Worship Resources for January 24, 2021

3rd Sunday after Epiphany NL323: Fish for People

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 5C
Psalm Text: Psalm 90:14-17
Sermon Text: Luke 5:1-11
Other Text Suggestions: Isaiah 6:1-8, (9-13); 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Prayer of the Day (WP): Lord Jesus of fisher folk, you taught your disciples to cast a wide net — not for fish, but for people. Teach us the fishing craft. Make our fingers nimble so we may handle hearts and hands gently; make our minds quiet and patient while we wait for those who are not yet ready to receive you; and make our hearts hungry for your word, for the sake of the one who has captured our hearts already, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Helpful Resources: RevGalPals, re:Worship, SermonWriter, TextWeek, BibleHub, Word&World

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #494. For the Bread Which You Have Broken
ELW #540. Go, Make Disciples
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #473. Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo)
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #497. Strengthen for Service, Lord
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #551. The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
ELW #825. You Servants of God
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
LBW #494. Jesus Calls Us; O’er the Tumult
Various Hymnals Isaiah in a vision did of old (1978) by Martin Luther
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance (1963) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals Lord, When You Came (1979) by Cesáreo Gabarain
Various Hymnals Sing Hey for the Carpenter (1987) by John Bell
Various Hymnals Two Fishermen (1986) by Suzanne Toolan
Various Hymnals You Walk Along Our Shoreline (1991) by Sylvia Dunstan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Epiphany/Time After Epiphany Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Ancient Words” By Lynn DeShazo.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
The King of Love My Shepherd Is” By Henry Williams Baker, John Bacchus Dykes.
Thy Word” By Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Dakota Road options:
“ALL OF MY LIFE” 
“BLESSINGS ON THE ROAD” 
“BUILD UP – Isaiah 57, 58” 
“DO JUSTICE” 
“EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING TO OFFER” 
“GO NOW” 
“MESSIAH” 
“PEOPLE OF HOPE” 
“PEOPLES CHURCH” 
“TO LIVE ON” 

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers, our baptismal vows call us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world.

A brief silence.

You call your church to fish for people by proclaiming your love and grace in word and in deed; strengthen us for service and deepen our faith and trust in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You call humanity to steward the earth and all that you have made; instill in us a desire to protect and care for all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You call upon the leaders of nations to work for justice and peace; make your justice roll down upon all people like rolling waters. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You call upon us to reach out in love to all of our neighbors; open our eyes to see your face in the lonely, the anxious, the mentally ill, and all who suffer in mind or spirit. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You call upon us to serve our neighbor’s need; work through us to provide comfort and healing to all who are in pain or are suffering physical maladies. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You call upon your church to unite in service to the world; grant that this assembly may go forth to work on behalf of your blessed kingdom. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

You call all people to yourself; draw us, with the saints, to our home in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, you revealed your Son in the waters of the Jordan and anointed him with the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim good news to all people. Sanctify us by the same Spirit, that we may proclaim the healing power of the gospel by acts of love in your name. Amen.

