NL Worship Resources: August 27, 2017

Proper 16 (21)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 4C or All Saints A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 14:1-4 | Sermon Text: Revelation 6:1-8; 7:9-17 (The Seven Seals)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 23
Prayer of the Day: Enthroned God, you sent the only one who is worthy, Jesus Christ the Lamb, to bring salvation to the earth. Wipe every tear from our eyes and guide us to the springs of eternal life. May we sing of your blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might for ever and ever. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #442. All Who Believe and Are Baptized
ELW #846. Amen, We Praise Your Name (Amen siakudumisa)
ELW #362. At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
ELW #425. Behold the Host Arrayed in White
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #781. Children of the Heavenly Father (Tryggare kan ingen vara)
ELW #819. Come, All You People (Uyaimose)
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #246. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #367. Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds
ELW #341. Now Behold the Lamb
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #823. Praise the Lord! O Heavens
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #423. Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #439. Soon and Very Soon
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #459. Wade in the Water
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
ELW #825. You Servants of God
LBW #167. Glory Be to God the Father
LBW #95. Glory Be to Jesus
LBW #347. Jerusalem the Golden
LBW #302. Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness
LBW #509. Onward, Christian Soldiers
LBW #183. The Son of God Goes Forth to War
WOV #791. Alabaré
Various Hymnals Here from All Nations
Various Hymnals How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine
Various Hymnals Victory Through Grace
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #485. I Am the Bread of Life
ELW #619. I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #477. I Received the Living God
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #376. Thine Is the Glory
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #758. You Are the Way
LBW #133. Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won!
Various Hymnals Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise
Various Hymnals In the Sweet By and By
Various Hymnals When We All Get to Heaven
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Ancient of Days” By Gary Sadler, Jamie Harvill.
Jesus Is King” By Jason Ingram, Josh Fox.
Only By Grace” By Gerrit Gustafson.
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 ministry of church and all of its ministers; that we may be faithful workers for the kingdom of heaven. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for fields and forest, and for all growing things; that the coming harvest provide for the needs of all creation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations of the world; that justice and peace reign to the glory of God, the ruler of all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all victims of violence and hatred; that hearts of stone may be softened and our discourse be guided by the Holy Spirit. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the suffering (especially,…); that their burdens be eased and the peace of God fill their bodies, minds, and spirits. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the host arrayed before the throne and all the saints; that the example of their worship enliven and deepen our own. 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: August 20, 2017

Proper 15 (20)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 3C
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:29-31 | Sermon Text: Revelation 5:1-13 (Worthy is the Lamb)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 30
Prayer of the Day: Glorious God of all, you have conquered all brokenness and sin through the Lamb who is worthy, Jesus Christ. Open our lips to sing praises to the one who in dying has destroyed death and in rising has restored creation to wholeness. To the honor and glory of the Lamb and the Creator of all we pray. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #362. At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #339. Christ, the Life of All the Living
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #847. Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #473. Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo)
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #393. A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #558. Lord God, We Praise You
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #367. Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds
ELW #341. Now Behold the Lamb
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #823. Praise the Lord! O Heavens
ELW #355/6. Sing, My Tongue
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #850/1. When in Our Music God Is Glorified
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
ELW #525. You Are Holy
ELW #825. You Servants of God
LBW #550. From All That Dwell below the Skies
LBW #167. Glory Be to God the Father
LBW #547. Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!
LBW #344. We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died
WOV #791. Alabaré
WOV #669. Come Away to the Skies
WOV #789. Now the Feast and Celebration
WOV #608. This is the Feast of Victory
Various Hymnals Angel-Voices, Ever Singing
Various Hymnals Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus
Various Hymnals Worthy Is the Lamb
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #199. Jesus, Lamb of God
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #305. When Jesus Came to Jordan
LBW #103. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God
Various Hymnals Behold the Lamb of God
Various Hymnals “Man of Sorrows,” What a Name
Various Hymnals There Is a Redeemer
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Ancient of Days” By Gary Sadler, Jamie Harvill.
High And Lifted Up” By Darlene Zschech, Mike Guglielmucci.
With One Voice” By Matt Redman, Steven Curtis Chapman.
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.

