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Lessons and Suggested Hymns and Prayers,

 Advent through Transfiguration, Cycle A

November 27, 2022 – February 19, 2023

 

NOTE: LBW – Lutheran Book of Worship (The Green Book)

WOV – With One Voice (The Blue Book)

ELW – Evangelical Lutheran Worship (The Cranberry Book)

LSB – Lutheran Service Book (The Maroon Book)

 

 

There are versions of some hymns that are superior in LSB and I recommend using them if possible. Also, there are some superb hymns in LSB that aren’t available in the other hymnals. When I suggest one of the latter, I try to include an alternative from LBW or WOV. I recommend that a license and DVD of downloadable hymns from LSB be purchased if you are looking to expand your hymnody. There are, in ELW, some familiar hymns that have been drastically altered, which I try to note. ELW also has some fine hymns not available in the other hymnals, or has, interestingly, a more “traditional” translation or harmonization.

 

Color for the day is indicated for each Sunday. Primary liturgical calendar taken from Sola Publishing (www.solapublishing.org), based on LSB. Also, I include the lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) found in ELW and used in some congregations. It often overlaps the Sola/LCMS calendar lectionary, but when there are differences, I will note them.

 

Because some of the prayers of confession, as well as offertory and post-communion prayers, provided on certain resource pages lack theological heft or linguistic elegance, I have added some seasonal prayers that you are free to cut, paste, and revise as needed. They are modified from the copyright-free Online Book of Common Prayer, or are my own creation. These are found on the following pages. The regular prayers of intercession will, as usual, be provided weekly in their own Word documents.

 

 

A Brief Order of Confession and Holy Absolution for Advent

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son+, and of the Holy Spirit: Amen.

 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

Most merciful God, I confess to you with my whole heart my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments: my wrong thinking, speaking, and acting; the hurts I have done to others; and the good I have left undone.  O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you. Raise me to newness of life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Hear this promise of Almighty God: He prepares in our hearts a royal highway for his Son’s near approach, and cleanses us from all our sins. He drives away the darkness of sin and death, that we may behold the glory of his Son, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Spoken Gospel Acclamation for Advent

 

Alleluia. Come and save us, LORD our God. Let your face shine upon us that we may be saved. Alleluia.

 

Offertory Prayer for Advent

 

Holy God, receive these tokens of our love for you. Make them holy, and use them as you desire, for the glory of your coming Kingdom, and for the well-being of the people you long to redeem. This we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Post-Communion Prayer for Advent

 

Almighty and ever-living God, we give you thanks for these heavenly gifts.  Kindle in us the fire of your Spirit. When your Christ comes again, make us shine as lights before his face; who is alive and reigns now and forever. Amen.

 

Sending Words for Advent

 

Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

A Brief Order of Confession and Holy Absolution for Christmastide

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son+, and of the Holy Spirit: Amen.

 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

Most merciful Father, we confess that we walk in the darkness of sin and not in your light. Sometimes we treat the priceless gift of your Son as an afterthought. And often we do not give the gift of forgiveness, mercy, and care to those who need them from us. Lead us into the light of your healing, forgiveness, and love. Restore to us the joy proclaimed by angels and shepherds at your Son’s birth among us. Amen.

 

Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy: For unto you is born a Savior who is Christ the Lord.  His name is Jesus, for he saves us from our sins. He is called Emmanuel, for he is God with us. For his sake, his Father forgives and blesses you, calls you his children, and bestows his Holy Spirit to guide, strengthen, and sanctify you in all your words and deeds. Amen.

 

Spoken Gospel Acclamation for Christmastide

 

Alleluia. The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. To those who accepted him he gave power to become the children of God. Alleluia.

 

Offertory Prayer for Christmastide

 

Heavenly Father, receive, bless, and use these gifts, given for love Jesus Christ, your gift to us, your Son, our Savior, and our Lord. Amen.

 

Post-Communion Prayer for Christmastide

 

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your great gift of love, your Son Jesus Christ. May we who have received his body and blood bear the light of his love into the world, to your glory and for the healing of the nations. Amen.

