Episode 4 – David Anointed king

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Worship Resources: October 27, 2019

Proper 25(30) Year 2 – Reformation Sunday

Color: Green or Red
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Kingdom Divided 1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29 (Mark 10:42-45)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Mighty God, your servant Rehoboam divided your kingdom with his tyranny, yet you remained faithful to both kingdoms, even in the midst of conflict. Show us your presence in conflict, and help us to resolve our differences, uniting this world in your name. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlog

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #505. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #400. God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
LBW #493. Hope of the World
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals Cast Down, O God, the Idols (1997) by Herman G. Stuempfle
Various Hymnals O God of Earth and Altar (1865) by G. K. Chesterton
Various Hymnals God Reigns! Earth Rejoices! (2011) by Michael Morgan
Various Hymnals Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (1675) by Johann Jakob Schütz
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
God Of This City” By Chris Tomlin, Aaron Boyd, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective
You Have Shown Us” By Andy Park, Chris Tomlin, et al.
More options 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.

Protect the church from idolatries and heresies O God; deepen our faith and inspire preachers and teachers to proclaim your love and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Protect plants and animals from devastation O God; open our eyes to the damage our systems inflict on creation and make us better stewards of all you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Protect those without power or influence O God; reform our systems of justice and governance to better reflect your wisdom and compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Protect our communities from divisions and conflict O God; and turn our hearts to welcome, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Protect all those in pain or suffering O God; grant them healing and hope in the midst of their tribulations. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Protect this assembly from selfishness and apathy O God; guide us in our ministries or service and love towards our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Protect the saints in light O God; bring all your people into your eternal and loving presence. 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.

Worship Resources: October 20, 2019

 

Proper 24(29) Year 2 (Pentecost 19)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 9(14)B, Proper 10(15)B; Easter 2C
Readings: David Anointed King2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5; Psalm 150 (Mark 11:8-10)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Holy One of Israel, King David worked hard to return the Ark of the Covenant to Israel so that the people could honor you in your house of worship. Receive our praise in this house of worship, as we rejoice in your presence. Amen.
Other Resources (2 Samuel): Textweek, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, NL FaceBook Group
Other Resources (Psalm 150): Textweek, re:Worship, NL FaceBook Group

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #819. Come, All You People (Uyaimose)
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #850/1. When in Our Music God Is Glorified
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
LBW #550. From All That Dwell below the Skies
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Filled with Excitement (1972) by Rubén Ruiz Ávila
Various Hymnals For the Music of Creation (1992) by Shirley Murray
Various Hymnals Like Miriam Who Danced to Praise (1999) by Mary Keithahn
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance (1963) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals Sing of the Lord’s Goodness (1981) by Ernest Sands
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
Made to Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Undignified” By Matt Redman.
More options 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.

Make your church unashamed of the Gospel; willing to dance, sing, and praise that all may know the love and grace of God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

May all that lives and breathes see you as the source of life and joyously sing out with your praises. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You are enthroned above all else; grant humility to all world leaders and bring your kingdom forth in mercy and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Strengthen all missionaries as they accompany the communities they serve; and empower them to serve the needs of our neighbors across the globe. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renew those who provide care for others; and ease any guilt they may experience for seeing to their own needs as well as the needs of others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Protect this congregation and guide it in your ways that our witness here may be full of trust and joy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

With thanksgiving for those who now rest in you (especially,…); keep their memories alive in us until we meet again. 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.

Worship Resources: October 13, 2019

Proper 23(28) Year 2 (Pentecost 18)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 26(31)B
Readings: RuthRuth 1:1-17 (Mark 3:33-35)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of the people, your servant Ruth showed great love when she clung to Naomi. Teach us to show great compassion, and to turn to you when we are in need. Amen.
Other Resources: Textweek, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, NL FaceBook Group

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #419. For All the Faithful Women
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
LBW #298. One There Is, above All Others
LBW #287. O Perfect Love
Various Hymnals Covenant Hymn (1993) by Rory Cooney
Various Hymnals God of Abraham (1990) by Bernadette Farrel
Various Hymnals In Matthew’s Gospel There Are Five (1998) by Mary Nelson Keithahn
Various Hymnals I Will Trust in the Lord
Various Hymnals Wherever You Go (1993) by David Haas
Various Hymnals Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1907) by Ada R. Habershon
Various Hymnals You Are My Father (Too’n mera pita) (2006) by Harkanwal Singh Sahota
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
In Christ Alone” By Stuart Townend, Keith Getty.
I Will Follow” By Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More options 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 and all it’s leaders; that we may be ever faithful to your loving, gracious, and freeing Word. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans; that the waters of the earth be cleansed and made available to all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For our leaders; that they may be faithful in their promises and wise in their actions. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For refugees and immigrants; that we may welcome and care for them as Ruth was welcomed and cared for. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the sick and suffering; that their trust in your presence and healing bring them comfort and hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this assembly gathered here; that we may be faithful to our baptismal promises and boldly proclaim the good news of Christ to all the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For the faithful dead; that their dedication and example be a witness to us in our work for your kingdom. 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.