Worship Resources for January 17, 2021

Sermon at Nazareth (NL322)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 3C, Epiphany 4C
Psalm Text: Psalm 146
Sermon Text: Luke 4:14-30
Other Text Suggestions: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the nations, show us how to love all the people of the earth, of all colors and kinds: those with technology and without; those who make due with very little and who use many resources; those with formal education and without; those who call upon your name and who do not; so that all your children may be glorified in the name of the One who brought glory and liberty, Jesus Christ our salvation. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, SermonWriter, Word&World, RevGalPals, TextWeek, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #314. Arise, Your Light Has Come!*
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #607. Come, Ye Disconsolate
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed*
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #582. Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #563. O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #878. Soli Deo Gloria
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #551. The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #312. Once He Came in Blessing
LBW #430. Where Restless Crowds Are Thronging
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)
Various Hymnals God Has Chosen Me (1990) by Bernadette Farrell
Various Hymnals Good News (1993) by Howard Olson
Various Hymnals Make Way (1986) by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals The Kingdom of God Is Justice and Joy (1973) by Bryn Rees
Various Hymnals You Have Anointed Me (1981) by Gary Daigle
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Epiphany/Time After Epiphany Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
Days of Elijah” By Robin Mark.
Grace Wins” As performed by Matthew West.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers, our baptismal vows call us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Make the church bold in its proclamation of good news to the poor and the oppressed; bless our leaders with a vision of your future in which all are fed and welcomed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour out your spirit of healing upon the damaged places of the world; open our eyes to the beauty of all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shower the world with your peace and justice; work through governments, non-profits, and NGOs to end conflicts and bring about equity. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Work in the lives of the lonely and anxious; use us to wrap those who are hurting in mind or spirit with your comfort and love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heal the sick (especially,…) and comfort the dying; grant wisdom and insight to doctors and researchers. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Use those gathered in worship today to proclaim your favor; strengthen our faith and move us to acts of compassion and service. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Inspire us through the example of the saints; work in and through us like you worked through them to proclaim your grace to the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, you revealed your Son in the waters of the Jordan and anointed him with the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim good news to all people. Sanctify us by the same Spirit, that we may proclaim the healing power of the gospel by acts of love in your name. Amen.

Worship Resources for January 10, 2021

Baptism of Our Lord (NL321)

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Baptism of Our Lord C
Psalm Text: Psalm 51:6-17
Sermon Text: Luke 3:1-22
Other Text Suggestions: Isaiah 43:1-7, Acts 8:14-17
Prayer of the Day (WP): Heavenly Father, with joy and awe we praise you for claiming us as your sons and daughters, and for pouring your Holy Spirit upon us. Help us to prepare this earth for your glory, and shine your light on all your faithful children, for the sake of the one whose birth and baptism brought renewal and transformation to this world, Jesus Christ. Amen

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, SermonWriter, RevGalPals, TextWeek, BibleHub, Word&World

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #304. Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized*
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #246. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #308. O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright!*
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #640. Our Father, by Whose Name
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #458. Praise and Thanksgiving Be to God
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise*
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #255. There’s a Voice in the Wilderness
ELW #305. When Jesus Came to Jordan*
LBW #472/3. Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
LBW #556. Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment
LBW #79. To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord
Various Hymnals Christ is our light! the bright and morning star (2005) by Leith Fisher
Various Hymnals How Bright Appears the Morning Star (1964) by Philipp Nicolai
Various Hymnals Mark How the Lamb of God’s Self-Offering (1990) by Carl P. Daw
Various Hymnals Prepare the Way of the Lord (1984) by Communaute de Taizé
Various Hymnals When John Baptized by Jordan’s River (1984) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Epiphany Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
Your Love Never Fails” By Anthony Skinner, Chris McClarney.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers, our baptismal vows call us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world.

A brief silence.

For the church and its leaders, that we may prepare your way through our witness and service to others. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For creation, that we may prepare your way by working to heal and restore the damage we have caused it. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations of the world, that we may prepare your way by proclaiming your justice and peace for all people. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the lonely and anxious, that we may prepare your way by sharing your comfort and love with those in need. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those struggling with illness (especially,…), that we may prepare your way by surrounding them with compassionate care and comforting love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this assembly, that we may prepare your way by bearing witness to your grace and mercy in our lives. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all the saints, that we may prepare the way as they did before us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, you revealed your Son in the waters of the Jordan and anointed him with the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim good news to all people. Sanctify us by the same Spirit, that we may proclaim the healing power of the gospel by acts of love in your name. Amen.

Worship Resources: December 27, 2020

My yearly explanation: I generally don’t provide resources for Christmas (or Easter for that matter) as there are already a lot of such resources available! I hope you have a very blessed and merry Christmas!