 

Sending Words for Christmastide

 

Go in peace. Christ is born. Thanks be to God. 

 

 

 

 

A Brief Order of Confession and Holy Absolution for the Epiphany Season

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son+, and of the Holy Spirit: Amen.

 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

Most merciful Father, although in Christ our light has come, at times we prefer the darkness of sin. We do not let your light shine in our lives so others may see our good works and glorify you. We are deeply sorry and humbly repent. Forgive us and fill us with your Spirit. Give us the joy of your salvation. Send us out to proclaim your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Arise, shine, for your Light has come; and the glorious mercy of the Lord shines round about you. In the name of and by the authority of our Savior Jesus Christ, I announce the forgiveness of your sin. May the Holy Spirit strengthen your faith, heal your spirit, and equip you to proclaim the greatness of the Lord until he comes in glory. Amen.

 

Spoken Gospel Acclamation for the Epiphany Season

 

Alleluia. Glory to you, O Christ, proclaimed to the Gentiles. Glory to you, O Christ, believed in throughout the world. Alleluia.

 

Offertory Prayer for the Epiphany Season

 

Let us pray. Merciful Father, the magi brought gifts to your Son, the Babe of Bethlehem. Graciously accept our gifts, given to glorify and worship Christ our Savior, and to bring healing and hope to the people he came to redeem. Amen.

 

Post-Communion Prayer for the Epiphany Season

 

Gracious heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your dear Son, given to us in this holy Sacrament. Strengthen us, through this gift, in faith toward you, and in fervent love toward one another.  This we ask in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Light and our Life. Amen.

 

Sending Words for the Epiphany Season

 

Go in peace. Share the light of Christ. Thanks be to God.

 

November 27, 2022: Advent 1

 

Isaiah 2:1-5 (Nations stream to the house of the Lord)

 

Psalm 122 (I was glad when they said to me Let us go up to the house of the Lord)

 

Romans 13:8-14 (Keep the commandments. Behave as children of the day)

            RCL/ELW: Romans 13:11-14 (Omits part about commandments)

 

Matthew 21:1-11 (Jesus enters Jerusalem)

OR Matthew 24:36-44 (which is ELW/RCL text) (Signs of the end; coming of Son of Man)

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Opening Hymn: Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding!: LBW #37 (This is an awful tune! If you have an SBH, or ELW or LSB, PLEASE use the familiar tune “Merton,” which for some idiotic reason is not in LBW. The words go so well with the epistle that it’s a shame to not use this hymn.), ELW #246, LSB #345, SBH #1)

 

OR Come Now, O Prince of Peace: ELW #247 (simple Asian tune)

 

OR The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns: LBW #33, ELW #260, LSB #348

 

Hymn of the Day: Savior of the Nations, Come: LBW #28, ELW #263 (no dull hellfires), LSB #332

 

Communion 1: O Happy Day when We Shall Stand: LBW #351, ELW #441

 

Communion 2:, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: LBW #34, ELW #257, LSB #357 (latter two have

all verses)

 

Closing: Wake, Awake, For Night is Flying: LBW #31, ELW #436 (odd translation), LSB #516

 

OR Abide, O Dearest Jesus: ELW #539, LSB #919

Abide With Us, Our Savior: LBW #263

 

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December 4, 2022: Advent 2

 

Isaiah 11:1-10 (A shoot springs up from Jesse’s root; God’s Spirit is upon him)

Psalm 72:1-10 (Prayer for the King’s son to rule with justice)

            RCL: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19

Romans 15:4-13 (Live in harmony; Gentiles have also received God’s mercy)

Matthew 3:1-12(John the Baptist: prepare the way of the Lord!)

 

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Opening Hymn: Comfort, Comfort Now My People: LBW #29, ELW #256, LSB #347

 

OR Lo, How a Rose is Growing:  LBW #58

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (familiar translation): ELW#272, LSB #359

                Yes I KNOW it’s a Christmas hymn, but it ties directly to the Isaiah text!

