Worship Resources: April 19, 2020

Easter 2 Year 2

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Ascension A/B/C and/or Easter 7A
Readings: You Shall Be My WitnessesActs 1:1-14 (Mark 6:7-13)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord Jesus, after your death and resurrection you sent your followers into the world to proclaim your resurrection to the entire world. Send us into the world to bear witness to all you have done in our lives. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals, re:Worship

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #393. A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing!
ELW #392. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #389. Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
ELW #604. O Christ, Our Hope
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #401. Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading
ELW #398. Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #365. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
ELW #260. The King Shall come
ELW #490. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #857. Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
ELW #579. Lord, You Give the Great Commission
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #549. Send Me, Jesus
ELW #809. Send Me, Lord (Thuma mina)
ELW #439. Soon and Very Soon
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #576. We All Are One in Mission
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #483. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
LBW #388. O Spirit of the Living God
WOV #681. Come, O Holy Spirit, Come 
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
Various Hymnals Christ for the world we sing! (1869) by Samuel Wolcott
Various Hymnals Go to the World! (1991) by Sylvia G. Dunstan
Various Hymnals Hail Thee, Festival Day (6th Century) by Venantius Fortunatus
Various Hymnals O Holy Spirit, by Whose Breath (tr. 1971) by Rabanus Maurus
Various Hymnals There Is a Redeemer (1982) by Melody Green
Various Hymnals When God the Spirit Came (1977) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
Shine Jesus Shine” By Graham Kendrick.
Tell the World” By Joel Houston, Jonathon Douglass, et al.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

Send your Spirit upon the church, and especially its leaders; that they may lead us in boldly proclaiming the kingdom of God present in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your Spirit upon creation, and especially resting fields; that the coming harvest be abundant that all the world may be fed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your Spirit upon our leaders, and especially on executives like our President, Governor, and Mayors; that their decisions be guided by compassion and care for all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your Spirit upon the marginalized, especially poor and needy; that our communities work to ensure that everyone’s basic needs are met. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your spirit upon the sick, especially,…; that your will of healing and wholeness be at work in their lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Send your Spirit upon this congregation; that we may be an example of love, grace, and service in our neighboring communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Send your Spirit upon us and use the example of the saints to keep us firm in our faith. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.


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Worship Resources: April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday Year 2

Color: White or Gold
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Easter Sunday B
Readings: ResurrectionMark 16:1-8 (Psalm 118:21-27)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Holy Lord Jesus, on this day we rejoice in your glory and stand in awe of how you have transformed this world with your dying and your rising. Receive our joyful praise. Alleluia! Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals, re:Worship

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #375. Alleluia! Christ Is Arisen (¡Aleluya! Cristo resucitó )
ELW #565. All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night
ELW #364. Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia
ELW #371. Christians, to the Paschal Victim
ELW #383. Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!
ELW #339. Christ, the Life of All the Living
ELW #369. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia!
ELW #855. Crown Him with Many Crowns
ELW #521. O Day of Rest and Gladness
ELW #361. The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #347. Go to Dark Gethsemane
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #619. I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #379. Now the Green Blade Rises
ELW #386/7. O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
ELW #384. That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #376. Thine Is the Glory
ELW #391. This Joyful Eastertide
LBW #151. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Various Hymnals Because He Lives (1971) by Bill & Gloria Gaither
Various Hymnals Christ Has Risen (1988) by John Bell
Various Hymnals Easter Song (1974) by Anne Herring
Various Hymnals Jesus is risen from the grave (2005) by John Bell
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance (1963) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals We Have a Gospel to Proclaim (1968) by Edward Burns
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Agnus Dei” By Michael W. Smith.
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
More Than Conquerors” As performed by Rend collective.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.

A brief silence.

For the health of the church we pray O God of life. Strengthen our leaders, ministers, and assemblies that we may loudly proclaim the good news of life over death. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For fields and streams we pray O God of life. Bless plants and animals with bountiful life that your abundance be known throughout the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the leaders of governments we pray O God of life. Grant our leaders wisdom and insight in the midst of chaotic and trying times. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those experiencing anxiety or loneliness we pray O God of life. Show us how best to love and support our neighbors, especially those we don’t know well. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those battling illness or pain we pray O God of life. Bring comfort and healing to all those who are in need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For this congregation we pray O God of life. Deepen our discipleship and turn us ever outwards toward our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For all the saints who now rest in you we pray O God of life. Use their example to keep us firm in walking the way of Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.