God of all, orient your church toward you and inspire our witness that all of creation may see your glory in our actions and lives. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God above all, bring healing and wholeness to creation and make us better stewards of all that you have made. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God among all, work your peace and justice among the nations and humble our leaders that they might better do your will. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God with all, share your presence with the despairing and bring hope to the hopeless. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God in all, work in the lives of all who suffer in anyway and restore them to abundant and vibrant life. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God throughout all, unite us with all the saints who have gone before and inspire in us praise and thanksgiving in all times and places. 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: August 13, 2017

Proper 14 (19)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 17:1-5 | Sermon Text: Rev 4:1-11 (Heavenly Worship)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 29
Prayer of the Day: Lord God, you are worthy of glory, laud, and honor. By your will you created the universe and by your Word you have redeemed it; give us spirits of humility and gratitude that we may rightly praise you and lead creation in celebrating your creative and redemptive love. We pray in the glorious name of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #847. Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #415. Father Most Holy
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #473. Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo)
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #393. A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #823. Praise the Lord! O Heavens
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #423. Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
ELW #525. You Are Holy
ELW #825. You Servants of God
LBW #531. Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
LBW #249. God Himself Is Present
LBW #547. Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!
LBW #3. You Are God; We Praise You
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
Various Hymnals God, We Praise You!
Various Hymnals Holy Is the Lord
Various Hymnals You are Worthy
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #478. Father, We Thank You
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #563. O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
ELW #517. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word
ELW #655. Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #758. You Are the Way
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #373. Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round
WOV #637. Gloria, Gloria, Gloria
Various Hymnals A Charge to Keep I Have
Various Hymnals For ever with the Lord
Various Hymnals Thy love, O God, has all mankind created
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Beyond All Measure” By Tom Lane.
Holy Holy Holy” By John Bacchus Dykes, Reginald Heber.
You Are Worthy” By Darlene Zschech.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.

A brief silence.

Lord God, show us your glory that your church and all who believe may sing forth with praise for you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord God, shower your creation with life and vibrancy that all of creation bear witness to your awesome power. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord God, plant humility in the hearts of all leaders that they may bow before your will and work for your peace and justice in all the world. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord God, draw near to all who cannot praise you that they may feel your presence and know that your glory can overcome the darkness they know. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord God, heal the sick and comfort the dying that wholeness and peace be known to all and mourning turned into dancing. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord God, continue to shepherd your people throughout the nations and throughout the ages that the heavens echo for eternity with shouts of acclamation to your glory. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

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.

NL Worship Resources: August 6, 2017

Proper 13 (18)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 16(21)B
Readings: Gospel Text: Matthew 10:28-31 | Sermon Text: Ephesians 6:10-20 (The Whole Armor of God)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 34:15-22
Prayer of the Day: Father of all, you keep watch over creation and provide the means of withstanding all evil, the Holy Spirit. Keep us steadfast in your Word and truth that we may at all times and in all places stand against the powers of sin, death, and the devil. We pray this through, and in, the power of your Holy Spirit. 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 #505. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #402. Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #246. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #697. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #752. Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
ELW #319. O Lord, throughout These Forty Days
ELW #773. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
LBW #498. All Who Would Valiant Be
LBW #373. Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round
LBW #461. Fight the Good Fight
LBW #308. God the Father, Be Our Stay
LBW #211. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
LBW #368. I Love Your Kingdom, Lord
LBW #119. Nature with Open Volume Stands
LBW #509. Onward, Christian Soldiers
LBW #389. Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
Various Hymnals Standing on the Promises
Various Hymnals Stand Up, My Soul, Shake Off thy Fears
Various Hymnals Soldiers of Christ, Arise
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #626. By Gracious Powers
ELW #781. Children of the Heavenly Father
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
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 God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall
Various Hymnals His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Various Hymnals Leave it There
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

More Than Conquerors
O Church Arise” By Keith Getty, Stuart Townend.
Today is the Day” By Lincoln Brewster, Paul Baloche.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church and its leaders; that the Holy Spirit might make us bold in our proclamation of the good news. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the earth and all its creatures; that where there is death and destruction, you might bring life and healing. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations of the world; that violence and war may cease and justice and peace prevail. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the weak in spirit; that you may armor them against despair, fear, and anxiety. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all who suffer in any way (especially,…); that they may find strength in your presence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for saints of every time and every place; that with prayer and supplication we may bear the cross to the world. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

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.

