Worship Resources: June 17, 2018

As previously mentioned, I am part of a group doing a summer series on “Women of Scripture.”

4th Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Hannah Sermon text – 1 Samuel 1:1–2:10 Companion texts – Psalm 16 and/or Matthew 24:1-3
Prayer of the Day: God of Hannah, you are steadfast in your love and grace to us. Answer the prayers of all who call on you with mercy and loving-kindness. Restore justice to the world and guide our feet in your ways. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who came that the lowly be exalted and the humble lifted up. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
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 #754. Jesus, the Very Thought of You
ELW #844. Praise to the Lord (Louez l’Eterne)
LBW #531. Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
LBW #146. Rejoice, Angelic Choirs, Rejoice!
WOV #720. In the Presence of Your People
WOV #724. Shalom
Various Hymnals Child of Blessing, Child of Promise
Various Hymnals Song of Hannah
Various Hymnals Tell Out, My Soul
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #482. I Come with Joy
ELW #260. The King Shall come
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #397. Loving Spirit
ELW #832. My Lord of Light
ELW #328. Restore in Us, O God
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #613. Thy Holy Wings
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
Various Hymnals Cast Thy Burden upon the Lord
Various Hymnals It May Be at Morn
Various Hymnals To Thee, O Lord, I Fly
(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.
Breath Of God” By Vicky Beeching.
In the Secret” By Andy Park.
Take My Life” By Scott Underwood.
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.

We pray for the church, Most High, be at work in the people you have anointed to bear the gospel good news to the ends of the earth. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for creation, Most High, restore the pillars of the earth to the glory you intended for them. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations, Most High, may your peace and justice rule over the hearts and minds of all who lead others. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for victims of violence, Most High, provide comfort, safety, and wholeness to any who know the pain of oppression and war. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for any who are suffering, Most High, gird them with the strength and endurance necessary for healing and recovery. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all those gathered here today, Most High, bless our ministries and use this congregation to answer prayer. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the saints, Most High, may the witness of their exultant hearts strengthen our own when we falter. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

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.

Worship Resources: June 10, 2018

As previously mentioned, I am part of a group doing a summer series on “Women of Scripture.”

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Rahab Sermon text – Joshua 2:1-23 Companion texts – Psalm 33:16-22 and/or Matthew 21:28-32
Prayer of the Day: God of Rahab, you constantly use surprising people in surprising ways to work your will in the world. Use even ordinary us in our daily lives, to bring about your will in the world. Your will, shown through the life of Jesus, which is a will for peace, justice, mercy, and love for others. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #647. Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
ELW #237/8. Litany of the Saints
Various Hymnals A Prophet-woman Broke a Jar
Various Hymnals Foremothers of Christ
Various Hymnals In Matthew’s Gospel There Are Five
Various Hymnals There is a Line of Women
Various Hymnals Who’d Have Thought the Lord Almighty
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #807. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
ELW #608 Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
Various Hymnals God, Who Touchest Earth With Beauty
Various Hymnals I Will Sing
Various Hymnals O Love of God, How Strong and True
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
Rahab’s Song” By Eddie Spence
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
The Battle Of Jericho Revisited” By Kathie Hill
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.

Lord of the church, open our eyes to the surprising ways you are at work in the world around us and move us to join in your kingdom-building work . Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord of all creation, furnish the earth with all its needs and bring your healing power to bear where we have caused harm. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord of all nations, bring equity and justice to all peoples and make us agents of your reign in all aspects of our life together. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord of promise, work in the lives of all believers to deepen our trust in your amazing promises of life and love. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord of wholeness, provide healing and comfort to all those in pain (especially,…). Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord of this congregation, strengthen our bonds of love with one another and bind us ever more closely to you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord of life, continue to work through the example of all the saints who have gone before us and keep them in peace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

