Lessons and Suggested Hymns, Ash Wednesday – Vigil of Easter, Cycle B February 14 – March 30, 2024

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




Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: February 11, 2024: Transfiguration of Our Lord

Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: February 11, 2024: Transfiguration of Our Lord

  

2 Kings 2:1-12 (Elisha sees Elijah being taken up into heaven in fiery chariot)

Psalm 50:1-6 (Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth)

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (God shines in our hearts, gives light of knowledge of his glory, seen in face of Christ)

Mark 9:2-9 (The transfiguration of Christ)

Opening hymn: How/Tis Good, Lord, To Be Here!: LBW #89, ELW #315, LSB #414

Hymn of Praise: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name: LBW #535, ELW #414, LSB #940

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

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

OR Jesus On the Mountain Peak: ELW #317

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

Communion Hymn #1: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise: LBW #526, LSB #802

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

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

OR Alleluia! Sing to Jesus: LBW #158, LSB #821, ELW #392

OR O Wondrous Type/Image! O Vision Fair: LBW #80, ELW #316, LSB #413

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

With gratitude for the gift of Christ, let us draw near to our heavenly Father in prayer, asking his mercy for the Church, the world, and all who need his loving-kindness.

A brief silence

 

Holy Father, thank you for showing us Jesus “unmasked!” Thank you for showing us what we will look like when we see him as he is. Even now, “unmask” us enough that other people see Jesus’ forgiveness and love for them, shining through us.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Let your Son rule gloriously in the Church. Through its words and deeds, shed the light of Jesus’ holy mercy on all who need him. Make the Church your new Zion, so that many are drawn to the perfection of Christ’s beauty, and are saved.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Shed the light of Jesus’ love on Christians who suffer at the hands of others for his sake. Let that holy love touch, purify, and transform them, and even those who hate them.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Give grace to this congregation. Let all who gather here in Jesus’ name day by day see him more clearly, love him more dearly, and follow him more nearly.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

We ask a special blessing on little children – not only those dear to us, but all the children of the world.  Shelter them from evil. Shine the light of your love upon them. Give them grace to hear Jesus’ voice in our words, and to see his dear face in our deeds.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Moses the Lawgiver and Elijah the Prophet bore witness to your Son, the King of the nations. Grant their wisdom and righteousness to the leaders of the world. Through their decisions and actions, let them bear witness to their coming King. Help them use authority in accordance with your will. Help them to lead their people into paths of justice, righteousness, and peace.

 

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Clothe in the armor of light all who risk their lives to protect the innocent and to defend liberty and justice. Grant that all they do may serve your purpose. Help us to honor their service; care for their wounds; support their families; and rejoice when their tasks are completed.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Shed the light of your salvation on all who sit in shadows of pain, fear, loneliness, despair, or sorrow, including: {List}. Let them see the light of your countenance, and grant them your saving help.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Father, thank you for sanctifying the deaths of your servants. Comfort all who mourn with the certainty that you embrace their beloved dead with your Son’s imperishable light and life. Let Jesus be the lamp to our feet and the Light to our path. Help us to listen to him and to see him alone in every circumstance of life. In your good time, let us, with all whom Christ has redeemed, behold him face to face. Let us worship him in the glory he shares with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Graciously hear, and generously answer our prayers and petitions, dear Father, as may be best for us and to your greater glory, thorough your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns:  February 4, 2024: 5th Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 4)

Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: February 4, 2024: 5th Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 4)

 

Isaiah 40:21-31 (Those who trust the Lord will renew strength, rise like eagles)

Psalm 147:1-11,20c (The Lord cares for creation, lifts up downtrodden)

1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (Paul became all things to all people so some may be saved)

Mark 1:29-39 (Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law, then many people)

Opening hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation

(LBW #543, ELW #858 (#859 is politically correct version!), LSB #790

OR I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me: ELW #860

OR Voices Raised to You We Offer: ELW #845, LSB #795 (Nice Herman Stuempfle hymn.)

