Worship Resources: December 15, 2019

Advent 3 Year 2

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Rebuilding the Temple Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13 (Luke 2:25-32)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of restoration, you brought your people home from exile and in their joy they rebuilt your temple. Deliver us from our personal and communal exiles, and help us to build up your church. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlogPals

Need an Advent Wreath Lighting litany? I have one available here.

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #275. Angels, from the Realms of Glory*
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn*
ELW #452. Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night*
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus*
ELW #300. The First Noel*
ELW #268. From Heaven Above*
ELW #848. Give to Our God Immortal Praise!
ELW #536. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #288. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice*
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing*
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #297. Jesus, What a Wonderful Child*
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming*
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #313. O Lord, Now Let Your Servant
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten*
ELW #640. Our Father, by Whose Name
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #263. Savior of the Nations, Come*
ELW #281. Silent Night, Holy Night!*
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #284. ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime*
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
ELW #296. What Child Is This*
ELW #792. When Memory Fades
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
LBW #521. Let Us with a Gladsome Mind
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)
WOV #639. Oh, Sleep Now, Holy Baby
WOV #634. Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly*
Various Hymnals Faithful Vigil Ended (1969) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals Now Let Your Servant Go (1992) by Ruth Duck
Various Hymnals Song of Simeon (1976) by Dewey Westra
Various Hymnals We Are a People (2011) by Jonathan Nowell
Various Hymnals You’re Calling Us (2008) by Graham Kendrick
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
*Advent/Christmas Hymns

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Build Your Kingdom Here” By Rend Collective Experiment.
Spirit Of The Living God” By Daniel Iverson.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

For the church and its leaders; that this season of waiting and preparation also be one of powerful witness to the grace and mercy of God at work in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all of creation, especially the soil and water; that we, as stewards, may be good stewards for all that God has made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations of the world; that God’s peace and justice may have primacy over human selfishness and greed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all those living in darkness of any sort; that the light of Christ may offer them hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all who are suffering, especially…; that the healing power of God flow in and through them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this assembly gathered in worship; that we may depart from this place as agents of God’s grace and love for the sake of our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all the saints who have gone before us; that we we may, one day, join them in praising God’s wondrous love for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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


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Worship Resources: December 8, 2019

Advent 2 Year 2

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 2B
Readings: Isaiah of the Exile Isaiah 40:1-11 (Mark 1:1-4)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Holy Lord, a voice has been heard in the wilderness preparing the way for your son to arrive in this world. Prepare our hearts to receive your son and help us to prepare for his coming. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, TextWeek, RevGalBlogPals

Need an Advent Wreath Lighting litany? I have one available here.

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #781. Children of the Heavenly Father (Tryggare kan ingen vara)
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #536. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
ELW #290. Go Tell It on the Mountain
ELW #246. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #267. Joy to the World
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #240. Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #782. My Shepherd, You Supply My Need
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #248. People, Look East
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #264. Prepare the Royal Highway
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #255. There’s a Voice in the Wilderness
ELW #262. Wait for the Lord
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #373. Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round
LBW #556. Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment
LBW #38. O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide
Various Hymnals A Voice Cries Out (1982) by Michael Joncas
Various Hymnals Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd (1842) by Jane Elizabeth Leeson
Various Hymnals Like a Shepherd (1976) by Bob Dufford
Various Hymnals Prepare the Way of the Lord (1984) by Communaute de Taizé
Various Hymnals Shepherd of Tender Youth (ca200) by Clement of Alexandria
Various Hymnals When out of poverty is born (2005) by Kathryn Galloway
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Brand New Day” By Paul Baloche, Carl Cartee, et al.
The King of Love My Shepherd Is” By Henry Williams Baker, John Bacchus Dykes.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
Prepare The Way” By Charlie Hall, Louie Giglio.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

Prepare your church for your coming, O God, make us greater heralds of the great news of your love and grace for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prepare creation for your coming, O God, breathe your breath of life upon flocks and fields, waterways and mountains. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prepare the nations for your coming, O God, that the people of every land and place may know your justice and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prepare believers for your coming, O God, deepen our faith and trust in the future you have promised for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prepare us for your coming, O God, provide healing and hope to those struggling with sickness and grief. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prepare this community of faith for your coming, O God, turn us towards our neighbors that we may see and serve you in them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Prepare all the saints in light for your coming, O God, as we all await that glorious resurrection day when all will be made new. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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


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Worship Resources: December 1, 2019

