The First Half of the Season of Pentecost, Cycle A June 11 – September 3, 2023


The First Half of the Season of Pentecost, Cycle A

June 11 – September 3, 2023


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

WOV – With One Voice (The Blue Book)

LSB – Lutheran Service Book (The Maroon Book)
ELW – Evangelical Lutheran Worship (The Cranberry 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 (, 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.


I’ve also included a complete Tenebrae service for Good Friday. This is one I’ve used at my little churches. Feel free to use different hymns, but the ones I chose seemed to fit the readings.


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.




For General/Green Season Use: A Brief Order of Confession and Holy Absolution


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, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.


For General/Green Season Use: The Gospel Acclamation (Spoken)

Alleluia. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.


Alleluia. Your Word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia.



For General/Green Season Use: The Offertory Prayer

Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto

you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.




Let us pray. Heavenly Father, we humbly offer to you the gifts of our treasures, talents, and time. Use them to you glory, and for the benefit of all your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.



For General/Green Season Use: The Great Thanksgiving and Proper Preface


The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. For you are the source of light and life, you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


For General/Green Season Use: The Eucharistic Prayer


Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, with praise and thanksgiving. Recalling our Savior’s death, resurrection, and ascension, we pray that you would sanctify these gifts by your Holy Spirit, to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.


All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. AMEN.




And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.


On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. By means of this holy bread and cup, we proclaim his death and resurrection, until he comes again. Gather us by this Holy Communion into one body in your Son Jesus Christ. Make us a living sacrifice of praise. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. AMEN.



For General/Green Season Use: Post-Communion Prayer

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Almighty and ever-living God, we thank you for feeding us with the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. Send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.





June 11, 2023: 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 5

OR St. Barnabas, Apostle


For 2 Pentecost

Hosea 5:15-6:6 (Israel’s superficial repentance, God’s frustration. God desires not sacrifice but steadfast love, knowledge of God)


Psalm 119:65-72: (You humbled me when I strayed from your commands. Teach me your way!)

            ELW/RCL: Psalm 50:7-15 (God wants not burnt offerings but the sacrifice of praise)


Romans 4:13-25: (God’s promise realized through faith like Abraham’s)


Matthew 9:9-13: (Call of Matthew. Jesus comes to call sinners!)

ELW/RCL: Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26 (Ditto; also girl restored to life, woman healed)




Opening Hymn: The God of Abraham Praise, v. 1-4: LBW #544, ELW #831, LSB #798


            OR Dearest Jesus, At Your Word/We Are Here: LBW #248, ELW #520, LSB #520


Hymn of the Day: What Wondrous Love is This: LBW #385, ELW #666, LSB #543


Communion Hymn #1: Chief of Sinners Though I Be: LBW #306, ELW #609, LSB #611


Communion Hymn #2: Give Me Jesus/ In the Morning When I Rise:

WOV #777, ELW #770, LSB #976


Closing Hymn: The God of Abraham Praise:

LBW #544, v. 6, 7, 10, 11, ELW #831, v. 5-8, LSB #798, v. 6-9


OR One There Is, Above All Others: LBW #298


OR Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven: LBW #549, ELW #865, LSB #793






For St. Barnabas:


Isaiah 42:5-12: (The Lord, who created all, called you in righteousness to be a covenant to the people. Let them all praise God!)


Psalm 112: (Happy are the righteous, who are gracious, merciful, and generous)


Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3: (Barnabas sent to Antioch; he was gracious and good; he and Paul commissioned by the Spirit in Antioch church)


Matthew 10:7-16: (Jesus commissions the Twelve: preach, heal, drive out demons, be as sheep among wolves.)




Opening Hymn: Dearest Jesus, At Your Word/We Are Here: LBW #248, ELW #520, LSB #520


OR  Word of God, Come Down on Earth (Yes, smartypants, it’s the same tune!!):

WOV #716, ELW #510, LSB #545


Hymn of the Day: Lord, You Gave the Great Commission: WOV #756, ELW #579


OR Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak: LBW #403, ELW #676


Communion Hymn #1: Give Me Jesus: WOV #777, ELW #770, LSB #976


Communion Hymn #2: One There Is, Above All Others: LBW #298


Closing Hymn: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven: LBW #549, ELW #865, LSB #793






June 18, 3rd  Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6); Fathers’ Day


Exodus 19:2-8a (Obey my voice, be my treasured people)


Psalm 100 (Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!)


