NL Worship Resources: April 29, 2018

Easter 5

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 6A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:16-18 | Sermon Text: Acts 17:16-31 (Paul’s Sermon at
Athens)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 22:26-28
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the unknown, your mysteries are astounding. Give us knowledge where you see fit, and let us sit comfortably with that which we can never understand. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #716. Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #587. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #162. Lord God, the Holy Ghost
LBW #153. Welcome, Happy Morning!
TFF #225 I Believe I’ll Testify
Various Hymnals God, We Praise You!
Various Hymnals Lord of the Boundless Curves of Space
Various Hymnals We Come, O Christ, to You
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; TFF=This Far By Faith)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #567. God of Our Fathers
LBW #547. Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!
WOV #720. In the Presence of Your People
Various Hymnals Amid The Thronging Worshippers
Various Hymnals To God the only wise
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
I’ll Fly Away” By Albert E. Brumley.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God invites us to bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church and the mission of the Gospel; may all followers of Christ boldly proclaim the grace upon grace found in Jesus, the Word made flesh. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for farmers and gardeners who are anxious to begin the spring work; may God bless their endeavors and keep them safe in all that they do. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations, especially those experiencing conflict and violence; may we hold our leaders accountable to the peace and justice that comes from God. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for people experiencing homelessness and poverty; may we use the blessings of God to help provide for those who lack daily bread and all that they need. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for those experiencing sickness and the suffering (especially,…); may we be agents of God’s comfort and peace to them. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for this community of faith; may we go forth from this service to proclaim the grace and love of God to all whom we encounter. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the faithful dead (especially Catherine of Siena, doctor of the church, and…); may we bear witness to the power of God the way they bore witness to us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them, that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: April 22, 2018

Easter 4

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 7C
Readings: Gospel Text: Luke 6:18-19, 22-23 | Sermon Text: Acts 16:16-34 (Paul & Silas)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 97
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of freedom, Paul and Silas worshiped you, even when they were flogged and imprisoned. Transform our hearts so that we may also rejoice in you at all times and in all situations. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #442. All Who Believe and Are Baptized
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #530. Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather
ELW #752. Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #850/1. When in Our Music God Is Glorified
ELW #709. When Our Song Says Peace
ELW #211. You Have Put On Christ
LBW #157. A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
LBW #461. Fight the Good Fight
Various Hymnals Believe in the Lord
Various Hymnals Paul And Silas
Various Hymnals We Have Heard the Joyful Sound
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #835. All Creatures, Worship God Most High!
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #841. Lift Every Voice and Sing
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
W&P #126 Sing Out, Earth and Skies
Various Hymnals El Señor reina, altísimo (The Lord is king, the Most High)
Various Hymnals I Exalt Thee
Various Hymnals The Lord is King!
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; W&P=Worship & Praise Songbook)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Break Every Chain” By Will Reagan.
The Earth Is Yours” By Michael Gungor.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God invites us to bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

A brief silence.

Most High God, move your church to acts of kindness and mercy that we may be agents of grace in the lives of all whom we encounter. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of creation, bless the earth and all its creatures that your sustaining and redeeming power may be made known to all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Just God, bring freedom to the oppressed and unjustly imprisoned that peace and equality may reign above fear and violence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of all, send forth your word that your great salvation may be known throughout the nations. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Restoring God, be with all who suffer from mental illness that they may hear you through voices of hope and comfort. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creator God, on this Earth day open our eyes to see how our selfishness harms your glorious creation and stir in us a longing to heal and restore the beauty of the earth. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Calling God, we give you thanks for all the saints who have journeyed through nations and ages to bring your Word to us; may we be faithful witnesses to your love and grace as well. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them, that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: April 8, 2018