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

(Yes, I know I selected this during Advent. See if anyone remembers! 😊 )

OR Praise to the Lord, All of You, God’s Servants: ELW #844

Communion Hymn #1: Let All Things Now Living: LBW #557, ELW #881

Communion Hymn #2: Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love: WOV #765, ELW #708, LSB #980

Closing Hymn: When To Our World the Savior Came: LSB #551 (tune: “Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak”)

OR Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee: LBW #551, ELW #836, LSB #803

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

With gratitude for the gift of Christ, let us draw near to our heavenly Father in prayer, asking his mercy for the Church, the world, and all who need his loving-kindness.

A brief silence

 

Father, help us remember that “Becoming all things to all people” doesn’t mean selling out or being hypocrites. It means understanding other people so well that we can lead them one step closer to trusting Jesus. Give us sympathy and wisdom, so that by all means, some may come to faith in him!

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen your Church. Grant wings to its words, so hearts are touched by the Gospel of salvation. Make it swift to speak and show mercy in your name. Make it tireless in bearing witness to you. Conform it to your will. Use it to draw all people to yourself.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen all who suffer for the sake of Jesus. Help them to constantly trust in his love.  Help us, who do not experience such suffering, to pray for them; defend them; provide for them as we are able; and to live in a way that glorifies you and honors their witness.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen this congregation. Give us confidence to willingly wait upon you for guidance, and to gladly obey what you command. Use us to encourage our families, friends, and neighbors, especially those who most need to know your love.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen your servants who are nearing or are in retirement. Fill them with your Spirit, so that they continue to walk in the way of faithfulness and service which you set before them.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen the leaders of the nations. Grant them wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and fear of the Lord. Help them to care for their people, especially victims of natural disaster or manmade calamities. Make all of us eager to learn what makes for righteousness and peace in our communities and world.

 

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Renew and strengthen all who work to bring us justice, safety, and healing in these troubled times. Grant them courage and integrity, and use their labors to accomplish your will. Shield them and their loved ones from harm.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, including {List}. Give them hope: to wait upon your gifts of health and wholeness. Give them faith: to rise above doubt, despair, and sorrow. Give them your love, shared through each of us: to strengthen, shield, and surround them always.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Most blessed and glorious Lord, thank you for the great and final healing you bestow upon all who died clinging to your promises. Grant us joy in sorrow; patience in suffering; courage in danger; wisdom in choosing; compassion and mercy in service. Give us the joy of being welcomed, with all whom you have healed from sin and death, into your eternal kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Graciously hear, and generously answer our prayers and petitions, dear Father, as may be best for us and to your greater glory, thorough your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns:  February 4, 2024: 5th Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 4)

 

Isaiah 40:21-31 (Those who trust the Lord will renew strength, rise like eagles)

 

Psalm 147:1-11,20c (The Lord cares for creation, lifts up downtrodden)

 

1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (Paul became all things to all people so some may be saved)

 

Mark 1:29-39 (Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law, then many people)

Opening hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation

(LBW #543, ELW #858 (#859 is politically correct version!), LSB #790

OR I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me: ELW #860

OR Voices Raised to You We Offer: ELW #845, LSB #795 (Nice Herman Stuempfle hymn.)

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

(Yes, I know I selected this during Advent. See if anyone remembers! 😊 )

OR Praise to the Lord, All of You, God’s Servants: ELW #844

Communion Hymn #1: Let All Things Now Living: LBW #557, ELW #881

Communion Hymn #2: Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love: WOV #765, ELW #708, LSB #980

Closing Hymn: When To Our World the Savior Came: LSB #551

(tune is “Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak”)

OR Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee: LBW #551, ELW #836, LSB #803




Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: January 28, 2024: 4th Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 3)

Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: January 28, 2024: 4th Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 3)

 

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (I will raise up a prophet, put my words in his mouth; listen to him alone)