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Worship Resources: April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday Year 2

Color: Red or Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Palm Sunday B
Readings: Triumphal EntryMark 11:1-11 (Psalm 118:25-29)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Hosanna! King of all, you reign over all. Reign in our lives, triumph over evil, and teach us to follow in your footsteps. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #370. Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #319. O Lord, throughout These Forty Days
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #264. Prepare the Royal Highway
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
ELW #741. Your Will Be Done (Mayenziwe)
LBW #258. Hosanna to the Living Lord!
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals Filled with Excitement (1972) by Rubén Ruiz Ávila
Various Hymnals Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (1873) by Jennette Threlfall
Various Hymnals The King of Glory Comes (1966) by Willard Jabusch
Various Hymnals Ride on, King Jesus (1991) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals We Have a King (196) by Fred Kaan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Ancient Skies” By Michael Gungor, Michael Rossback.
Broken” By Michael Himes.
Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
We Will Dance” By David Ruis.
More options 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.

Blessed One, shower your blessing upon the church; help us to be a beacon of hope and compassion in this time of trial. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon creation and all who work the water and soil; bring an abundant harvest so that all may be fed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon our leaders; grant them wisdom and care for others as they lead in this difficult time. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon those struggling with mental illness; surround them with your love and provide them the support they need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon all the sick, (especially,…); grant healing and peace wherever it is needed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon our congregation; open our eyes to the needs of the people around us and grant us the courage to serve those needs. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Blessed One, shower your blessings upon all who are struggling with doubt in this time; turn our eyes to the examples of the saints who show us what faith in you can look like. 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.


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Worship Resources: March 29, 2020

Lent 5 Year 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 28(33)B and Advent 1B
Readings: End of the AgeMark 13:1-8, 24-37 (Psalm 102:12-17)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Son of Man, you encouraged your followers to obey only your voice, and promised that they would see your glorious presence. Show us your glory and teach us to obey. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #416. At the Name of Jesus
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #632. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #440. In Peace and Joy I Now Depart
ELW #294. In the Bleak Midwinter
ELW #282. It Came upon the Midnight Clear
ELW #628. Jerusalem, My Happy Home
ELW #621. Jesus Lives, My Sure Defense
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #727. Lord Christ, When First You Came to Earth
ELW #558. Lord God, We Praise You
ELW #435. Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
ELW #512. Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
ELW #765. Lord of All Hopefulness
ELW #631. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
ELW #596/7. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ELW #438. My Lord, What a Morning
ELW #842. Oh, Worship the King
ELW #437. On Jordan’s Stormy Bank I Stand
ELW #873/4. Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!
ELW #534. Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #426. Sing with All the Saints in Glory
ELW #327. Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow
ELW #742. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
LBW #31. Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying
Various Hymnals Have Thine Own Way, Lord (1906) by Adelaide Pollard
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance (1963) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals O Lord, the Clouds are Gathering (2005) by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals We Lay Our Broken World (2005) by Anna Briggs
Various Hymnals We Turn to God (1953) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Various Hymnals When Will People Cease Their Fighting? (1986) by Constance Cherry
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
Come Now is the Time to Worship” By Brian Doerksen.
More Than Conquerors” As performed by Rend collective.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective.
Song of Hope (Heaven Come Down)” By Chase Jenkins, Dan Hamilton, et al.
The World is Troubled” By Dennis Brown.
More options 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.

Source of our hope, ground your church in the promises of our baptism and make us bold in proclaiming your love and grace even in fearful and anxious times.. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, heal the brokenness in your creation and give us the vision necessary to protect what you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, grant wisdom and insight to our public leaders that they may steer the nations through this crisis with minimal loss of life or livelihood. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, help those living in great fear at this time, comfort them with the knowledge of your presence with them now and always. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, provide healing and comfort to all those battling disease, work through our healthcare system to bring a quick resolution to the corona virus pandemic. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Source of our hope, make your church into a shining example of love and care in these difficult times and use our assembly to do your work. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Source of our hope, turn our eyes to the example of the saints and keep us firm in following the way of the cross. 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.


