Worship Resources: December 23, 2018

Advent 4 Year 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 4A
Readings: Jesus as Immanuel Sermon text – Matthew 1:18-25 Companion text – Psalm 23:1-4
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of promise, you made a commitment to Joseph that you would make Jesus a savior to all. Renew your commitment with us, so that all may know the saving grace of your son, Jesus. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #275. Angels, from the Realms of Glory
ELW #289. Angels We Have Heard on High
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn
ELW #277/8. Away in a Manger
ELW #283. O Come, All Ye Faithful
ELW #257. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #259. Fling Wide the Door
ELW #268. From Heaven Above
ELW #288. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
ELW #290. Go Tell It on the Mountain
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #270. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #282. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
ELW #267. Joy to the World
ELW #279. O Little Town of Bethlehem
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
ELW #292. Love Has Come
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #274. On Christmas Night
ELW #269. Once in Royal David’s City
ELW #285. Peace Came to Earth
ELW #281. Silent Night, Holy Night!
ELW #293. That Boy-Child of Mary
ELW #265. The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
ELW #300. The First Noel
ELW #342. There in God’s Garden
ELW #296. What Child Is This
WOV #638. Holy Child Within the Manger (Carol at the Manger)
Various Hymnals Emmanuel, Emmanuel
Various Hymnals Jesus, Name Above All Names
Various Hymnals The Hands That First Held Mary’s Child
Various Hymnals The name of Jesus
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #699. In Deepest Night
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #768. Lead Me, Guide Me
ELW #782. My Shepherd, You Supply My Need
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #780. Shepherd Me, O God
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
Various Hymnals God Leads Us Along
Various Hymnals He Leadeth Me
Various Hymnals I Will Sing the Wondrous Story
Various Hymnals Surely Goodness and Mercy
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
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)

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.

God with the church, guide us in your right paths and work through us that your will be done in this world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with creation, guide us in your right paths and bless all that lives with your sustaining power. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the nations, guide us in your right paths and send forth your just and peaceful spirit upon the earth. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with us, guide us in your right paths and stir in us all a desire for relationship and reconciliation. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.

God with the suffering, guide us in your right paths and work your healing power in the lives of in need (especially,…). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with this congregation, guide us in your right paths and bless our ministries that they might reflect your desires for this time and this place. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God with the saints, guide us in your right paths and bring us all to our heavenly home. 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.

Worship Resources: December 16, 2018

Advent 3 Year 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Baptism of the Lord (A)
Readings: Light to the Nations Sermon text – Isaiah 42:1-9 Companion text – Matthew 12:15-21
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of light, you sent a savior into the world to bring justice and release to all who are in bondage. Shine this light upon us, and show us how to bring justice and peace to all who suffer. We pray these things in the name of
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #314. Arise, Your Light Has Come!
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #771. God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #699. In Deepest Night
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #710. Let Streams of Living Justice
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #263. Savior of the Nations, Come
Various Hymnals Behold the Prince of Peace by John Needham
Various Hymnals Behold my Servant! see him rise
Various Hymnals Open the Eyes of My Heart by Paul Baloche
Various Hymnals The Voice of God Goes Out to All the World by Luke Connaughton
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #317. Jesus on the Mountain Peak
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
Various Hymnals Beauty for brokenness by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals Prepare the Way, O Zion by Frans Franzen
Various Hymnals To the Name of Our Salvation by J. M. Neale
Various Hymnals With Joy We Meditate the Grace by Isaac Watts
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
God Of Nations” By Peter Furler, Steve Taylor.
We Speak to Nations” By Israel Houghton.
More contemporary suggestions 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.

Lord God, call your church to righteousness and keep it in your love, grace, and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, stretch our your hand in healing and protection over all that you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Just God, grant your spirit to the nations and send your light to the dark places of the world . Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Suffering God, teach all people of your faithfulness and bring forth justice and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Saving God, sustain all who suffer with your spirit and release those imprisoned by pain or disease. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renewing God, take this congregation and move it according to your will, making us a light to our communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Promising God, keep us steadfast toward you as you kept the saints before us. 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.