Psalm 111 (God is faithful and just; praise him for his righteous deeds)

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 (Caring for brethren with weak consciences; eating food offered to idols)

Mark 1:21-28 (Jesus drives out a demon in Capernaum on Sabbath)

 

Opening hymn: Rise, Shine, You People!: LBW #393, ELW #665, LSB #825

Hymn of the Day: “Away From Us!” The Demon Cried: LSB #541 (tune: “In Christ There Is No East or West”)

OR Hope of the World, Thou Christ of Great Compassion: LBW #493 (You can sing this to hymn #84, “Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning,” a perfectly fine Epiphany hymn tune to boot!)

OR You are Mine: ELW #581 (It’s easier than it looks, honest!)

Communion Hymn #1: Son of God, Eternal Savior: LBW #364, ELW #655, LSB #842

Communion Hymn #2: O Savior, Precious Savior: LBW #514, ELW #820, LSB #527

Closing Hymn: O Jesus, King Most Wonderful: LBW #537, LSB #554

OR Praise, Praise! You Are My Rock: ELW #862 (a sprightly Herb Brokering hymn)

 

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

With gratitude for the gift of Christ, let us draw near to our heavenly Father in prayer, asking his mercy for the Church, the world, and all who need his loving-kindness.

A brief silence

 

Holy God, thank you for being stronger than demons, doubts, and despair. Thank you for bold prophets, faithful teachers, gentle caretakers, and ordinary saints who serve you by mentoring, guiding, healing, and challenging us. Give us grace to go and do likewise.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Raise up in your Church leaders to speak your Word with boldness, clarity, and charity. Give its members hearts that listen with faith, obedience, and gladness. Give to those who have not heard or heeded your Word, ears to hear rightly, ponder patiently, and believe firmly.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Give your persecuted disciples steadfastness, courage, and gentleness of heart, to rightly confess Christ before their enemies. By your mercy, bring their tormentors to repentant faith.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Give your dearest blessings to this congregation, so that we always proclaim the strong saving love of Christ. Strengthen our families, and make them havens of grace and forgiveness.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Have mercy upon all who are tormented by mental illness; post-traumatic stress; substance abuse; or anything else that clouds minds, distorts personalities, and shatters souls. Give them release from whatever has demonic control over their lives. Restore peace, sanity, relationships and hope to them and to their loved ones.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Expel from this world the demons of hatred, violence, apathy, and injustice. Fill the hearts and minds of earthly leaders, and the people entrusted to their care, with your Spirit. Help us care for our neighbors, especially those who are despised and afflicted; and grant us your peace.

 

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Grant strength, comfort, and hope to all who are wounded in body, mind, or heart, including {List}. Shield them from evil. Drive from them the demons of despair. Restore them to health and to the company of all who love them. Fill them with the blessed peace of your Holy Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Father, keep safe all who have died trusting in you. Comfort those who mourn.  Defend us in the presence of our enemies – sin, evil and death. Lead us into your eternal and glorious Sabbath rest, in which peace, wholeness and holiness adorn all whom you have redeemed.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Graciously hear, and generously answer our prayers and petitions, dear Father, as may be best for us and to your greater glory, thorough your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: January 21, 2024: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 2)

Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: January 21, 2024: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 2)

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 (Jonah preaches, Nineveh repents, God has mercy)

Psalm 62:5-12 (God judges all justly; trust in him)

1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (the time as short; live accordingly)

Mark 1:14-20 (time fulfilled, Kingdom near, repent; I will make you fishers of men)

Opening hymn: Christ Be My Leader: LSB #861 (tune is Lord of All Hopefulness)

OR O Christ Our Light, Our Radiance True: LBW #380, ELW #675

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

OR Christ, Be Our Light: ELW #715

Hymn of the Day: “As Surely As I Live,” God Said: LSB #614

OR O God of Light: Your Word, a Lamp Unfailing: LBW #237, LSB #836

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

Spread the Reign of God the Lord: LSB #830

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

Communion Hymn #2: Rise Up, O Saints of God!: LBW #383, ELW #669

Closing Hymn: Lord of Light: LBW #405, ELW #688

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

With gratitude for the gift of Christ, let us draw near to our heavenly Father in prayer, asking his mercy for the Church, the world, and all who need his loving-kindness.

