NL Worship Resources: October 29, 2017

Reformation Sunday

Color: Red
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 9C or Proper 4(9)C
Readings: Gospel Text: John 2:19-21 | Sermon Texts: 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13 (Solomon’s Temple)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 96
Prayer of the Day (WP): Mighty Lord, the splendor of Solomon’s temple cannot compare to the majesty of your heart. Show your heart in this place, that we might worship you with joy and gratitude. Amen.

If you need resources for Reformation Sunday, here are some sites I would recommend:
re:Worship
ELCA500
LWF

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon texts:

ELW #883 All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #503/4. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #554. Lord, Your Hands Have Formed
ELW #782. My Shepherd, You Supply My Need
ELW #519. Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
ELW #889. The Right Hand of God
ELW #780. Shepherd Me, O God
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals Built on a rock the church of God
Various Hymnals O God, what offering shall I give
Various Hymnals Here In Thy Name, Eternal God
Various Hymnals When David Had a Longing
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #539. Abide, O Dearest Jesus
ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #312. Jesus, Come! For We Invite You
LBW #287. O Perfect Love
Various Hymnals From Ashes to the Living Font
Various Hymnals O God of Font and Altar
Various Hymnals They Did Not Build in Vain
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Contemporary options based on both:

All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises” By Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin, et al.
Facedown” By Matt Redman.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

To be completely honest, I have a very busy week this week and am planning on taking the easy way out by using prayers prepared by someone else, specifically the prayers found here. Hopefully things will be calmer next week and I will have the regular resources written and available.

NL Worship Resources: October 22, 2017

Proper 24 (29)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Lent 4A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 7:24 | Sermon Texts: Psalm 51:10-14; 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (God Calls David)
Psalm Suggestion: N/A (See sermon texts)
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of strength, in David you chose a king with a big heart. Create clean and willing hearts in us, and choose us to do your work. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon texts:

ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #185-188. Create in Me a Clean Heart
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #477. I Received the Living God
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #766. Lord of Our Life
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #328. Restore in Us, O God
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #814. Take, Oh, Take Me As I Am
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
Various Hymnals God of the Prophets
Various Hymnals God Sees the Heart
Various Hymnals The Smallest of My Brothers
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

 

Contemporary options based on both:

Holy Ground” By Christopher Beatty.
Take My Life” By Scott Underwood.
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)

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

A brief silence.

Anointing God, send your spirit upon your church and its leaders that we may better live out and proclaim your grace and mercy for all the earth. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shepherding God, as the seasons change and nature here in the north prepares for winter slumber provide the sustenance it needs for the coming months of rest. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Appointing God, make our leaders mindful of your power and presence in the world that they might serve with humility and justice for the betterment of all. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Naming God, ground us in our identities as your blessed and beloved children that our lives may reflect your peace and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Healing God, be with all who suffer this day (especially,…), that they might know the power of your healing love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Restoring God, keep us firm in the faith and trusting in your eternal promises that we might one day join with all the saints in singing of your deliverance. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

NL Worship Resources: October 15, 2017

Proper 23 (28)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Epiphany 2B or Proper 4(9)B
Readings: Gospel Text: John 20:21-23 | Sermon Text: 1 Samuel 3:1-21 (God Calls Samuel)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Prayer of the Day (WP): Beckoning God, in the stillness of the night you called Samuel into your service. Call us into service with a voice we are able to hear, and give us hearts to come when we are called. Amen

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #513. Listen, God Is Calling
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
Various Hymnals I’ll be listening
Various Hymnals I Will Call Upon the Lord
Various Hymnals Speak, Lord, in the Stillness
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #543. Go, My Children, with My Blessing
ELW #398. Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #384. That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #472/3. Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
Various Hymnals Christ Has Risen
Various Hymnals Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us
Various Hymnals So Send I You
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Breath Of God” By Vicky Beeching.
Grace Wins” As performed by Matthew West.
Love the Lord” By Lincoln Brewster.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