NL Worship Resources: July 30, 2017

Proper 12 (17)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 13(18)B
Readings: Gospel Text: John 15:1-4 | Sermon Text: Ephesians 4:1-16 (Unity in the Body of Christ)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 51:1-12
Prayer of the Day: God and Father of all, you are the source of all good gifts and you equip us with all that we need to work for your kingdom. Knit us ever more tightly together into the body of Christ, the church; that we may serve you in truth and love by living out our community and calling. In the name of Christ who calls, gathers, and enlightens us to work your will and word in the world. 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 #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #393. A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #312. Jesus, Come! For We Invite You
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #808. Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song (Jésus, je voudrais te chanter)
ELW #517. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #743. Now to the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray
ELW #496. One Bread, One Body
ELW #263. Savior of the Nations, Come
ELW #820. O Savior, Precious Savior
ELW #355/6. Sing, My Tongue
ELW #327. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
ELW #576. We All Are One in Mission
ELW #449. We Know That Christ Is Raised
ELW #211. You Have Put On Christ
LBW #209. Come, Risen Lord
LBW #506. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
LBW #373. Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
LBW #153. Welcome, Happy Morning!
WOV #748. Bind Us Together
Various Hymnals O Christ, the Great Foundation
Various Hymnals Help Us Accept Each Other
Various Hymnals Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #539. Abide, O Dearest Jesus
ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #377. Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #447. O Blessed Spring
ELW #443. Dearest Jesus, We Are Here
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #398. Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #477. I Received the Living God
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #716. Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #308. O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright!
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #500. Now We Remain
ELW #547. Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
ELW #642. Ubi caritas et amor (Where True Charity and Love Abide)
LBW #472/3. Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
LBW #190. We Praise You, Lord
WOV #664. A New Commandment
Various Hymnals  Bread of Heaven, on Thee we Feed
Various Hymnals  I Hunger and I Thirst
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

If We Are The Body” By Mark Hall.
Living Hallelujah” By Sarah Kelly.
They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.

A brief silence.

Bless your church with all of the gifts it needs for ministry, O Lord; and bind us together that we may properly work toward your kingdom of peace. justice, and love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless plants and animals, and all who care for them, O Lord; and grant that we better see the inter-connectedness of all life on earth and work for the healing of creation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless the leaders of the nations, O Lord; and bless all those who work to hold those leaders accountable to your vision for the world. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless us with the Spirit, O Lord; and work through us that we may grow and mature in discipleship and evangelism to the glory of your name. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless all who suffer in mind, body, or spirit, O Lord (especially,…); and use us to bear one another’s burdens and pains. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless all the members of your body, the church, O Lord; and grant us unity with all the saints — past, present and future. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

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.

NL Worship Resources: July 23, 2017

Proper 11 (16)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 11(16)B
Readings: Gospel Text: Matthew 28:16-20 | Sermon Text: Ephesians 2:11-22 (One in Christ)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 23
Prayer of the Day: Uniting God, you have brought all people close to you by the blood of Christ. Help us to be good citizens of your kingdom, proclaiming your way of peace and sacrificial love to all the world; and bring us ever closer to you and to one another. For the glory of your holy name we pray. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #724. All who love and serve your city
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #247. Come Now, O Prince of Peace
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #494. For the Bread Which You Have Broken
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #530. Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather
ELW #582. Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #335. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #500. Now We Remain
ELW #496. One Bread, One Body
ELW #651. Oh, Praise the Gracious Power
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #524. What Is This Place
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
LBW #302. Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness
LBW #344. We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died
WOV #696. I’ve Just Come from the Fountain
Various Hymnals Christ is our corner-stone
Various Hymnals Jesus, Lover of My Soul
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:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #540. Go, Make Disciples
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #538. The Lord Now Sends us Forth
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 #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 #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #376. Thine Is the Glory
ELW #576. We All Are One in Mission
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #160. Filled with the Spirit’s Power
LBW #517. Praise to the Father
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
Various Hymnals  Go to the World!
Various Hymnals  I am with you always
Various Hymnals Lord, thy church on earth is seeking
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
Make A Difference” By Rachel Kurtz.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of mercy and healing, you who hear the cries of those in need, receive these petitions of your people that all who are troubled may know peace, comfort, and courage.