A brief silence

 

Heavenly Father, be patient with us, even when we are slow to understand and obey you. We are often like Jonah! Forgive us when we are half-hearted or grumpy when someone we dislike actually repents.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

You called Jonah to preach repentance to Nineveh. Your Son called his disciples to proclaim repentance and the coming of your Kingdom.  Give your Church boldness to preach of judgment, repentance, and forgiveness. Give it grace to rejoice when many turn to Jesus and are saved.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Many don’t want to hear the call to repent and believe the Good News. Some hate those who believe it. Some persecute your disciples. Have mercy on your people, and cause their enemies to repent.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Have mercy when, like Jonah, we want to run from the tasks you have called us to do! Renew our faith. Give us words that lovingly invite repentance and faith in you. Give us deeds to show Jesus’ compassion. Help us rejoice when someone surprises us with repentance or new-found faith.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

We pray this day for our members in their middle years. Grant them the fire and enthusiasm of youth, and the wisdom and humility that comes with years. Form them into fishers of men and women, eager to make disciples for your Kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Bless the leaders of all nations, especially our own. Give them integrity, wisdom, humility, and sound judgment. Give us grace to live in concord and unity with one another. And give us peace.

 

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

We lift before you the needs of the lonely and bereaved; the forgotten and abandoned; the abused —and their abusers. Whatsoever they need, grant in double measure. Especially we pray for loved ones who seek our prayers, including: {List}. Grant them faith to cling to your promise of health and salvation.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Father, we remember with reverence and affection our departed loved ones. Keep us united with them in bonds of faith and love. Turn our hearts in repentance and trust toward you. In your good time, bring us into the fullness of the Kingdom announced and promised to us by your beloved Son. With all the redeemed, let us praise and adore you forever.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Graciously hear, and generously answer our prayers and petitions, dear Father, as may be best for us and to your greater glory, thorough your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: January 14, 2024: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 1)

Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: January 14, 2024: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (Proper 1)

 

1 Samuel 3:1-20 (the call of Samuel to be a prophet)

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (I am fearfully and wonderfully made; you knew me in the womb)

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (the body made for the Lord; you are a temple for the Holy Spirit)

John 1:43-51 (Jesus calls Philip and Nathaniel)

 

Opening hymn: Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty: LBW #250, ELW #533, LSB #901

OR Wondrous Are Your Ways, O God: LBW #311 (paraphrase of psalm, but tune wanders a bit.)

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

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

OR Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens: LSB #589 (Ties Old Testament and Gospel together!)

Communion Hymn #1:, Take My Life, That I May Be/and Let It Be: LBW #406, ELW #583, 685; LSB 783/4

Communion Hymn #2: Blessed Assurance: WOV #699, ELW #638

Closing Hymn: The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve: WOV #723

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

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

With gratitude for the gift of Christ, let us draw near to our heavenly Father in prayer, asking his mercy for the Church, the world, and all who need his loving-kindness.

A brief silence

 

Father, thank you for being patient with us! Thank you for calling us to be your disciples, prophets, teachers, servants, saints, and even fools for Christ. Thank you for using simple words to reveal profound truth. Help us to do the same as we share your Word with those who don’t know you well.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

You called Samuel to be your prophet. Your Son called Philip and Nathaniel to be his disciples. Fill the Church with your Spirit, so it heeds Jesus’ call to follow him. Give it preachers, professors, and people who are faithful to your Word.  Us the Church to draw many to Jesus, the salvation of the whole world.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Purify and perfect all who suffer on account of Christ. Lead them in your everlasting way. By their faithful witness, turn the hearts of their tormentor to repentant faith in you.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Bless this congregation as we seek to do your will. Keep us steadfast in faith.  Conform us to Christ our Lord. Use us to bring the Gospel to those who need to hear it most.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

