Worship Resources: November 15, 2020

Proper 28 (33) (NL311)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Trinity Sunday B
Gospel Text: Luke 5:8-10
Sermon Text: Isaiah 6:1-8 (God Calls Isaiah)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17
Prayer of the Day (WP): King of heaven and earth, as you cleansed Isaiah with a coal of fire to prepare him for proclaiming your word to the world, prepare us, so that we may know your bidding and carry out our callings with eagerness and urgency. Show the world greatness that cannot be contained any more than smoke or fire can be caught, in the name of the one who sacrificed everything to carry out your commands, Jesus Christ our sanctifier. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship,  revgalblog,  SermonWriter,  TextWeek,  Word&WorldBibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #728. Blest Are They
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #401. Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #473. Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo)
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #630. In Heaven Above
ELW #868. Isaiah in a Vision Did of Old
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #558. Lord God, We Praise You
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #823. Praise the Lord! O Heavens
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #497. Strengthen for Service, Lord
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #381. Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
LBW #547. Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!
Various Hymnals God, We Praise You! (1978) by Christopher Idle
Various Hymnals Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old (1982) by Joy Patterson
Various Hymnals Sing to the Mountains (1979) by Robert Dufford
Various Hymnals The Voice of God Is Calling (1913) by John Holmes
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
God is Great” By Marty Sampson.
Sending” By Charlie Hall, Nathan Nockels, et al.
You are Holy” By Per Harling.
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, send your church out into the world to proclaim your glory and practice your self-sacrificial love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send us out into your creation with hearts of care and a deep desire to protect what you have some wonderfully made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send us leaders who will protect the widow, the orphan, and the resident alien. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send your spirit of hope into the lives of those who are despairing and help them to know you presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, send your healing spirit upon all who are suffering or in any pain, bring them your wholeness and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, blot out our sin and send us forth into the world to bear witness to your activity in our lives and in the world around us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord, we give you thanks for the saints you have sent to us and we pray that you will use us our witness to others too. 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 8, 2020

Proper 27 (32) (NL310)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 3B, Proper 20(25)A
Gospel Text: Luke 18:13
Sermon Text: Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10 [4:1-11] (Jonah & God’s Mercy)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 145:1-8, Philippians 1:21-30
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the seas, sky, and land, when Jonah turned to run from you, you showed him that nothing and no one could hide from your presence. You are in all things, and you love all things. Show us the gift of your presence, and help us to carry your word of compassion and grace to all the world, in the name of the one who carried out your love flawlessly, Jesus Christ our redeemer. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #374. Day of Arising
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #507. O God of Light
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #445. Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
WOV #615. Return to the Lord
MSB1 S490 I Called to the Lord
MSB1 S489 Jonah Prayed
Various Hymnals Called as Partners in Christ’s Service (1981) by Jane Huber
Various Hymnals God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us (1933) by John J. Moment
Various Hymnals Jonah (1998) by Susan Peterson
Various Hymnals Song of Jonah (1982) by Calvin Seerveld
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” By Stuart Townend.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
The One Who Saves” By Ben Fielding.
You Are My All In All” By Dennis Jernigan.
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.

Grant hearts of compassion to the church and its leaders; instill in us a desire for community, justice, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant healing and wholeness to your creation; restore lands and waters to vibrancy and abundance. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant wisdom and insight to the leaders of the nations; fill the hearts of all people with mercy and love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant care and support to those struggling with despair or anxiety; work through your people to proclaim the hope we have in you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant healing to those in pain (especially,…); grace doctors and nurses with patience and endurance as they administer your loving healing. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant servant hearts to those gathered in worship today; move us to reach out in love and service to all the people around us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Grant us reunion with the saints in your good time; bring all your children to your heavenly home. 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 1, 2020

All Saints Sunday (NL308)

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 27(32)B or Proper 5(10)C
Gospel Text: Luke 4:24-26
Sermon Text: 1 Kings 17:1-16 [17-24] (God’s Care for the Widow)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of compassion, by the power of God, Elijah provided bread and oil for the widow and her household. By faith in God, the widow provided food and water for Elijah. Give us hearts to love one another, so that in providing and in receiving, we too, might experience the unimaginable power of God, through the one who has provided life itself, your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #805. Lead On, O King Eternal!
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #316. Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
CBM #76. For Such a Time as This
Various Hymnals A Prophet-Woman Broke a Jar (1993) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals If We Could Be Like the Widow (2004) by Mary Bittner
Various Hymnals Song of Two Widows (1997) by Mary Nelson Keithahn
Various Hymnals When a Prophet Sings of Justice (1998) by John Core
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Break Our Hearts” By Vicky Beeching.
Facedown” By Matt Redman.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche. As performed by Sonic Flood.
Song of Hope (Heaven Come Down)” By Chase Jenkins, Dan Hamilton, et al.
You Are Good” By Israel Houghton.
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, open our hearts and eyes to see your presence in the outcast and the stranger, make us bold in proclaiming your love for all people. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all creation, bless creatures and plants of all sorts, pour out your blessing upon all life and sustains us with your grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of the nations, help us to see you at work in all all people and tribes, and make us to see your image in our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of the lost and despairing, pour out your love and blessing upon the brokenhearted and the anxious, and provide a keen sense of your presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of healing, work in and through doctors, nurses, reseachers, and all health care staff to bring comfort and wholeness where it is most needed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of this assembly, deepen our trust in your promises and work your will and your word in our lives. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of all time, broaden our perspective to see your work throughout the ages and to see your work through the generations of the saints. 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 25, 2020