A brief silence.

Make your church a holy temple, O Lord; that we may share the good news of Christ with all the world and work for peace and justice among all people. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Sustain fields and forests, rivers and oceans, O Lord; that the coming harvest may be abundant and provide for the needs of all creation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Break down barriers, O Lord; that all the nations of the world may work together for an end to violence, hunger, disease, and poverty . Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bring us ever closer to you, O Lord; that we may live out our citizenship in your kingdom even now as we work for its coming. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Heal all who are in pain, O Lord; that your peace and wholeness win out over sickness and brokenness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Build up our faith, O Lord; as you made our spiritual for-bearers into a firm foundation for us may we bear witness to the generations still to come. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

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.

Some Resources for Ephesians #1

July 16: Ephesians 1:1-14

I generally like to begin with a quick look at the Greek for anything that catches my eye. I usually start here and then move to other resources for deeper study of any interesting linguistic points.

Working Preacher (of course): “The letter begins with a blessing for God rather than a thanksgiving for the Ephesians themselves. The theological and Christological emphases will continue throughout, yet it does not take much imagination to see the implications of God’s work for those to whom the letter is addressed. They have been adopted as children of God.”

Textweek: A variety of resources, here are a couple that caught my eye in particular —

“Visualizing Peace,” Alan Brehm, The Waking Dreamer. “You cannot overcome hatred with hatred. It’s an ancient concept: you can only overcome hatred with love. You cannot overcome violence with violence. You can only overcome violence with peace. And so it is that St. Paul viewed Jesus’ death as an act of peace overcoming the hatreds and divisions of the human family.”
Join the Feast, Ephesians 1:3-14, Elizabeth Smith, Union PSCE, 2009. “In a world full of injustice, pain and division, these words of adoption, grace and gathering all things up are sometimes hard to hear. Indeed, there is tension between what God has already done in Christ and what is left to be done in the world.”

Sermonwriter: “‘Blessed (Greek: eulogetos) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (v. 3a). The form of this verse is called a benediction (good saying) or a berakah (the Hebrew word for blessing). It is a joyful response to the blessings that God has given (see v. 3b), and ascribes blessings or praise to God for his grace.”

Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14 by Paul G. Fleischer: “In our text from Ephesians 1, with its soaring gospel truths proclaimed to us, the Lord would have us consider again the astounding truth that our eternal salvation was begun by God already before the foundation of the world. May the Spirit of God bless our consideration of verses 3-14.”

Dr. Ronald D. Worden: “In the Epistle to the Ephesians, Paul does not address a series of specific local problems as he does in 1 Corinthians, nor a single specific problem such as the “Colossian Heresy” (Col. 2:8-23)…Ephesus was large enough to have many problems. Paul “did extraordinary miracles” there (Acts 19:11), exorcizing evil spirits (v. 12), making “some itinerant Jewish exorcists” jealous (vv. 13-16), and supervising a public burning of magic books valued at “fifty thousand silver coins” (v. 19). But these problems were within the surrounding culture, not within the Christian community. So in Ephesians, more than in most of his other epistles, Paul waxes eloquently about spiritual blessings.”

Church in God’s Eternal Plan (EBSCO): “In the first three chapters we sense a vertical thrust: our eyes are directed chiefly upward to God and His Christ; in the last three chapters the thrust is horizontal: our eyes are directed chiefly to our fellow Christians and fellowmen. A few simple outlines may be suggested. All say about the same thing: The Nature and the Function of the Church, or, more popularly stated: The “Is”-ness and the Business of the Church.”

Proclaiming Ephesians (EBSCO): ” In this book, we have what has been described as “the quintessence of Paulinism,” one of the most mature and eloquent statements on the purpose of God, and the place of the church in the accomplishment of that divine purpose in history.”

July 23: Ephesians 2:11-22

Start with a quick look at the Greek on biblehub.

Working Preacher (of course): “Think of the perennial hot spots around the globe, or the places of enduring tribal violence, or the generation-to-generation legacy of racial tension in the United States. Then read Ephesians 2:14, “He is our peace.” We often speak of Christ creating peace between humanity and God, but in this reading, the peace that Christ brings is between one group of human beings and another as much as it is related to humanity’s standing before God. Hostility between us is overcome (v. 14) and reconciliation with God is also made real (v. 16).”