We remember with gratitude the life, words, and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thank you for raising him up as your servant. Help us to honor him, and to glorify you, by finding good and gracious ways to extend the blessings of liberty, justice, and equality to all people.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Shine the light of your wisdom into the hearts of earthly leaders. Teach them your ways. Take all wickedness from them, and use them to establish your will among all people. Help us to live in peace with our neighbors, striving always to outdo one another in showing honor, kindness, justice, and mercy.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Send the power of your Holy Spirit into the hearts of all who suffer, especially {List}. Fill them with health and hope. Bless all who minister to them. Let the radiance of Jesus’ love gladden their hearts.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, thank you for your servants who followed you in this life and now abide in your presence. Grant that we, too, heed your gracious invitation, given through your dear Son. Make us into living temples of your Spirit. Lead us into your presence with Samuel and all the faithful people of Israel; with Nathaniel and Philip and all the apostles, martyrs, and saints of your Church. Grant that, with them, we rejoice forever in the salvation you have accomplished for us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Graciously hear, and generously answer our prayers and petitions, dear Father, as may be best for us and to your greater glory, thorough your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: Epiphany and Baptism of Our Lord

Prayers, readings, and suggested hymns: Epiphany and Baptism of Our Lord

Saturday, January 6, 2024: The Epiphany of Our Lord (White)

 

Isaiah 60:1-6 (Arise, shine, for your light has come! Israel gathered in; nations come and worship)

Psalm 72: 1-15 (Give the King your justice, O God; may he rule with righteousness)

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

Ephesians 3:1-12 (Gentiles are now fellow heirs, sharers of the promise of salvation in Christ

Matthew 2:1-12 (Magi worship infant Jesus)

Opening hymn: Bright and Glorious is the Sky: LBW #75, ELW #301

Hymn of Praise: Let All Together Praise Our God: LBW #47, ELW #287LSB #389

Hymn of the Day: O Chief of Cities, Bethlehem: LBW #81 good sung to “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”

OR The Star Proclaims the King is Here (LSB #399) (same theme as “O Chief of Cities,” same meter, so if THIS tune is unfamiliar, you can also sing it to “From Heaven Above”!)

                OR As With Gladness Men of Old: LBW #82, ELW #302, LSB #397

Communion Hymn #1: Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning: LBW #84, ELW #303, LSB #400

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

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

Closing Hymn: O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright: LBW #76, ELW #308, LSB #395

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January 7, 2024: Baptism of Our Lord (white)

Note: churches may dither, transfer, or combine this feast with the epiphany.

Genesis 1:1-5 (God creates light)

Psalm 29 (the voice of the Lord upon the waters)

Acts 19:1-7 (baptism in name of Jesus)

Mark 1:4-11 (the Baptism of Jesus)

Opening hymn: Thy Strong Word Didst Cleave the Darkness: LBW #233, LSB #578

Hymn of Praise/prior to baptism or renewal of baptismal promises:

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

Hymn of the Day: From God the Father, Virgin-Born: LBW #83, LSB #401

(Alternate tunes: The Doxology; From Heaven Above; Lord Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word.)

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

OR Remember and Rejoice: ELW #454 (very familiar tune)

OR Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized: ELW #304 (ditto!)

Communion Hymn #1: Praise and thanksgiving Be to God Our Maker: LBW #191 (tune is Father Most Holy)

OR We Were/Are Baptized in Christ Jesus: WOV #698, ELW #452

OR Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters: WOV #697

Communion Hymn #2: O Worship the King: LBW #548, ELW #842. LSB #804

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

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

With gratitude for the gift of Christ, let us draw near to our heavenly Father in prayer, asking his mercy for the Church, the world, and all who need his loving-kindness.

