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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.

Worship Resources: June 23, 2019

Proper 7(12) Year 1 (Pentecost 2)

Reminder: I am part of a group doing “Unsung Heroes” this summer
Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Melchizedek – Gen 14:17-20; Hebrews 7:11-19
Prayer of the Day: God Most High, bless us as you blessed Abram so long ago; and use us to bless others as you used Melchizedek. Make us agents of your peaceful and just kingdom at work in the world. We pray this in the name of our high priest, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #772. Oh, that the Lord Would Guide My Ways
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
LBW #347. Jerusalem the Golden
Various Hymnals Christ Sits At God’s Right Hand (2002) by Stephen Starke
Various Hymnals Thus the great Lord of earth and sea (18th Century) Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals You Are a Priest Forever (1970) by Salmo
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

God Is Here” By Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, et al.
Sing” By Jeff Pardo, Josh Wilson.
More contemporary suggestions 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 and its leaders (especially, …); give them wisdom and boldness in proclaiming your vision for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the waters of the earth; grant wholeness and healing where we have damaged them and instill in us a desire that all people have access to this fundamental component of life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless presidents, prime ministers, monarchs, and all who lead nations; help them to work for peace and justice above selfish ambition or greed.. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless refugees, immigrants, and all who seek safety and prosperity; make us compassionate in our response to those fleeing violence and poverty. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the sick and suffering (especially, …); heal the broken in mind and body. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless this congregation and its ministries; turn us ever more outwards toward our neighbors and those in need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless the saints; and unite us with them around your heavenly throne in the priesthood of all believers. 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: June 9, 2019

Pentecost Sunday Year 1

Color: Red
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Pentecost A/B/C, Proper 11(16)A
Readings: Nothing Can Separate Us Sermon text Acts 2:1-4; Romans 8:14-39 – Companion text – Matthew 28:16-20
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Great Spirit, you have lit upon each of us a flame to serve you in all that we do. Ignite your flame, and help us to burn brightly for you. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #505. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #781. Children of the Heavenly Father
ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #619. I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #832. My Lord of Light
ELW #622. Neither Death nor Life
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #669. Rise Up, O Saints of God!
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #396. Spirit of Gentleness
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #587. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #588. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #376. Thine Is the Glory
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
WOV #686. Veni Sancte Spiritus
Various Hymnals For Your Gift of God the Spirit (1984) by Edith Clarkson
Various Hymnals I Am His, and He Is Mine (1890) Wade Robinson
Various Hymnals On Pentecost They Gathered (1981) by Jane Parker Huber
Various Hymnals Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow (1983) by Thomas Troeger
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #540. Go, Make Disciples
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #547. Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
ELW #576. We All Are One in Mission
Various Hymnals Freely, Freely (1972) by Carol Owens
Various Hymnals Go to the World! (1991) by Sylvia Dunstan
Various Hymnals “How Shall They Hear,” Who Have Not Heard (1984) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(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.
Everlasting God” By Brenton Brown, Ken Riley.
More Than Conquerors
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Empowering God, you gave the church the abiding presence of your Holy Spirit. Look upon your church today and hear our petitions.

A brief silence.

Send your Spirit upon the church and its leaders, O God, and fill us with hope and confidence in the victory of Christ over sin and death. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your Spirit upon the earth and its creatures, O God, and renew creation with your vibrant and sustaining life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your Spirit upon our leaders and systems, O God, and instill in them a fervent desire for peace and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your Spirit upon those suffering in spirit, O God, and wrap them in your loving and caring embrace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your Spirit upon those suffering in body, O God, and grant them healing, hope, and wholeness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your Spirit upon this assembly, O God, and send us out into the world to proclaim your love and grace to all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Send your Spirit upon all generations of the faithful, O God, and unite us all around your heavenly throne. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that, gathered and directed by your Spirit, we may confess Christ as Lord and combine our diverse gifts with a singular passion to continue his mission in this world until we join in your eternal praise. Amen.

