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Lessons and Suggested Hymns,

Pentecost 2- Labor Day Weekend, Cycle B

(June 2 – September 1, 2024)

 Please note: A few WOV numbers are missing, as I was doing this on vacation and forgot that hymnal!

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

OR

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.

 

OR

 

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.

 

OR

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.

OR

Almighty and ever-living God, thank you for feeding us with the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you 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. Let us love and serve you as faithful witnesses of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

June 2: 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 4

 

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 (You were slaves, God freed you, so let everyone rest on Sabbath.

 

Psalm 81:1-10 (Sing to God, listen to him who freed you, eased burdens, admonishes you. You shall have no other god than him!.

 

2 Corinthians 4:5-12 (Apostles proclaim Christ crucified, not themselves. They contain treasure in clay pots, carrying death of Christ so that his life may be shown to others)

 

Mark 2:23-28 (3:1-6) (Son of Man is Lord of Sabbath, which was made for man. Jesus heals man with withered hand)

 

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Opening Hymn: Morning Has Broken: WOV # , ELW #556

OR We Praise You, O God: LBW #241, ELW #870, LSB #785

Hymn of the Day: O Day of Rest and Gladness: LBW #251, ELW #521, LSB #906

OR When Morning Gilds the Skies: LBW #546, ELW #853, LSB #807

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

 

Communion Hymn #2: This is the Day the Lord Has Made: LSB #903

OR God Himself is Present: LBW #249, LSB #907

OR Jesus, We Are Gathered/Come and Fill Our Hearts: ELW #529 and 528 (Note, these are 2 very short, 1 verse hymns. During Communion, you could alternate them repetitively, or do one a few times before going to the other. Note, however, key signatures may be awkward! Feel free to use just one!)

 

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

 

 

June 9: 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 5

 

Genesis 3:8-15 (The consequences of the Fall)

 

Psalm 130 (Out of the depths…)

 

2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1 (Outer nature wastes away, but prepares for weight of glory)

 

Mark 3:20-35 (How can Satan cast out Satan; who is my mother, brother, sister?)

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Opening hymn: Built on a Rock the Church Shall Stand: LBW #365, ELW #652, LSB #645

 

Hymn of the Day: Rise! To Arms! With Prayer Employ You: LSB #668 (Tune is “Wake, Awake,

For Night is Flying.” Words are powerful!)

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

OR A Mighty Fortress: LBW #229, ELW #504 (505 has dorky words, avoid)

 

Communion Hymn #1: Have No Fear, Little Flock: LBW #476, ELW #764, LSB #735

 

Communion Hymn #2: Blest Be the Tie That Binds: LBW #370, ELW #656, LSB #649

 

Closing Hymn: My Life Flows on In Endless Song: WOV #781, ELW #763

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

 

 

June 16: 4th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 6, Father’s Day

 

Ezekiel 17:22-24 (God plants cedar sprig on mountain of Israel; all may find shelter)

 

Psalm 1 (Blessed is the man who meditates on God’s Law day and night)

           

ELW: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 (Praise God always; righteous flourish like palm trees)

 

2 Corinthians 5:1-11 (We will be further clothed, in eternal life)

           

ELW/RCL: 2 Corinthians 5:6-13 (Walk by faith, not sight; all must appear before

judgment seat; all done in Christ for others, not self)

 

Mark 4:26-34 (Parable of growing seed & mustard seed)

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Opening hymn: Oh, Worship the King: LBW #548, ELW #842, LSB #804

 

Hymn of the Day: We Plow the Fields and Scatter: LBW #362, ELW #680 Spanish tune/ 681

OR Preach You the Word, and Plant it Home: LSB #586

 

Communion Hymn #1: Great is Thy Faithfulness: WOV #771, ELW #733, LSB #809

 

Communion Hymn #2: Our Father, By Whose Name: LBW #357, ELW #640, LSB #863

 

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

 

 

 

June 23: 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 7

 

 

Job 38:1-11 (God answers Job from whirlwind)

 

Psalm 124 (If the Lord had not been our own side, the flood would have taken us)

           

RCL/ELW: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 (God delivered those in peril on sea; praise him!)