Worship Resources: December 9, 2018

Advent 2 Year 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Esther Sermon text – Esther 4:1-17 Companion text – Matthew 5:13-16
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of justice, you sent your servant Esther into a life of privilege so that those without would be taken care of. In our privilege, show us how to advocate for those who have less, so that your world might be peaceful and just. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #244. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
LBW #461. Fight the Good Fight
Various Hymnals Approach, my soul, the mercy seat by John Newton
Various Hymnals For Such a Time As This by Thomas A. Jackson
Various Hymnals It Is God Who Holds the Nations by Fred Green
Various Hymnals Sisters Let Us Walk Together by Judith Snowdon
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #720. We Are Called
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
W&P #22. Bring Forth the Kingdom
DATH #64. Brighter than the Sun
Various Hymnals As a Fire Is Meant for Burning by Ruth Duck
Various Hymnals Jesus Bids Us Shine by Susan Warner
Various Hymnals We are the light of the world by Jean Anthony Greif
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Shine Jesus Shine” By Graham Kendrick.
We Are” By Chuck Butler, Ed Cash, et al.
More contemporary suggestions 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.

O God of the church, grant us your light that we might bear it to a world of darkness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of all creation, grant healing and renewal to the earth that its splendors inspire our joy and praise. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God above all nations, grant the world wise and compassionate leaders that all people know your justice and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of light, grant hope to the hopeless and peace to the anxious as we await the coming of Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of healing, grant wholeness to the broken and comfort to those in pain that the suffering of the world be eased. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God of this place and time, grant us boldness in our witness to your light and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

O God of all time, grant us the assurance of eternal life that the example of the saints before us live on in our lives. 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.

Worship Resources: December 2, 2018

Advent 1 Year 1

Color: Blue
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 22(27)C, Proper 26(31)C
Readings: Faith as a Way of Life Sermon text – Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:[3b-6], 17-19 Companion text – Matthew 26:36-38
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Faithful God, you proved your faithfulness to your people when they cried out to you in distress. Be present in our distress, and show us how to be faithful to you in the midst of suffering. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #240. Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
WOV #667. Stay Here
WOV #785. Weary of All Trumpeting
HFW # 398 God Is Truly Present
Various Hymnals Be Still and Know by John Bell
Various Hymnals Bring Forth the Kingdom by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals God of Our Life, Through All the Circling Years by Hugh Kerr
Various Hymnals Song of the Prophets by Michael Morgan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #626. By Gracious Powers
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #348. Stay with Me
Various Hymnals According to Thy Gracious Word by James Montgomery
Various Hymnals Down in the Garden by W.H.L.
Various Hymnals Nothing Can Trouble by St. Teresa of Avila
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
Overwhelmed by love” By Noel Richards.
More contemporary suggestions 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.

We pray for the church universal, that we may produce the fruits of the spirit and lead the nations in proclaiming your praise. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for plants and animals as they enter winter rest, that their slumber may lead to a vibrant and life-filled spring. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations, that wherever voices cry out in distress or pain, your peace and justice may prevail. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are grieving, that the promise of Emmanuel provide some solace and comfort. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and suffering (especially,…), that the power of the risen lord bring them healing and wholeness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this congregation and its ministries, that we may exult in the God of our salvation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints in light, that their work might echo through the generations and inspire our work and service to you. 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.

Worship Resources: November 25, 2018

Reign of Christ (Proper 29[34]B)

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 4C, Proper 16(21)C
Readings: Jeremiah’s Temple Sermon Sermon text – Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11 Companion text – Matthew 21:12-13
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of cleansing, you showed the people of Israel how to behave in ways that honor you and your people. Show us how to behave so that your world might be blessed through our actions. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #865. Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus (Thuma mina, Nkosi yam)
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #547. Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
Various Hymnals Called to God’s Vocation
Various Hymnals God Be in My Head
Various Hymnals Womb of Life
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
Various Hymnals Filled with Excitement
Various Hymnals Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Various Hymnals Praise Him, All Ye Little Children
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
Breath Of God” By Vicky Beeching.
Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.

A brief silence.