Easter 2

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 2 A/B/C
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 145:13-21 | Sermon Text: John 20:19-31 (Thomas)
Epistle Suggestion: Romans 3:9-11
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of resurrection, your son, Jesus, awed his followers by appearing among them. With awe we also celebrate his resurrection and rejoice in eternal life. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #760. O Christ the Same
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #543. Go, My Children, with My Blessing
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #390. The Risen Christ
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #820. O Savior, Precious Savior
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #386/7. O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #384. That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
ELW #376. Thine Is the Glory
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #758. You Are the Way
ELW #484. You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Gift of Finest Wheat)
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #472 Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
LBW #151 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
WOV #793. Shout for Joy Loud and Long
Various Hymnals Christ Has Risen
Various Hymnals Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
Various Hymnals So Send I You
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #415. Father Most Holy
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #880. O God beyond All Praising
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #889. The Right Hand of God
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter
LBW #527. All Creatures of Our God and King
LBW #550. From All That Dwell below the Skies
Various Hymnals Abres tú la mano, Señor (The hand of the Lord feeds us)
Various Hymnals Praise to God, Immortal Praise
Various Hymnals We will extol you, ever-blessed Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
More Than Conquerors
Soon and Very Soon” By Andraé Crouch.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God invites us to bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

A brief silence.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for the church and all its members; breathe your Spirit on us and send us forth to witness to your love, forgiveness, and salvation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for all of creation; renew the earth and all that is on it and bring healing where we have caused harm and brokenness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for the nations and the leaders of nations; spread your peace among the hearts of all and restore justice to the oppressed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for all who struggle with doubts of any sort; bring growth out questions and faith out of trial. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for the sick (especially,…); work your healing power in the lives of all who suffer and grant them comfort and peace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for all the saints who have gone before us; as the Spirit moved them, move us and bring us all into your resurrection dawn. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them, that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: March 25, 2018

Palm/Passion Sunday

Color: Purple/Scarlet
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 24 | Triumphal Entry Text: John 12:12-27 |
Sermon Text: John 19:16b-22 (The Crucified Messiah)
Epistle Suggestion: 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of honor and celebration, together we cry, “Hosanna!” to your son, who rode willingly and bravely into Jerusalem. Hear us as we celebrate your anointed one, Jesus Christ. Amen

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #337. Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #335. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #353. Were You There
LBW #110. At the Cross, Her Station Keeping
LBW #112/3. Jesus, in Thy Dying Woes
LBW #114. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
LBW #344. We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died
Various Hymnals Hark! the Voice of Love and Mercy*
Various Hymnals Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone
Various Hymnals The Old Rugged Cross
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Contains “Alleluia”

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #734. God, Whose Farm Is All Creation
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #744. Lord, Be Glorified
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
LBW #124/5. The Royal Banners Forward Go
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals The King of Glory Comes
Various Hymnals Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Various Hymnals Psalm 24
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Broken” By Michael Himes.
Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
Savior Of The World” By Ben Cantelon.
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.

We pray for all leaders of the church: for Bishops and Pastors, Deacons and Elders, Councils and Teachers; may they loudly proclaim the glory and reign of our Crucified King. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for creation: for fields and streams, mountains and plains, oceans and seas; may the coming seasons bring an abundant harvest that all may share. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations of the world: for democracies and republics, for kingdoms and principalities, for theocracies and autocracies; may your peace and justice cover all lands and peoples. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who commit violence against others: for thieves and bandits, for murderers and rapists, for abusers and liars; may they come to repentance and seek paths of reconciliation and righteousness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in the grip of disease: for those dealing with cancer or other chronic illnesses, for those who are paralyzed or unresponsive, for those about to undergo surgery and those recovering from surgery; may your healing power flow through all who work for their wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for those faithful witnesses who have gone before: for Sunday school teachers and pastors, for parents and parental figures, for saints and martyrs; may we join in that long line of witnesses as well. 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.