 

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 (Now is the acceptable time: accept God’s grace! Paul’s suffering)

 

Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus stills the storm)

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Opening hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty:  LBW #543, ELW #858, LSB #790

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

Communion Hymn #1: Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me:

LBW #333, ELW #767, LSB #722

Communion Hymn #2: Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me: LBW #334, ELW #755, LSB #715

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

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

OR How Firm a Foundation: LBW #507, ELW #796, LSB #728

 

 

 

 

June 30: 6th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8

 

Lamentations 3:22-33 (God’s steadfast love & compassion never cease)

 

Psalm 30 (I cried to you for help; you healed me; what profit if I go into the Pit?)

 

2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15 (Be generous in giving to needs of the saints)

           

RCL/ELW: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 (Omits example of Macedonians)

 

Mark 5:21-43 (A girl restored to life; a woman with flow of blood healed)

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

Hymn of the Day:  I Know that My Redeemer Lives, v. 1-4:

LBW #352, ELW #619, LSB #461

OR (If preaching on Corinthians): Take My Life, That I May Be: LBW 406, ELW #585 (A nice Hispanic tune), #685; Take My Life, And Let It Be: LSB #783, 784

OR (If celebrating Independence Day this weekend, put closing hymn here):

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

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

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

Communion Hymn #2: Day By Day: WOV #746, ELW #790

OR Give Me Jesus: WOV 777, ELW #770

OR (If you didn’t use it last week) I am Trusting You, Lord Jesus: LBW #460, LSB #729

Closing Hymn: (If celebrating Independence Day next weekend): I Know that My Redeemer Lives, v. 5-8: LBW #352, ELW #619, LSB #461

            OR (If celebrating Independence Day this weekend): My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: LBW #565

OR God Bless Our Native Land: LBW #569, ELW #891, LSB #965

July 7: 7th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9

 

Ezekiel 2:1-5 (God’s Spirit within the prophet called to speak to rebellious people)

 

Psalm 123 (Have mercy; we have had enough of contempt)

 

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (Paul’s visions, and the thorn in the flesh)

 

Mark 6:1-13 (Jesus rejected in Nazareth; the 12 are sent on mission trip)

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

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

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

Communion Hymn #1: O Master, Let Me Walk With You: LBW #492, ELW #818

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

OR Here I Am, Lord: WOV #752, ELW #574

Closing Hymn: (If celebrating Independence Day this weekend): God of Our Fathers:  LBW #567

OR This is My Song: ELW #887 (tune is Finlandia; nice words)

OR On Eagles’ Wings: WOV # , ELW #787, LSB #727

 

 

 

 

July 14: 8th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 10

 

Amos 7:7-15 (Amos speaks of God’s judgment, and is told by king to take a hike)

 

Psalm 85:1-13 (Restore us, O God of our salvation; righteousness and peace have kissed)

           

RCL/ELW: Psalm 85:8-13 (Eliminates wrath, plea for forgiveness)

 

Ephesians 1:3-14 (Spiritual blessings in Christ, who has prepared our eternal inheritance)

 

Mark 6:14-29 (John the Baptist loses his head)

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

OR My Lord, What a Morning: WOV #627, ELW #438, LSB #968

Hymn of the Day: All Who Would Valiant Be: LBW #498

(gotta love a John Bunyan “Pilgrim’s Progress” hymn!)

OR Faith of Our Fathers: LBW #500, ELW #812/813 (813 is the “inclusive” version, keeps

old 1st verse, adds new ones that are a tad earnest but quite good).

 

OR Jesus, Priceless Treasure: LBW #457/458; ELW #775

(same as LBW 457, the German one); LSB #743

Communion Hymn #1:  He Leadeth Me: LBW #501

OR Rock of Ages, Cleft For Me: LBW #327, ELW #623, LSB #761

Communion Hymn #2: Fight the Good Fight: LBW #461, LSB #664

OR Here is Bread: ELW #483

Closing Hymn: O Jesus, I Have Promised: LBW #503, ELW #810

 

 

 

 

July 21: 9th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11

 

 

Jeremiah 23:1-5 (God will replace Israel’s false shepherds; righteous branch of David)

 

Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)

 

Ephesians 2:11-22 (Joined together in Christ, he is our peace through blood of his cross)

 

Mark 6:30-44 (Feeding the 5000)

           

RCL/ELW: Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56 (Jesus teaches [before feeding 5000] and heals

[after; will get feeding miracle from John])

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Opening hymn: The Church’s One Foundation LBW #369, ELW #654, LSB #644

OR Church of God, Elect and Glorious: LSB #646 (Really nice. Tune is same as “Lord, You

gave the great commission”)

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

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

Communion Hymn #1: Let Us Break Bread Together: LBW #212, ELW #471

Communion Hymn #2: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us:

LBW #481, ELW #789, LSB #711 (ELW and LSB use the MUCH more familiar tune,

“Bradbury.” If you use LBW and don’t like the tune used there, rustle up an old SBH, it’s #524.