For the church and all its leaders, that we might hear your call to go and serve as workers in your kingdom. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For fields and streams, mountains and valleys, that we might hear your call to steward the earth and all its resources. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the nations of the world, that we might hear your call to work for justice and peace in all the earth. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all who are listening for your voice, that we might hear your call to share forth your good news and love. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For all who are suffering in any way (especially,…), that we might hear your call to bring your healing and comfort into their pain. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For the saints of all the ages, that we might hear your call to follow to rejoice with them in the eternal and abundant life your provide. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

NL Worship Resources: October 8, 2017

Proper 22 (27)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 13(18)B
Readings: Gospel Text: John 6:51 | Sermon Text: Exodus 16:1-18 (God Provides Manna)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 78:23-29
Prayer of the Day (WP): Holy provider, despite your people’s hardened hearts you gave them manna when they were hungry. Soften our hearts, and make us grateful for your marvelous gifts. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #461. All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly
ELW #362. At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
ELW #494. For the Bread Which You Have Broken
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #536. God Be with You Till We Meet Again
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
LBW #506. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
LBW #521. Let Us with a Gladsome Mind
Various Hymnals Change Our Hearts
Various Hymnals O God of Bethel, by Whose hand
Various Hymnals Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #515. Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #472. Eat This Bread (Jesus Christ, Bread of Life)
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #485. I Am the Bread of Life
ELW #619. I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #674. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
ELW #542. O Living Bread from Heaven
ELW #488/9. Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness
ELW #559. O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
ELW #487. What Feast of Love
LBW #211. Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
LBW #493. Hope of the World
LBW #199. Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior
Various Hymnals Bread of the world, in mercy broken
Various Hymnals Take and Eat
Various Hymnals We Come as Guests Invited
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Lamb of God” By Twila Paris.
Let It Rise” By Holland Davis.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh, and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us, you manifest your concern for your whole universe. You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts
and bring them before you.

A brief silence.

God who goes before us, lead your church out of its captivities to dogmas, doctrines, and divisions and bring us to stronger relationship with you and with our neighbors. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God who provides, sustain creation with your great and mighty love, and bless creation with all that is necessary for life and abundance. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God who raises up leaders, work in the hearts and minds of presidents and prime ministers, kings and queens, and all who rule over others; that they might seek to do your will above all else. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God who feeds us, open our eyes to see the hungry of the world and to see how broken our systems are; help us to better share all that you have entrusted to us that all may know your great providence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God who responds when we call, be with all who suffer this day and are crying out; that they may know healing, wholeness, and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God who works through humans, enrich our faith through the work of your prophets and our ancestors; that their witness to your faithfulness empower ours. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy, holy, holy God, fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: October 1, 2017

Proper 21 (26)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 17(22)A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 8:58 | Sermon Text: Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17 (God’s Name Is Revealed)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 124
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of all people, you remembered your children who were enslaved in Egypt, and by the power of your name you set them free. Remember us and free us from slavery to sin by the power of your name. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #268. From Heaven Above
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #611. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #889. The Right Hand of God
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #347. Jerusalem the Golden
WOV #670. When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land
Various Hymnals Be Still, For the Spirit of the Lord
Various Hymnals Holy Ground
Various Hymnals We Are Standing on Holy Ground (Holy Ground)
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Various Hymnals Before the Throne of God Above
Various Hymnals We Will Glorify
Various Hymnals You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Bless The Lord” By Jeff Deyo.
In the Secret” By Andy Park.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh, and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us, you manifest your concern for your whole universe. You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts
and bring them before you.

A brief silence.

