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Lessons and Suggested Hymns,

Ash Wednesday – Vigil of Easter, Cycle B

February 14 – March 30, 2024

 

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 (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 Lent

 

P: 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.

P: Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

C: Have mercy and hear us. Though we are poor sinful creatures, have mercy and hear us. Though we have turned from you and grieved you, have mercy and hear us. Though we have hardened our hearts against you and against our sisters and brothers, have mercy and hear us. Though we deserve judgment, wrath, and condemnation, for the sake of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy and hear us. Forgive us, heal us, and save us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

P: God hates nothing that he has made and forgives the sins of all those who are penitent. He shall create in us new and contrite hearts, so that we who worthily lament our sins and acknowledge our wretchedness, may receive from him, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness. This he promises through Jesus Christ, his Son, who is our Lord, our Savior, and our righteousness forever. AMEN.

 

A Spoken Gospel Acclamation for Lent:

 

                C: One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Your words, O Lord, are Spirit and life.

 

An Offertory Prayer/ Prayer of Self-Dedication for Lent

P: Let us pray.

C: {this is adapted from The Imitation of Christ: Regulating Speech and Conduct}

O Lord, let all I say and do be done as you want. Give me what you want; put me where you want; and use me freely in all things. Lord, may your holy will be behind all my actions and desires. May I always want and seek what is most pleasing to you. Amen.

 

OR:

C: What can we render to you, Lord, for all your benefits to us? All we have is yours. Our lives are in your hands. Receive, hallow, and use our time, talents, and treasures, for the love of your Son and the benefit of those he came to save. Amen.

 

A Proper Preface for Lent

 

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. You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which you have prepared for those who love you.. 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:

A Eucharistic Prayer for Lent

 

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.”

Sanctify these gifts of bread and wine 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.

 

A Post-Communion Prayer for Lent

 

P: Let us pray. Almighty and ever-living God,

C: You have given your only Son to be for us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life. Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive these his inestimable gifts, and also daily endeavor to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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A Brief Order of Confession and Holy Absolution for the Easter 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.

Lord Jesus, our risen Savior,

We confess to you our sinfulness. We believe anyone and anything but your holy Word. We prefer easy lies to hard truth. We are quick to judge, condemn, and exclude, but slow to forgive. We have lived for this world alone, and doubted our home in heaven. In your mercy, forgive us. In your goodness, resurrect us. Amen.

 

Our Savior Christ comes with healing, forgiveness, and life in his wounded hands. He breathes his Holy Spirit upon us, kindling renewed faith, hope, and love. Receive all he gives with humble joy, and share them with warm generosity, in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

A Gospel Acclamation for the Easter Season

Alleluia. I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, except through me. Alleluia.

An Offertory Prayer/Prayer of Self-Dedication for the Easter Season

P: Let us pray.

C: Lord Jesus, thank you for being our strength and our song. We gladly lay before you everything we have received from you: our lives, our time, our treasures, and our talents. Use all we have and all we are to glorify you and show your love to those who need it most.

 

OR:

 

C: 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.

 

A Proper Preface for the Easter Season

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. But chiefly are we bound to praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us, and has taken away the sin of the world. By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again he has won for us 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:

A Eucharistic Prayer for the Easter Season

We give thanks to you almighty God, through your beloved son Jesus Christ, whom you sent to us in former times as Savior, Redeemer, and Messenger of your Will. He is your inseparable Word, through whom you made all things, and in whom you were well-pleased. You sent from heaven into the womb of a virgin, who, being conceived within her, was made flesh, and appeared as your Son, born of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary. It is he who, fulfilling your will and acquiring for you a holy people, extended his hands in suffering, in order to liberate from sufferings those who believe in you. Who, when he was delivered to voluntary suffering, in order to dissolve death, and break the chains of the devil, and tread down hell, and bring the just to the light, and set the limit, and manifest the resurrection, taking the bread, and giving thanks to you, said, “Take, eat, for this is my body which is broken for you.” Likewise the chalice, saying, “This is my blood which is shed for you. Whenever you do this, do this in memory of me.”

