Worship Resources: March 3, 2019

 

Transfiguration Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 17(22)A, Transfiguration A, Lent 2A
Readings: Transfiguration Sermon text – Matthew 16:24-17:8 Companion text – Psalm 41:7-10
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Radiant God, you revealed yourself in your son, Jesus, when he was transfigured on the mountain before his disciples. Reveal yourself to us daily, so that we might enlighten others with the good news of your love. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #799. Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #806. O God, My Faithful God
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #315. How Good, Lord, to Be Here!
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #317. Jesus on the Mountain Peak
ELW #754. Jesus, the Very Thought of You
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #802. Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #316. Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair
ELW #783. Praise and Thanks and Adoration
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
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
WOV #785. Weary of All Trumpeting
Various Hymnals Christ Beside Me (4th Century) Attrib. to St. Patrick
Various Hymnals Open the Eyes of My Heart (1997) by Paul Baloche
Various Hymnals Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory (1985) by Thomas H. Troeger
Various Hymnals You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd (1991) by Sylvia G. Dunstan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #770. Give Me Jesus
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Various Hymnals How Blest Are Those Who Thoughtfully (1985) by Bertus Polman
Various Hymnals Happy Are Those Who Tend the Poor and Weak by David T. Koyzis
Various Hymnals Sáname, Señor (Lord, heal my soul) (2010) by Unknown
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Above All” By Lenny LeBlanc, Paul Baloche.
Blessed Redeemer” As performed by Casting Crowns.
Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
More Than Conquerors
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

O God, as your Son drew apart to be in prayer with you, we offer our prayers for the transformation of the world and the church.

A brief silence.

Transfigure the church, O Lord, into the blessed community that you craft for us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure the earth, O Lord, into the beauty and glory you intend for all living things. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure the nations, O Lord, into realms of peace and justice that are grounded in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure our society, O Lord, into one that values all people and welcomes you in the least and lowly. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure the suffering, O Lord, into people of vibrant health and hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transfigure this congregation, O Lord, into a place of worship and praise, service and community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Transfigure all your followers of all times and places, O Lord, into the blessed community of light. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You revealed your glory and presence in your beloved Son, Jesus the Christ. In receiving our prayers, reveal the glory and presence of your Spirit alive in the world today, free us from all doubts, and empower us to act as a transfigured people. Amen.

Worship Resources: February 24, 2019

Epiphany 7 Year 1

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 13(18)A and Proper 14(19)A
Readings: Feeding 5,000 Sermon text – Matthew 14:13-33 Companion text – Psalm 95:1-5
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Generous God, you helped your son Jesus feed 5,000 hungry people who had gathered to hear of your love. Help us provide for the needs of all who hunger for your word. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #474. Bread of Life from Heaven
ELW #515. Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #794. Calm to the Waves
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #494. For the Bread Which You Have Broken
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #755. Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #773. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
ELW #459. Wade in the Water
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #758. You Are the Way
LBW #506. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Various Hymnals I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew (1878) by Anonymous
Various Hymnals Love Lifted Me (1912) by James Rowe
Various Hymnals Peace, it is I (5th Century) by St. Anatolius. of Constantinople
Various Hymnals Where is Bread? (2000) by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #224/5. Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord
ELW #819. Come, All You People (Uyaimose)
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #870. We Praise You, O God
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
Various Hymnals O come, let us sing to the Lord (1650) from Scottish Psalter
Various Hymnals He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands (Unknown) by Anonymous
Various Hymnals My Soul in Stillness Waits (1982) by Marty Haugen
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

10,000 Reasons” By Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman.
In the Secret” By Andy Park.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers, let us lift our hearts in faith to the one who hears all prayers and holds close all those in need.

A brief silence.