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Worship Resources: March 22, 2020

Lent 4 Year 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 26(31)B and Proper 27(32)B
Readings: Great CommandmentMark 12:28-44 (Psalm 89:1-4)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord of love, you have taught us that love is your greatest commandment. Teach us to love as unconditionally as you love us. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #854. Blessing and Honor
ELW #303. Brightest and Best of the Stars
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #679. For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW #358. Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #822. Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor)
ELW #430. Rejoice, for Christ is King!
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #686. We Give Thee but Thine Own
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #359. Where Charity and Love Prevail
LBW #238. God Has Spoken by His Prophets
LBW #16 I Will Sing the Story of Your Love
LBW #264. When All Your Mercies, O My God
WOV #664. A New Commandment
Various Hymnals Christians, let us love one another (1973) by A. Nigro
Various Hymnals For the Life That You Have Given (1987) by Carl Daw
Various Hymnals Love God with all your soul and strength (1715) by Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals Love the Lord Your God (1991) by Jean & Jim Strathdee
Various Hymnals The Temple Rang with Golden Coins (1993) by Herman Stuempfle
Various Hymnals We Are Your People (1973) by Brian Wren
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Ancient Skies” By Michael Gungor, Michael Rossback.
Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
No Greater Love” By Audrey Assad, Chris Tomlin, et al.
Sing Of Your Great Love” By Darlene Zschech.
You Never Let Go” By Beth Redman, Matt Redman.
More options 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.

Turn us from ourselves and towards our neighbors, God of love; teach your church how to love like you would have us love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Help us learn how to better live in harmony with our environment, God of love; bring healing where the earth is damaged. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant wisdom and compassion to our leaders, God of love; keep us from over-consumption and injustice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring comfort and peace to those in turmoil, God of love; strengthen the fainthearted and bind up the brokenhearted. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heal those in any pain (especially,…), God of love; fill them with the knowledge of your presence and care for them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless our community through teachers, parents, foster parents, first responders, and other examples of loving the neighbor, God of love; watch over them and keep them in your care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Encourage us through the example of the saints, God of love; sustain us with your love shown throughout the generations. 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.


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Worship Resources: March 15, 2020

Lent 3 Year 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): N/A
Readings: Parable of the Tenants (or Taxes to Caesar)Mark 12:1-17 (Psalm 86:8-13)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Son of God, you spoke words to Jerusalem’s leaders that were hard to hear. Give us ears to receive your word of life so that we can follow you faithfully. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #723. Canticle of the Turning
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #654. The Church’s One Foundation
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #856. How Great Thou Art
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #839. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #840. Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #583. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #685. Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
ELW #262. Wait for the Lord
LBW #238. God Has Spoken by His Prophets
LBW #336. Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
LBW #318. The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow
Various Hymnals Baited, the Question Rose (1996) by Carl P. Daw
Various Hymnals God, When You Called Our Church by Grace (2000) by Carolyn Gillette
Various Hymnals The Great Creator of the Worlds (1939) by Bland Tucker
Various Hymnals The Keeper of a Vineyard (2004) by Michael Hudson
Various Hymnals Living Stones (1997) by Michael Forster
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” By Chris Tomlin, John Newton, et al.
Cornerstone” By Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, et al.
Grace Like Rain” By Chris Collins, Todd Agnew, et al.
You Are Holy” By Reuben Morgan.
More options 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.

Keep us from rejecting your Word of love, life, and salvation. Make your church a welcoming one; seeing the face of Christ in each of our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Make us better tenants of all that you have entrusted to us. Help us to see that all of creation is yours. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring all nations to your truth and keep us from hypocrisy. Open our eyes to see you at work in the civil realm, as well as the spiritual realm. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Keep us from rejecting you through rejecting our neighbors. Work through us to share your love with all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Do wondrous things in the lives of any struggling with pain or disease. Show forth your healing power through all who work to heal. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Work through this assembly to share your steadfast love. Glorify your name through our ministries and missions. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Bind all followers of your way into one body. Bring all your saints and sinners into your everlasting kingdom. 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.