Worship Resources: June 2, 2019

Easter 7 Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 7(12)A
Readings: Hope of Resurrection Sermon text Romans 6:1-14 – Companion text – Matthew 6:24
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of resurrection, you have promised new life to all who believe. Make us believers, and show us how to live into this new life. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #442. All Who Believe and Are Baptized
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #447. O Blessed Spring
ELW #732. Borning Cry
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #609. Chief of Sinners Though I Be
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #619. I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #328. Restore in Us, O God
ELW #497. Strengthen for Service, Lord
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #814. Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am
ELW #448. This Is the Spirit’s Entry Now
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #451. We Are Baptized in Christ Jesus
ELW #449. We Know That Christ Is Raised
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #211. You Have Put On Christ
WOV #671. Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
Various Hymnals Christians, Lift Up Your Hearts (1980) by John Bowers
Various Hymnals Now Let Us from This Table Rise (1968) by Fred Kaan
Various Hymnals Planted in Christ, the living vine () by Samuel Francis Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #589. All Depends on Our Possessing
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
ELW #262. Wait for the Lord
ELW #680. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
ELW #681. We Plow the Fields and Scatter
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Christ Is the World’s Light (1968) by Fred Pratt Green
Various Hymnals God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall () by Maria Straub
Various Hymnals In holy contemplation () by William Cowper
(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.
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
In Christ Alone” By Stuart Townend, Keith Getty.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

Where the church is broken, O God, bring healing, hope, and resurrection. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Where creation is suffering, O God, restore it to wholeness and glory. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Where systems lead to injustice, O God, raise leaders who will advocate for justice and equality. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Where relationships are broken, O God, bring forgiveness and reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Where people are in pain, O God, bring comfort and endurance. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Where we are turned inward, O God, open our eyes to your presence in the world around us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Where we are tempted to stray, O God, keep us on the way of all the saints before us, the way of Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.

Worship Resources: May 26, 2019

Easter 6 Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 3A
Readings: God’s Love Poured Out Sermon text Romans [3:28-30] 5:1-11 – Companion text – Matthew 11:28-30
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Gracious God, you have welcomed all people into your kingdom. Remove from us the barriers that we build to keep people from you, so that all might live in your grace and peace. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #337. Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #594. Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #407. O Living Breath of God
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #651. Oh, Praise the Gracious Power
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #590. Salvation unto Us Has Come
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
Various Hymnals Because He Died and Is Risen (1980) by Michael Baughen
Various Hymnals My heart looks in faith to the Lamb divine () by Zhao Zichen
Various Hymnals Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin? () by Edward Bickersteth
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #608. Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Various Hymnals Come to Me, O Weary Traveler (1991) by Sylvia G. Dunstan
Various Hymnals Come to the Water (1978) by John B. Foley
Various Hymnals Jesus Is Calling () by Fanny Crosby
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
More Than Conquerors
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective
Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

Pour your love on the church, O God; and make us bold in our proclamation of reconciliation found in the blood of Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour your love on fields and streams, oceans and mountains, O God; and move us to work for the healing of all creation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour your love on the nations, O God; and bring your love to bear on our systems of justice and government that all might know peace and prosperity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour your love on those who are despairing, O God; and show us how best to offer comfort and hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour your love on the sick, O God (especially,…); and bring peace and comfort to the dying. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour your love on this assembly, O God; and deepen our faith and trust in your eternal promises of life and salvation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Pour your love on all the saints, O God; and keep us on the path they have trod, the path that leads to light eternal with them and with you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.

Worship Resources: May 19, 2019

Easter 5 Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 4A
Readings: Gospel as Salvation Sermon text Romans 1:1-17 – Companion text – Matthew 9:10-13
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of all humanity, you welcomed all–sinners and saints–into your kingdom. Help us to be as welcoming and accepting as you. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #767. Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #570. Now the Day Is Over
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #651. Oh, Praise the Gracious Power
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
Various Hymnals God of the prophets! (1884) by Denis Wortman
Various Hymnals Make Me a Servant (1982) by Kelly Willard
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)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
WOV #793. Shout for Joy Loud and Long
Various Hymnals Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy (1759) by Joseph Hart
Various Hymnals The Kingdom of God Is Justice and Joy (1972) by Bryn Rees
Various Hymnals The Master Came to Bring Good News (1965) by Ralph Finn
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Grace Wins” As performed by Matthew West.
Not Ashamed” By Jeremy Camp, Jon Egan.
We Are Called” By David Haas.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

For the church; that we may never be ashamed of the Gospel, but rather be bold in our proclamation of God’s love for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the planting season; that farmers and laborers be kept safe and the the coming harvest be an abundant sign of God’s providence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For our leaders; that the people of all nations know the justice, mercy, and peace that comes from our Creator. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For any who are without community; that they may find relationship and connection that brings them the peace of God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the sick (especially,…); that they may know the healing presence of God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this congregation; that we may live by our faith in God’s eternal promises. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all the saints, of every time and place; that their witness may strengthen our own and that we may all, one day, join with God in eternal light. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.