 

Hymn of the Day: Prepare the Royal Highway: LBW #26, ELW #264, LSB #343

 

OR When All the World Was Cursed (familiar tune): LSB #346

 

OR There’s a Voice in the Wilderness: ELW #255

 

Communion 1: LBW #36, On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry (ELW #249, LSB #344)

 

Communion 2: WOV #647, My Lord, What a Morning (ELW #438, LSB #968)

 

Closing Hymn:  Let Our Gladness Have No End: LBW #57, ELW #291, LSB #381

YES I KNOW it is a Christmas hymn, but our brethren at Concordia suggest it because of its link to the Isaiah text. Plus it’s pretty. So there.

 

OR Jesus Shall Reign: LBW #530, ELW #434, LSB #832

 

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December 11, 2022: Advent 3

 

Isaiah 35:1-10 (The wilderness rejoices when God comes to it)

 

Psalm 146 (The Lord sets prisoners free, opens eyes of blind)

            RCL: Ps. 146:5-10 (eliminates “do not put trust in rulers”)

or Luke 1:46b-55 (The Magnificat)

 

James 5:7-11 (Be patient until the Lord comes)

 

Matthew 11:2-15 (Jesus addresses John’s disciples: blind see, poor hear the Gospel; violence attends coming of Kingdom)

            RCL: Matthew 11:2-11 (Eliminates bit about violence)

 

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Opening Hymn: Awake, Awake, and Greet the New Morn: WOV #633, ELW #242

 

OR Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (may be sung to tune for “The Church’s One Foundation):

LBW #87, ELW #311 LSB #398

 

Hymn of the Day: LBW #23, O Lord, How Shall I Meet You (ELW #241, LSB #334)

 

OR All Earth is Hopeful: WOV #629, ELW #266

 

Communion 1: People, Look East: WOV #626, ELW #248

 

Communion 2: Hark the Glad Sound!: LBW #35, ELW #239, LSB #349

 

Closing Hymn:  Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: LBW#30, ELW #254, LSB #338

 

OR (especially if Magnificat is read) My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness: WOV #730, ELW #251

 

OR (ditto) My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord: LBW #180, ELW #573, LSB #934

 

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December 18, 2022: Advent 4

 

Isaiah 7:1-17 (2 assurances to King Ahaz of God’s presence: the second is that Emmanuel shall be born of the virgin)

            RCL: Isaiah 7:10-16 (only 2nd promise)

 

Psalm 24 (Lift up your heads, that the King of Glory may come in)

            RCL: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.)

 

Romans 1:1-7 (Promise of the Messiah, coming from David’s line)

 

Matthew 1:18-25 (The annunciation – to Joseph)

 

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Opening Hymn: Fling Wide the Door: LBW #32, ELW #259

 

OR Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates: LSB #340 (same tune!)

 

Hymn of the Day: Blessed Be the God of Israel: WOV #725, ELW #250

 

OR my very own hymn paraphrase, sung to “O Zion, Haste”:

 

  1. Bless Israel’s God; he has redeemed his people:

Raised up a Savior born from David’s line;

Promised of old, through prophets’ proclamation,

To save from deadly foes with pow’r divine;

Promised to show our fathers mercy sure;

Promised his covenant forever shall endure.

 

  1. Through Abraham, God swore an oath to save us

From hands of foes, to serve him fearlessly

In holiness and righteousness before him,

There to adore and bless him constantly.

You, child – God’s prophet, go before his face,

Give saving knowledge of forgiveness and God’s grace!

 

  1. Tenderly, God bestows his love and mercy,

His heav’nly Dayspring shines upon our plight.

Darkness and death no longer can confound us:

In paths of peace, he guides us by his light.

Glory to Father, Son, and Spirit – Lord

God who through the ages ever is adored!