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: May 20, 2018

Pentecost

Color: Red
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Pentecost A/B/C or Advent 3C
Readings: Gospel Text: John 14:16-17 | Sermon Texts: Acts 2:1-21; Philippians 4:4-7 (Pentecost)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of Spirit, we give thanks that when you sent your Advocate, the apostles were empowered to speak about your deeds of power in all languages, for every people. Give us boldness to share the Spirit’s power with our neighbors. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #641. All Are Welcome
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #627. O Day Full of Grace
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #394. Hail Thee, Festival Day!
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #530. Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #575. In Christ Called to Baptize
ELW #658. O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #876. Let the Whole Creation Cry
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #832. My Lord of Light
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #396. Spirit of Gentleness
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #472/3. Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
LBW #160. Filled with the Spirit’s Power
LBW #162. Lord God, the Holy Ghost
LBW #387. Spirit of God, Unleashed on Earth
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #681. Come, O Holy Spirit, Come
WOV #686. Holy Spirit, Come to Us
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
Various Hymnals On Pentecost They Gathered
Various Hymnals Spirit of the Living God
Various Hymnals We Are the Church
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #447. O Blessed Spring
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #836. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
ELW #837. Many and Great, O God (Wakantanka taku nitawa)
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #694. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
WOV #767. All Things Bright and Beautiful
Various Hymnals Angel voices, ever singing
Various Hymnals Benedic Anima Mea
Variouos Hymnals God of Wonders
(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.
Breath Of God” By Vicky Beeching.
Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is” By Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Empowering God, you gave the church the abiding presence of your Holy Spirit. Look upon your church today and hear our petitions.

A brief silence.

Lord, bless your church and its leaders (especially Bishop(s)…); send the power of your Holy Spirit upon us that our proclamation of the good news be bold and inspiring. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord, bless fields and steams; send rain and sun in due season and bring forth the bounty of the earth that your sustaining power be made known. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord, bless presidents and prime ministers and all who hold public office; make your will known to them and guide them in your ways as they lead. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord, bless mental health professionals and all who offer hope and healing; bring healing to any who suffer mental illness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord, bless doctors and nurses and all who care for the sick; work your healing and wholeness in all who are in any pain. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord, bless the ministries of this church; stir us from placidness and apathy for the sake of our neighbors and communities. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Lord, bless all the saints; bind us with them through the power of the Holy Spirit that we may all join in praising your eternal glory. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Grant that, gathered and directed by your Spirit, we may confess Christ as Lord and combine our diverse gifts with a singular passion to continue his mission in this world until we join in your eternal praise. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: May 13, 2018

 

Easter 7

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 21 (26)A
Readings: Gospel Text: Luke 6:43-45 | Sermon Text: Philippians 2:1-13 (The Christ Hymn)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 25:1-9
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of love, with praise we celebrate Jesus , who humbled himself so that every knee should bend and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #393. A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #431. O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #398. Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #857. Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
ELW #716. Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #355/6. Sing, My Tongue
ELW #591. That Priceless Grace
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
ELW #825. You Servants of God
LBW #160. Filled with the Spirit’s Power
LBW #537. O Jesus, King Most Wonderful!
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
W&P #127 Song Over the Waters
Various Hymnals O Day Full Of Grace
Various Hymnals He Is Lord
Various Hymnals May the Mind of Christ, My Savior
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; W&P=Worship & Praise Songbook)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #796. How Firm a Foundation
ELW #768. Lead Me, Guide Me
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #766. Lord of Our Life
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #587/8 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
Various Hymnals Christ is our corner-stone
Various Hymnals Help Us Accept Each Other
Variouos Hymnals To you, O Lord, I lift my soul
(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.
Come Now is the Time to Worship” By Brian Doerksen.
They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
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 church universal, O Lord; make us ever more obedient to your holy will. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for creation, O Lord; make us good stewards that our world may better reflect your glory. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all nations, O Lord; make peace among countries and bring your justice to bear upon all people. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for refugees, O Lord; make us more compassionate to the plight of others. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the suffering, O Lord, (especially,…); make us better healers and comforters. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for our church, O Lord; make us mindful of the needs of our neighbors. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the blessed dead, O Lord; make us certain in your resurrection promise. 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: May 6, 2018