God of calling, bless all leaders of the church (especially Bishop(s)…) and grant them confidence that you can and do use them to work your will and your Word in the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of mountains and valleys, bless shepherds and ranchers and all who care for livestock and creation that their might be food enough for all. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all nations, bless our leaders (especially President…, Governor…, etc.) that they might better see and hear the cries and groans of the oppressed and respond with compassion and care. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of all tribes, bless people of every race and background that we might always seek out paths of reconciliation and peace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God who hears our cries, bless any who are suffering this day (especially,…) that they may know your power and trust in your holy Name as the source of all wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of our ancestors, bless the rest of all the saints who have gone before us and send us out to proclaim your liberating and redeeming word as you sent our spiritual ancestors to us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy, holy, holy God, fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: September 24, 2017

Proper 20 (25)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 11(16)A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:50-51 | Sermon Text: Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17 (Jacob’s Dream)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
Prayer of the Day (WP): Loving God, like Jacob, who dreamed of your promises, you have filled us with dreams, too. Show us your promises in our dreams, and give us ability to follow our dreams. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #354. Calvary (Every Time I Think about Jesus)
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #529. Jesus, We Are Gathered
ELW #527. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #739. Touch the Earth Lightly
LBW #249. God Himself Is Present
LBW #477. O God of Jacob
LBW #501. He Leadeth Me: Oh, Blessed Thought!
LBW #186. How Blessed Is This Place, O Lord
LBW #375. Only-Begotten, Word of God Eternal
Various Hymnals Lo, God Is Here! Let Us Adore
Various Hymnals Nearer, My God, to Thee
Various Hymnals We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #522. As We Gather at Your Table
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #272. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
ELW #341. Now Behold the Lamb
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
Various Hymnals As Jacob with Travel Was Weary
Various Hymnals Come and See
Various Hymnals Glory and Grace in the Person of Christ
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Bless The Lord” By Jeff Deyo.
Nearer My God To Thee (Bethany)” By Lowell Mason, et al.
The Rising” By Matt Redman, Paul Baloche.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh, and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us, you manifest your concern for your whole universe. You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts
and bring them before you.

A brief silence.

Faithful God, increase our trust in your promises and move your church towards acts of love and faith. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless your church, O God, that our leaders may dream dreams of your glory and vision for the world and lead us to work diligently for your coming kingdom. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless the earth and seas, O God, that your sustaining power be at work through us to restore creation where it is broken and protect it where it is whole. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless the nations of the world, O God, that your peace and justice may prevail over us all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless our communities, O God, that reconciliation be our goal and love our guide in all that we say and do. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bless all who suffer, O God, that they may know healing and recover and that all who comfort them work as instruments of your love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bless the saints, O God, that through them we might see a glimpse of your glory and majesty. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Holy, holy, holy God, fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: September 17, 2017

Proper 19 (24)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 8(13)A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:29 | Sermon Text: Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 (Binding of Isaac)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of promise, You stayed the hand of Abraham and fulfilled the promise you made to him, that he would father a great nation. Keep your promises to us, that we become inheritors of eternal life. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #626. By Gracious Powers
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #771. God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #839. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #840. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #327. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
ELW #870. We Praise You, O God
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
Various Hymnals Abraham, When Severely Tried
Various Hymnals A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth
Various Hymnals You Are Our God; We Are Your People
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #199. Jesus, Lamb of God
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #341. Now Behold the Lamb
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
LBW #103. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God
LBW #305. I Lay My Sins on Jesus
Various Hymnals Behold the Lamb of God
Various Hymnals Not All the Blood of Beasts
Various Hymnals There Is a Redeemer
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Genesis 22” By Ken Bible
Lamb Of Glory” By Greg Nelson, Phill McHugh.
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)

Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh, and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us, you manifest your concern for your whole universe. You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts
and bring them before you.

A brief silence.