 

 

Communion 1: LBW #41, O Little Town of Bethlehem (ELW #279; LSB #361)

 

Communion 2: WOV #643, Once in Royal David’s City (ELW #269; LSB #376)

 

Closing Hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Yes, even if you did it Advent 1. Find a version with all the verses and belt it out!): LBW #34, ELW #257, LSB #357

 

 

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December 24, 2023: Christmas Eve, the Nativity of Our Lord

 

Isaiah 9:2-7 (For Unto us a child is born)

Psalm 96 (Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name)

Titus 2:11-14 (God’s salvation has appeared in Jesus, training us to live godly lives)

Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) (The story of Jesus’ birth)

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Opening Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful: LBW #45, ELW #283, LSB #379

 

Hymn of Praise: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing: LBW #60, ELW #270, LSB #380

 

Gradual Hymn: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, selected verses (use a couple for each end of Gospel procession!)

LBW #51, ELW #268, LSB #358

           

OR Jesus, What a Wonderful Child: ELW #297

 

Hymn of the Day: Let All Together Praise Our God: (Break out the trumpets and horns

                and timpani, please!!) LBW #47, ELW #287, LSB #389

 

OR Good Christian Friends, Rejoice: LBW #55, ELW #288

 

Offertory Hymn: What Child is This: LBW #40, ELW #296, LSB #370

 

Communion Hymns: Use as many as needed for your circumstance

 

Communion Hymn #1: I Am So Glad Each Christmas Eve: LBW #69, ELW #271

 

Communion Hymn #2:  Away in a Manger: LBW #67, ELW #277, 278; LSB #364, 365

 

Communion Hymn #3: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear: LBW #54, ELW #282; LSB #366

 

Communion Hymn #4: Angels We Have Heard on High: LBW #71, ELW #289; LSB #368

 

Communion Hymn #5:  O Little Town of Bethlehem: LBW #41, ELW #279; LSB #361

 

Candle-Lighting Hymn: Silent Night: LBW #65, ELW #281; LSB #363

 

Closing Hymn: Joy to the World: LBW #39, ELW #267; LSB #387

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Sunday, December 25, 2022: Christmas Day, the Nativity of Our Lord

 

Isaiah 52:7-10 (How beautiful the feet of messengers who announce, ‘Your God reigns;’ the

            ends of the earth shall see his salvation)

Psalm 2 (You are my Son; today have I begotten you; you shall rule the nations)

            RCL/ELW: Psalm 98

Hebrews 1:1-12 (The Son, the perfect image of God, far higher than angels)

John 1:1-18 (In the beginning was the Word…)

            RC/ELW: John 1:1-14

 

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Opening Hymn: Angels, From the Realms of Glory: LBW #50, ELW #275, LSB #367

 

Hymn of Praise: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing: LBW #60, ELW #270, LSB #380

 

Gradual Hymn: Rejoice, Rejoice, This Happy Morn: LBW #43, LSB #391

 

OR From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, selected verses (use a couple for each end of Gospel procession!): LBW #51, ELW #268, LSB #358

 

Hymn of the Day: Of the Father’s Love Begotten: LBW #42, ELW #295, LSB #384

 

Offertory Hymn: In the Bleak Midwinter: ELW #294

 

OR What Child is This: LBW #40, ELW #296, LSB #370

 

Communion Hymn #1: ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime: LBW #72, ELW #284

 

Communion Hymn #2: The First Noel: LBW #56, ELW #300

 

Closing Hymn: Go Tell it on the Mountain: LBW #70, ELW #290, LSB #388

 

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January 1, 2023: Circumcision and Name Day of Jesus

 

Numbers 6:22-27 (The Aaronic, priestly benediction)

 

Psalm 8 (Divine majesty and human dignity)

 

Galatians 3:23-29 (The law was our disciplinarian; now we are clothed in Christ)

 

Luke 2:21 (Jesus is named at his circumcision)

 

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Opening Hymn: Joy to the World: LBW #39, ELW #267, LSB #387

 

Hymn of the Day: Greet Now/ Now Greet the Swiftly Changing Year:  LBW #181, LSB #896

Note: neither tune is familiar, but the words are perfect for today. Sing it to “O God of Mercy, God of Light,” LBW#425. You’re welcome.