Easter 6

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 2C
Readings: Gospel Text: Luke 9:46-48 | Sermon Text: Philippians 1:1-18a (Partnership in the Gospel)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 126
Prayer of the Day (WP): Holy Lord, may our love overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help us determine what is best, so that we may be pure and blameless in the sight of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #516. Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast
ELW #508. As Rain from the Clouds
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #732. Borning Cry
ELW #321. Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church
ELW #879. For the Beauty of the Earth
ELW #770. Give Me Jesus
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #744. Lord, Be Glorified
ELW #545. Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing
ELW #716. Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
LBW #505. Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go
LBW #324. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
LBW #344. We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died
Various Hymnals Deeper, Deeper
Various Hymnals The Harvest of Justice
Various Hymnals More Love to Thee
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; TFF=This Far By Faith)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #329. As the Sun with Longer Journey
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #841. Lift Every Voice and Sing
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #833. Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices
ELW #864/5. Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
ELW #694. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
WOV #656. By the Babylonian Rivers
WOV #669. Come Away to the Skies
Various Hymnals Because You Came
Various Hymnals There’s a Spirit in the Air
Variouos Hymnals Welcoming God
(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.
In the Secret” By Andy Park.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Sisters and brothers 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, O God; may our love overflow and our proclamation center on Jesus Christ. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For the earth, O God; may the seeds that are being planted lead to an abundant harvest that might share. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For the nations, O God; may we be filled with compassion for all people and work for the justice and peace you hold dear. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For victims of violence, O God; may we bear witness to the shalom that leads reconciliation and mercy. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For those who are in pain (especially,…); may you gift healers with wisdom and compassion as they offer comfort and healing. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For the people gathered here today, and those dear to us, O God; may our communion echo the great heavenly feast. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For the saints in light, O God; may our song join theirs in offering endless rejoicing in you. 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: April 29, 2018

Easter 5

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 6A
Readings: Gospel Text: John 1:16-18 | Sermon Text: Acts 17:16-31 (Paul’s Sermon at
Athens)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 22:26-28
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of the unknown, your mysteries are astounding. Give us knowledge where you see fit, and let us sit comfortably with that which we can never understand. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #245. Creator of the Stars of Night
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #737. He Comes to Us as One Unknown
ELW #834. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #650. In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #716. Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
ELW #587. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #162. Lord God, the Holy Ghost
LBW #153. Welcome, Happy Morning!
TFF #225 I Believe I’ll Testify
Various Hymnals God, We Praise You!
Various Hymnals Lord of the Boundless Curves of Space
Various Hymnals We Come, O Christ, to You
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; TFF=This Far By Faith)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #373. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #574. Here I Am, Lord
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #424. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
LBW #567. God of Our Fathers
LBW #547. Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!
WOV #720. In the Presence of Your People
Various Hymnals Amid The Thronging Worshippers
Various Hymnals To God the only wise
(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.
I’ll Fly Away” By Albert E. Brumley.
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)

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 church and the mission of the Gospel; may all followers of Christ boldly proclaim the grace upon grace found in Jesus, the Word made flesh. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for farmers and gardeners who are anxious to begin the spring work; may God bless their endeavors and keep them safe in all that they do. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for the nations, especially those experiencing conflict and violence; may we hold our leaders accountable to the peace and justice that comes from God. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for people experiencing homelessness and poverty; may we use the blessings of God to help provide for those who lack daily bread and all that they need. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for those experiencing sickness and the suffering (especially,…); may we be agents of God’s comfort and peace to them. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for this community of faith; may we go forth from this service to proclaim the grace and love of God to all whom we encounter. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for the faithful dead (especially Catherine of Siena, doctor of the church, and…); may we bear witness to the power of God the way they bore witness to us. 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: April 22, 2018

Easter 4

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 7C
Readings: Gospel Text: Luke 6:18-19, 22-23 | Sermon Text: Acts 16:16-34 (Paul & Silas)
Psalm Suggestion: Psalm 97
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of freedom, Paul and Silas worshiped you, even when they were flogged and imprisoned. Transform our hearts so that we may also rejoice in you at all times and in all situations. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #442. All Who Believe and Are Baptized
ELW #656. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #569. The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended
ELW #812/3. Faith of Our Fathers
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #530. Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather
ELW #752. Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
ELW #763. My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #850/1. When in Our Music God Is Glorified
ELW #709. When Our Song Says Peace
ELW #211. You Have Put On Christ
LBW #157. A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
LBW #461. Fight the Good Fight
Various Hymnals Believe in the Lord
Various Hymnals Paul And Silas
Various Hymnals We Have Heard the Joyful Sound
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #835. All Creatures, Worship God Most High!
ELW #711. O Day of Peace
ELW #413. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
ELW #841. Lift Every Voice and Sing
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #821. Shout to the Lord
ELW #511. Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
W&P #126 Sing Out, Earth and Skies
Various Hymnals El Señor reina, altísimo (The Lord is king, the Most High)
Various Hymnals I Exalt Thee
Various Hymnals The Lord is King!
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; W&P=Worship & Praise Songbook)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Break Every Chain” By Will Reagan.
The Earth Is Yours” By Michael Gungor.
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.