1st Sunday of Christmas (NL319)

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Christmas 1B, Presentation of Our Lord A/B/C
Psalm Text: Psalm 131
Sermon Text: Luke 2:21-38 (Simeon and Anna)
Other Text Suggestions: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 4:4-7
Prayer of the Day: Glory of Israel, the coming of your son, Jesus, broke open the heavens and prepared a way for all of your children to come home to you. Give us eyes to see your miraculous spirit moving in this church and in this world. Teach us to be proclaimers of your love to the nations, for the sake of the one whose name is redemption for the peoples, Jesus Christ, our salvation. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, TextWeek, SermonWriter, RevGalPals, BibeHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)*
ELW #275. Angels, from the Realms of Glory*
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn*
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night*
ELW #268. From Heaven Above*
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #288. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice*
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!*
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing*
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #417. In His Temple Now Behold Him
ELW #297. Jesus, What a Wonderful Child*
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming*
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #313. O Lord, Now Let Your Servant
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten*
ELW #269. Once in Royal David’s City*
ELW #640. Our Father, by Whose Name
ELW #263. Savior of the Nations, Come*
ELW #281. Silent Night, Holy Night!*
ELW #293. That Boy-Child of Mary*
ELW #298. The Bells of Christmas*
ELW #300. The First Noel*
ELW #284. ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime*
ELW #296. What Child Is This*
ELW #792. When Memory Fades
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
LBW #110. At the Cross, Her Station Keeping
LBW #181. Greet Now the Swiftly Changing Year
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)*
WOV #639. Oh, Sleep Now, Holy Baby*
WOV #634. Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly*
Various Hymnals Como Estrella en Claro Cielo (1987) by Skinner Chávez-Melo
Various Hymnals Faithful Vigil Ended (1969) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals Jesus, Hope of Every Nation (1987) by Michael Perry
Various Hymnals Night of Silence (1984) by Daniel Kantor
Various Hymnals The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (1967) Public Domain
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Advent/Christmas Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash.
Overwhelmed by love” By Noel Richards.
Song of Hope (Heaven Come Down)” By Chase Jenkins, Dan Hamilton, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Nurturing God, remembering the exile of the holy family and Herod’s slaughter of the children, we remember all who need our sustaining love. Hear our prayers for the church and the community in the world.

A brief silence.

Gracious God, help your church to better reveal the glory of your grace, love, and salvation. Bless all church leaders, (especially,…) with all that they need to proclaim your presence with us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, grant rest and peace to fields and streams. Bless ecologists and all who work to restore and preserve all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of peace, send your spirit to guide those in power. Use world leaders to bring about your peace and justice for all people. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You who are our hope, fortify those who find themselves struggling with despair or anxiety. Help all people to see reasons to hope in the future. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Great physician, heal all who are in pain (especially,…). Give insight and patience to all those who are working on treatments and cures for diseases. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Triune God, open our eyes to the needs of the people around us and help us to reach out to them in love and service. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of the ages, we thank you for the saints who have gone before us. Use us, as you used them, to show your presence in the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that all people may hear together the song of joy, and find their homes in the garden of justice and hope, that we may experience the fullness of life, which is your will for all, in the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship Resources: December 20, 2020

4th Sunday of Advent (NL316)

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 4C
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

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #283. O Come, All Ye Faithful*
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #419. For All the Faithful Women
ELW #268. From Heaven Above*
ELW #290. Go Tell It on the Mountain*
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing*
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #297. Jesus, What a Wonderful Child*
ELW #267. Joy to the World*
ELW #407. O Living Breath of God
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming*
ELW #251. My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness*
ELW #269. Once in Royal David’s City*
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten*
ELW #844. Praise to the Lord (Louez l’Eterne)
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #263. Savior of the Nations, Come*
ELW #281. Silent Night, Holy Night!*
ELW #672. Signs and Wonders
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #293. That Boy-Child of Mary*
ELW #265. The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came*
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (The Feast Is Ready)
ELW #258. Unexpected and Mysterious*
ELW #296. What Child Is This*
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #64. From East to West
WOV #634. Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly*
WOV #646. We Three Kings of Orient Are*
Various Hymnals Ave Maria (13th C.) by Anonymous
Various Hymnals For Mary, mother of our Lord (??) by J. Peacey
Various Hymnals No Wind at the Window (1992) by John Bell
Various Hymnals Sing We of the Blessed Mother (1975) by G. B. Timms
Various Hymnals Tell Out, My Soul (1962) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Advent/Christmas Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Immanuel” By Michael Card.
More Than Conquerors” As performed by Rend collective.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

We seek the mighty God in the most unlikely places as a child in a stable, and in an empty tomb. May God hear these prayers, which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

A brief silence.

