Worship Resources for March 21, 2021

5th Sunday in Lent NL335: Zacchaeus

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 26(31)C
Psalm Text: Psalm 84:1-4,10-12
Sermon Text: Luke 18:31—19:10
Other Text Suggestions: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Prayer of the Day (WP): Lord of the lost, we are quick to judge and slow to accept those whom we consider lower than ourselves. But you show us the way of acceptance, forgiveness, and peace. We honor your name for teaching us to love, for the sake of the one who is the essence of love itself, Jesus Christ our loving Lord. Amen.

Helpful Resources: SermonWriterTextWeekRevGalPalsre:WorshipWord&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #345. Jesus, I Will Ponder Now*
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #802. Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown*
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #510. Word of God, Come Down on Earth
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
TFF #150. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
Various Hymnals Are You the One (1999) by Mary Nelson Keithahn
Various Hymnals I Saw the Rich Ones (Work for a World) (2000) by Pat Mayberry
Various Hymnals Jesus Is Passing This Way (1895) by Fanny Crosby
Various Hymnals Seeking the Lost (1901) by J. A. Lee
Various Hymnals Zacchaeus (1999) by Unkown
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; TFF=This Far by Faith; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest)
* Lenten Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:

Humble Thyself In The Sight Of The Lord” By Bob Hudson.
Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche. As performed by Sonic Flood.
Trading My Sorrows” By Darrell Evans.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Dakota Road options:
“DO JUSTICE” 
“EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING TO OFFER” 
“LIGHT AND LOVE”  
“PEOPLES CHURCH”
“WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE” 

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.

Persistent God, you sent your only Son into the world to seek the lost and lift up the downtrodden. Grant your church the vision it needs to see those on the outside of community and to search them out in love and service. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Merciful God, forgive the many ways in which we have harmed what you have made. Work in us and through us to care for all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all nations, raise up leaders who will pursue your priorities over the priorities of the world. Instill in all people a sincere desire to care for one another and to pursue justice and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, watch over and keep the oppressed and the orphan. Turn our hearts to any who are in need. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Healing God, watch over those in any pain, especially,…. Surround them with comfort and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, strengthen the bonds of love and relationship within this assembly. Use us to proclaim your love and grace into our broken world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Eternal God, we thank you for the saints who have gone before us. May their witness strengthen our proclamation and work. 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.

NL Worship Resources: March 26, 2017

Lent 4 (NL Year 3)

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 21C(26C)
Readings: Psalm: Psalm 41:1-3 | Sermon Text: Luke 16:19-31 (Rich Man and Lazarus)
OT Suggestion: Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Divine Word, you sent Moses to speak law to the people and bring order to chaos. You sent prophets to speak repentance and bring hope to the hopeless. You sent your son, Jesus, to become your living Word. Open our ears to hear your word, and our hearts to reflect the light of your truth to others, for the sake of the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #461 All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly
ELW #480 O Bread of Life from Heaven
ELW #684 Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #713 O God of Every Nation
ELW #705 God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #852 Golden Breaks the Dawn
ELW #775 Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #768 Lead Me, Guide Me
ELW #750 Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
ELW #712 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #787 On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #655 Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #725 When the Poor Ones
ELW #719 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #690 We Raise Our Hands to You, O Lord
LBW #483 God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #547 Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!
Various Hymnals Jesus, All My Gladness
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the Psalm:

ELW #610 O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #770 Give Me Jesus
ELW #742 What a Friend We Have in Jesus
LBW #431 Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other options based on both:

Amazing God” by Brenton Brown
Everything” by Martin Smith, Stuart Garrard
Happy Day” by Ben Cantelon, Tim Hughes
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” by Stuart Townend
It Is You” by Darlene Zschech
Lord Reign In Me” by Brenton Brown
There Is A Redeemer” by Melody Green
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.

God, we give you thanks for the church. Help us to proclaim your call for righteousness and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we give you thanks for your good creation. Move us to be better stewards of the earth and care for it in ways that lead to renewal and healing. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we give you thanks for systems of government. Grant wisdom and compassion to our leaders that all the world may know peace and equality. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we give you thanks for the many ways in which you have blessed us. Open our eyes to see how we may use what you have given us to bless others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we give you thanks for your healing work. Bless doctors, nurses, EMTs, and all who care for the injured or sick. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God, we give you thanks for all the saints who have gone before us. Keep us strong in the faith as you kept them. 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.