Faithful God, increase our trust in your promises and move your church towards acts of love and faith. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God above, bless the land and all that is on it; watch over farmers and laborers as they undertake the crucial work of harvest, keep them safe and grant them endurance. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord of all, grant insight and wisdom to all of our civil leaders, help them to see your vision for the world and for the good of all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of sacrificial love, help us to see your creative and redeeming work in the world and draw us into better and deeper relationship with you and with our neighbors. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Greater carer of us all, be with all those who are suffering this day, grant them healing and strength; but most of all grant them the peace that comes from the knowledge of your presence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God of our ancestors, inspire us by the faith of our forefathers and foremothers, that our witness be as powerful as theirs and echo into the future. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Holy, holy, holy God, fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: September 10, 2017

Proper 18 (23)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Trinity A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:1-5 | Sermon Text: Genesis 1:1-2:4a (Creation by the
Word)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 8
Prayer of the Day (WP): Grand designer of all things, the light and darkness, the dome in the midst of waters, the sky and dry land, the vegetation, the seasons, the swarms of living creatures, birds and great sea monsters, creeping things and wild animals, and us; all these were brought into being with a word on your lips. And it was good. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #880. O God beyond All Praising
ELW #738. God Created Heaven and Earth
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #736. God the Sculptor of the Mountains
ELW #564. God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #771. God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #582. Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling
ELW #399. O Holy Spirit, Root of Life
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #815. I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
ELW #561. Joyous Light of Heavenly Glory
ELW #881. Let All Things Now Living
ELW #407. O Living Breath of God
ELW #554. Lord, Your Hands Have Formed
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #735. Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth
ELW #555. Oh, Sing to God Above
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #823. Praise the Lord! O Heavens
ELW #396. Spirit of Gentleness
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
ELW #739. Touch the Earth Lightly
ELW #686. We Give Thee but Thine Own
ELW #870. We Praise You, O God
ELW #861. When Long Before Time (The Singer and the Song)
LBW #164 Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
WOV #793. Shout for Joy Loud and Long
DATH #68 In the Water
OBS #84 We sing the one God
W&P #157 Wind of the Spirit
Various Hymnals For the Healing of the Nations
Various Hymnals I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Various Hymnals O Lord of Every Shining Constellation
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest; OBS=O Blessed Spring; W&P=Worship & Praise)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars
ELW #848. Give to Our God Immortal Praise!
ELW #880. O God beyond All Praising
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #664. Heaven Is Singing for Joy
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #863. My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
Various Hymnals O How Glorious, Full of Wonder
Various Hymnals How Majestic Is Your Name
Various Hymnals LORD, Our Lord, Your Glorious Name
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Genesis 1:1” by Jay Stocker
In The Beginning” by Kareen King
Light Of The World” by Matt Redman
Maker Of All Things” by Tim Hughes
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)

Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh, and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us, you manifest your concern for your whole universe. You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts
and bring them before you.

A brief silence.

Creator God, source of faith, strengthen your church and make us bold proclaimers of your glory and grace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creator God, source of creation, bless the earth and all life on it with your sustaining power and open our eyes to see that all you have made is indeed good. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creator God, source of power and authority, make our leaders humble of heart and place in them a desire to work for the common good of all people. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creator God, source of wind and weather, be with all who are affected by floods, monsoons, hurricanes, and other natural disasters; bring your peace to their hearts and unite humanity in supporting them in their affliction. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creator God, source of all healing, shower those who suffer with your love and peace and bless all who help them with compassion and wisdom in their work. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Creator God, source of life, we give you thanks for the life we have and the lives of all the saints who have gone before us; bring all who believe into the new heaven and the new earth on the last day. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Holy, holy, holy God, fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: September 3, 2017

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 5C
Readings: Companion Text: John 16:20-22 | Sermon Text: Revelation 21:1-6; 22:1-5 (New Heaven and the New Earth)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 148
Prayer of the Day: God of life, you have made all things, you sustain all things, and you renew all things. Bring about the glorious victory you have assured us through Christ that we might know the new reality of your peaceful, loving kingdom. We pray in the name of the Lamb who is enthroned with you, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #377. Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #302. As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #447. O Blessed Spring
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #383. Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #630. In Heaven Above
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #335. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
ELW #317. Jesus on the Mountain Peak
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #554. Lord, Your Hands Have Formed
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #460. Now the Silence
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #437. On Jordan’s Stormy Bank I Stand
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #423. Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #439. Soon and Very Soon
ELW #488/9. Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness
ELW #342. There in God’s Garden
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
LBW #347. Jerusalem the Golden
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
LBW #337. Oh, What Their Joy
Various Hymnals Be Still, My Soul
Various Hymnals For the Healing of the Nations
Various Hymnals O Holy City, Seen of John
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #626. By Gracious Powers
ELW #816. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #398. Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #867. In Thee Is Gladness
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
Various Hymnals Joy in Sorrow
Various Hymnals The Trees of the Field
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Oh, Great Love Of God” By David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, et al.
This Is Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God invites us to bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

A brief silence.