Therefore, remembering his death and resurrection, we offer to you the bread and the chalice, giving thanks to you, who has made us worthy to stand before you and to serve as your priests. And we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit upon your Holy Church. In their gathering together, give to all those who partake of your holy mysteries the fullness of the Holy Spirit, toward the strengthening of the faith in truth, that we may praise you and glorify you, through your son Jesus Christ, through whom to you be glory and honor, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit, in your Holy Church, now and throughout the ages of the ages.

Amen. AMEN.

A Post-Communion Prayer for the Easter Season

P: Let us pray. Heavenly Father, C: 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 our world. Amen.

 

 

February 14, 2024: Ash Wednesday, B

 

Joel 2:12-19 (Rend you heart, not your garments)

RCL/ELW: Joel 2:12, 12-17, OR Isaiah 58:1-12 (True fasting is doing justice)

 

Psalm 51:1-19 (Create in me a clean heart, O God)

 

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 (Ambassadors for Christ; now is the acceptable time

 

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (Prayer, fasting, alms that are acceptable to God)

 

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Opening Hymn (may be omitted if Psalm 51 is spoken or chanted here):

I Want Jesus to Walk With Me: WOV #660, ELW #325

OR When in the Hour of Deepest Need, v. 1-4: LBW #303 (Tune may be unfamiliar. Substitute tune

 for “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word,” LBW #230)

 

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

 

OR O Sun of Justice: WOV #659 (2nd verse great if you preach on 2 Corinthians text; tune is simple plainsong chant, or sing this to the Doxology)

 

Communion 1: Restore in Us, O God: ELW #328

               

OR O Christ, Thou Lamb of God: LBW #103

 

Communion 2: Today Your Mercy Calls Us: LBW #304, LSB #915

 

OR Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling: WOV 734, ELW #608

 

Closing Hymn: Strengthen for Service, Lord: LBW #218, ELW #497

OR When in the Hour of Deepest Need, v. 5-6: LBW #303

 

 

 

 

February 18, 2024, 1st Sunday in Lent, B

 

Genesis 22:1-18 (The near-sacrifice of Isaac)

 

RCL/ELW: Genesis 9:8-17 (God’s rainbow covenant with Noah)

 

Psalm 25:1-10 (Be mindful of your mercy; do not remember the sins of my youth)

 

James 1:12-18 (God doesn’t tempt evil deeds; all good gifts come from Father of lights)

               

RCL/ELW: 1 Peter 3:18-22 (Christ suffered for all; the Flood points to baptism)

 

Mark 1:9-15 (Temptation in the wilderness)

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Opening hymn: O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days: LSB #99, ELW #319, LSB #418

OR The Glory of These Forty Days: ELW #320

OR Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 1; end with “General” verse: ELW #334

Hymn of the Day: What a Friend We Have in Jesus: LBW 439, ELW #742, LSB #770

OR Lead Me, Guide Me: ELW #768, LSB #721

Communion Hymn #1: Oh Love, How Deep: LBW #88, LSB #544, ELW #322

 

Communion Hymn #2: Jesus, Still Lead /Lead Thou On: LBW #541, ELW #624, LSB #718

Closing Hymn: A Mighty Fortress: LBW #228/9, ELW #503-505, LSB #656/7

OR The Lamb, the Lamb: LSB #547

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

 

 

 

February 25, 2024: 2nd Sunday in Lent, B

 

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (God makes everlasting covenant with Abraham and Sarah)

 

Psalm 22:2331 (All nations, those who sleep in the earth shall bow before God  and praise him)

 

Romans 5:1-11 (Justified, we have peace with God, boast in sufferings. Christ dies for the ungodly)

               

RCL/ELW: Romans 4:13-25 (God’s promise to Abraham received by faith)

 

Mark 8:27-38 (Peter’s confession; passion prediction; Christ’s rebuke; take up your cross and follow me)

RCL/ELW: Mark 8:31-38 (only the section on taking up cross and following)

 

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Opening hymn: Chief of Sinners Though I Be: LBW #306, ELW #609, LSB #611

OR The God of Abraham Praise: LBW #544 v. 1-4, 9-11; ELW #831 v. 1-4, 7-8; LSB #798 v. 1-4, 8-9

Hymn of the Day: Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart: LBW #325, ELW #750, LSB #708

OR Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church: ELW #321(Good words; tune is the same as for “Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways.”)