Turn the church from dogma and doctrine towards the least and lowly; grant that we may see your presence in all of our neighbors and seek to serve you by serving them. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Turn the world from desolation, exploitation, and pollution and turn our hearts towards restoring and protecting all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Turn the hearts of our leaders to concern for those without power or influence; help our societies to better care for the vulnerable and oppressed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Turn hearts of despair into hearts of hope; use us to deepen and strengthen relationships and communities. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Turn the weeping of grief and pain into the joy of wholeness and healing; provide comfort and care to all who need it. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Turn us outwards from our own selfish desires and limited vision; bless our ministries and use us to proclaim your grace and love to everyone we meet. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Turn our thoughts towards serving you in the way the saints have served you through the generations; inspire our faith and work through their example and teachings. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: December 13, 2020

3rd Sunday of Advent (NL315)

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 3B
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,  revgalblogTextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #314. Arise, Your Light Has Come!
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn*
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel*
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
ELW #607. Come, Ye Disconsolate
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People*
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!*
ELW #699. In Deepest Night
ELW #282. It Came upon the Midnight Clear*
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #710. Let Streams of Living Justice
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry*
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #423. Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #488/9. Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness
ELW #706. The People Walk (Un pueblo que camina)
ELW #551. The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve
ELW #686. We Give Thee but Thine Own
LBW #302. Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger*
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
Various Hymnals Beauty for Brokenness (1993) by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals God Has Chosen Me (1990) by Bernadette Farrell
Various Hymnals Heaven Is Singing for Joy (1958) by Pablo Sosa
Various Hymnals Make Way (1986) by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals When the King Shall Come Again (1975) by Christopher Idle
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Advent/Christmas Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Build Your Kingdom Here” By Rend Collective Experiment.
King Of Heaven (Isaiah 61)” By Brian Bergman, Charlie Hall, et al.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
Take My Life” By Scott Underwood.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

We seek the mighty God in the most unlikely places as a child in a stable, and in an empty tomb. May God hear these prayers, which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

A brief silence.

Anoint the church with a spirit of proclamation; make us bold in crying out for justice, peace, and reconciliation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Anoint your creation with a spirit of healing; turn our hearts away from selfishness and make us better stewards of the bounty you bestow upon the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Anoint our leaders with a spirit of humility and wisdom; reform our systems that liberating news may be proclaimed to the captive and the oppressed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Anoint the lonely with a spirit of hope; open our eyes to the needs of those around us and keep us steadfast in service and care for others. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Anoint the sick and suffering with a spirit of healing; restore wholeness to whose struggling with disease and illness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Anoint this congregation with a spirit of witness; open our lips that we may proclaim your praise wherever we may find ourselves this week. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We give you thanks for anointing the saints with a spirit of faithfulness; anoint us too that we may, one day, join the saints in eternal praise of you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Episode 46 – Daniel’s Hope in God

Gospel Text: Luke 23:1-5
Sermon Text: Daniel 6:6-27 (Daniel’s Hope in God)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 25Romans 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,  revgalblogTextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Worship Resources: November 29, 2020

1st Sunday of Advent (NL313)

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
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&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #337. Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
ELW #250. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #354. Calvary (Every Time I Think about Jesus)
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #339. Christ, the Life of All the Living
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #616. Jesus, Remember Me
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #320. The Glory of These Forty Days (vv.3-4)
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #825. You Servants of God
WOV #671. Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
Various Hymnals Dare to Be a Daniel (1873) by P. P. Bliss
Various Hymnals God, We Pray at This Beginning (1992) by Christopher Redmond
Various Hymnals Las primicias del día (1980) by Brus del Monte
Various Hymnals We Have a Gospel to Proclaim (1968) by Edward Burns
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Better Is One Day” By Matt Redman.
Let Our Faith Be Not Alone” By Robbie Seay, Ryan Owens, et al.
More Than Conquerors” As performed by Rend collective.
You Are Good” By Israel Houghton.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

We seek the mighty God in the most unlikely places as a child in a stable, and in an empty tomb. May God hear these prayers, which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

A brief silence.