21st Sunday after Pentecost/Reformation Sunday (NL307)

Color: Green/Red
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 11(16)B or Advent 4B
Gospel Text: Luke 1:30-33
Sermon Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17 (God’s Promise to David)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 89:20-37, Ephesians 2:11-22
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of hope, you promised to make David’s household great among the nations. Then you sent your son, Jesus, to transform this world so that all people are one in the great household of God. Show us how to live as your children, as sisters and brothers in your holy and blessed realm, in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who will one day welcome us all home. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #254. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #268. From Heaven Above
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #263. Savior of the Nations, Come
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #814. Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am
ELW #265. The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
ELW #569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #258. Unexpected and Mysterious
LBW #64. From East to West
Various Hymnals Before the Temple’s Great Stone Sill (1986) by Thomas Troeger
Various Hymnals Jesus, Lord of all creation (2014) by Julie Tennent
Various Hymnals No Wind at the Window (1992) by John Bell
Various Hymnals Would You Build a Home? (2008) by Richard Garland
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Ancient of Days” By Gary Sadler, Jamie Harvill.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Wonder” By Joel Houston & Matt Crocker
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church, that we may be a living temple, ever true to your word and steadfast in proclaiming your redeeming love and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for fields and forests, that they may rest well in the coming winter season and that they may bring your abundance again next year. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for countries and principalities, tribes and nations, that we may pursue peace and justice rather than glory and power. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the lonely and despairing, that they may be surrounded with love and granted hope in your future. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and the suffering, that they may find rest and recovery in your healing presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our assembly, that we may go forth from this service ready to love you by serving our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints at rest, that the example of their faith and life be a witness to our own. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Worship Resources: October 18, 2020

20th Sunday after Pentecost (NL306)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 28(33)B, Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth A/B/C
Gospel Text: Luke 1:46-55
Sermon Text: 1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10 (God Answers Hannah)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 113, Romans 12:9-16b
Prayer of the Day (WP): God who answers prayer, we are blessed and humbled that you hear us when we call to you in our time of deepest longing. Receive our gratitude for your listening ear. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #503/4. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #419. For All the Faithful Women
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #473. Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, santo, santo)
ELW #867. In Thee Is Gladness
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #754. Jesus, the Very Thought of You
ELW #236. Magnificat
ELW #882. My Soul Does Magnify the Lord
ELW #573. My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord
ELW #234/5. My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord
ELW #251. My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #844. Praise to the Lord (Louez l’Eterne)
ELW #208. Praise to You, O God of Mercy
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (The Feast Is Ready)
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #531. Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
LBW #146. Rejoice, Angelic Choirs, Rejoice!
WOV #720. In the Presence of Your People
Various Hymnals God of the Women (1998) by Carolyn Gillette
Various Hymnals My Heart Is Overflowing (1993) by Miriam Winter
Various Hymnals Song of Hannah (1987) by Emily Brink
Various Hymnals Tell Out, My Soul (1961) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Glorious Unfolding” By Steven Curtis Chapman.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
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)

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Lord of hosts, remember your church and bless your servants (especially Bishop(s)…) with all that they need to proclaim your radical love and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, remember creation and bless fields and animals as they prepare for winter rest and renewal. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, remember the nations of the world and pour out your justice and peace upon all tribes and peoples. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, remember the sick (especially,…) and provide them with your enduring healing, comfort, and hope. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, remember your servants gathered here today and deepen our trust in your power and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord of hosts, remember your servants of every time and place and bring all your people into your loving and eternal presence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Worship Resources: October 11, 2020