Worship Resources: October 6, 2019

Proper 22(27) Year 1 (Pentecost 17)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 9B, Proper 4(9)B, Proper 26(31)B
Readings: Hear, O IsraelDeuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9 (Mark 12:28-31)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Loving Lord, you gave commandments to your people as a gift. Teach us to be obedient to your word and to care for each other as we do your will. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #396. Spirit of Gentleness
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
LBW #461. Fight the Good Fight
LBW #238. God Has Spoken by His Prophets
LBW #411. Lord of All Good
WOV #664. A New Commandment
Various Hymnals As the Deer Pants for the Water (1984) by Marty Nystrom
Various Hymnals Christians, let us love one another (1973) by A. Nigro
Various Hymnals For the Life That You Have Given (1987) by Carl Daw
Various Hymnals The Lord Is God, There Is No Other (1980) by Daniel Meeter
Various Hymnals Love God with all your soul and strength (1866) by Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals Love the Lord Your God (1991) by Jean & Jim Strathdee
Various Hymnals Tell Your Children (1980) by Grace Hawthorne
Various Hymnals We Are Your People (1973) by Brian Wren
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
Ancient Skies” By Michael Gungor, Michael Rossback.
Come Now is the Time to Worship” By Brian Doerksen.
Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
The King of Love My Shepherd Is” By Henry Williams Baker, John Bacchus Dykes.
Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
More options 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.

Lord God, help the church to worship only you, keep your name sacred, and honor the sabbath; turn our focus ever towards you and towards seeing you in our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, you called all that you made good; make us better stewards of creation and restore what we have damaged to goodness and wholeness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, you us gave the gift of the law; be at work in our systems of justice that they might be good and righteous, working on behalf of the injured and oppressed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, write your persistent love on our minds, lips, and hearts; inspire us in our teaching of the faith to the generations who will follow after us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, work in the lives of any who suffer (especially, …); bring comfort to those entombed by pain, disease, or despair. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, steep us in your loving Word; move those assembles here today to acts of mercy, love, and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord God, hold the faithful dead in your arms and comfort those who grieve; unite  believers of all places and times in loving you and loving one another. 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.

Worship Resources: September 29, 2019

 

Proper 21(26) Year 1 (Pentecost 16)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 16(21)A
Readings: Moses and God’s Name – Exodus 1:8-2:10; 3:1-15 (Mark 12:26-27a)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of deliverance, you called Moses to be your hands, feet, and voice in a troubled world. Teach us how to work, walk, and speak your word in a troubled world. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #326. Bless Now, O God, the Journey
ELW #819. Come, All You People (Uyaimose)
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #315. How Good, Lord, to Be Here!
ELW #437. On Jordan’s Stormy Bank I Stand
ELW #342. There in God’s Garden
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #19. I Will Sing to the Lord
WOV #670. When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land
Various Hymnals A Mother Lined a Basket (1997) by Mary Keithahn
Various Hymnals Be Still, For the Spirit of the Lord (1986) by David Evans
Various Hymnals God’s Story (1998) by Genie and Troy Nilsson
Various Hymnals He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
Various Hymnals Holy Ground (1982) by Chris Beatty
Various Hymnals Moses (1975) by Carol Greene
Various Hymnals We are standing on holy ground (1983) by Geron Davis
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
More Than Conquerors
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend Collective
My Song is Love Unknown” By John Nicholson Ireland, Samuel Crossman.
Undignified” By Matt Redman.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church; that it may be freed from all that stands in the way of bold proclamation of the love of God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for creation; that it may be freed from human abuse and restored to the glory in which is was first made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our leaders; that they may be freed from selfish ambition and shown true wisdom and humility. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all messengers of your word; that, like the archangel Michael, they may speak truth in the face of evil. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who suffer; that they may be freed from their bondage to sickness and pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this congregation; that we may be freed from feat and anxiety, and work for justice and peace in our communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for all the saints who have gone before us; free us from doubt and sin that we may join them in your heavenly presence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Worship Resources: September 22, 2019

Proper 20(25) Year 1 (Pentecost 15)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 13(18)A or Proper 24(29)C
Readings: Jacob Wrestles God – Genesis 32:9-13, 22-30 (Mark 14:32-36)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Holy God, your servant Jacob wrestled with your angel and prevailed. In honor of his persistence you gave him a new name. Teach us to persist in the face of struggle, and call us by name. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