Romans 5:6-15 (While we were weak, Christ died for the ungodly. Though in Adam’s trespass all

died, God’s grace abounds in Christ’s righteousness)

            (ELW: Romans 5:1-8)


Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-20) (Jesus calls, instructs, and sends out the Twelve)




Opening Hymn: All People That on Earth Do Dwell: LBW #245, ELW #883, LSB #791


Hymn of the Day: Preach You the Word and Plant it Home: LSB #586


OR Spread, O Spread, Almighty Word: LBW #379, ELW #663

                        Spread the Reign of God the Lord, LSB #830


OR In Adam We Have All Been One: LBW #372, LSB #569

(use if you preach on Romans text)


Communion 1: I Love to Tell the Story: LBW #390, ELW #661


OR This Little Light of Mine: ELW #677


Communion 2: Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling: LBW 381, LSB #827


Closing Hymn: Our Father, By Whose Name: (LBW #357, ELW #640, ELW #863)


OR Rise Up, O Saints of God: (LBW #383, ELW #669)







June 25, 4th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7)


Jeremiah 20:7-13 (I must speak God’s Word, though I’m mocked for it)


Psalm 91:1-16 (God will deliver from snares, pestilence and evil)

            (ELW: Psalm 69:7-18, Zeal for your house has consumed me; save me from the mire)


Romans 6:12-23 (Having been delivered from slavery to sin, now be slaves to righteousness)

            (ELW, Romans 6:1-11, Baptized into Jesus’ death and resurrection)


Matthew 10:5, 21-33 (Jesus instructs disciples before their mission;

fear the One who can destroy body and soul!)

            (ELW, Matthew 10:24-39, Disciple not above teacher, but you are of great value

to your Father. I have not come to bring peace but a sword.)




Opening Hymn: On Eagles’ Wings: WOV #779, ELW #787, LSB #727


OR Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment: LBW #556, LSB #511

NOTE: If tune is unfamiliar, use the tune Regent Square, LBW #50, “Angels, From the Realms of Glory”



Hymn of the Day: O Master, Let Me Walk with You: LBW #492, ELW #818


OR Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus: LBW #487, ELW #802, LSB #685


Communion 1: Just as I Am, Without One Flea: LBW #296, LSB #570


Communion 2: Amazing Grace: LBW #448, ELW #779, LSB #744


Closing Hymn: Lift Every Voice and Sing: LBW #562, ELW #841, LSB #964


OR O God of Mercy, God of Light/Might: LBW #425, ELW #714, LSB #852






July 2, 5th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8); Independence Day Weekend


Jeremiah 28:5-9 (Would that the word of the prophet who speaks peace come to pass!)


Psalm 119:153-160 (Preserve my life from those who do not heed your law)

            (ELW, Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18, God’s covenant with David)


Romans 7:1-13 (We have died to Law in Christ; sin caused the Law to be death for us)

            (ELW, Romans 6:12-23, Delivered from slavery to sin, now be slaves to righteousness)


Matthew 10:34-42 (I come not with peace but a sword; whoever doesn’t take up cross and follow isn’t worthy of Jesus, but whoever gives cup of water in His name will receive reward)

            (ELW, Matthew 10:40-42, Whoever welcomes you welcomes me)




Opening Hymn: Before You, Lord, We Bow: LBW #401, ELW #893, LSB #966


Hymn of the Day: Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus: LBW #389, LSB #660 (Even if your congregation , like mine, normally sits for the Hymn of the Day, GET EM ON THEIR FEETSES for this one!)