You’re welcome.)

Closing Hymn: Praise the Lord, Rise Up Rejoicing (2nd verse is perfect!): LBW #196, ELW #544

OR With God as Our Friend: LBW #371 (it sings like a Swedish folk tune; words are delightful)

OR Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing: LBW #259, ELW #545, LSB #924

 

 

July 28: 10th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12

 

Genesis 9:8-17 (God makes rainbow a sign of his covenant with Noah)

           

RCL/ELW: 2 Kings 4:42-44 (Elisha feeds 100)

 

Psalm 136:1-9 (Give thanks to God; he is good; his steadfast love endures forever)

           

RCL/ELW: Psalm 145:10-18 (All eyes look to you, you give food in due season)

 

Ephesians 3:14-21 (Be strengthened by Spirit, rooted and grounded in Christ)

 

Mark 6:45-56 (Jesus walks on water, heals many in Gennesaret)

           

RCL/ELW: John 6:1-21 (Feeding of 5000, walking on water)

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Opening hymn: Evening and Morning: LBW #465, ELW #761, LSB #726

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

Hymn of the Day: Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me: LBW #333, ELW #767, LSB #722

OR (if using RCL/ELW texts) All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly: ELW #461

OR (ditto) Break Now the Bread of Life: LBW #235, ELW #515

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

Communion Hymn #2: : All Creatures of Our God and King: LBW #527, v. 1-3, 6-7

“All Creatures, Worship God Most High”- fewer verses, altered: ELW #835

Closing Hymn: God the Omnipotent: LBW #462

OR I Bind Unto Myself Today: LBW #188, ELW #450, LSB #604

OR I Come With Joy:  ELW #482

 

 

 

August 4: 11th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 13

 

Exodus 16:2-15 (Israelites complain, God sends quail, manna; Moses says complaint is

against God)

           

RCL/ELW: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 (less warning)

 

Psalm 145:10-21 (The eyes of all look to you, you give them food in due season)

 

RCL/ELW: Psalm 78:23-29 (Mortals ate bread of heaven)

 

Ephesians 4:1-16 (Unity of the Body of Christ, through the Spirit)

 

John 6:22-35 (My Father gives true bread from heaven. I am the bread of life)

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Opening hymn: Guide Me Ever/O Thou Great Redeemer:

LBW #343, ELW #618, LSB #918

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

(This can also be sung to tune for “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise, LBW #90)

OR You Satisfy the Hungry Heart: WOV #711, ELW #484, LSB #641

Communion Hymn #1: Come, Let Us Eat, for Now the Feast Is Spread:

LBW #214, ELW #491, LSB #626

OR What Feast of Love: WOV # , ELW #487

Communion Hymn #2: O Living Bread from Heaven: LBW #197, LSB #642

Closing Hymn:  Onward, Christian Soldiers: LBW #509, LSB #662

OR Behold, How Pleasant: ELW #649

 

 

 

August 11: 12th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 14

 

1 Kings 19:1-8 (Elijah flees from Jezebel, is fed by angel, to go where God leads him)

           

RCL/ELW: 1 Kings 19:4-8 (No Jezebel!)

 

Psalm 34:1-8 (Look to the Lord, be radiant; taste and see how gracious the Lord is)

 

Ephesians 4:17-5:2 (Old vs. new life; rules of that new life)

           

RCL/ELW: Ephesians 4:25-5:2 (No mention of lusts, licentiousness)

 

John 6:35-51 (I am the bread of life; I will raise you up at the last day)

           

RCL/ELW: John 6:35, 41-51 (Omits Jesus’s words about doing Father’s will)

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Opening hymn: God of Grace and God of Glory: LBW #415, ELW #705, LSB #850

OR Let the Whole Creation Cry: LBW #242, ELW #876

OR Now We Join in Celebration: LBW #203, ELW #462

Hymn of the Day: Lord, Enthroned in Heav’nly Splendor: LBW #172, ELW #475, LSB #534

OR I Am the Bread of Life: WOV #702, ELW #485

Communion Hymn #1: Where Charity and Love Prevail: LBW #126, LSB #845

Communion Hymn #2: For the Bread Which You Have Broken: LBW #200, ELW #494

OR Eat This Bread, Drink This Cup: WOV #706, ELW #492, LSB #638

Closing Hymn:  