Most High God, move your church to acts of kindness and mercy that we may be agents of grace in the lives of all whom we encounter. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of creation, bless the earth and all its creatures that your sustaining and redeeming power may be made known to all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Just God, bring freedom to the oppressed and unjustly imprisoned that peace and equality may reign above fear and violence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of all, send forth your word that your great salvation may be known throughout the nations. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Restoring God, be with all who suffer from mental illness that they may hear you through voices of hope and comfort. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Creator God, on this Earth day open our eyes to see how our selfishness harms your glorious creation and stir in us a longing to heal and restore the beauty of the earth. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Calling God, we give you thanks for all the saints who have journeyed through nations and ages to bring your Word to us; may we be faithful witnesses to your love and grace as well. 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: April 8, 2018

Easter 2

Color: White/Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter 2 A/B/C
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 145:13-21 | Sermon Text: John 20:19-31 (Thomas)
Epistle Suggestion: Romans 3:9-11
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of resurrection, your son, Jesus, awed his followers by appearing among them. With awe we also celebrate his resurrection and rejoice in eternal life. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #420/1. By All Your Saints
ELW #760. O Christ the Same
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #363. Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #753. Dona nobis pacem
ELW #603. God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
ELW #543. Go, My Children, with My Blessing
ELW #535. Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #390. The Risen Christ
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #820. O Savior, Precious Savior
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #386/7. O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #384. That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
ELW #376. Thine Is the Glory
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #758. You Are the Way
ELW #484. You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Gift of Finest Wheat)
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
LBW #472 Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
LBW #151 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
WOV #793. Shout for Joy Loud and Long
Various Hymnals Christ Has Risen
Various Hymnals Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
Various Hymnals So Send I You
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #629. Abide with Me
ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #415. Father Most Holy
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #880. O God beyond All Praising
ELW #414. Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #839/40. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #889. The Right Hand of God
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #826. Thine the Amen
ELW #680/1. We Plow the Fields and Scatter
LBW #527. All Creatures of Our God and King
LBW #550. From All That Dwell below the Skies
Various Hymnals Abres tú la mano, Señor (The hand of the Lord feeds us)
Various Hymnals Praise to God, Immortal Praise
Various Hymnals We will extol you, ever-blessed Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Awesome God” By Rich Mullins.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
More Than Conquerors
Soon and Very Soon” By Andraé Crouch.
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.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for the church and all its members; breathe your Spirit on us and send us forth to witness to your love, forgiveness, and salvation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for all of creation; renew the earth and all that is on it and bring healing where we have caused harm and brokenness. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for the nations and the leaders of nations; spread your peace among the hearts of all and restore justice to the oppressed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for all who struggle with doubts of any sort; bring growth out questions and faith out of trial. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for the sick (especially,…); work your healing power in the lives of all who suffer and grant them comfort and peace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Resurrected Lord, we pray for all the saints who have gone before us; as the Spirit moved them, move us and bring us all into your resurrection dawn. 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: March 25, 2018

Palm/Passion Sunday

Color: Purple/Scarlet
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 24 | Triumphal Entry Text: John 12:12-27 |
Sermon Text: John 19:16b-22 (The Crucified Messiah)
Epistle Suggestion: 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
Prayer of the Day (WP): God of honor and celebration, together we cry, “Hosanna!” to your son, who rode willingly and bravely into Jerusalem. Hear us as we celebrate your anointed one, Jesus Christ. Amen

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #337. Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #335. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
ELW #336. Lamb of God (Your Only Son)
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #353. Were You There
LBW #110. At the Cross, Her Station Keeping
LBW #112/3. Jesus, in Thy Dying Woes
LBW #114. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
LBW #344. We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died
Various Hymnals Hark! the Voice of Love and Mercy*
Various Hymnals Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone
Various Hymnals The Old Rugged Cross
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
* Contains “Alleluia”

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #634. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #422. For All the Saints
ELW #734. God, Whose Farm Is All Creation
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #744. Lord, Be Glorified
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #858/9. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #789. Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
ELW #824. This Is My Father’s World
LBW #124/5. The Royal Banners Forward Go
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals The King of Glory Comes
Various Hymnals Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Various Hymnals Psalm 24
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

Broken” By Michael Himes.
Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
Savior Of The World” By Ben Cantelon.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Caught between joy and despair, we yearn for the fulfillment of God’s desire beyond the brokenness and neediness of this life. We offer thanksgiving for God’s presence with us and petitions for the transformation of the church and the world.