19th Sunday after Pentecost (NL305)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 23(28)A
Gospel Text: Luke 23:34
Sermon Text: Exodus 32:1-14 (Golden Calf)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9
Prayer of the Day (WP): Faithful God of an unfaithful people, the people of Israel doubted your power and turned to other gods to fulfill their needs. We too, turn to other gods, seeking acceptance, power, and independence. Show us how to live humbly in you, and walk in your ways, in the name of the one who offered true power to all humanity, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #695. As Saints of Old
ELW #362. At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
ELW #326. Bless Now, O God, the Journey
ELW #515. Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #321. Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #795. God, My Lord, My Strength
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #399. O Holy Spirit, Root of Life
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #716. Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #623. Rock of Ages
ELW #351. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #506. The Word of God is Source and Seed
ELW #791. We Sing to You, O God
ELW #776. What God Ordains Is Good Indeed
ELW #510. Word of God, Come Down on Earth
Various Hymnals Cast Down, O God, the Idols (1997) by Herman Stuempfle
Various Hymnals Lord of All Being, Throned Afar by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance (1963) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals Meekness and Majesty (1986) by Graham Kendrick
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
The King of Love My Shepherd Is” By Henry Williams Baker, John Bacchus Dykes.
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)

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church universal, that we turn from the idols of dogma and judgement and worship you in honesty and truth. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for creation, that we turn from the idols of over-consumption and abuse and work to restore creation to the good state you made it. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our leaders, that they may turn from the idols of greed and power and work for the benefit of all people. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and suffering, that they may be rescued from the evils of pain, disease, and hopelessness and that you may use us to bring hope and healing where it is needed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our congregation, that we may turn from the idols of apathy and selfishness and turn towards our neighbors in love and service. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints who have walked before us in the way of Christ, that their dedicated example of love and faith inspire and strengthen our journey. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Worship Resources: October 4, 2020

18th Sunday after Pentecost (NL304)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 18(23)A
Gospel Text: Luke 22:14-20
Sermon Text: (The Promise of Passover) Exodus 12:1-13; 13:1-8
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 149; Romans 13:8-14
Prayer of the Day (WP): Lord God of grace and liberty, On the night of the Passover the sacrificed lamb became a sign of freedom and you freed the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. In Jesus, you sacrificed your son as a gift, thereby freeing all humanity from sin and death. Help us live into this new life, teaching us to serve you in faithfulness as you have served us. To you we offer our gratefulness in the name of the one who turned slavery into new life, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, TextWeek, Word&World, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #695. As Saints of Old
ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #362. At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
ELW #326. Bless Now, O God, the Journey
ELW #474. Bread of Life from Heaven
ELW #370. Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
ELW #339. Christ, the Life of All the Living
ELW #491. Come, Let Us Eat
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #472. Eat This Bread
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 #483. Here Is Bread
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #471. Let Us Break Bread Together
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #841. Lift Every Voice and Sing
ELW #542. O Living Bread from Heaven
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #735. Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #460. Now the Silence
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #484. You Satisfy the Hungry Heart
WOV #670. When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land
Various Hymnals As We Remember (1987) by Rory Cooney
Various Hymnals Bless the Feast (1989) by James Hansen
Various Hymnals Come, Share the Lord (1984) by Bryan Leech
Various Hymnals We Are People on a Journey (1993) by Manuel Dávila
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Behold The Lamb” By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, et al.
Give Thanks” By Henry Smith.
Sweetly Broken” By Jeremy Riddle.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Freeing God, liberate your church from apathy, intolerance and judgement. Inspire our witness, that your redeeming love for all may be boldly proclaimed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Freeing God, liberate creation from its bonds of brokenness and damage. Help us to be better stewards and to look with love and care upon all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Freeing God, liberate the nations from violence and selfishness. Pour your wisdom and peace upon the leaders of nations and bring unity to our divided world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Freeing God, liberate the sick and suffering from their pain. Use us to provide comfort and care to all who need it. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Freeing God, liberate our congregation from all that hinders our ministry. Turn us ever outwards towards our neighbors in service and love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Freeing God, liberate your people of all times and all places. Unite your saints in love and praise of you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Worship Resources: September 27, 2020

17th Sunday after Pentecost (NL303)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 14(19)A
Gospel Text: Luke 6:35
Sermon Text: Genesis 37:3-8, 17b-22, 26-34; 50:15-21 (Jacob & Joseph)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of dreams and hope, You spoke to Joseph in his dreams, and those dreams led him to great danger. Yet you used the challenges in his life to save the lives of others. In you, no good thing is accidental. You work in us and through us, even when we are not aware of your presence. Help us to know that you are with us, and that only you are capable of turning all evil to good. We pray all these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