A brief silence

Most holy God, give us ears to hear your voice above the floodwaters of this world. Give us lips to cry “Glory!” Give us hearts to love you above all things. Give us faith to trust you in all things.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Fill the Church with your glory. Make it faithful in proclaiming your promise of salvation to those who do not know you. Let it rejoice when many repent, believe, and are joined to the Body of Christ.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Guide, guard and bless your persecuted servants throughout the world. Let your Word be found on their lips and in their hearts. By their faithful witness, lead even their enemies to the light of your salvation.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Let your Word thunder in this congregation. Let us cry “Glory,” proclaiming your Name in word and deed. Conform our lives to the image of Christ. Let his light shine brightly in all we say and do.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Pour your Spirit upon those who waver between doubt and faith, despair and hope, rebellion and repentance. Nudge them to take one small step of faith, even if it feels like a giant leap.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Let your Word shape the thoughts and actions of our leaders. Fill them with your Spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might. Remove hatred from our hearts, and give us peace.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Be the shield of all who risk their lives for the sake of others. Give them wisdom and courage. Let the innocent and defenseless look to them for help. Bring them home in safety to their loved ones.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Let your living Word bring health, wholeness and hope to all who suffer, especially: {LIST}. Bless all who minister to them; and let the radiance of your Son’s love gladden their hearts.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

We thank you, Father, for your powerful voice that calls your servants from death into eternal life. Give comfort and strength to all who grieve. Protect and guide us, until we join those who dwell with you in the splendor of eternal light and life that you share with your Son and the Holy Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Graciously hear, and generously answer our prayers and petitions, dear Father, as may be best for us and to your greater glory, thorough your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Prayers (with lessons, hymns), Christmas 1, B, 12-31-23

December 31, 2023: 1st Sunday after Christmas (White or gold)

 

Isaiah 61:10—62:3 (I will exult in God, who has clothed me with salvation;

Zion will shine with the vindication of God, and all nations will see it!)

Psalm 111 (God has sent redemption; the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom)

                (ELW: Psalm 148)

Galatians 4:4-7 (God sent his Son under the law, adopts us as children so we may say Abba)

Luke 2:22-40 (The Holy Family in the temple)

Opening hymn: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice: LBW #55, ELW #288

OR LSB #386, Now Sing We, Now Rejoice: (same tune as above, different lyrics)

OR O Sing of Christ: LSB #362 (easy English folk tune)

OR Cold December Flies Away: LBW #53, ELW #299

Hymn of Praise: Let All Together Praise Our God: LBW #47, ELW #287, LSB #389

Hymn of the Day: In His Temple Now Behold Him: LBW #184, ELW #417, LSB #519 (if LBW tune is unfamiliar sing this to Regent Square, #50, Angels from the Realms of Glory, which is the tune ELW uses. The LSB tune, “Westminster,” is a wonderful English melody used in WOV for “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation.” 3 nice choices.)     

Communion Hymn #1: What Child is This: LBW #40, LSB #370, ELW #296

Communion Hymn #2: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly: LBW #44, ELW #276, LSB #393

Closing Hymn: O Lord, Now Let Your Servant: LBW #339, ELW #313

OR Lord, Bid Your Servant Go In Peace: LSB #937

OR my hymn paraphrase of the Nunc Dimitis

(can be sung to “The Bells of Christmas Chime Once More” or to “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”)

Lord, let your servant go in peace, your faithful Word you have fulfilled.

This Word made flesh I now embrace: the sure salvation you have willed!

 

With my own eyes I see the lamp of glory giv’n to Israel,

The light for nations lost; the peace that makes your wounded people well.

 

Glory and praise, blest Trinity, dear Father, Holy Spirit, Son,

Your light no darkness overtakes, while endless ages ever run!

 

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The Prayers

 

O come, let us adore Christ our Lord, and kneel before him with our prayers and supplications.