Worship Resources: May 12, 2019

Easter 4 Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Paul’s Mission Sermon text Acts 13:1-3; 14:8-18 – Companion text – Matthew 10:40-42
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of all, you opened your gates wide to receive all your children into the heavenly kingdom. Help us to be vehicles of promise and proclamation for all who will listen, so that every soul might live in your grace. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #478. Father, We Thank You
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #734. God, Whose Farm Is All Creation
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #241. O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
ELW #672. Signs and Wonders
ELW #497. Strengthen for Service, Lord
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
LBW #190. We Praise You, Lord
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
WOV #659. O Sun of Justice
Various Hymnals Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go (1987) by James Quinn
Various Hymnals God in His Love for Us (1973) by Fred Green
Various Hymnals Paul, Preacher of the Word (1994) by Bertus Polman
Various Hymnals Praise Our God Above (1931) by Zhao Zichen
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
Various Hymnals Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands (1926) by Margaret Cropper
Various Hymnals Let Your Heart Be Broken (1975) by Bryan Leech
Various Hymnals There’s a Spirit in the Air (1969) by Brian Wren
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
Breath Of God” By Vicky Beeching.
Rising” By Matt Redman, Paul Baloche.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

Make the church a more welcoming church, O God, and help us to better meet people where they are and accompany them in your name. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring about a fruitful season, O God, and may we see the glory of creation and praise your generous and creative power. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reform our systems of power, O God, and move us to acts of justice, mercy, and hospitality. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant us confidence, O God, that we may proclaim your good news to all the corners of the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heal the sick, O God, and grant wisdom and insight to those working to find cures and treatments for diseases. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Set us apart for your work, O God, that we may leave this place ready to work for your will and your word in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bring your kingdom near, O God, and join us with all the saints who have gone before in light eternal. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.

Worship Resources: May 5, 2019

Easter 3 Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Baptism A, Easter A/B/C
Readings: Peter’s Vision Sermon text Acts 10:1-17, 34-48 – Companion text – Matthew 9:36-37
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of all nations, you made it clear that all people are invited to partake of the glory of your salvation. Help us to invite all people to your goodness, so that no one might be forgotten in your saving grace. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #304. Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized
ELW #188. Create in Me a Clean Heart
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #697. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
ELW #563. O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
ELW #716. Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #887. This Is My Song
ELW #720. We Are Called
LBW #22. The Advent of Our God
LBW #431. Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old
WOV #671. Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
Various Hymnals Jesus Called to Peter (1994) by Bertus Polman
Various Hymnals Spirit of the Living God (1963) by Daniel Iverson
Various Hymnals Teach me, my God and King (1633) by George Herbert
Various Hymnals To Peter, Lost in Earnest Prayer (1998) by Joy Patterson
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)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #694. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
LBW #384. Your Kingdom Come, O Father
Various Hymnals The City Is Alive, O God (1969) by William Reid, Jr.
Various Hymnals Jesus, my Savior, look on me (1869) by Charlotte Elliott
Various Hymnals Let Your Heart Be Broken (1975) by Bryan Leech
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Better Is One Day” By Matt Redman.
More Than Conquerors
Sweetly Broken” By Jeremy Riddle.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

Use the church to spread the great message of your love to the world, O God, and deepen our faith and trust in your presence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your compassionate love upon the earth, O God, and move humanity to better steward and care for the earth. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Rain justice down upon the nations, O God, and bring peace where there is conflict and war. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Move us out of our comfort zones, O God, and lead us to serve you in serving our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring health and healing to the sick, O God, and bless all who suffer in any way with your peace and hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless this assembly with the Holy Spirit, O God, and inspire us to share your amazing grace with our communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Raise the saints to light eternal, O God, and bring all people into your glorious presence on the last day. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.

Worship Resources: April 28, 2019

I hope you had a very blessed Holy Week and Easter! I will work towards getting back on my usual posting schedule ASAP.