Provide faith and courage to the church and it’s leaders, O God, and move us to acts of generosity, mercy, and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Provide rest to the earth, O God, and bring spring in its season that the coming summer be bountiful. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Provide wisdom to the leaders of the nations, O God, and bring peace to all areas experiencing violence and war (especially,…). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Provide hope to those struggling with despair, O God, and surround the lonely with communities of comfort and kindness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Provide strength to the sick, O God, and grant them endurance and hope in the midst of their illness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Provide your Holy Spirit, O God, to this congregation and move us out of our doors to serve our neighbors and craft your loving community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Provide rest to the saints, O God, and bring us all to our heavenly home where we will know your loving presence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring healing to all wounds, make whole all that is broken, speak truth to all illusion, and shed light in every darkness, that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: February 17, 2019

Epiphany 6 Year 1

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s):
Readings: Parable of the Kingdoms Sermon text – Matthew 13:24-43 Companion text – Psalm 84:1-7
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Lord of stories, Jesus taught us through stories and the wisdom of the shared word. Teach us through your stories, that we may learn, grow, and love. For the sake of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #485. I Am the Bread of Life
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #244. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
Various Hymnals Anthem (1978) by Tom Conry
Various Hymnals Bringing in the Sheaves (1874) by Knowles Shaw
Various Hymnals The Kingdom of God Is Justice and Joy (1973) by Bryn Rees
Various Hymnals The Reign of God (2003) by Delores Dufner
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #537. On Our Way Rejoicing
WOV #671. Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks
Various Hymnals Better Is One Day (1995) by Matt Redman
Various Hymnals How Lovely Is Your Dwelling (1991) by Jean Janzen
Various Hymnals Safely Through Another Week (1774) by John Newton
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Build Your Kingdom Here” By Rend Collective Experiment.
Mustard Seed” By Roots for Rain.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective
You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers, let us lift our hearts in faith to the one who hears all prayers and holds close all those in need.

A brief silence.

Plant your kingdom in the church, O God, grow deeper faith in us and make us better workers for your kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Sustain the earth with your care, O God, and make us better planters and sowers of the abundance you provide for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring your kingdom to bear on the nations, O God, that your reign of peace and justice be overrule our selfish and greedy systems. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant us wisdom in serving you, O God, and bring us into loving service toward our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Strengthen the sick and suffering, O God, and provide endurance, compassion, and insight to all who provide comfort and healing. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless us who gather in your house today, O God, and send us forth in strength to share your love and joy with the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bring all the saints to their heavenly home, O God, that all your people may sing your praises in eternity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring healing to all wounds, make whole all that is broken, speak truth to all illusion, and shed light in every darkness, that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: February 10, 2019

Epiphany 5 Year 1

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 9A or Proper 4(9)A
Readings: The Golden Rule Sermon text – Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29 Companion text – Psalm 37:16-18
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of wisdom and groundedness, you have encouraged us to live our lives grounded in faith, patience, and love. Help us to love others without judgement, but with a solid foundation of acceptance, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #302. As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #402. Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #786. O Holy Spirit, Enter In
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #754. Jesus, the Very Thought of You
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #669. Rise Up, O Saints of God!
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #262. Wait for the Lord
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter (Aramos nuestros campos)
ELW #774. What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
WOV #664. A New Commandment
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Ask, Seek, and Knock (1997) by Mark Barnard
Various Hymnals I Will Sing the Wondrous Story (1886) by Francis H. Rowley
Various Hymnals Nothing Can Trouble (1991) by Communauté de Taizé
Various Hymnals You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd (1991) by Sylvia G. Dunstan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #402. Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
LBW #373. Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round
Various Hymnals Commit Your Way to God the Lord (1989) by Michael Perry
Various Hymnals Give to the Winds Thy Fears (1656) by Paul Gerhardt
Various Hymnals Leave it there (1906) by Charles Albert Tindley
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
In Christ Alone” By Stuart Townend, Keith Getty.
More Than Conquerors
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers, let us lift our hearts in faith to the one who hears all prayers and holds close all those in need.

A brief silence.