Advent 1 Year 2

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 1C
Readings: Promise of the Messiah Jeremiah 33:14-18 (Mark 8:27-29)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of the promised Messiah,as we wait for the fulfillment of your promise, we watch, we listen, and we open our hearts for your Word. Show us signs of your presence: a light in the darkness, a voice in the silence, and a stirring deep within us. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, TextWeek

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #250. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #245 Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #254 Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #769. If You But Trust in God to Guide You
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #246 Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding
ELW #253 He Came Down
ELW #435 Lo! He Come with Clouds Descending
ELW #323 O Lord of Light, Who Made the Stars
ELW #248 People Look East
ELW #263 Savior of the Nations, Come
ELW #262 Wait for the Lord
ELW #487 What Feast of Love
LBW #16. I Will Sing the Story of Your Love
LBW #31 Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying
Various Hymnals The Days Are Surely Coming (2009) by David Gambrell
Various Hymnals O Day of God, Draw Nigh (1972) by R. B. Y. Scott
Various Hymnals I’ve Got Peace Like a River
Various Hymnals The Promise of the Lord (2009) by F. Richard Garland
Various Hymnals Sing Praise to the God of Israel (1992) by Stephen P. Starke
Various Hymnals When God Restored Our Common Life (1992) by Ruth C. Duck
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Shout to the Lord” By Darlene Zschech.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

Help the church and its leaders, O God, in its proclamation that Jesus is the Savior of the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring life out of death, O God, and restore creation to vitality and wholeness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Work through governments, O God, that they might better execute justice and righteousness in all lands. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fulfill your promises, O God, to bring release to the captive, whatever their captivity may be. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heal the sick and comfort the dying, O God, work through all involved in the care of others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless with congregation, O God, with boldness to say that our righteousness is found in Christ alone. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We give you thanks, O God, for all your saints and the witness they bore to us and the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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


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Worship Resources: November 24, 2019

Christ the King Year 2

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Josiah’s Reform 2 Kings 22:1-10, [11-20]; 23:1-3 (Luke 24:30-32)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of faithfulness, your servant Josiah restored your holy words to a people longing for your guidance. Help us learn your Scriptures so that we might carry your words in our hearts, in our words and in our actions. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, TextWeek

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn
ELW #247. Come Now, O Prince of Peace (Ososŏ, ososŏ)
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #509. God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #769. If You But Trust in God to Guide You
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #517. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word
ELW #669. Rise Up, O Saints of God!
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
LBW #428. O God of Earth and Altar
LBW #227. How Blest Are They Who Hear God’s Word
WOV #743. Stay with Us
Various Hymnals O For that Tenderness of Heart by Charles Wesley
Various Hymnals This New Built Bethel Now is Done by John Newton
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Ancient Words” By Lynn DeShazo.
More Than Conquerors
Thy Word” By Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

Ground the church in your Word; your Word which proclaims love and grace to all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renew creation through your Word; your Word which brought all things into being and sustains all life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Guide the nations with your Word; your Word which speaks out for justice and peace among all peoples and communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring your Word to bear upon all systems of power; your Word which releases the prisoner, welcomes the stranger, and gives hope to the oppressed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Sustain with your Word all who suffer; your Word of healing, hope and life even in the midst of brokenness and pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reorient this community toward your Word; your Word that teaches welcome and love for our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Sanctify all believers in your Word; your Word which carries the promise of life eternal and life abundant. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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Worship Resources: November 17, 2019

Proper 28(33) Year 2 – Pentecost +23

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 22(27)A or Proper 15(20)C
Readings: Isaiah’s Vineyard Song Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5 (Mark 12:1-3)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Loving Lord, you have searched your people for evidence of goodness, the way fruit is sought in a vineyard. Send your righteous judge and find goodness in your faithful children. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, TextWeek

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #247. Come Now, O Prince of Peace (Ososŏ, ososŏ)
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #486. God Extends an Invitation
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
ELW #786. O Holy Spirit, Enter In
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #282. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #710. Let Streams of Living Justice
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #308. O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright!
ELW #248. People, Look East
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
LBW #418. Judge Eternal, Throned in Splendor
WOV #656. By the Babylonian Rivers
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)
Various Hymnals Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old (1982) by Joy Patterson
Various Hymnals Lord, Today (1978) by Mike Balhoff
Various Hymnals Our Cities Cry to You, O God (1987) by Edith Clarkson
Various Hymnals O When Will We See Justice Done? (2011) by Carol Bechtel
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Breath Of God” By Vicky Beeching.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon the church and its leaders, that we may walk in righteousness and faithfulness, proclaiming God’s judgement and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon all of creation, that as winter rest beings a spirit of renewal and healing be at work in the land and water. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon all governmental leaders, that they may know and fear the Lord. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon teachers and all involved in the education system, that they may impart wisdom and understanding to their students. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon all those who are sick in mind, body, or spirit; that they may be made whole and find delight in the Lord. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon this assembly, that we go out from this service proclaiming the love of God for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray that the spirit of the Lord rest upon the blessed saints who now rest from their labors, that their witness and service inspire our own. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Worship Resources: November 10, 2019