Easter 2 Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Trinity Sunday A
Readings: Great Commission Sermon text Matthew 28:16-20 – Companion text – Psalm 40:9-10
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of action, you sent your disciples into the world to preach, teach, and make disciples of all nations. Make us instruments of proclamation, so that all might know of the love you have for humanity. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #540. Go, Make Disciples
ELW #543. Go, My Children, with My Blessing
ELW #290. Go Tell It on the Mountain
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #538. The Lord Now Sends us Forth
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #665. Rise, Shine, You People!
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #547. Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
ELW #386/7. O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #384. That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
ELW #576. We All Are One in Mission
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #192. Baptized into Your Name Most Holy
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
Various Hymnals Always with us, always with us (1858) by Edwin Nevin
Various Hymnals Freely, Freely (1972) by Carol Owens
Various Hymnals Go Make of All Disciples (1955) by Leon Adkins
Various Hymnals Go to the World! (1991) by Sylvia Dunstan
Various Hymnals Now Let Us from This Table Rise (1968) by Fred Kaan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #268. From Heaven Above
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #861. When Long Before Time (The Singer and the Song)
Various Hymnals Before Thy People I Confess
Various Hymnals I Waited For The Lord Most High
Various Hymnals Thy Tender Mercies, O My Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
We Speak to Nations” By Israel Houghton.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

Send the church our to make disciples and proclaim your love to all nations. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Save creation from the shortsightedness of humanity and bring your healing to bear upon all life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring the nations into the arms of your mercy and grant all people leaders who care for them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Strengthen all the baptized in their faith and renew their trust in your great promises. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Be with the sick and suffering (especially,…) and provide them with wholeness and joy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Make us better teachers of your Word and strengthen our community of faith. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bring all the saints into your great congregation that we may share the glad news of your deliverance with all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.

Worship Resources: April 14, 2019

Just a heads up, I won’t be providing materials for the Triduum, I believe there are enough resources out there for worship planning already. Hope you have a blessed Holy Week!

Palm Sunday Year 1

Color: Purple or Red
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Palm Sunday A
Readings: Triumphal Entry Sermon text Matthew 21:1-17 – Companion text – Psalm 118:25-29
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Righteous God, you brought your son Jesus into Jerusalem to show people the radical grace of your love. Show us this grace, and give us eyes to see your goodness. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #781. Children of the Heavenly Father (Tryggare kan ingen vara)
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #770. Give Me Jesus
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor*
ELW #241. O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #264. Prepare the Royal Highway
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
LBW #531. Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
LBW #258. Hosanna to the Living Lord!
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals Filled with Excitement (1972) by Rubén Ruiz Ávila
Various Hymnals Hosanna (1985) by Carl Tuttle
Various Hymnals Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (1973) by Jennette Threlfall
Various Hymnals Praise Him, All Ye Little Children
Various Hymnals Tell Me the Stories of Jesus (1885) by William H. Parker
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Contains “Alleluia”

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
Various Hymnals Crown his head with endless blessing (1811) by William Goode
Various Hymnals Give Thanks to God for All His Goodness (1982) by Stanley M. Wiersma
Various Hymnals O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good (1936)
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

At Your Name” By Phil Wickham, Tim Hughes.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Hallelujah Time” By Jean Watt.
You Alone Can Rescue” By Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Caught between joy and despair, we yearn for the fulfillment of God’s desire beyond the brokenness and neediness of this life. We offer thanksgiving for God’s presence with us and petitions for the transformation of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Cleanse your church of selfishness and hypocrisy, Lord; and open the lips of your followers that we might sing forth your praise. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse creation of pollution and harm, Lord; and make us better stewards of the abundant resources you provide. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse the nations of injustice and oppression, Lord; and work in our leaders that they may follow in your ways of peace and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse our hearts and minds, of fear and anxiety, Lord; and move us to reach out to others who are in mental pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse the sick (especially,…) of their illness, Lord; and bless all who provide care and healing. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Cleanse this congregation of its brokenness, Lord; and help us to see you in one another. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Cleanse our hearts of doubt, Lord; and keep us steadfast in your Way, which the saints have trod before us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Love-maker, day by day you sustain the weary with your word and gently encourage us to place our trust in you. Awaken us to the suffering of those around us; save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt; give us grace to share one another’s burdens in humble service. Amen.