NL Worship Resources: March 18, 2018

Lent 5

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 146 | Sermon Text: John 19:1-16a (Jesus Condemned)
Epistle Suggestion: Colossians 1:11-14
Prayer of the Day (WP): Holy God, in this season of contemplation, help us to recognize that you revealed yourself in Jesus, who walked among us and was handed over to be crucified. May we be strengthened by his presence among us today. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #349. Ah, Holy Jesus
ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #354. Calvary (Every Time I Think about Jesus)
ELW #370. Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
ELW #339. Christ, the Life of All the Living
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #727. Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #355/6. Sing, My Tongue
ELW #353. Were You There
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
LBW #At the Cross, Her Station Keeping
LBW #114. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
Various Hymnals A Purple Robe, a Crown of Thorn
Various Hymnals O Dearest Lord, Thy Sacred Head
Various Hymnals To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord
(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 #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #848. Give to Our God Immortal Praise!
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (The Feast Is Ready)
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
LBW #493. Hope of the World
LBW #537. O Jesus, King Most Wonderful!
LBW #264. When All Your Mercies, O My God
Various Hymnals God of my life! through all its days
Various Hymnals Sing praise to God who reigns above
Various Hymnals Summer suns are glowing
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

All For You” By Jon Neufeld, Tim Neufeld.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
The Wonderful Cross” By Chris Tomlin, Isaac Watts, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.

A brief silence.

King of the church, turn our anger and judgement into acts of mercy and contrition. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of creation, restore fields and streams to wholeness and vibrancy. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of the nations, bring humility to our leaders and peace to the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of all, forgive our shouts of condemnation and turn our hearts to reconciliation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of life, work your healing power in the lives of all who suffer in any way. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

King of glory, bring us into your presence along with (…, and) all the saints who have gone before us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: February 25, 2018

Lent 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Maundy Thursday A/B/C
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 51:7-12 | Sermon Text: John 13:1-17 (Jesus Washes Feet)
Epistle Suggestion: Hebrews 10:21-23
Prayer of the Day (WP): Holy Lord God, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as a sign of service and compassion. Show us how to live and love in service and with compassion, for the sake of all your children. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #431. O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #360. Love Consecrates the Humblest Act
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #608. Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #642. Ubi caritas et amor (Where True Charity and Love Abide)
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
ELW #484. You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Gift of Finest Wheat)
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #336. Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
LBW #114. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
Various Hymnals An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare
Various Hymnals Meekness and Majesty (This is Your God)
Various Hymnals Pan de Vida
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #185-188. Create in Me a Clean Heart
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #328. Restore in Us, O God
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
ELW #758. You Are the Way
LBW #192. Baptized into Your Name Most Holy
Various Hymnals Blessed Be the Fountain
Various Hymnals O for a Closer Walk with God
Various Hymnals Search Me, O God
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
We Are Called” By David Haas.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.

A brief silence.

For the church and its leaders; that we may better serve the needs of the people around us and proclaim Christ’s sacrificial love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the earth and its creatures; that all living things may know God’s sustaining power and abundant life. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations of the world; that all people may pursue justice and reconciliation above power and exploitation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all who serve; that they may feel Christ’s presence with them, encouraging and strengthening them. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who are in pain; that God’s healing power provide miraculous healing, comfort, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all the saints who have gone before us (especially Deaconess Elizabeth Fedde, and …); that the witness of their service to others inspire our deeds and priorities. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 4A or Easter 4B
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 23 | Sermon Text: John 10:1-18 (The Good Shepherd)
Epistle Suggestion: 1 Peter 2:19-25
Prayer of the Day (WP): Loving God, your son came, and like a good shepherd, gave his life for your sheep. Receive our humble gratitude for this act of sacrifice and courage. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #349. Ah, Holy Jesus
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #536. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
ELW #385. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #530. Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #782. My Shepherd, You Supply My Need
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #608. Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #581. You Are Mine
ELW #484. You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Gift of Finest Wheat)
LBW #501. He Leadeth Me: Oh, Blessed Thought!
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Various Hymnals Abundant Life
Various Hymnals Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep
Various Hymnals You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #732. Borning Cry
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #768. Lead Me, Guide Me
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #780. Shepherd Me, O God
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
LBW #264. When All Your Mercies, O My God
Various Hymnals Author of life divine
Various Hymnals Surely Goodness and Mercy
Various Hymnals There’ll Be No Dark Valley
(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.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
If We Are The Body” By Mark Hall.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Shepherd the church, O Lord; guide its mission and witness to the all the flocks of the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shepherd farms and ranches, O Lord; here in the north, bring plants and animals out of winter rest and into spring abundance. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shepherd the nations, O Lord; guide us all in the ways of peace and reconciliation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shepherd us, O Lord; that we may better follow you and hear your voice. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shepherd the lost and hurting, O Lord; bring them your healing presence and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Shepherd the faithful dead, O Lord; and bring us all into the glory of your sheepfold. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: December 17, 2017