 

A brief silence

Father, we praise you for your Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Savior. Let Jesus fill us with grace and truth, so that our joy may be complete.

 

 

Provide the Church with pastors, bishops, and theologians who teach and admonish your people in all wisdom. *17By the gift of your Spirit, let the Church’s every word and deed be in the name of the Lord Jesus, to your glory and for the good of all whom he came to save.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are persecuted for Jesus’ sake. They are your chosen ones, holy and beloved. Adorn them with compassion, meekness, and patience. Let the peace of Christ rule their hearts, so that their tormentors repent, and flee to the Savior for forgiveness.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Make this congregation a company of the upright. Help us to proclaim your mighty works of salvation. 2Bind Bind us together in love and peace. Let our lives display your redeeming power. Use us to draw our neighbors, friends, and families to faith in your dear Son.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Bless grandparents, parents, and all who share with our children the joy of knowing you. Let them cradle little ones in your love and goodness.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Give our earthly leaders the holy fear that is the beginning of wisdom. Help them to study your works and perform your precepts. Let faithfulness and uprightness, graciousness and mercy, guide those who take counsel for the nations. Bestow upon all peoples the blessings of food, shelter, health, honest work, justice, and peace.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Angels proclaimed peace and good will at Jesus’ birth. But many evils still trouble us. Shield and guide all who risk their lives on behalf of others. Prosper all they do that conforms to your will. Give their loved ones hope and patience. Bring healing and comfort to the wounded, and redemption to the fallen. Establish your peace among us all, so weapons of war may be shaped into instruments of your peace.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Be gracious and merciful to all whose lives are shadowed by suffering in this season of light, including: {List}. Let them see your salvation,31 dwell in your love, and glorify you, surrounded by all who love them.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Dear Father, you have bestowed on our beloved dead the fullness of your salvation, and we commend them into your care. While we walk the pilgrim-path of life, let your dear Son’s Spirit dwell in us richly, filling us with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. For these are the gifts of Christmas that shall last forever.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

 

Receive our prayers, dear Father, for the sake of your dear Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.




Prayers, Christmas Eve/Day, December 24/25, 2023

THE PRAYERS, 

Christmas Eve, Cycle B (December 24, 2023)

Christmas Day (December 25, 2023)

The petitions are drawn from verses of several carols.

 

O come, let us adore Christ our Lord, and kneel before him with our prayers.

 

A brief silence

Jesus, Brother, we welcome you. Jesus, Friend, we delight in you. Jesus, King, we bow before you. Jesus, Savior, we thank you. Jesus, Lord, we adore you. Jesus, God, we worship you.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

O Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: enflesh yourself in your Church. Let its words “speak you,” the Living Word. Let its teaching be a star of hope, burning in the world’s darkness. Let its deeds of mercy draw many to kneel in awe and wonder before you, and there find life.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

O loveliest blooming rose, adorn the suffering of your persecuted followers with the beauty of your goodness. Be their refuge and Lord. Gladden their hearts. Shine so brightly in their lives that their enemies turn to you in repentance and faith.

 

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

O mighty king and gentle friend, draw near to this congregation. Let us love you as heaven’s gift and treasure. Caress us with your blessing. Let all we do help others to trust and worship you.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

O Jesus, our Emmanuel, you lay your glory aside “to raise each child of earth.” Bring light and life to those who do not know you or believe that you are God, veiled in human flesh. Give them eyes to see your divine love, and hearts to enthrone you as Lord, God, and King.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

O Heaven-born Prince of Peace, reconcile all peoples, nations, races, and tribes under your glorious and gentle rule. Lift up all whose forms bend low beneath life’s crushing load. Free them from all that afflicts them. Make us all, from greatest to least, children of your light, and partakers of your peace.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

O Savior of our fallen race, bestow a measure of your peace to all who stand in harm’s way, protecting others, in this death-shadowed world. Renew their courage and purify their hearts. Use their labors to bring hope and healing in communities fractured by hatred and violence.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

O Savior, child of Mary, you felt our human woe. Bring healing, peace, and hope to all who suffer and to all who mourn, even on this holy and joyful night. O Sun of Righteousness, rise upon them with healing in your wings!