Proper 27(32) Year 2 – Pentecost +22

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 13(18)C
Readings: Hosea Hosea 11:1-9 (Mark 10:13-14)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Faithful God, you have continued to love your people despite our faithlessness to you. Receive our thanks for never giving up on us. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, TextWeek

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #444. Cradling Children in His Arm
ELW #443. Dearest Jesus, We Are Here
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #543. Go, My Children, with My Blessing
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #43. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #449. We Know That Christ Is Raised
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
LBW #190. We Praise You, Lord
Various Hymnals Bring Many Names (1989) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals Depth of Mercy! (1740) by Charles Wesley
Various Hymnals Like a mother who has borne us (1986) by Daniel Bechtel
Various Hymnals Womb of Life (1992) by Ruth Duck
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Ancient of Days” By Gary Sadler, Jamie Harvill.
Bind Us Together” By Bob Gillman.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

The church is beset with apathy, weariness, and fear. Work through church leaders to inspire, encourage, and equip your people to proclaim your love and justice to all the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creation groans in distress and brokenness. Give wisdom and strength to all who use the soil and see to its health and care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

People of all nations and creeds bear your image. Help us to value human dignity and to pursue reconciliation and peace among all communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Human systems of justice is broken and imperfect. Bless law enforcement officers, attorneys, and judges with compassion and an earnest desire to rehabilitate rather than incarcerate. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Many in the world suffer from disease and pain. Grant healing and comfort to those fighting illness and despair. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Communities both near and far lack basic necessities. Work through us that the abundance you provide may bless ever more and more people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Countless faithful saints now rest in you. Keep their witness to your love ever in front of us that we may join them in peace eternal. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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Worship Resources: November 3, 2019

All Saints Sunday NL Year 2

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 4(9)C
Readings: Elijah at Mount Carmel 1 Kings 18:17-39 (Mark 9:2-4)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): God of Elijah, with great fire you made your presence known to the worshipers of Baal. Help us to resist the temptation to place our trust and faith in anything other than you. Receive our worship and strengthen our faith. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, re:Worship, RevGalBlog, TextWeek

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #315. How Good, Lord, to Be Here!
ELW #317. Jesus on the Mountain Peak
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #563. O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #316. Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #396. Spirit of Gentleness
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
LBW #238. God Has Spoken by His Prophets
Various Hymnals Be Still and Know by Anonymous
Various Hymnals Elijah (1994) by Bertus Polman
Various Hymnals On Carmel by Mary McLean
Various Hymnals Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (1675) by Johann Jakob Schütz
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
Rise Up” As performed by BiFrost Arts.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

For all who witness to your love, mercy, and grace, that through them the world may know the way of Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the well-being of creation and for those that steward it, that where damage has been done, healing may occur. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations and their rulers, and for all who work for peace and justice in the earth, that all may know prosperity and health. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those in need: the hungry, the poor, the homeless, the outcast, the grieving, and the sick (especially,…), that they may know the nearness of God. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For doctors, nurses, aides, and all who work in providing healing to others, that they may be strengthened and comforted in their care for patients. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those absent from our midst this day, that they may know God’s love in the their daily lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all who have been baptized into Christ, that our confidence and hope in life eternal be assured. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship Resources: October 27, 2019

Proper 25(30) Year 2 – Reformation Sunday

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

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

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

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

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

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

A brief silence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Protect the saints in light O God; bring all your people into your eternal and loving presence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship Resources: October 20, 2019

 

Proper 24(29) Year 2 (Pentecost 19)

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

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

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

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

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

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

A brief silence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here other intercessions may be offered.

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

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship Resources: October 13, 2019

Proper 23(28) Year 2 (Pentecost 18)

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

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

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

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
In Christ Alone” By Stuart Townend, Keith Getty.
I Will Follow” By Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

For the church and all it’s leaders; that we may be ever faithful to your loving, gracious, and freeing Word. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

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

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

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

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

Here other intercessions may be offered.

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

Life-giving God, heal our lives, that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds and offer you thanks from generation to generation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.