Lord God, provide your wisdom to the church and place your words in the mouths of its leaders. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, bless forest and streams, fields and oceans with your powerful and sustaining life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, appoint wise rulers and leaders over all nations that all people may come to know your peace and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, bring us to repentance when we err, and redeem our broken systems from oppression and selfishness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, heal the sick and suffering (especially,…) and send your spirit of comfort on any in pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, bless this assembly, gathered in your name to be equipped for your service in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord God, bring us into the presence of all your saints at the last day and deliver all your people from sin and death. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship Resources: November 18, 2018

 

26th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28[33]B)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 1A
Readings: Swords into Plowshares Sermon text – Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20; 37:1-7; then 2:1-4 Companion text – Matthew 5:14
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of deliverance, you promised prosperity and peace to the exiles of Jerusalem. Grant us to prosper, not for riches, but for faith, so that our lives may be a blessing to all. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #242. Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #247. Come Now, O Prince of Peace (Ososŏ, ososŏ)
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #536. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
ELW #806. O God, My Faithful God
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW # 713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #749. O God of Love, O King of Peace
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #651. Oh, Praise the Gracious Power
ELW #866. We Are Marching in the Light (Siyahamba)
Various Hymnals Behold a Broken World
Various Hymnals For the Healing of the Nations
Various Hymnals Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old
Various Hymnals We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
Various Hymnals As a Fire Is Meant for Burning
Various Hymnals Renew Thy Church, Her Ministries Restore
Various Hymnals We are the light of the world
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
We Are” By Chuck Butler, Ed Cash, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.

A brief silence.

For the church and its leaders, may we draw ever closer to one another in Christian love and unity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the well-being of creation, may your abundant life strengthen and renew all flora and fauna. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For peace among nations, may justice and peace prevail and our rulers lead us to equity and fairness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who are anxious and worried, may your peace, which surpasses all understanding, bring them to hope and wholeness of spirit. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who gather for word and sacrament, and those who are preparing to gather with family, may our time together be blessed by your presence with us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

In thanksgiving for all who have died and are at rest, may their examples serve as a witness to us of grace and faith. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship Resources: November 11, 2018

25th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27[32])

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 4C and Epiphany 4A
Readings: Micah Sermon text – Micah [1:3-5]; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8 Companion text – Matthew 9:13
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of justice, you sent your servant Micah to proclaim justice and peace to a world that lacked both. Make us instruments of justice and peace, so that your world might prosper. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #697. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
ELW #717. Let Justice Flow like Streams
ELW #279. O Little Town of Bethlehem
ELW #269. Once in Royal David’s City
ELW #889. The Right Hand of God
ELW #669. Rise Up, O Saints of God!
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #255. There’s a Voice in the Wilderness
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
WOV #637. Gloria, Gloria, Gloria
Various Hymnals A Place at the Table
Various Hymnals Let Justice Roll Like a River
Various Hymnals What Does the Lord Require
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
WOV #793. Shout for Joy Loud and Long
Various Hymnals The Kingdom of God Is Justice and Joy
Various Hymnals The Master Came to Bring Good News
Various Hymnals When Jesus the Healer
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Ancient Skies” By Michael Gungor, Michael Rossback
Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
You Have Shown Us” By Andy Park, Chris Tomlin, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of life, we praise you for your abiding presence from generation to generation, blessing your people, strengthening us to lives of service, empowering us to witness. Hear the prayers we offer on behalf of your creation.

A brief silence.

For the church O Lord; that we may walk humbly in your ways. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the earth, O Lord; that all of creation recognize your rule and reflect your glory. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations, O Lord; that all people may seek to do justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the sick and suffering, O Lord; that they may know your peace and rest in the assurance of your care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For victims of violence, O Lord; that your healing be at work in their lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this congregation, O Lord; that we may love kindness and seek to deepen our faith toward you and love toward one another. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all the saints, O Lord; that their rest in you be secure and peaceful. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that as we serve you now on earth, so we may one day rejoice with all the saints in your kingdom of light and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship Resources: November 4, 2018

All Saints Sunday

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 6B, Proper 9(14)C, Proper 23(28)C
Readings: Elisha Heals Naaman Sermon text – 2 Kings 5:1-15a Companion text – Matthew 8:2-3
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Healing God, you healed your servant Naaman of his affliction when he came to you, through Elisha, for help. Heal our afflictions, and make us faithful servants. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #453. Baptized and Set Free
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #478. Father, We Thank You
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #423. Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #448. This Is the Spirit’s Entry Now
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #774. What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine
Various Hymnals Go Wash in the Beautiful Stream
Various Hymnals Healing river of the Spirit
Various Hymnals I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
Various Hymnals We’ll Sing in the Morning
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
Various Hymnals Heal Me, Hands of Jesus
Various Hymnals Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands
Various Hymnals Make Me Clean
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Come As You Are” By Ben Glover, David Crowder, et al.
Healing Rain” By Martin Smith, Matt Bronleewe, et al.
Kindness” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

All blessing, honor, and glory, all wisdom, praise, and thanks be yours, O God of our salvation! We pray in communion with all the saints on earth and heaven, with the martyrs and the faithful in all ages, and in the name of the Lamb who was slain, who alone is worthy of worship.