Communion Hymn #1: When Peace, Like a River: LBW #346; ELW #785; LSB  #763

OR Just A Closer Walk with Thee: ELW #697

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

Closing Hymn: Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus: LBW #487, ELW #802, LSB #685

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

OR Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 2; end with “General” verse: ELW #334

 

 

 

March 3, 2024, 3rd Sunday in Lent, B

 

Exodus 20:1-17 (God gives Israel the 10 Commandments)

 

Psalm 19 (Heavens tell the glory of God; his law is perfect, reviving the soul)

 

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (Message of Cross is foolish, weak; but is God’s wisdom, strength)

 

John 2:13-25 (Jesus cleanses the Temple)

 

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Opening hymn: Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty: LBW #250, ELW #533

 

OR O Sing to God Above: WOV #726, ELW #555 (Simple, singable Hispanic hymn that ties into Psalm)

OR Word of God, Come Down on Earth: WOV #716, ELW #510, LSB #545

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

OR These Are the Holy Ten Commands:  LSB #581

OR Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 3; end with “General” verse: ELW #334

 

Communion Hymn #1: In the Cross of Christ I Glory: LBW #104, ELW #324, LSB #427

Communion Hymn #2: God Himself is Present: LBW #249, LSB #907

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

 

 

 

 

 

March 10, 2024, 4th Sunday in Lent, B

 

Numbers 21:4-9 (The bronze serpent; look upon it and live)

 

Psalm 107:1-9 (Wanderers in desert wastes cry to the Lord; he delivers them

from their trouble)

 

Ephesians 2:1-10 (Dead in sin, now made alive in Christ by the grace of God)

 

John 3:14-21 (As Moses lifted up the serpent, so Son of Man is lifted up)

 

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Opening hymn: What Wondrous Love is This: LBW #385, ELW #666, LSB #543

Hymn of the Day: God Loved the World, So That He Gave (if tune is unfamiliar, you can substitute the melody

of “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” or, as ELW pairs it, to “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross)

LBW #292, ELW #323, LSB #571

OR Lift High the Cross: LBW #377, ELW #660, LSB #837

Communion Hymn #1: Amazing Grace: LBW #448, ELW #779, LSB #744

Communion Hymn #2: My Faith Looks Up to Thee: LBW #479, ELW #759, LSB #702

OR Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 4; end with “General” verse: ELW #334

Closing Hymn: Guide Me Ever/O Thou Great Redeemer: LBW #343, ELW #618, LSB #918

 

 

 

 

March 17, 2024, 5th Sunday in Lent, B (Also St. Patrick’s Day; hence a closing hymn choice)

 

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (God promises to put his law in his peoples’ hearts)

 

Psalm 119:9-16 (I will delight in your statutes and meditate on your Word)

               

RCL/ELW: Psalm 119:9-16 or Psalm 51:1-12, (Have mercy on me; create in me a clean heart)

 

Hebrews 5:1-10 (Jesus, as High Priest knows our weakness; learned obedience  through suffering,

became the salvation of all who obey him)

 

Mark 10:32-45 (Passion prediction; “can you drink from my cup?”; those who wish  to be greatest must become least; Son of man came not to be served but to serve, give his life as ransom for many)

                               

RCL/ELW: John 12:20-33 (We wish to see Jesus; when  lifted up, he draws all people to himself)

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Opening hymn: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less:  LBW #293/4, ELW #596/597, LSB #575/576

Hymn of the Day: “Come, Follow Me,” the Savior Spake: LBW#455, ELW #799, LSB #688

OR Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus: LSB #529

OR (if following ELW  & didn’t sing last week) Lift High the Cross: LBW #377; ELW #660, LSB #837

Communion Hymn #1: On My Heart Imprint Your Image LBW #102, LSB #422, ELW #811

Communion Hymn #2: Glory Be to Jesus: LBW #95, LSB #433

Closing Hymn: O Christ, the Same (Tune is “O Danny Boy!”): WOV # 778, ELW #760

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

OR Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 5; end with “General” verse: ELW #334

 

 

March 24, 2024, Palm/Passion Sunday, B

 

 

Processional Gospel: John 12:12-19 (Entry into Jerusalem)

               

RCL/ELW: John 12:12-16 or Mark 11:1-11)

 

Zechariah 9:9-12 {Behold your lowly King!)