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Worship Resources: March 8, 2020

Lent 2 Year 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 24(29)B, Proper 25(30)B
Readings: Bartimaeus HealedMark 10:32-52 (Psalm 34:11-14)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord Jesus, it was hard for your disciples to hear that they would have to suffer in order to follow you. Give us faith and courage to follow you when following is painful or frightening. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #779. Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #302. As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #515. Break Now the Bread of Life
ELW #626. By Gracious Powers
ELW #610. O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
ELW #431. O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us
ELW #304. Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #804. Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #532. Gather Us In
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #740. God of the Sparrow
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #612. Healer of Our Every Ill
ELW #860. I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me
ELW #708. Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #624. Jesus, Still Lead On
ELW #471. Let Us Break Bread Together
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #818. O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #843. Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #590. Salvation unto Us Has Come
ELW #608. Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
ELW #666. What Wondrous Love Is This
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
ELW #510. Word of God, Come Down on Earth
WOV #785. Weary of All Trumpeting
LS #123 When Jesus the Healer
Various Hymnals From Heaven You Came (1983) by Graham Kendrick
Various Hymnals He came to earth, not to be served (1990) by John Pantry
Various Hymnals Jesus, Full of All Compassion (1769) by Daniel Turner
Various Hymnals Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace (1969) by James Quinn (via Francis of Assissi)
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; LS=Life Songs)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Get Up, Stand Up” By Peter Tosh, Bob Marley.
In the Secret” By Andy Park.
Micah 6:8” By Charlie Hall.
My Lighthouse” As performed by Rend collective
Open The Eyes of My Heart” By Paul Baloche.
Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
You Have Shown Us” By Andy Park, Chris Tomlin, et al.
More options 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.

Faithful God, make your church complete in everything good so that your Gospel might reach out to fill all corners of the earth. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creating God, work through all stewards of the earth that abundant life blossom forth in due season. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Compassionate God, open our eyes to see those in need and reform our systems that the needs of all people be met. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of community, establish your loving community for all who are alone or on the outskirts. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Healing God, pour out your love and comfort upon all who are hurting in any way. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Crafting God, shape this assembly into your image of love, mercy, and service. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Eternal God, increase our faith and let your grace be known in the witness of 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.


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Worship Resources: March 1, 2020

Lent 1 Year 2

Color: Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 23(28)B
Readings: First Last and Last FirstMark 10:17-31 (Psalm 19:7-10)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord of abundant riches, when asked to give everything to follow Jesus, a rich man faltered. Give us the courage to give everything that we have to you, knowing that what you offer is more valuable than all the riches in the world. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #589. All Depends on Our Possessing
ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #320. The Glory of These Forty Days
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #733. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ELW #541. O Jesus, Blessed Lord
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #775. Jesus, Priceless Treasure
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #555. Oh, Sing to God Above
ELW #418. Rejoice in God’s Saints
ELW #655. Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #551. The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve
ELW #366. The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done
ELW #667. Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
ELW #720. We Are Called
ELW #479. We Come to the Hungry Feast
ELW #524. What Is This Place
ELW #785. When Peace like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
ELW #725. When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
WOV #783. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
W&P #150 We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise
Various Hymnals Be Still, For the Spirit of the Lord (1986) by David Evans
Various Hymnals Spirit of Jesus, if I love my neighbor(1983) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals The Stars Declare His Glory (1981) by Timothy Dudley-Smith
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice; W&P=Worship & Praise)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Every Move I Make” By David Ruis.
Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
Our God” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al.
More options 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.

Almighty God, keep the church from seeking after wealth and power; grant us leaders who will keep your Word always in front of our eyes. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless the land and water in this season of rest; and keep us hopeful as we look for the first signs of spring life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Establish your justice in our systems of judgement and governance; guide the hearts and minds of those with great wealth that they use that wealth for the benefit of their neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour out your favor on all those who feel distant from you; surround them with loving support and care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant healing to all who are suffering (especially,…); be at work through doctors, nurses, EMTs, and aides to bring comfort to all who need it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Deepen relationships between those of different backgrounds and beliefs; help us to work together and let our cooperation be a symbol of your kingdom come. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Gather us along with all the saints who have gone before; give us a foretaste of your kingdom of life and community. 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.