OR Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word: LBW #230, ELW #517, LSB #655


Communion 1: We Give Thee but Thine Own: LBW #410, ELW #686, LSB #781


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


Closing Hymn: Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun: LBW #530, ELW #434, LSB #832


OR God of Our Fathers: LBW #567


OR America the Beautiful: ELW #888







July 9: 6th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9)


Zechariah 9:9-12 (Rejoice, daughter of Zion, your lowly King comes to you)


Psalm 145:1-14 (The Lord is gracious and full of compassion; all his works praise him)


Romans 7:14-25 (I don’t do the good I want to do; another law is at work in me!)


Matthew 11:25-30 (My yoke is easy, my burden light)

            (ELW, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, Jesus, friend of sinners; take my yoke…)




Opening Hymn: Hark, the Glad Sound: LBW #35, ELW #239, LSB #349


OR I Know That My Redeemer Lives, v. 1-4: LBW # 352, ELW #619, LSB #461


Hymn of the Day: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say: LBW #497, ELW #332/611, LSB #699

NOTE: I know, nobody knows Lydian and Doric modes anymore, so the Tallis tune is tough  for many folks. The words, which are wonderful with the Gospel, can also be sung to the tune Kingsfold, and in ELW is specifically set to that melody at #611. The tune is commonly used for “My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness, Lord” (WOV #730) and is also used for hymns in LSB (#444, 846) and LBW (#391). Try it out!


OR Come to Me, All Pilgrims Thirsty: ELW #777


OR Come unto Me, Ye Weary: LSB #684


Communion 1:  Father Most Holy, Merciful and Tender: LBW #169, ELW #415, LSB #504


Communion 2: When Peace, Like a River, Attendeth My Way: LBW #346, ELW #785, LSB #763


OR One There Is, Above All Others: LBW #298


Closing Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling: LBW #315, ELW #631, LSB #700


            OR I Know That My Redeemer Lives, v. 5-8: LBW # 352, ELW #619, LSB #461






July 16: 7th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10)


Isaiah 55:10-13 (God’s Word does not return to him empty)


Psalm 65:1-13 (A song of praise for God’s bounty in nature)

            (ELW, Psalm 65:1-13, Happy are they whom you choose to live in your courts;

thanksgiving for the bounty of creation)


Romans 8:12-17 (The Spirit bears witness to our adoption by God, so we cry Abba, Father)

            (ELW, Romans 8:1-11, The mind set on the flesh cannot please God;

but you are in the Spirit, and the life of Christ dwells in you)


Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 (Parable of the good seed on different soils)




Opening Hymn: How Marvelous God’s Greatness: LBW #515 simple, singable tune!


OR This Is My Father’s World: LBW #554, ELW #824


Hymn of the Day: Sing to the Lord of Harvest: LBW #412, ELW #412, LSB #893


OR We Plow the Fields and Scatter: LBW #362, ELW #680 [more modern, Hispanic tune], #681 [traditional, German tune])


Communion 1: Children of the Heavenly Father: LBW #474, ELW #781, LSB #725


Communion 2: Now Thank We All Our God: LBW #533/4, ELW #839/40, LSB #895


Closing Hymn: On What Has Now Been Sown: LBW #261, ELW #550, LSB #921






July 23: 8th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11)


Isaiah 44:6-8 (I am the first and last; beside me there is no god.)


Psalm 119:57-64 (I hasten to keep your commandments)

            (ELW, Psalm 86:11-17, Teach me your way; you are gracious and merciful,

slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love)


Romans 8:18-27 (Creation is in travail; we groan, but Spirit searches heart, intercedes for us)

            (ELW, Romans 8:12-25)


Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (Parable of the wheat and the weeds)




Opening Hymn: Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading: WOV #687, ELW #401


OR Holy Spirit, Truth/Light Divine (if not used on Pentecost): LBW #257, ELW #398, LSB #496


Hymn of the Day: Come, You Thankful People, Come: LBW #407, ELW #693, LSB #892


Communion 1: Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ: LBW #441, LSB #769, ELW #402


OR Abide with Us, Our Savior: LBW #263, ELW #539,

LSB #919, Abide, O Dearest Jesus


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


Closing Hymn: Savior, Again to Your/Thy Dear Name: LBW #262, ELW #534, LSB #917


OR Almighty Father, Bless the Word: LSB #923



July 30: 9th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12)