Teach the church, O God, to avoid judging others and to shine forth with your love and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Teach the peoples, O God, to care for the earth and to be better stewards of your glorious creation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Teach the leaders of nations, O God, to follow in your ways of peace and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Teach us all, O God, to treat others as you would have us treat them, with love and compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Teach comforters, O God, to better serve the needs of those in pain and offer hope to the hopeless. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Teach this congregation, O God, to seek your will above all else and to strive for blessed community in all we do. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Teach us still on the journey, O God, to follow in your way, the way of countless saints before us us for whom we give you thanks. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring healing to all wounds, make whole all that is broken, speak truth to all illusion, and shed light in every darkness, that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: February 3, 2019

Epiphany 4 Year 1

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Ash Wednesday A/B/C and Epiphany 8A
Readings: Treasure in Heaven Sermon text – Matthew 6:7-21[25-34] Companion text – Psalm 20:7
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Extravagant God, you have promised treasure in heaven that outweighs any we could envision or imagine on earth. Help us to be grateful for the amazing gifts you have already given to us. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #589. All Depends on Our Possessing
ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #846. Amen, We Praise Your Name (Amen siakudumisa)
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #781. Children of the Heavenly Father (Tryggare kan ingen vara)
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #748. O God in Heaven
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #852. Golden Breaks the Dawn (Qing zao qilai kan)
ELW #769. If You But Trust in God to Guide You
ELW #754. Jesus, the Very Thought of You
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #517. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word
ELW #538. The Lord Now Sends us Forth
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #688. Lord of Light
ELW #745. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #890. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #655. Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #663. Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
ELW #262. Wait for the Lord
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #741. Your Will Be Done (Mayenziwe)
LBW #413. Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation
LBW #353. May We Your Precepts, Lord, Fulfill
LBW #437. Not Alone for Mighty Empire
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Again We Keep This Solemn Fast Attributed to Gregory the Great
Various Hymnals Look and Learn (2006) Na Yŏng-su (Translator: John L. Bell)
Various Hymnals Our Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth (1982) Versifier: Henry J. de Jong
Various Hymnals Wait for the Lord (1984) Communauté de Taizé
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #769. If You But Trust in God to Guide You
Various Hymnals Be Still and Know Author: Anonymous
Various Hymnals In the Day of Need (1973) Versifier: Christopher M. Idle
Various Hymnals May the Lord God Hear You Pray (1990) Michael Perry
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Build Your Kingdom Here” By Rend Collective Experiment.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
Who Am I” By Mark Hall.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers, let us lift our hearts in faith to the one who hears all prayers and holds close all those in need.

A brief silence.

Our Father, provide the church with your agitating and powerful spirit, that we may boldly proclaim your radical and inclusive love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Our Father, provide your life to fields and stream, birds and beasts, that your abundance may be shared with all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Our Father, provide the nations with wise and compassionate rulers, that peace and justice reign and all the world thrive. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Our Father, provide your comfort to those confounded by worry and anxiety, that the light of your hope break through all darkness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Our Father, provide healing to those in pain (especially,…), that the wholeness you desire for us be known to all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Our Father, provide direction and energy to this congregation, that we may leave our doors to love and serve our neighbors as you call us to do. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Our Father, provide faith and trust in you, that we may join with the saints in praising your glory. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring healing to all wounds, make whole all that is broken, speak truth to all illusion, and shed light in every darkness, that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: January 27, 2019

 

Epiphany 3 Year 1

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 4A and Epiphany 5A
Readings: Beatitudes Sermon text – Matthew 5:1-20 Companion text – Psalm 1:1-3
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Loving God, your son Jesus taught many things that helped people know how deeply you love humanity. Help us to live in your love, so that we might be beacons of light for others. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #461. All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly
ELW #314. Arise, Your Light Has Come!
ELW #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #715. Christ, Be Our Light
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #607. Come, Ye Disconsolate
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #428. Give Thanks for Saints
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #699. In Deepest Night
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #572. Now It Is Evening
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #514. O Word of God Incarnate
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #238. God Has Spoken by His Prophets
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
WOV #753. You Are the Seed
Various Hymnals Bring Forth the Kingdom (1986) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals Great God, Our Source (1982) by George Utech
Various Hymnals Make me a channel of your peace (1967) words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
Various Hymnals We are the light of the world (1966) by Jean Anthony Greif
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #694. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
Various Hymnals Be Still and Know
Various Hymnals Happy Are They Who Walk (1976) by Erik Routley
Various Hymnals Step by Step (1991) by David “Beaker” Strasser
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

