. God the Omnipotent!
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
OBS #84 We Sing the One God
Various Hymnals Beloved In Christ Before Our Life Began
Various Hymnals Christ, by Heavenly Hosts Adored
Various Hymnals Step by Step
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; OBS=O Blessed Spring)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #543. Go, My Children, with My Blessing
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #572. Now It Is Evening
ELW #460. Now the Silence
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #581. You Are Mine
ELW #758. You Are the Way
WOV #724. Shalom
Various Hymnals Hear Our Prayer, O Lord
Various Hymnals Peace, Perfect Peace
Various Hymnals Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; ASG=As Sunshine to a Garden)

Other options based on both:

Divine Invitation” By Eric Owyoung, Steve Hindalong.
God Of This City” By Chris Tomlin, Aaron Boyd, et al
You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace)” By Marc Imboden, Tammi Rhoton.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.

A brief silence.

Bless the church, O Lord, with the wisdom and will to work for the welfare of the communities we live in. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the fields, O Lord, with fruitful rest and renewed wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the nations, O Lord, with hope for the future. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless refugees and exiles, O Lord, with people and communities they can call home. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the sick, O Lord, and return them to health. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless the saints, O Lord, and gather us with them in the great day when all will be one. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: November 19, 2017

Proper 28 (33)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 3A or Christmas A/B/C
Readings: Gospel Text: John 8:12 | Sermon Text: Isaiah 9:1-7 (Isaiah: A Child Is Born)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 91
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of light, there can be overwhelming obscurity in this world. But you shine your light and increase joy, and for your brilliance we are grateful. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #314. Arise, Your Light Has Come!
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #247. Come Now, O Prince of Peace
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #593. Drawn to the Light
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #721. Goodness Is Stronger than Evil
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #282. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #243. Lost in the Night
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #566. When Twilight Comes
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
DATH #90 Let Peace Fill the Earth
Various Hymnals His Name is Wonderful
Various Hymnals King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Various Hymnals To Us a Child of Hope is Born
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #301. Bright and Glorious Is the Sky
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #560. Christ, Mighty Savior
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #799. Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #815. I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
ELW #562. O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine
ELW #559. O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #487. What Feast of Love
ELW #581 You Are Mine
LBW #493. Hope of the World
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
ASG #41 There’s a Light in the World
Various Hymnals Christ Is the World’s Light
Various Hymnals Lead, Kindly Light
Various Hymnals The Light of the World is Jesus
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; ASG=As Sunshine to a Garden)

Other options based on both:

Joyous Light” By Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, et al.
The Lord Is My Light” As performed by Taize Community.
You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace)” By Marc Imboden, Tammi Rhoton
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.

A brief silence.

For the church, Wonderful Counselor; that your wisdom may show forth in its leadership, advocacy, and witness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the harvest, Mighty God; that the abundance of your earth nourish people and animals around the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations, Prince of Peace; that light may shine even in the darkest corners and joy may overcome all oppression and captivity. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who walk in darkness, Everlasting Father; that the light of the world, Jesus Christ, shine forth for them and us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the sick, Mighty God (especially,…); that you break the yoke of their burdens and bring them your everlasting peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For the saints in light, Lord of hosts; that their exultation increase our joy. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: November 12, 2017

Proper 27 (32)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 27(32)A or Proper 23(28)B
Readings: Gospel Text: John 7:37-38 | Sermon Text: Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24 (Amos: Justice Rolls Down )
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 103:6-14
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of all people, show us how to let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Create justice and righteousness in us, that all may rejoice in your blessings. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #717. Let Justice Flow like Streams
ELW #710. Let Streams of Living Justice
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #889. The Right Hand of God
ELW #669. Rise Up, O Saints of God!
ELW #720. We Are Called
LBW #418. Judge Eternal, Throned in Splendor
WOV #659. O Sun of Justice
DATH #89. It Won’t Be Long
DATH #90. Let Peace Fill the Earth
Various Hymnals For the Healing of the Nations
Various Hymnals Let Justice Roll Like a River
Various Hymnals Peace Is Flowing Like a River
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #423. Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
WOV #696. I’ve Just Come from the Fountain
Various Hymnals Invitation
Various Hymnals Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Various Hymnals Let every mortal ear attend
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Ancient Skies” By Michael Gungor, Michael Rossback.
Come To The Water” By John B. Foley.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective, Rend Collective Experiment.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church, O Lord; that it may seek good and not evil and proclaim your mighty justice to the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for creation, O Lord; that it where it is broken there might be healing and wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for out leaders, O Lord; that they might hate evil and love good and work for justice and peace between all peoples. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the oppressed, O Lord; that they may be freed and that we might see how our privilege contributes to injustice and harms others. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and the grieving (especially,…), O Lord; that you restore them to life and hope. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints of all the ages, O Lord; that their memory inspire your righteousness in us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.