 

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

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

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

August 18: 13th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 (Renewal of covenant before entering Promised Land)

           

RCL/ELW: Proverbs 9:1-16 (Wisdom sets feast, beckons all to eat)

 

Psalm 34:12-22 (Many are the afflictions of the righteous; the Lord rescues them

from them all)

           

RCL/ELW: Psalm 34:9-14 (fear and seek the Lord, pursue righteousness;

omits verses about afflictions of righteous)

 

Ephesians 5:6-21 (Don’t be drunk on wine, but filled with the Spirit)

           

RCL/ELW: Ephesians 5:15-20 (eliminates being subject to one another)

 

John 6:51-69 (My flesh is true food, my blood, true drink; Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life)

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Opening hymn: Father, We Praise You: LBW #267, LSB #875

OR Father Most Holy (same tune as previous): LBW #169, ELW # 415, LSB #504

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

Communion Hymn #1: Now the Silence: LBW #205, ELW #460, LSB #910

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

Communion Hymn #2: Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior: LBW #199, LSB #640

Thee We Adore, O Savior, God Most True: ELW #476 (Gerard Manley Hopkins translation)

 

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

Closing Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God: LBW #534/533, ELW #839/840, LSB #895

 

 

 

August 25: 14th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16

 

Isaiah 29:11-19 (Wisdom of wise shall perish; poor shall obtain joy, exult in the Lord)

           

RCL/ELW: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 (Chose your god; “as for me and my house, we

will serve the Lord”)

 

Psalm 14 (Denunciation of fools who say, “There is no God”)

           

RCL/ELW: Psalm 34:15-22 (Vindication of righteous, punishment of evildoers)

 

Ephesians 5:22-33 (Exhorts wives, husbands; marriage is symbol of Christ and Church)

           

ELW: Ephesians 6:10-20 (Put on the whole armor of God)

 

Mark 7:1-13 (You abandon commandment of God, hold to human tradition!)

           

RCL/ELW: John 6:56-59 (The one who eats me, the living bread, will live forever)

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

Hymn of the Day: Lord of Our Life and God of Our Salvation: LBW #366, ELW #766, LSB #659

OR (if preaching on Ephesians 5) As Man and Woman We Were Made:  WOV #751

 

OR (If preaching on Ephesians 5 OR 6) Beloved, God’s Chosen: ELW #648

 

OR LSB #665, Be Strong in the Lord in Armor of Light (easy tune!)

OR (If preaching on John) Bread of Life, Our Host and Meal: ELW #464

Communion Hymn #1: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word:

LBW #230, ELW #517, LSB #655

OR Come with Us, O Blessed Jesus: LBW #219, ELW #501

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #263, Abide with Us, Our Savior

(LSB #919, ELW #539, Abide, O Dearest Jesus)

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

September 1: 15th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 17; Labor Day weekend

 

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 (Keep God’s command fully and diligently)

 

Psalm 119:129-136 (Your decrees are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them)

           

RCL/ELW: Psalm 15 (Those who keep commandments may live on his holy hill)

 

Ephesians 6:10-20 (Put on the whole armor of God)

           

RCL/ELW: James 1:17-27 (Be doers, not just hearers, of the Word)

 

Mark 7:14-23 (Defilement is from within, not without; evils arise in human heart)

           

RCL/ELW: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (Jesus rebukes Pharisee; omits  a repetition)

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Opening hymn: (If not used last week) Be Strong in the Lord in Armor of Light: LSB #665 (perfect for Ephesians text)

               

            OR (Also if didn’t use last week!) Beloved, God’s Chosen: ELW #648

 

OR Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus: LBW #389, LSB #660

OR (if not used 7/29) I Bind Unto Myself Today: LBW #188, LSB #604, ELW #450

Hymn of the Day: Fight the Good Fight: LBW #461, LSB #664

           

OR O, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways: LBW #480, ELW #772, LSB #707

Communion Hymn #1: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word: LBW #230, ELW #517,LSB #655

Communion Hymn #2: Lord of All Hopefulness: LBW #469, ELW #765, LSB #738

Closing Hymn: May We Your/Thy Precepts, Lord, Fulfil: LBW #353, LSB #698

 

            OR On Our Way Rejoicing:  LBW #260,  ELW #537

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