God, we pray that you deliver the church from hypocrisy, timidity, and judgmentalism; increase our trust in your Spirit, active in our words and deeds. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver creation from exploitation and destruction; lift up advocates and protectors of the wild places of the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver the nations from violence and injustice; grant wisdom and compassion to all leaders of tribes and peoples. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver those battling loneliness and fear; help us to see the hidden needs of our neighbors and to reach out in love and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver those enduring illness and disease; rain down your healing power upon all those who need it. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we pray that you deliver us from apathy and lethargy; grant us boldness of speech and action on behalf of the Gospel. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God, we give you thanks for all those who have gone before us and whose lives have proven your great faithfulness and deliverance. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give us ears to hear, O God, and eyes to watch, that we may know your presence in our midst during this holy season of joy as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: November 22, 2020

Christ the King Sunday (NL312)

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 5B
Gospel Text: Luke 22:19-20
Sermon Text: Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10
Prayer of the Day (WP): God, whose fondness for humanity knows no limit, write your word upon our hearts, so that we need no scroll, no book, no script to know that you love us. Show us the power of your covenant, that you will be faithful to us, even when we fail to remain faithful to you. For the beauty of your word inscribed upon us, we pray, in the name of the one whose body and blood became your new covenant with us, Jesus Christ, our redeemer. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship,  revgalblog,  SermonWriter,  TextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #607. Come, Ye Disconsolate
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #483. Here Is Bread
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #423. Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #487. What Feast of Love
ELW #566. When Twilight Comes
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Various Hymnals Everlasting Love (1880) by Mary James
Various Hymnals Grant to Us, O Lord (1973) by Lucien Deiss
Various Hymnals Help Us, O Lord, to Learn (1959) by William Reid
Various Hymnals Womb of Life (1992) by Ruth Duck
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Behold The Lamb (Communion Hymn)” By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Sing Sing Sing” By Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.

A brief silence.

Lord, fill the church with your law of love and make us your people, people freed to love and serve our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, renew the earth and all that is in it, fashion our hearts with love for you and love for the glorious creation you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, write your statutes on the hearts of our leaders, help them to see the primacy of your justice and your peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, comfort the suffering and brokenhearted, grant that our suffering bring us closer in love and hope to those in pain. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, restore your people (especially,…), send out your healing and comfort on those battling illness and disease. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, remember our sin no more and keep us steadfast in your way of love and service. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord, keep us mindful of the saints who have gone before us, spread your love and grace from generation to generation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship Resources: November 15, 2020

Proper 28 (33) (NL311)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Trinity Sunday B
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.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship,  revgalblog,  SermonWriter,  TextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #401. Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #473. Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo)
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #630. In Heaven Above
ELW #868. Isaiah in a Vision Did of Old
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #558. Lord God, We Praise You
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #823. Praise the Lord! O Heavens
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #497. Strengthen for Service, Lord
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #381. Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
LBW #547. Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!
Various Hymnals God, We Praise You! (1978) by Christopher Idle
Various Hymnals Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old (1982) by Joy Patterson
Various Hymnals Sing to the Mountains (1979) by Robert Dufford
Various Hymnals The Voice of God Is Calling (1913) by John Holmes
(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.
God is Great” By Marty Sampson.
Sending” By Charlie Hall, Nathan Nockels, et al.
You are Holy” By Per Harling.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.

A brief silence.

Lord, send your church out into the world to proclaim your glory and practice your self-sacrificial love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send us out into your creation with hearts of care and a deep desire to protect what you have some wonderfully made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send us leaders who will protect the widow, the orphan, and the resident alien. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send your spirit of hope into the lives of those who are despairing and help them to know you presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send your healing spirit upon all who are suffering or in any pain, bring them your wholeness and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, blot out our sin and send us forth into the world to bear witness to your activity in our lives and in the world around us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord, we give you thanks for the saints you have sent to us and we pray that you will use us our witness to others too. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.