You can find a Wreath Lighting resource here based on the hymn “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen and using readings from the Gospel of John.

Advent 3

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

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

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

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

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

Other options based on both:

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

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Brothers and sisters,  as we joyfully await the glorious coming of the Christ, let us pray for the needs of the church, our community, and the world.

A brief silence.

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

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

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

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

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

Here other intercessions may be offered.

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

God of joy and exultation, you strengthen what is weak; you enrich the poor and give hope to those who live in fear. Look upon our needs this day. Make us grateful for the good news of salvation and keep us faithful in your service until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives for ever and ever. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: December 10, 2017

You can find a Wreath Lighting resource here based on the hymn “Choose to Hope” by Marty Haugen and using readings from the Gospel of John.

Advent 2

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 5A or Day of Pentecost B or Easter Vigil A/B/C
Readings: Gospel Text: John 11:25-26 | Sermon Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Ezekiel: Valley of Dry Bones)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of breath, you promised new life to your people in exile by breathing into a valley full of dry bones. Breathe new life into us, so that we might live passionately for you. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #452. Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #407. O Living Breath of God
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #396. Spirit of Gentleness
ELW #506. The Word of God is Source and Seed
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #162. Lord God, the Holy Ghost
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #686. Holy Spirit, Come to Us
Various Hymnals Look Down, O Lord
Various Hymnals Revive Thy Work, O Lord
Various Hymnals Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
ELW #617. We Come to You for Healing, Lord
Various Hymnals It Is Not Death to Die
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance
Various Hymnals Now is Eternal Life
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Days of Elijah” By Robin Mark.
Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
I’ll Fly Away” By Albert E. Brumley.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Brothers and sisters,  as we joyfully await the glorious coming of the Christ, let us pray for the needs of the church, our community, and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church, Lord God, asking that we might prophesy to the world regarding your resurrection and life. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the earth, Lord God, asking that you bring healing and wholeness where there is barrenness and death. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations, Lord God, asking that all the nations be knit together by your justice, mercy, and forgiveness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the grieving, Lord God, asking that they may know your presence and trust in your promise of life out of death. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the hurting, Lord God, asking that we might be your instruments of healing and comfort. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints in light, Lord God, asking that we may one day be joined with them in life abundant and life eternal. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of joy and exultation, you strengthen what is weak; you enrich the poor and give hope to those who live in fear. Look upon our needs this day. Make us grateful for the good news of salvation and keep us faithful in your service until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives for ever and ever. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: December 3, 2017

Advent 1

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

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

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

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

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

Other options based on both:

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

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Brothers and sisters,  as we joyfully await the glorious coming of the Christ, let us pray for the needs of the church, our community, and the world.

A brief silence.

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

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

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

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

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

Here other intercessions may be offered.

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

God of joy and exultation, you strengthen what is weak; you enrich the poor and give hope to those who live in fear. Look upon our needs this day. Make us grateful for the good news of salvation and keep us faithful in your service until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives for ever and ever. Amen.