Textweek: A few resources in particular —

Breaking Down the Dividing Wall,” Janet Hunt, Dancing with the Word, 2012. “When you consider what it is ‘to be brought near by the blood of Christ,’ what does this mean to you? How have you experienced this?”

First Thoughts on Year B Epistle Passages in the Lectionary,” Pentecost 8, William Loader, Murdoch University, Uniting Church in Australia. “It is not the mission to recruit strength and build power. It all depends so much on whether you see the goal as withdrawal to another source of power beyond all things or coming home to the source of love within all things which is seeking to bring and hold them together.”

Commentary, Ephesians 2:14-22, Hyveth B. Williams, The African American Lectionary, 2009. “This passage is cause for the people of God to rejoice that God is reconciling, healing and bridging communities in both the spiritual and natural world.”

Sermonwriter: “People construct walls in their minds and hearts—walls that do not necessarily express themselves in physical form. We say, “Good fences make good neighbors.” But we must learn to ask, “Why do they make good neighbors?” We must learn that “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, that wants it down” (from “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost). That something is God. God wants to bring down the walls that divide us.”

Jesuswalk: Paul continues the construction analogy. “Built together” (NIV) is the Greek compound verb sunoikodomeo, “to build up or construct of various parts, build up (together).”[18] You and I are not built for individual devotion and churchless lives as Lone Ranger Christians. We are to be built together with others.

Political Theology Today: “Peace. Justice. Citizenship. These are the catch phrases that the author employs. Laudable goals, to be sure, but the way in which the text moves from this ethnic (and potentially racial) conflict to the resolution are not only unorthodox but, for the gentile audience addressed, is jarring and potentially wounding.”

Theological Meditations on Ephesians 2:11-22 (EBSCO): This passage from Ephesians embodies the Pauline preoccupation with commenting on Gentile problems. The first two verses pile up harsh characterizations of Gentile outsiders from the perspective of God’s people Israel: They are the uncircumcized, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Following what Nils Dahl has termed the “soteriological contrast pattern,” Ephesians calls Gentiles to remember their godless heritage in order to cast into bolder relief the “immeasurable riches of God’s grace in Christ Jesus” (2:7) that are now theirs as “members of the household of God” along with their Jewish brothers and sisters (2:19).”

Ephesians 2:11-22 (EBSCO): “This twofold gift of peace and the divine rescue are inseparable. For it is in a single act, the creation of a new humanity in Christ, that the rescue is accomplished and peace achieved. Christ “create [s] in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace” (v. 15).”

 

NL Worship Resources: July 16, 2017

Proper 10 (15)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Christmas 2A/B/C or Proper 10(15)B
Readings: Gospel Text: John 14:25-27 | Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:1-14 (Marked by the Spirit)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 24
Prayer of the Day: God of all blessings, you have revealed to us the source of salvation, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Grant us the deep and abiding peace that comes from the knowledge of our adoption as children of God. We praise you for the glory of your truth and love, shown through our Lord who gathers all things into himself. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #337. Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #215. Blessed be God, Who Chose You
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #748. O God in Heaven
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #771. God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
ELW #530. Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #335. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #622. Neither Death nor Life
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #651. Oh, Praise the Gracious Power
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #871. Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #814. Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
ELW #449. We Know That Christ Is Raised
ELW #861. When Long Before Time (The Singer and the Song)
LBW #95. Glory Be to Jesus
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #243. Lord, with Glowing Heart
LBW #119. Nature with Open Volume Stands
LBW #114. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
WOV #635. Surely It Is God Who Saves Me
Various Hymnals God Is Working His Purpose Out
Various Hymnals Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!
Various Hymnals To God Be the Glory
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #543. Go, My Children, with My Blessing
ELW #401. Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #398. Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #405. O Spirit of Life
ELW #581. You Are Mine
ELW #758. You Are the Way
WOV #686. Holy Spirit, Come to Us
Various Hymnals Come, O Creator Spirit Blest
Various Hymnals Holy Spirit, Come, Confirm Us
Various Hymnals Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other options based on both:

Amazing” By Matt Redman.
Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
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.