A brief silence.

We pray for all leaders of the church: for Bishops and Pastors, Deacons and Elders, Councils and Teachers; may they loudly proclaim the glory and reign of our Crucified King. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for creation: for fields and streams, mountains and plains, oceans and seas; may the coming seasons bring an abundant harvest that all may share. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the nations of the world: for democracies and republics, for kingdoms and principalities, for theocracies and autocracies; may your peace and justice cover all lands and peoples. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who commit violence against others: for thieves and bandits, for murderers and rapists, for abusers and liars; may they come to repentance and seek paths of reconciliation and righteousness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in the grip of disease: for those dealing with cancer or other chronic illnesses, for those who are paralyzed or unresponsive, for those about to undergo surgery and those recovering from surgery; may your healing power flow through all who work for their wholeness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We pray for those faithful witnesses who have gone before: for Sunday school teachers and pastors, for parents and parental figures, for saints and martyrs; may we join in that long line of witnesses as well. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Love-maker, day by day you sustain the weary with your word and gently encourage us to place our trust in you. Awaken us to the suffering of those around us; save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt; give us grace to share one another’s burdens in humble service. Amen.

NL Worship Resources: March 18, 2018

Lent 5

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Psalm Text: Psalm 146 | Sermon Text: John 19:1-16a (Jesus Condemned)
Epistle Suggestion: Colossians 1:11-14
Prayer of the Day (WP): Holy God, in this season of contemplation, help us to recognize that you revealed yourself in Jesus, who walked among us and was handed over to be crucified. May we be strengthened by his presence among us today. Amen.

Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:

ELW #349. Ah, Holy Jesus
ELW #338. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
ELW #354. Calvary (Every Time I Think about Jesus)
ELW #370. Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
ELW #339. Christ, the Life of All the Living
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #324. In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #325. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
ELW #727. Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #351/2. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
ELW #355/6. Sing, My Tongue
ELW #353. Were You There
ELW #803. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
LBW #At the Cross, Her Station Keeping
LBW #114. There Is a Green Hill Far Away
Various Hymnals A Purple Robe, a Crown of Thorn
Various Hymnals O Dearest Lord, Thy Sacred Head
Various Hymnals To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship;  LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):

ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #557. Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
ELW #638. Blessed Assurance
ELW #848. Give to Our God Immortal Praise!
ELW #831. The God of Abraham Praise
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #886. Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
ELW #531. The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (The Feast Is Ready)
ELW #853. When Morning Gilds the Skies
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
LBW #493. Hope of the World
LBW #537. O Jesus, King Most Wonderful!
LBW #264. When All Your Mercies, O My God
Various Hymnals God of my life! through all its days
Various Hymnals Sing praise to God who reigns above
Various Hymnals Summer suns are glowing
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:

All For You” By Jon Neufeld, Tim Neufeld.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
The Wonderful Cross” By Chris Tomlin, Isaac Watts, et al.
More contemporary suggestions here.

Prayers of Intercession:

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

Beloved friends, in this season of repentance and healing, we accept God’s invitation to be ever-mindful of the needs of others, offering our prayers on behalf of God’s community in the church and the world.

A brief silence.

King of the church, turn our anger and judgement into acts of mercy and contrition. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of creation, restore fields and streams to wholeness and vibrancy. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of the nations, bring humility to our leaders and peace to the world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of all, forgive our shouts of condemnation and turn our hearts to reconciliation. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

King of life, work your healing power in the lives of all who suffer in any way. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

King of glory, bring us into your presence along with (…, and) all the saints who have gone before us. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fill us with your strength to resist the seductions of our foolish desires and the tempter’s vain delights, that we may walk in obedience and righteousness, rejoicing in you with an upright heart. Amen.