 

OR The Ancient Law Departs: LSB #898 (Very explicitly about the Circumcision as well as the Name of Jesus. Tune is same as “How Good, Lord, To Be Here.” Might get 1-time permission to use this hymn!)

 

OR At the Name of Jesus: LBW #179, ELW #416, LSB #512

 

OR All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name: LBW #328/329, ELW #634, LSB #549

 

Communion 1: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice: LBW #55, ELW #288

 

Communion 2: Go, My Children, With My Blessing: WOV 721, ELW #543, LSB #922

 

Closing Hymn: Let Our Gladness Have No End: LBW #57, ELW #291, LSB #381

 

OR How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds: LBW #345, ELW #620, LSB #524

 

 

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January 6, 2020: The Epiphany of Our Lord

 

Isaiah 60:1-6 (Arise, shine, your light has come; nations stream to Israel, bringing gifts)

 

Psalm 72:1-11 (Prayer for guidance and support for the King)

            RCL/ELW: Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

 

Ephesians 3:1-12 (The mystery of salvation revealed to Gentiles; Paul has become steward of      God’s mysteries so that through the Church, nations may know God’s wisdom)

 

Matthew 2:1-12 (The magi adore Jesus, bringing gifts, departing by another way)

 

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Opening Hymn: O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright, v. 1-3: LBW #76, ELW #308, LSB #395

 

Hymn of the Day: As With Gladness Men of Old: LBW #82, ELW #302, LSB #397

 

Communion 1: Bright and Glorious is the Sky: LBW #75, ELW #301

 

Communion 2: We Three Kings of Orient Are: WOV #646

 

            OR Songs of Thankfulness and Praise: LBW #90, ELW #310, LSB #394

 

Closing Hymn: O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright, v. 4-6: LBW #76, ELW #308, LSB #395

 

OR We Are Marching in the Light of God: WOV 650, ELW #866

 

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January 8, 2023: The Baptism of Our Lord

 

Isaiah 42:1-9 (God’s servant will not crush a bruised reed; he is given as light to nations, to open blind eyes and free prisoners of darkness)

Psalm 29 (The voice of the Lord; all cry “Glory!”)

 

Romans 6:1-11 (We have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection)

           

RCL/ELW: Acts 10:34-43 (Peter preaches sermon to newly-baptized Gentiles)

 

Matthew 3:13-17 (Jesus comes to John in the Jordan and is baptized)

 

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Opening Hymn: O, Worship the King: LBW #548, ELW #842; LSB #804

 

            OR How Marvelous God’s Greatness: LBW #515, ELW #830 (very simple, lovely Swedish tune, but can be sung to “The Church’s One Foundation,” Aurelia)

 

Hymn of the Day: Praise and Thanksgiving Be to God Our Maker: LBW #191, ELW #458

(tune is same as for “Father Most Holy, Merciful and Tender.” Good hymn for baptism/renewal of baptism)

 

OR To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord: LBW #79, LSB #406/7

I know, I know, but it’s one of the great doctrinal hymns on Baptism. Heck, you might not have to

preach more than 5 minutes if you sing this hymn. Have the choir do a few verses, then alternate choir

and congregation. It’s good for them.