A brief silence.

God of the church, bless bishops, pastors, deacons, interns, and all ministers of the Gospel; grant us wisdom and insight as we work to proclaim your eternal love and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of creation, bless fields, streams, forests, lakes, and all ecosystems; grant health and healing to the world and an abundant harvest that all may share. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all nations, bless republics, kingdoms, principalities, and all systems of government; instill in our leaders a deep and sincere desire for peace and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of healing, bless doctors, nurses, specialists, and all involved in the care of others; give them patience and endurance as they work to bring comfort to all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of recovery, bless those suffering with illness, grief, anxiety, and all other afflictions; help them to see your presence with them and grant them hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of this time and place, bless our quilters, youth ministries, women and men’s ministries, and all the ways in which we work to serve you as a congregation; bring us into ever deeper relationships with one another and faith in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of eternity, bless the saints who have gone before us (especially those we name now,…); grant that their example may inspire us in our ministries and lives today. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless us with your healing presence; make us hungry for justice; strengthen our faith; and increase our love for others, especially those we find it most difficult to love. Amen.

Worship Resources: October 28, 2018

 

Reformation Sunday

Color: Red or Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 12(17)A
Readings: Solomon’s Wisdom Sermon text – 1 Kings 3:4-28 Companion text – Matthew 6:9-10
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Generous God, you gave your servant Solomon wisdom so that he might govern your people well. Grant us your wisdom, so that we might perform our life’s duties with gratitude and wisdom. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #847. Come, Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #806. O God, My Faithful God
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
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 #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #782. My Shepherd, You Supply My Need
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Various Hymnals Be present, Spirit of the Lord
Various Hymnals O God, Thy Constant Care and Love
Various Hymnals Lord, thy word abideth
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #402. Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #748. O God in Heaven
ELW #688. Lord of Light
ELW #538. The Lord Now Sends us Forth
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #655. Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #887. This Is My Song
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
ELW #741. Your Will Be Done (Mayenziwe)
LBW #413. Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation
Various Hymnals Come, kingdom of our God
Various Hymnals My God, my Father, while I stray
Various Hymnals We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Every Promise of Your Word” By Keith Getty, Stuart Townend.
God I Look To You” By Ian McIntosh, Jenn Johnson.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs. Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church, that it might work with compassion and wisdom to further your kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for creation, that it may be restored to the wholeness in which you created it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations, that we may implement systems of justice and peace for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are discerning your will for their lives, that they might find purpose and fulfillment in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and suffering, that they may know the peace with surpasses all understanding. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our congregation, and especially for our ministries of faith formation; that we may ground our members of all ages in your Word. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for all the saints who have gone before us, that their lives may show us how best to walk in your ways. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, God of power, and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb, that we may desire you as the fullness of life and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.

Worship Resources: October 21, 2018

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 6(11)C
Readings: David and Bathsheba Sermon text – 2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27; 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-9 Companion text – Matthew 21:33-41
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of forgiveness, you showed your servant David the error of his ways, and forgave him for his sins. Forgive us, and help us to see how we might live differently to honor you. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #185-188 Create in Me a Clean Heart
ELW #598. For by Grace You Have Been Saved
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
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
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Various Hymnals God, Be Merciful to Me
Various Hymnals Kneeling, Pleading, Waiting
Various Hymnals Take This Moment
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
Various Hymnals Christ is our corner-stone
Various Hymnals O Christ, the Great Foundation
Various Hymnals Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
Various Hymnals Open Our Eyes, Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Compassion Hymn” By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Sweetly Broken” By Jeremy Riddle.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs. Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Compassionate God, forgive the church for its errors; restore us when we stray from the truth of your love and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, forgive us when we harm creation; restore us when we fail in stewarding the gifts you have given us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, forgive our leaders when they stray from justice and peace; restore the nations to wholeness and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, forgive us our sins; restore in us the desire for reconciliation and relationship over our selfishness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, restore the ill (especially,…) and forgive us when we inflict pain on others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, forgive the sins of this congregation; restore in us a sense of unity and gospel-driven purpose. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Compassionate God, forgive all the saints and bring us into your loving and gracious presence at the last day. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, God of power, and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb, that we may desire you as the fullness of life and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.