Deuteronomy 7:6-9 (Israel chosen because of God’s love, not their deserving)

            (ELW, 1 Kings 3:5-12, Solomon asks for wisdom)


Psalm 125 (God stands round his people like the hills surrounding Jerusalem)

            (ELW, Psalm 119:129-136, Your words enlighten the simple; keep my steps steady

 in your precepts)


Romans 8:28-39 (Nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus)


Matthew 13:44-52 (Parable of the pearl of great price)

            (ELW, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, Mustard seed, yeast, pearl)




Opening Hymn: I Love Your Kingdom, Lord: LBW #368, LSB #651


OR Praise, Praise! You are the Rock: ELW #862


Hymn of the Day: Jesus, Priceless Treasure: LBW #457/8, ELW #775, LSB #743


OR One Thing’s Needful; Lord, This Treasure: LSB #536


Communion 1: Jesus, the Very Thought of You: LBW #316, ELW #754


Communion 2: How Great Thou Art: LBW #532, ELW #856, LSB #801


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


            OR Praise to the Father: LBW #517 (simple tune)






August 6: 10th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13)



Isaiah 55:1-5 (Buy wine and milk without money; don’t spend for bread that doesn’t satisfy)


Psalm 136:1-26 (God’s mercy endures forever!)

            (ELW, Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21, God is gracious and merciful, opens his hand,

feeds every living thing)


Romans 9:1-13 (Paul’s anguish for fellow Jews who do not have faith in Christ)

            (ELW, Romans 9:1-5)


Matthew 14:13-21 (Miracle of feeding 5000)




Opening Hymn: All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly: ELW #461


OR Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray: LBW #225, LSB #623


Hymn of the Day: At the Lamb’s High Feast: LBW #210, ELW #362, LSB #633


OR Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior: LBW #199, LSB #640

Thee We Adore, O Savior: ELW #476 (different translation of Thomas Aquinas’ wonderful hymn)


Communion 1: What Feast of Love: WOV #701, ELW #487


OR What is This Bread: LSB #629


Communion 2: Break Now the Bread of Life: LBW #235, ELW #515


OR O Gracious Lord, I Firmly Am Believing: LSB #635


Closing Hymn: O Living Bread from Heaven: LBW #197, ELW #542, LSB #642







August 13: 11th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14)


Job 38:4-18 (Where were you when I laid out the foundations of the earth?!)

            (ELW, 1 Kings 19:9-18, Elijah encounters God as still small voice)


Psalm 18:1-16 (“His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,

 and dark is his path on the wings of the storm!”)

            (ELW, Psalm 85:8-13, God will speak peace to his people;

righteousness and peace have kissed)


Romans 10:5-17 (Righteousness of faith comes through hearing the Gospel preached)


Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus and Peter take a watery walk on the sea)




Opening Hymn: O Worship the King, All-glorious Above: LBW #548, ELW #842, LSB #804


Hymn of the Day:, Eternal Father, Strong to Save: LBW #467, ELW #756, LSB #717


OR Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me: LBW #534, LSB #715, ELW #755


Communion 1: Precious Lord, Take My Hand: WOV #731, ELW #773, LSB #739


OR I am Trusting You, Lord Jesus: LBW #460, LSB #729


Communion 2: Lead Me, Guide Me: ELW #768 LSB #721


OR Calm to the Waves: ELW #794


OR My Life Flows On in Endless Song: WOV #781, ELW #763


Closing Hymn: Great Is Thy Faithfulness: WOV #771, ELW #733, LSB #809








August 20: 12th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15)


Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 (My house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples)


Psalm 67 (God judges the nations with equity and guides all the people of earth)


Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32 (God’s election of Jews irrevocable; he will show mercy!)


Matthew 15:21-28 (Healing of Syro-Phoenecian woman’s daughter)



Opening Hymn: Both go well with Romans text. Blessed Be the God of Israel: WOV #725, ELW #250


OR Bless Israel’s God Words: Rev. Cathy Ammlung, STS; Tune: Angelic Songs (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!