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

O Savior, King of Glory, you have triumphed over our ancient foes: sin, evil, and death. Thank you for your love, which guarded, guided, and kept our loved ones in your care until their life’s end. And now, Lord Jesus, dearest friend: Bring us at length to heaven and into your endless day. With all whom you have redeemed, let us praise, adore, and delight in you; for with your Father and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign forever and ever and unto the ages of ages.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Be near us, Lord Jesus; and hear when we pray. Stay by us forever and love us always. Bless all your dear children in your tender care. And fit us for heaven, to dwell with you there. AMEN.




Prayers (with lessons, hymns), Advent 4, B, December 24, 2023

December 24, 2023: Advent 4 (Blue or purple)

 

2 Samuel 7:1-11,16 (David won’t build God’s house; God promises David’s house will endure)

Luke 1:46b-55 (Magnificat) (ELW alternate: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26)

Romans 16:25-27 (Mysteries long hidden now revealed; final blessing)

Luke 1:26-38 (Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary)

 

Opening hymn: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: LBW #34, ELW #257, LSB #357

(if you didn’t use this the 1st Sunday in Advent. Or, heck, even if you did!)

Hymn of the Day: My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord: LBW #180, ELW #573, LSB #934

OR I Will Greatly Rejoice in the Lord: LSB #929, Chanted Canticle

OR The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came: WOV #632, ELW #265, LSB #356

Communion Hymn #1:, O Jesus So Sweet, O Jesus So Mild: LSB #546

OR O Little Town of Bethlehem: LBW #41, LSB #361, ELW #279

Communion Hymn #2:, Lo, How A Rose E’er Growing/Blooming: LBW #58, ELW #272, LSB #359 (ELW and LSB use the familiar words and harmonization)

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

OR My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness: ELW #251

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THE PRAYERS

Based on the Great O-Antiphons, which are paraphrased in “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Let us come before the throne of grace with our prayers and petitions.

A brief silence

 

O come, O come, Emmanuel, that the Church, your people Israel, and the whole world may rejoice in the splendor of your appearing.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

O Wisdom, proceeding from the mouth of the Most High, fill the Church with your Spirit. Sustain and order its proclamation and its works of charity, especially in the presence of its enemies, according to your most holy will. Come, and teach us prudence.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

O Emmanuel, the ransom of your people Israel: deliver also your persecuted Church from torment. Keep it patient, faithful, and steadfast. Help us to honor their witness and provide for their needs. Turn their tormentors from their evil ways. Come; and teach them courage.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

O Adonai, ruler of the House of Israel, rule also in the hearts and lives of your people in this congregation. Give us your Word and show us your glory. Come; and make our hearts glad.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

O Bright and Morning Star, you gladden the hearts of those who sit in darkness. Shine upon all who are overwhelmed by grief, despair, doubt, anger, confusion, hatred, or unbelief. Come; and lead them into the brightness of your holy love.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

O King of the nations, the ruler they long for, unite all people under your glorious and gentle reign. Teach us those things that make for peace. Come and save us all, whom you formed out of clay.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

O Root of Jesse, you stand as an ensign before the peoples. Guard and guide all who stand in harm’s way in defense of justice and freedom. Come quickly, and deliver them.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

O Key of David, you open what no one can close; you close what no one can open. Free those imprisoned by the powers of sin, evil, and death, including {LIST}. Come, and close the path to misery.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

O Dayspring, splendor of life everlasting, keep safe in your mighty arms all those who died trusting in your promises. Come and enlighten us, who still sit in the shadow of death; and open wide our heavenly home.

Lord, in your mercy, please hear our prayer.

Graciously answer our prayers for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.