               

RCL/ELW: Isaiah 50:4-9a (Suffering Servant’s humiliation and vindication)

 

Psalm 31:9-16 I hear the whispering of many; they plot to take my life. 14I trust you, Lord; You are my God.

 

Philippians 2:5-11(Christ has humbled himself and become obedient unto death

 

Mark 14:26-15-47 {Passion narrative)

 

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Processional hymn: All Glory, Laud and Honor: LBW #108, ELW #344, LSB #442

OR Prepare the Royal Highway: LBW #26, ELW #264, LSB #343

Hymn of the Day: Come, O Precious Ransom (This is really a great hymn for today. It can be sung to tune for

 “Holy God, We Praise Your Name.”) LBW #24

Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come: LSB #350   

OR Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed: LBW #98, ELW #337, LSB #437

Communion Hymn #1: Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: ELW #335

OR Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow: LSB #428

Communion Hymn #2: Beneath the Cross of Jesus: LBW #104, ELW #338

Closing Hymn: Ride on, Ride on In Majesty: LBW #121, ELW #346; LSB #441, different tune

OR O Sacred Head, Now Wounded: LBW #116/117, ELW #351/352, LSB #449/450

 

 

 

Thursday, March 28, 2024: Maundy Thursday, B

 

For foot-washing: John 13:1-7, 31b-35

 

Exodus 24:3-11 (Moses reads aloud the covenant; the people promise to abide by it; the

70 elders eat in the presence of God)

               

ELW: Exodus 12:1-14 (First Passover instituted)

 

Psalm 116:12-19 (What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his servants)

 

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (This bread is the body of Christ; we are all one body)

               

ELW: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (Institution of the Lord’s Supper)

 

Mark 14:12-26 (The Last Supper)

 

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

Thee We Adore, O Savior, God Most True: ELW #476 

Foot-Washing Hymn: Where Charity and Love Prevail: LBW #126, ELW #359, LSB #845

OR Love Consecrates the Humblest Acts: LBW #122, ELW #360

OR Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love: WOV #765, ELW #708

Hymn of the Day: Lord, Who the Night You Were Betrayed Did Pray: LBW #306, ELW #463 (I love the tune but it may be unfamiliar to many. There’s no good substitute. I may do this as a spoken “hymn prayer,” alternating me/congregation or men/women speaking each verse in turn.)

OR By Your Hand You Feed Your People: ELW #469

OR When You Woke That Thursday Morning: LSB #445 (Wowza. Wonderful text by Jaroslav Vajda. Tune is very singable -“Joyous Light,” the Marty Haugen tune used in WOV Evening Prayer service. Really a nice hymn. Consider getting a 1-time permission from CPH for this.)

Communion Hymn #1: For the Bread Which You Have Broken:  LBW #200, ELW #494

Communion Hymn #2: O Bread of Life from Heaven: LBW #222, ELW #480

Closing Hymn: If it’s not a chanted version of Psalm 22, try It Happened on That Fateful Night: LBW #122 (if tune is unfamiliar, use the melody for “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”)

 

OR Go to Dark Gethsemane LBW #109, ELW #437, LSB #436

 

 

Friday, March 29, 2024: Good Friday, B

 

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows….)

 

Psalm 22 or Psalm 31 (Psalms of the Passion)

 

Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 (Again, Jesus our gentle and obedient High Priest;

he offered up loud cries and tears to the One who could save him from death)

               

ELW: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9, OR Hebrews 10:16-25 (God remembers sin no

more; let us approach with bodies and hearts sprinkled clean)

 

John 18:1-19:42(The Passion According to St. John)

 

 

Since many people use very different services, I’m just offering hymn possibilities:

O Sacred Head LBW #116/117: ELW #351/352, LSB #449/450

Ah, Holy Jesus! How Hast Thou Offended: LBW #123, ELW #349

The 15-verse alternative translation is O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken, LSB #439.