God of the church, though it is broken, we pray that you work through it; bring healing and wholeness that schisms might be overcome and your holiness proclaimed. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of all life, though it is hurting, we pray that you sustain the earth and all its creatures with your vibrant life; that hunger and thirst might be no more. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of the nations, though greed and selfishness are rampant, we pray that your justice and peace may prevail; that the world may know your loving kindness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of spirit and truth, though our eyes are often closed to your activity, we pray that your will be done; that your salvific plan for the world be fully realized. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of the broken, though many are in pain (especially,…), we pray that your comforting presence be known; that all might know life in you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of all times and places, though we are limited, we pray that your glory broaden our horizons; that we might better see the great company of all the saints and be strengthened by their lives and witness. 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: July 9, 2017

Proper 9 (14)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 2C
Readings: Gospel Text: John 4:24-26 | Sermon Text: Psalm 150 (A Call to Praise)
Epistle Suggestion: 1 Peter 1:6-8
Prayer of the Day: God, you are great and greatly to be praised! May we join with everything that breathes in singing forth praises for your mighty deeds. But most of all, open our eyes to see the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, at work in the world; that we may praise the one who conquers darkness and raises us to new life. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #828. Alleluia! Voices Raise
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #819. Come, All You People (Uyaimose)
ELW #412. Come, Join the Dance of Trinity
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
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 #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #823. Praise the Lord! O Heavens
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #872. Praise Ye the Lord
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #850/1. When in Our Music God Is Glorified
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
LBW #527. All Creatures of Our God and King
LBW #531. Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
LBW #550. From All That Dwell below the Skies
Various Hymnals A Summons to Praise
Various Hymnals Praise the Lord! His Glories Show
Various Hymnals Sing Praise to the Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #687. Come to Us, Creative Spirit
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
Various Hymnals Brethren, we have met to worship
Various Hymnals God is a Spirit, Just and Wise
Various Hymnals There Is a Redeemer
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other options based on both:

Ancient Skies” By Michael Gungor, Michael Rossback.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
O Praise Him” By David Crowder.
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 its leaders; that we may lead all of creation in praising you for your mighty and wonderful deeds. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for growing plants and animals; that the life you provide may lead to an abundant harvest through which all of creation may be sustained. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations and the leaders of nations; that they may be guided in ways of peace and justice. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the Spirit; that we may worship God in spirit and in truth. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all who bear any pain (especially,…); that the surpassing greatness of God turn weeping into praise. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints who have gone before us; that the example of their praise might draw even greater praise from our own lips. 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: July 2, 2017

Proper 8 (13)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 6B, Easter 3C, Propers 8(13)B, 5(10)C, 9(14)C
Readings: Gospel Text: John 6:67-69 | Sermon Text: Psalm 30 (A Song of Thanks)
Epistle Suggestion: Revelation 5:11-14
Prayer of the Day: O Lord our God, you raise us up from death and into life. Turn our mourning into dancing and clothe us with joy that our very souls may praise you. May we see that we have nowhere else to turn, for you alone have the words of eternal life. Favor us with your presence, now and always, Most Holy God. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #860. I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me
ELW #867. In Thee Is Gladness
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
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 #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #875. Praise, Praise, Praise the Lord!
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #327. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
LBW #146. Rejoice, Angelic Choirs, Rejoice!
LBW #153. Welcome, Happy Morning!
Various Hymnals Go to the World!
Various Hymnals Psalm 30: I Will Praise You, Lord
Various Hymnals Sanctissimus
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
LBW #226. Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord
Various Hymnals Thou only Sovereign of my heart
Various Hymnals Wonderful Words of Life
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other options based on both:

Be Glorified” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
You Lifted Me Out” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
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.

O Lord who hears our cries, bless your church and all your faithful ones that we may sing your praises and give thanks to your Holy Name. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

O Lord of the heavens and earth, you have placed us within creation that we might be stewards and caretakers of all that you have made. Increase in us the desire to preserve and protect your good creation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

O Lord of all peoples and nations, restore justice and peace to the world that the abundant life you intend for all might be realized. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

O Lord who raises us up, turn us away from sin and death and back to you that we may know the true source of all life and blessings. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

O Lord of resurrection, work healing and life in all who suffer (especially, …) that joy may come with the morning of wholeness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

O Lord our God, you do not let evil and death win that all who follow you may know life abundant and life eternal. 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.