 

OR When Jesus Came to Jordan: WOV #647, ELW #305

 

OR Christ, When For Us You Were Baptized: ELW #304 (familiar tune)

 

Communion 1: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise: LBW #90, ELW #310, LSB #394

 

Communion 2: Baptized in Water: WOV #693, ELW #456

 

            OR Remember and Rejoice: ELW #454 (Familiar tune, great words)

 

Closing Hymn: I Bind Unto Myself This Day: LBW #188, ELW #450, LSB #604

 

OR I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light: WOV #649, ELW #815, LSB #411

 

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January 15, 2023: 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

 

 

Isaiah 49:1-7 (God’s Servant given as light to all nations)

Psalm 40:1-11 (Happy are they who make the Lord their trust; he does not require burnt

            offerings but a willing heart)

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (Thanksgiving that the Corinthians are enriched with every spiritual gift)

John 1:29-42a (John says, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” 

2 of his disciples become Jesus’ disciples)

 

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Opening Hymn: O God, My Faithful God: LBW #504, ELW #806, LSB #696

 

            OR Christ, the Word of God Incarnate, v.1-3: LSB #540 (GREAT hymn, singable early American tune! This is worth getting copyright permissions for if you don’t have LSB)

 

Hymn of the Day: O Christ, Thou Lamb of God: LBW #103

 

OR Jesus, Lamb of God: ELW #199

 

OR Lamb of God (Your only Son, no sin to hide): ELW #336, LSB #550

 

Communion 1: I Lay My Sins on Jesus: LBW #305, LSB #606

 

Communion 2: Great is Thy Faithfulness: WOV #771, ELW #733, LSB #809

 

Closing Hymn: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed: LBW #87, ELW #311, LSB #398

 

OR Christ, the Word of God Incarnate, v. 4-6: LSB #540

 

 

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January 22, 2023, 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany

 

3rd Sunday after the Epiphany Lessons and Hymn Suggestions

 

Isaiah 9:1-4 (The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light)

 

Psalm 27:1-9 (The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?)

            RCL/ELW: Psalm 27:1, 4-9

 

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 (1st mention of divisions in Church; message of Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but the power of God to those being saved)

 

Matthew 4:12-25 (In the region mentioned by Isaiah, Jesus begins his ministry – “Repent; the      kingdom of Heaven has come near” – and calls his first disciples)

 

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Opening Hymn: The People That in Darkness Sat: LSB #412 (great words, familiar tune!)

 

OR Rise, Shine, You People: LBW #393, ELW #665, LSB #825

 

            OR Shine, Jesus, Shine:  WOV #651, ELW #671

 

Hymn of the Day: O Christ, Our Light, Our Radiance True: LBW #380, ELW #875

O Christ, Our True and Only Light: LSB #839

 

Communion 1: God Himself is Present: LBW #249

 

OR (if you didn’t use it on Baptism of Our Lord) I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light:

WOV #660, ELW #815, LSB #411

 

Communion 2: Renew Me, O Eternal Light: LBW #511, LSB #704

 

Closing Hymn: Jesus Calls Us; O’er the Tumult: LBW #494, ELW #696

 

OR Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness: LSB #849 (Another winner, worth getting permission for it. Beach Spring is a familiar Early American tune, too.)

 

 

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January 29, 2022, 4th Sunday after the Epiphany

 

Micah 6:1-8 (Answer me, my people; how have I burdened you? What does the Lord require but to love justice, do mercy, walk humbly before him?)

Psalm 15 (Who abides with God? Those who walk blamelessly and do what is right)

 

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (Christ is the wisdom and power of God, despite the foolishness and           stumbling-block nature of the Cross)

 

Matthew 5:1-12 (The Beatitudes)

 

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Opening Hymn: Let Streams of Living Justice Flow: ELW #710 (Gustav Holst’s majestic tune Thaxted pairs well with the Micah text!)

 

            OR Let Justice Flow Like Streams: WOV #763 (Very familiar tune)

 

            OR Judge Eternal, Throned in Splendor: LBW #418 (Simple Welsh folk tune)

 

Hymn of the Day: Blest Are They:  WOV #764, ELW #728, LSB #982

 

OR (if preaching on Corinthians): When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

LBW #482, ELW #803, LSB #425/426

 

Communion 1: Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me: LBW #336, LSB #683

 

Communion 2: Son of God, Eternal Savior: LBW #364, ELW #655, LSB #842

 

Closing Hymn: Lift High the Cross: LBW #377, ELW #660 (Note: “soldiers” replaced with “servants,”

and a verse is omitted), LSB #837

 