10,000 Reasons” By Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Build Your Kingdom Here” By Rend Collective Experiment.
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)

Sisters and brothers, let us lift our hearts in faith to the one who hears all prayers and holds close all those in need..

A brief silence.

Bless the church, O God, with eyes to see your face in all people and ears to hear your call to love and service. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the resting fields, O God, with renewal and regeneration that the coming year be a fruitful one. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the leaders of the nations, O God, with a deep sense of justice and an earnest desire for peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the mourning, O God, with the knowledge of your loving presence and hope-filled future. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the suffering, O God, (especially,…) with health and healing, endurance and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless this congregation, O God, with deep and authentic community built on care self sacrifice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless the faithful dead, O God, with rest in you and resurrection light. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring healing to all wounds, make whole all that is broken, speak truth to all illusion, and shed light in every darkness, that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: January 20, 2019

Epiphany 2 Year 1

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 1A and Epiphany 3A
Readings: Tempted in the Wilderness Sermon text – Matthew 4:1-17 Companion text – Psalm 91:9-12
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): God of strength, your son Jesus withstood many temptations because his love for you was greater than his earthly desires. Make our love for you so strong, that we might withstand anything that threatens to stand between us and your love. 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 #728. Blest Are They
ELW #515. Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #726. Light Dawns on a Weary World
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #601. Savior, When in Dust to You
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
ELW #305. When Jesus Came to Jordan
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Various Hymnals Child of Mercy (1991) by David Haas
Various Hymnals Jesus, Tempted in the Desert (1993) by Herman G. Stuempfle
Various Hymnals Mark How the Lamb of God’s Self-Offering (1990) by Carl D. paw
Various Hymnals Once When Jesus Christ Was Hungry (1996) by Rusty Edwards
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #568. Now Rest beneath Night’s Shadow
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
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 #791. We Sing to You, O God
ELW #774. What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine
Various Hymnals He Who Dwells in the Shelter of the Most High (1959) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals Now God be with us, for the night is closing (1863) by Petrus Herbert
Various Hymnals Safe in the Shadow of the Lord (1973) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

40 Days” By Matt Maher.
Come Now is the Time to Worship” By Brian Doerksen.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers, let us lift our hearts in faith to the one who hears all prayers and holds close all those in need..

A brief silence.

God with the church, bless bishops, pastors, deacons, and all leaders of faith communities; work through the church to bring your kingdom near. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the wilderness and waters, bless creation with your creative and sustaining love; work through farmers, gardeners, and others to care for what you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the nations, bless the world with peace and justice; bring humility and compassion into our systems of governance and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the broken-hearted, grant wholeness to those struggling with anxiety, depression, and any other mental illness; make us agents of hope and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with the ill, bring healing where it is needed, and peace where healing cannot come; be with doctors, nurses, EMTs, and all others who heal that they may offer comfort to those in need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God with us, bless our ministries, especially with our youth; deepen our inter-generational relationships and build up our whole community. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God with the saints, keep us mindful of those who have gone before us; grant us thankful hearts for their witness and proclamation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring healing to all wounds, make whole all that is broken, speak truth to all illusion, and shed light in every darkness, that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.