I commend it to you, especially if you use selected verses between sections of the passion reading

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

Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle: LBW #118, ELW #355/356 LSB #454;

There in God’s Garden: WOV #668, ELW #342

The Tree of Life: LSB #561

Jesus, Your/Thy Blood and Righteousness: LBW #302, LSB #563

They Crucified My Lord: ELW #350

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 30, 2024: The Vigil of Easter, B

 

For the Service of the Word portion: The great acts of salvation, as taken shamelessly from the ELW periscope If fewer than 12 readings (snort) are used,

make sure to use the ones marked with an asterisk

 

*Genesis 1:1-2:4a: Creation

               

Response: Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26

               

OR How Marvelous God’s Greatness LBW #515, ELW #830 (Easy Swedish tune)

 

 

Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13: The Great Flood

               

Response: Psalm 46

 

OR Thy Holy Wings WOV #741, ELW #613

 

 

Genesis 22:1-18: God tests Abraham, commanding him to sacrifice his son

               

Response: Psalm 16

               

OR God Loved the World (So That He Gave) (Even I don’t know the tune in LBW,

so use the tune suggested in ELW, used often for “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”)

                LBW #292, ELW #323, LSB #571

 

 

*Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21: Deliverance of Israel at the Red Sea

               

Response: Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18

               

OR Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer LBW #343, ELW #618, LSB #918

               

OR The God of Abraham Praise, v. 1, 3, 5 LBW #544, ELW #831, LSB #798

 

 

*Isaiah 55:1-11: Salvation freely offered to all

               

Response: Isaiah 12:2-6

               

OR I’ve Just Come From the Fountain WOV #696

 

 

Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6: The wisdom of God

               

Response: Psalm 19

 

OR Let All Things Now Living LBW #557, ELW #881

 

 

Ezekiel 36:24-28: God promises to give a new heart and spirit to his people

               

Response: Psalms 42 and 43 (combine them)

               

OR As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams LBW #452

               

OR As the Deer Runs to the River ELW #331

 

 

Ezekiel 37:1-14: The valley of the dry bones

               

Response: Psalm 143

               

OR O Happy Day When We Shall Stand LBW #351, ELW #441

 

 

Zephaniah 3:14-20: The gathering of God’s people

               

Response: Psalm 98

               

OR Joy to the World (hey why not?!) LBW #39, ELW #267, LSB #387

 

 

Jonah 1:1-2:1: Jonah’s faithlessness and deliverance

               

Response: Jonah 2:2-9

               

OR Great is Thy Faithfulness WOV #771, ELW #733, LSB #809

 

 

Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” to proclaim good news to

all who suffer; God clothes his servant in the garments of salvation

               

Response: Deuteronomy 32:1-4, 7, 36a, 43a

               

OR In Thee Is Gladness LBW #552, ELW #867, LSB #818

 

 

*Daniel 3:1-29: Shadrach, Meshach, and a Bean to Go (www.abeantogo.com. Great coffee.

Motto: “Master Roasted Never Burnt”!)  are delivered from the fiery furnace

 

Response: Song of the Three (LBW Canticle #18)

 

OR All Creatures of Our God and King LBW #527, ELW #835 (de-gendered, de-kinged –

it’s All Creatures of Our God Most High)

 

 

During the order for Holy Baptism or Affirmation of Baptism

 

The Litany of the Saints (ELW Service Music, #237) may be sung

 

The Service of Holy Communion

 

Romans 6:3-11: We are baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ:

dead now to sin, alive in Christ!

 

John 20:1-18: John and Peter race to the tomb; Mary Magdalene meets the risen Jesus

 

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Hymn of the Day: We Know That Christ is Raised and Dies No More

                LBW #189, ELW #449, LSB #603

 

Hymn During Communion: I Know That My Redeemer Lives

                LBW #352, ELW #619, LSB #461

 

Closing Hymn: This Joyful Eastertide WOV #676, ELW #391, LSB #482

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