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Worship Resources: August 4, 2019

Proper 13(18) Year 1 (Pentecost 8)

Reminder: I am part of a group doing “Unsung Heroes” this summer
Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s):
Readings: Nahum Nahum 1:1-15
Prayer of the Day: Lord, our refuge and strength in times of trouble; help us to cling to you even in the midst of fear and despair. Keep us from trusting too much in our own power or strength and remind us often of your desire for justice and peace. In the name of Christ our Savior. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
He is Good” By Jay Stocker
How Great is Our God / How Great Thou Art” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Our Great God” By Fernando Ortega, Mac Powell.
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.

Give the church courage, O God, and keep us firm in our proclamation of your great love and mercy for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Restore creation, O God, and work through us to conserve the great gifts you have given us in nature. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Wrap your arms around all victims of violence, O God, and work through leaders to bring about peace and prosperity for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heal the sick and bind up the brokenhearted, O God, and grant wisdom and insight to all who work to find cures and treatments. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bind us together with bonds of love and forgiveness, O God, and strengthen our community of faith that we may better serve our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Gather us with all the saints who have gone before us, O God, and keep the memory and example of the saints in our hearts and minds. 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: July 7, 2019

Proper 9(14) Year 1 (Pentecost 4)

Reminder: I am part of a group doing “Unsung Heroes” this summer
Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 28(33)A
Readings: Deborah and JaelJudges 4:1-9,21-35
Prayer of the Day: God of the covenant, you brought your people to the promised land and led them against their enemies. Lead us against all the forces that defy you and raise up just and wise leaders who will show us how to walk in your ways. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #419. For All the Faithful Women
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
LBW #9. I Called to My God for Help
Various Hymnals Sing! Deborah, Sing! (1989) by Luiza Cruz
Various Hymnals The Song of Deborah by John Barnard
Various Hymnals With Awe Approach the Mysteries (1997) by Jane Marshall
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

How Great is Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, et al.
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
Your Face Outshines The Brightest Sun” By David Gate, Matt Redman.
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. Deepen our witness and bless our ministries of service. Open our hearts to new relationships and open our eyes to see your presence in the people around us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for clean air and clean water. Help us to better care for this great earth that you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are enslaved, trafficked, or oppressed. Open our ears to the cries of the exploited and move us to work. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those without community. Surround them with your loving presence and bring them into healthy and life-giving relationships. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in need of healing. Be with caregivers and grant them strength and patience. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for this congregation. Bring forth new ministries and bless the ministries we currently share with our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray in thanksgiving for all who have gone before us. Surround us all with your great love. 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: June 30, 2019

Proper 8(13) Year 1 (Pentecost 3)

Reminder: I am part of a group doing “Unsung Heroes” this summer
Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Balaam’s DonkeyNumbers 22:1-6,21-35
Prayer of the Day: Almighty God, send your messengers to us and open our eyes to your presence. Work in us and through us that we may repent of our selfishness and idolatry and return to your paths. We pray this trusting in your great love and complete mercy. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #398. Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Various Hymnals I Saw an Angel in the Road (2014) by Daniel Damon
Various Hymnals May God Grant You a Blessing (Bwana Awabariki) Public Domain
Various Hymnals May the Lord, Mighty God (2007) by Jim Beinke
(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.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
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)

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.

Holy God, you send messengers to restore us to your paths; speak to the church and send us out to proclaim your grace and love to the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, bless this summer season with mild weather and vitality that the coming harvest be an abundant one that may bless the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, guide the leaders of nations in your ways of peace and justice so that all people know shalom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, work in the lives of those trapped in darkness, show them your presence and love in the midst of their pain. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, grant health and healing to all who are suffering and provide them with hope and comfort. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy God, open our eyes to where you are at work in our communities and neighborhoods; strengthen our faith and make us resolute in proclaiming your love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Holy God, you sanctify the resting places of all who have died in the faith; raise us up, with them, on the last day to our heavenly home. 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: June 23, 2019

Proper 7(12) Year 1 (Pentecost 2)

Reminder: I am part of a group doing “Unsung Heroes” this summer
Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Melchizedek – Gen 14:17-20; Hebrews 7:11-19
Prayer of the Day: God Most High, bless us as you blessed Abram so long ago; and use us to bless others as you used Melchizedek. Make us agents of your peaceful and just kingdom at work in the world. We pray this in the name of our high priest, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #772. Oh, that the Lord Would Guide My Ways
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
LBW #347. Jerusalem the Golden
Various Hymnals Christ Sits At God’s Right Hand (2002) by Stephen Starke
Various Hymnals Thus the great Lord of earth and sea (18th Century) Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals You Are a Priest Forever (1970) by Salmo
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

God Is Here” By Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, et al.
Sing” By Jeff Pardo, Josh Wilson.
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.

Bless the church and its leaders (especially, …); give them wisdom and boldness in proclaiming your vision for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the waters of the earth; grant wholeness and healing where we have damaged them and instill in us a desire that all people have access to this fundamental component of life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless presidents, prime ministers, monarchs, and all who lead nations; help them to work for peace and justice above selfish ambition or greed.. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless refugees, immigrants, and all who seek safety and prosperity; make us compassionate in our response to those fleeing violence and poverty. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the sick and suffering (especially, …); heal the broken in mind and body. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless this congregation and its ministries; turn us ever more outwards toward our neighbors and those in need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless the saints; and unite us with them around your heavenly throne in the priesthood of all believers. 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.