Worship Resources: January 13, 2019

Baptism of Christ Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 2A or Baptism of the Lord A
Readings: Jesus’ Baptism: Matthew Sermon text – Matthew 3:1-17 Companion text – Psalm 2:7-8
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Righteous God, you sent your son Jesus to be baptized by John in the Jordan, so that all might hear the proclamation of your love. Make us voices of proclamation, so that all might know of your love through our words and 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 #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #302. As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #304. Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #305. When Jesus Came to Jordan
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
Various Hymnals Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (1707) by Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals Prepare the Way of the Lord (1984) by Communaute de Taizé
Various Hymnals Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice (1989) by Carl P. Daw
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
Various Hymnals I Cannot Tell (1920) by W. Y. Fullerton
Various Hymnals Where Jordan Cuts the Wilderness (1998) by Brian Ruttan
Various Hymnals Why This Dark Conspiracy (2012) by Norman J. Goreham
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
Light Of The World” By Matt Redman.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers, our baptismal vows call us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray that your spirit rest upon the church and its leaders; that we may better proclaim to your great love and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon the waters; that this fundamental element of life be protect and preserved for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon the president, senators, representatives, governors, mayors and all civil leaders; that they may serve with compassion and humility. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon all the baptized; that we may live in ways that please you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon those dealing with illness and loss; that they may know the peace of your presence with them always. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that your spirit rest upon this assembly; that we may prepare the way for the coming of your Kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray that your spirit rest upon the faithful dead; that their memory may strengthen our faith and move us to acts of love and charity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, you revealed your Son in the waters of the Jordan and anointed him with the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim good news to all people. Sanctify us by the same Spirit, that we may proclaim the healing power of the gospel by acts of love in your name. Amen.

Worship Resources: January 6, 2019

Epiphany Sunday Year 1

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany A/B/C or Christmas 1A
Readings: Day of Epiphany: Magi Visit Sermon text – Matthew 2:1-23 Companion text – Psalm 96:10-13
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Extravagant God, you sent magi with generous gifts to visit the baby Jesus and proclaim his reign to all the world. Make our voices heard when we proclaim God’s love 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 #273. All My Heart Again Rejoices
ELW #275. Angels, from the Realms of Glory
ELW #302. As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #301. Bright and Glorious Is the Sky
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #300. The First Noel
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #276. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
ELW #294. In the Bleak Midwinter
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #279. O Little Town of Bethlehem
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #296. What Child Is This
WOV #642. I Wonder As I Wander
WOV #639. Oh, Sleep Now, Holy Baby
WOV #646. We Three Kings
Various Hymnals God’s Surprise (1987) by John L. Bell
Various Hymnals Night of Silence (1984) by Daniel Kantor
Various Hymnals The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (1942) by West Indian Trad.
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #267. Joy to the World
ELW #260. The King Shall come
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #825. You Servants of God
Various Hymnals Cantate Domino (1995) by Brian Henkelmann
Various Hymnals The Lord is King! (1863) by Josiah Conder
Various Hymnals New Songs of Celebration Render (197) by Erik Routley
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Born That We May Have Life” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Rising” By Matt Redman, Paul Baloche.
We Believe” By Graham Kendrick.

More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

God of revelation, as we gather in praise for the gracious mystery of your Son, we remember the many needs of your church and your world.

A brief silence.

Reveal yourself within the church, O God; guide us in the ways of witness and proclamation that all the world may know of your love and grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within creation, O God; open our eyes to the beauty of your world and make us better stewards of all that you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within governments, O God; place compassion and wisdom in the hearts and minds of the worlds leaders that your peace and justice may prevail. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within the broken places of the world, O God; help us to see the face of Christ in those who struggle and mourn. Lord, in your mercy,hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within the suffering, O God (especially,…); may we reach out to all with arms of comfort and hope grounded in you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reveal yourself within this congregation, O God; move us out from this place to bear your redeeming Word to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Reveal yourself within the saints, o God; keep us following the path they have trod, the path that leads to our heavenly home. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Guide us on the path of salvation, O God, that the radiance and power of your Holy Spirit
working in the world will gather together all peoples and nations in one community to offer you worship and proclaim your splendor. Amen.

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.