LBW #477. O God of Jacob
LBW #211. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
LBW #509. Onward, Christian Soldiers
PPSJ #6 The God of Jacob Hallelujah
Various Hymnals Grace is when God gives us (2005) by Paul Crouch and David Mudie
Various Hymnals I Would Not Be Denied (1900) by Charles Jones
Various Hymnals There Shall Be Showers of Blessing (1883) by D.W. Whittle(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; PPSJ=Psalm Project: Shout for Joy )

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
10,000 Reasons” By Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman.
All Over The World” By Martin Smith, Matt Redman.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
In the Secret” By Andy Park.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Bless the church, O God, with a willingness to wrestle with our own hypocrisy and judgemental-ism; and turn us outward from our walls to love and serve our neighbor. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless creation, O God, through all those who are willing to speak out against pollution and the harm being done to what you have made; bring about wholeness and healing where there is brokenness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the brokenhearted, O God, with friends and family who will not let them go; and show your presence with those in darkness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless all in any pain, O God, with healing and comfort; and help all who wrestle with disease and illness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless this congregation, O God, and open our hearts to see your presence in our neighbors and in the stranger. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless the saints in light, O God, and use their example to strengthen us still on the journey; help us to know the faith of all the saints, especially when our own faith is weak. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Worship Resources: September 15, 2019

We do God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday on September 8th, so no resources for that Sunday, sorry! If you do GWOH Sunday check out the resources available for that: https://www.elca.org/dayofservice

Proper 19(24) Year 1 (Pentecost 14)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 6(11)A
Readings: Isaac Born to Sarah – Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 (Mark 10:27)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of promise, Abraham scoffed and Sarah laughed when they were told of your plans for them and their family. Yet you remained faithful to your promise, and gave them a son, Isaac. Help us to trust in your promises for our lives, and to live according to your will. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #641. All Are Welcome

ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown

ELW #482. I Come with Joy

LBW #313. A Multitude Comes from East and West
DATH #97. Tell What God Has Done for Us
CBM #72. Exalted Be Your Name
Various Hymnals Abraham, Sarah Too (2004) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals God Has Made Laughter (1982) by Kathy Eddy
Various Hymnals God It Was (1989) by John L. Bell
Various Hymnals God of the Women (1998) by Carolyn Gillette
Various Hymnals God, We Praise You for the Women (2006) by Daniel Damon
Various Hymnals O God, Whose Steadfast Love (1994) by James Haddix
Various Hymnals To Abraham and Sarah (1984) by Judith Fetter
Various Hymnals We Are on Our Way (1989) by Helen Walter
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People (1978) by David Hoekema

(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest; CBM=Come Beloved of the Maker)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
The Lord Our God” By Kristian Stanfill and Jason Ingram.
You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We give you thanks, O God, for teachers, theologians, and all those who help us to grow in faith. Raise up more leaders in the church who will challenge and encourage your people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for the bounty of your great creation. Work in us and through us that we may be better caretakers of all that you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for those who care for and support those struggling with mental illness. Grant healing and wholeness to the lonely and anxious. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for physicians, nurses, and all those who seek to restore people to health. Be with all who suffer and surround them with your loving arms. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give you thanks, O God, for this community of faith. Deepen our faith and use us to work your will in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We give you thanks, O God, for the example of all the saints who have gone before us. Unite us all in praising and worshiping you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

 

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Worship Resources: August 4, 2019

Proper 13(18) Year 1 (Pentecost 8)

Reminder: I am part of a group doing “Unsung Heroes” this summer
Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s):
Readings: Nahum Nahum 1:1-15
Prayer of the Day: Lord, our refuge and strength in times of trouble; help us to cling to you even in the midst of fear and despair. Keep us from trusting too much in our own power or strength and remind us often of your desire for justice and peace. In the name of Christ our Savior. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
He is Good” By Jay Stocker
How Great is Our God / How Great Thou Art” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Our Great God” By Fernando Ortega, Mac Powell.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Give the church courage, O God, and keep us firm in our proclamation of your great love and mercy for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Restore creation, O God, and work through us to conserve the great gifts you have given us in nature. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Wrap your arms around all victims of violence, O God, and work through leaders to bring about peace and prosperity for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heal the sick and bind up the brokenhearted, O God, and grant wisdom and insight to all who work to find cures and treatments. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bind us together with bonds of love and forgiveness, O God, and strengthen our community of faith that we may better serve our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Gather us with all the saints who have gone before us, O God, and keep the memory and example of the saints in our hearts and minds. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.