Helpful Resources: re:Worship, revgalblog, SermonWriter, SermonWriter, Word&World, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #721. Goodness Is Stronger than Evil
ELW #764. Have No Fear, Little Flock
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #716. Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #707. Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #655. Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
PPSJ #12. When We Share God’s Dream
Various Hymnals All Will Be Well (1993) adapted by Steven Warner
Various Hymnals God of Freedom, God of Justice (1980) by Shirley Murray
Various Hymnals Song of Joseph (1994) by Bonnie Bratt Meyer
Various Hymnals We lay our broken world (2005) by Anna Briggs
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
Flawless” By Barry Graul, Bart Millard, et al.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” As performed by Golden Gate Quartet.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church universal; may our dreams be of your great and glorious kingdom of peace and justice. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for fields and streams, mountains, deserts, and oceans; may creation fulfill your dreams of health and wholeness for the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations and the leaders of nations; may our dreams and hopes be of peace, freedom, justice and equality for all who are made in your image. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick and suffering (especially,…); may their dreams of recovery and strength be fulfilled and may we be instruments of comfort and compassion. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for our community gathered here today; may our dreams be bold and our vision guided by your love and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for all who have gone before us; may they reflect the light of your glory into our lives and show us your future. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Worship Resources: September 20, 2020

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 14(19)C
Gospel Text: Luke 3:8
Sermon Text: Genesis 15:1-6 (God’s Promise to Abraham)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the covenant, as you promised Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars, you have also promised us that we might live under those stars as your people, faithful and loved. Show us how to live as your people, and how to nurture all your children with whom we share the same canopy of sky night after night. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #336. All my hope on God is founded
ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #427. For All Your Saints, O Lord
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #580. How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #429. In Our Day of Thanksgiving
ELW #841. Lift Every Voice and Sing
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #640. Our Father, by Whose Name
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #739. Touch the Earth Lightly
LBW #160. Filled with the Spirit’s Power
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
Various Hymnals Abraham, Sarah Too (2004) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals Timeless Love! We Sing the Story (1970) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
Various Hymnals To Abraham and Sarah (1984) by Judith Fetter
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People (1978) by David Hoekema
Various Hymnals Yahweh Is Calling (1977) by Susan Langeland
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Days of Elijah” By Robin Mark.
God Is In Control” By Twila Paris.
Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Lord God, help your church to remain faithful to you and to your promises. Keep us steadfast in your way of righteousness and trust. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, be present in creation. Come to the broken places of the world and bring restoration, healing, and wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, inspire our leaders towards your justice. Be a shield to the oppressed, the poor, the refugee, and all who need your gracious protection. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, be present with all those in any pain. Come to the broken and hurting and provide them with your healing, comfort, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, strengthen our community of faith. Help us to walk always in the paths of peace, justice, and righteousness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord God, we give you thanks for all the saints who have gone before us. Use their witness to deepen our faith and trust in your eternal promises. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Worship Resources: September 13, 2020

15th Sunday after Pentecost

Back to the usual Narrative Lectionary readings!

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 1A
Gospel Text: Luke 11:4
Sermon Text: Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8 (Creation & Fall)
Other Text Suggestions: Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19
Prayer of the Day (WP): Lord God, grand architect of the universe, Your design of creation is unflawed. Yet we continue to litter your creation with defects and imperfections. Show us how not to destroy, but to create, not to demean, but to uplift, not to hate, but to love, so that your creation may be made perfect once again. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #504/5. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #326. Bless Now, O God, the Journey
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #795. God, My Lord, My Strength
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #788. If God My Lord Be for Me
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #808. Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song
ELW #517. Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #447. O Blessed Spring
ELW #431. O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #783. Praise and Thanks and Adoration
ELW #544. Praise the Lord, Rise Up Rejoicing
ELW #330. Seed That in Earth Is Dying
ELW #814. Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am
ELW #342. There in God’s Garden
ELW #739. Touch the Earth Lightly
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #861. When Long Before Time
LBW #372. In Adam We Have All Been One
WOV #746. Day by Day
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
W&P #95 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Various Hymnals God, You Spin the Whirling Planets (1978) by Jane Huber
Various Hymnals In the Garden (1913) by C. Austin Miles
Various Hymnals The Love of God (1917) by Frederick Lehman
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

10,000 Reasons” By Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman.
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Rise Up” As performed by BiFrost Arts.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

Lord God, bless the church and it ministries: where we are in err, bring repentance; where we are divided, bring reconciliation; and where we are reticent make us bold in our witness to your love and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, bless the good creation that you have made: make us better stewards of the earth; bring healing to damaged places; and open our eyes to see the beauty of all that you have made. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, bless the nations and their leaders: grant humility and wisdom to presidents and prime ministers; grant compassion in our justice system; and shower your peace upon areas of conflict. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, bless health care workers and all who provide comfort and healing: keep these workers safe in their vocation; grant wisdom and insight to those working for cures; and bring healing and wholeness to all. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, bless our congregation: strengthen our ministries; deepen our relationships; and turn us ever again towards you. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord God, bless and keep those who have gone before us in the faith: keep us steadfast in your word; lift up examples of just and faithful living; and unite all your saints in life eternal. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.