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Worship Resources: February 23, 2020

Transfiguration Year 2

Color: White
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 19(24)B, Transfiguration B, Lent 2B
Readings: Transfiguration Mark 8:27 –9:8 (Psalm 27:1-4)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Lord of light, as you were transfigured on the mountain, your followers were given a glimpse of your glory. Shine your light in our lives so that we will know how truly marvelous you are. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals

Please be aware of the problematic nature of light/white=good and dark/black=bad that can often be used around Transfiguration (as well as other readings/hymns). For more information on this consider reading the Treasures of Darkness series from 2017 by various Afro-Lutheran authors found here: https://medium.com/tag/treasuresofdarkness/archive

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #838. Beautiful Savior
ELW #793. Be Thou My Vision
ELW #553. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #729. The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #520. Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
ELW #320. The Glory of These Forty Days
ELW #432. The Head That Once Was Crowned
ELW #315. How Good, Lord, to Be Here!
ELW #332. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
ELW #815. I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
ELW #317. Jesus on the Mountain Peak
ELW #712. Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #316. Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair
ELW #671. Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #677. This Little Light of Mine
ELW #739. Touch the Earth Lightly
ELW #334. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery
ELW #635. We Walk by Faith
ELW #719. Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #659. Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
Various Hymnals Christus Paradox (1991) by Sylvia Dunstan
Various Hymnals Sing of God Made Manifest (2003) by Carl Daw
Various Hymnals Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory (1985) by Thomas Troeger
Various Hymnals We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding (1988) by Carl Daw
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Better Is One Day” By Matt Redman.
Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
Love Has Come” By Brown Bannister, Mark Schultz, et al.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

Transform your church, O God, and make us bold in proclaiming Christ as the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your creation, O God, and bring healing where there is harm and wholeness where there is brokenness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your leaders, O God, and turn their hearts towards justice and peace for all nations. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your broken people, O God, and cause shalom to reign in the hearts and minds of all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your hurting people, O God, and deliver them from pain, disease, and illness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Transform your disciples, O God, into a holy people who claim you as the Lord of every aspect of our lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Transform your saints, O God, into the heavenly choir with whom we will one day sing your praises. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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


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Worship Resources: February 16, 2020

Epiphany 6 Year 2

Color: Green
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 17(22)B
Readings: What Defiles? Mark 7:1-23 (Psalm 51:1-3, 6-7)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Teacher Jesus, too often we blame external people and situations for our heartaches and brokenness. Help us to look inward to uncover and heal the things that defile: bitterness, hatred, jealousy, and greed. Help us instead to be agents of peace, hope, generosity, and love. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub

Suggested hymns based on the texts:

ELW #801. Change My Heart, O God
ELW #605. Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
ELW #786. O Holy Spirit, Enter In
ELW #620. How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #661. I Love to Tell the Story
ELW #477. I Received the Living God
ELW #592. Just As I Am, without One Plea
ELW #512. Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
ELW #599. Lord Jesus, Think on Me
ELW #676. Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak
ELW #750. Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart
ELW #759. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #606. Our Father, We Have Wandered
ELW #328. Restore in Us, O God
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #584. The Son of God, Our Christ
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #614. There Is a Balm in Gilead
ELW #587/8. There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
ELW #758. You Are the Way
LBW #488. Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Various Hymnals As a Chalice Cast of Gold (1984) by Thomas Troeger
Various Hymnals Be Kind to One Another (1915) by Mabel Roseman
Various Hymnals Sing praises old and new (1998) by Brian Wren
Various Hymnals Your word, O God, a living sword (1998) by Christopher Wren
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)

Other (mostly contemporary) options:
Amazing Love” By Graham Kendrick.
Glorious Unfolding” By Steven Curtis Chapman.
The King of Love My Shepherd Is” By Henry Williams Baker, John Bacchus Dykes.
Undo” By Kevin Huguley, Scott Davis, et al.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:

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

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

A brief silence.

Help the church to honor you with both lips and hearts, O God, and keep us focused on your word of grace, mercy, salvation, and love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant wisdom to all who care for the land and all who care for animals, O God, and work through them to bring the earth’s abundance to all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Work through our governmental leaders, O God, and keep them from those things which defile hearts and minds. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Provide communities of love and support to those on the outskirts, O God, and make us better at truly welcoming our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bring healing and comfort to the sick, O God, and surround them with your loving presence. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Keep us from worshiping traditions over you, O God, and turn our hearts to your precepts of love and compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

We remember the saints who now rest in you, O God, and pray that their witness and love live on in our lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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


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