Hymn of the Day: In Christ There is No East or West: LBW #359, ELW #650, LSB #653


OR How Wide the Love of Christ!: LSB #535 (Simple tune. Another Herm Stuempfle gem ignored by many Lutheran hymnals. I’d recommend you get a one-time license from CPH to use this.)


Communion 1: I Love to Tell the Story: LBW #390, ELW #661


Communion 2: What a Friend We Have in Jesus: LBW #439, ELW #742, LSB #770


Closing Hymn: Spread, O Spread, Almighty Word: LBW #279, ELW #663

Spread the Reign of God the Lord: LSB #830


August 27: 13th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16)


Isaiah 51:1-6 (Listen for God’s teaching, wait for his deliverance)


Psalm 138 (God is faithful; he listens to the lowly)


Romans 11:33-12:8 (The depth and riches of God’s wisdom! Present your bodies

as living sacrifice to him)

            (ELW, Romans 12:1-8, Present your body as a living sacrifice to God;

do not be conformed to this world, but transformed by renewal of your mind)


Matthew 16:13-20 (Peter’s confession; on this rock I will build my Church)




Opening Hymn:  Listen, God is Calling: WOV #712, ELW #513, LSB #833


OR Father of Mercies, In Your Word: LBW #240 Note: do try this nice hymn; same tune as

                           “Forgive our sins as we forgive” – early American.


Hymn of the Day: Built on a Rock, the Church Shall Stand: LBW #365, ELW #652, LSB #645


OR The Son of God Goes Forth to War: LBW #183, LSB #661


Communion 1: Take My Life, That I May Be: LBW #406, ELW #583, 685

Take My Life and Let it Be: LSB #783/4


Communion 2: The Church’s One Foundation: LBW #369, ELW #654, LSB #644


Closing Hymn: Christ is Made the Sure Foundation: WOV #747, ELW #645, LSB #909

LBW #367, same words, different tune. I recommend using the WOV version if you can.









September 3: 14th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17; Labor Day weekend)


Jeremiah 15:15-21(Jeremiah laments; God promises strength, deliverance

if he speaks what is precious)


Psalm 26 (I have lived with integrity; do not sweep me away with sinners)


Romans 12:9-21 (Live in harmony, respect, and mutual forbearance; vengeance is God’s)


Matthew 16:21-28 (Get behind me, Satan! Take up cross and follow me;

what does it profit to gain world, lose soul?




Opening Hymn: God’s Word is Our Great Heritage: LBW #239, ELW #509, LSB #582


Hymn of the Day: The Son of God Goes Forth to War: LBW #183, LSB #661


OR When I Survey the Wondrous Cross: LBW #482, ELW #803, LSB #425/426


Communion 1: Blest Be the Tie That Binds: LBW #370, ELW #649/975, ELW #656


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


Closing Hymn: Jesus, Still Lead On: LBW #341, ELW #624

Jesus, Lead Thou On: LSB #718


OR Onward, Christian Soldiers: LBW #509, LSB #662

Devotion of Tuesday, May 2, 2023

“The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place” (Revelation 6:14).

When we go from here to there, everything will change.  At the end of this age, everything will change.  Do you count on what is here but upon what the Lord has promised.  What you taste, touch and feel here is temporary.  Being with the Lord is forever.  When the moment being spoken of here comes to pass, it will be too late to make your choice.  The Lord has called and asked that you follow Him now.

Lord, You know where I am and the state of my heart.  Guide me, Lord, in the new way of life so that I live with the hope of forever in my heart.  Let this not be just hope for this age, but the hope that You give in the promise of salvation through the grace You purchased on the cross.  Guide me into the way of everlasting life.  Teach me how to prepare in this life for the life to come.  Thank You for providing all that I need.

Dear Lord Jesus, Judge and lover of my soul, guide me this day to humbly walk with You so that I may walk the path of salvation.  Lead me by Your goodness to know that in You alone rests all hope.  Keep me from making light of anything faith requires so that I may not fear what is coming.  Whether I live to the end of the age or not, my own end of this time will come.  Prepare me to be of good cheer.  Amen.