OR O God of Mercy, God of Light: LBW #425, LSB #852

 

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February 5, 2023: 5th Sunday after the Epiphany

 

Isaiah 58:3-9a (The fasting God requires is justice and refraining from evil)

 

Psalm 112:1-9 (God’s blessing to the righteous and those who remember the poor)

 

1 Corinthians 2:1-16 (We preach Christ crucified; God’s wisdom, given through the Spirit,             contrasted with “wisdom of the age”)

 

Matthew 5:13-20 (You are to be salt and light; Christ came not to abolish but to fulfill the Law    and prophets)

 

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Opening Hymn: Your Kingdom Come: LBW #376

 

OR The People Walk: ELW #706 (Nice Hispanic melody)

 

OR You Are the Way; Through You Alone: LBW #464, ELW #758, LSB #526

 

Hymn of the Day: Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness: LBW #233, ELW #511, LSB 578

 

Communion 1: My Faith Looks Up to Thee: LBW #479, ELW #759, LSB #702

 

Communion 2: In the Cross of Christ I Glory: LBW #104, ELW #324, LSB #427

 

Closing Hymn: May We Your Precepts, Lord, Fulfill: LBW # 353, LSB #698

 

OR O Christ, Your Heart, Compassionate: ELW #722 (Familiar tune)

 

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February 12, 2023: 6th Sunday after the Epiphany

 

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (I set before you life and death; choose life; obey my commandments)

 

Psalm 119:1-8 (Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Law of the Lord)

 

1 Corinthians 3:1-9 (Paul chides Corinthians for childish quarreling; he, Apollos and others are     ALL Christ’s servants, working together; Church is God’s field and building)

 

Matthew 5:21-37 (Hard words about anger, lust, and divorce)

 

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Opening Hymn: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: LBW #499, ELW #807, LSB #686

 

Hymn of the Day: Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive: LBW #307, ELW #605, LSB #843

 

OR Lord Jesus, Think On Me: LBW #309, ELW #599, LSB #610

 

OR get the sheet music; go to musicnotes.com: In Christ Alone

 

Communion 1: Holy Spirit, Truth/Light Divine: LBW #257, ELW #398, LSB #496

 

Communion 2: Lord, Whose Love in/Through Humble Service: LBW #423, ELW #712, LSB #848

 

OR Just a Closer Walk With Thee: ELW #697

 

Closing Hymn: Blest Be the Tie That Binds: LBW #370, ELW #656, LSB #549

 

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February 19, 2023: The Transfiguration of Our Lord

 

Exodus 24:8-18 (The 70 elders and Moses on the mountain with God)

 

Psalm 2:6-12 (You are my Son, today have I begotten you; tremble, O nations, before him!)

            RCL: Psalm 2, complete

 

2 Peter 1:16-21 (We do not follow cleverly devised myths; we are eyewitnesses to God’s glory in Christ as he was transfigured before us)

 

Matthew 17:1-9 (The Transfiguration account)

 

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Opening Hymn: When Morning Gilds the Skies: LBW 549, ELW #853, LSB #807

 

            OR Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning: LBW #84, ELW #303, LSB #400

 

Hymn of the Day: Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory: LSB #416

 

OR O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair!: LBW #80, LSB #413

O wondrous Vision! Image Fair!: ELW #316

 

Communion 1: How Good, Lord, to be Here: LBW #89, ELW #315

 

Communion 2: Beautiful Savior: LBW #518, ELW #838, LSB #537

 

Closing Hymn: In Thee is Gladness: LBW #552, ELW #867, LSB #818

 

OR Alleluia, Song of Gladness: WOV #654, ELW #318, LSB #417

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Carolyn says:

    I would love to use the hymn paraphrase, sung to “O Zion, Haste” in our service for Advent 4.
    Can you please provide copyright details for the text – I have the details for the tune.

  • Cathy Ammlung says:

    Absolutely!! Just with attribution, no changes , but that’s it

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