For the church universal, that our differences may be overcome and all Christians may one day unite as one around your glorious throne. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For waters of all types: rivers, lakes, oceans, and streams; that life may be sustained through the waters that you provide. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For people of every place, that your home be made among us and your peace prevail over us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For the passing away of the first things, that anxiety, fear, hatred, and violence be no more. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For all who suffer in mind, body, or spirit; that mourning and crying and pain will be no more. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For the host gathered before your throne, and for their example; that we may one day join with them in the new heaven and the new earth. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them, that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: August 27, 2017

Proper 16 (21)

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 4C or All Saints A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 14:1-4 | Sermon Text: Revelation 6:1-8; 7:9-17 (The Seven Seals)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 23
Prayer of the Day: Enthroned God, you sent the only one who is worthy, Jesus Christ the Lamb, to bring salvation to the earth. Wipe every tear from our eyes and guide us to the springs of eternal life. May we sing of your blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might for ever and ever. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #442. All Who Believe and Are Baptized
ELW #846. Amen, We Praise Your Name (Amen siakudumisa)
ELW #362. At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
ELW #425. Behold the Host Arrayed in White
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #781. Children of the Heavenly Father (Tryggare kan ingen vara)
ELW #819. Come, All You People (Uyaimose)
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #625. Come, We That love the Lord (We’re Marching to Zion)
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #713. O God of Every Nation
ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #618. Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
ELW #246. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #502. The King of Love My Shepherd Is
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #660. Lift High the Cross
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #778. The Lord’s My Shepherd
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #367. Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds
ELW #341. Now Behold the Lamb
ELW #884/5. Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
ELW #823. Praise the Lord! O Heavens
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #423. Shall We Gather at the River
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #439. Soon and Very Soon
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #459. Wade in the Water
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
ELW #825. You Servants of God
LBW #167. Glory Be to God the Father
LBW #95. Glory Be to Jesus
LBW #347. Jerusalem the Golden
LBW #302. Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness
LBW #509. Onward, Christian Soldiers
LBW #183. The Son of God Goes Forth to War
WOV #791. Alabaré
Various Hymnals Here from All Nations
Various Hymnals How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine
Various Hymnals Victory Through Grace
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text:

ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #253. He Came Down
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #485. I Am the Bread of Life
ELW #619. I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #477. I Received the Living God
ELW #810. O Jesus, I Have Promised
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #376. Thine Is the Glory
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #758. You Are the Way
LBW #133. Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won!
Various Hymnals Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise
Various Hymnals In the Sweet By and By
Various Hymnals When We All Get to Heaven
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other options based on both:

Ancient of Days” By Gary Sadler, Jamie Harvill.
Jesus Is King” By Jason Ingram, Josh Fox.
Only By Grace” By Gerrit Gustafson.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers in Christ, God invites us to bring our doubts and fears, our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise, and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

A brief silence.

We pray for the ministry of church and all of its ministers; that we may be faithful workers for the kingdom of heaven. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for fields and forest, and for all growing things; that the coming harvest provide for the needs of all creation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations of the world; that justice and peace reign to the glory of God, the ruler of all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all victims of violence and hatred; that hearts of stone may be softened and our discourse be guided by the Holy Spirit. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the suffering (especially,…); that their burdens be eased and the peace of God fill their bodies, minds, and spirits. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the host arrayed before the throne and all the saints; that the example of their worship enliven and deepen our own. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers, O God, and transform us through them, that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand not only what you do on our behalf, but what you call us to do so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.