The Prayers, 1st Sunday in Lent, Cycle B (February 18, 2018)

1st Sunday in Lent, Cycle B (February 18, 2018) 

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

Let us humbly beseech God for his mercy upon the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence

Lord God, purify your holy Church. When it is tempted by the allure of power, success, or convenience, turn its eyes to the Cross of your dear Son.  By the power of your Spirit, keep it faithful in its proclamation of repentance, forgiveness, and the close approach of your Kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Purify your persecuted people; and shield them from the temptation to forsake your Word when they are threatened by the powers arrayed against them. Keep them steadfast in their faith. We pray also on behalf of our sister congregations companion dioceses, and for your missionaries throughout the world.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Purify and guide the people of this congregation. When we are tempted to focus on peripheral matters, turn our eyes to Christ, the center of our existence. Give us grace to prefer nothing whatsoever to him.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Purify and defend our youth in middle and high school. Strengthen them to resist the allure of popularity; dangerous pleasures; and anything that would draw them away from loving and trusting you.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Purify this sin-shadowed world. Grant that we may not be seduced by promises of peace and plenty that do not proceed from your holy will. Teach the leaders of the nations that, while people surely need food and justice, their lives are in your hands; and you alone are their sovereign Lord.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Purify all first responders and military personnel.  Turn their eyes to you, the King of all nations. Keep them faithful and honorable in their service; and bring them home safely when their task is done.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Purify and heal the minds, hearts and bodies of all who suffer and cry to you for help —especially: {List}. When they are tempted to despair, turn their eyes to the Cross, on which was hung the life and salvation of the whole world.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Most holy Father, we commend into your keeping the lives of all who died trusting in your mercy. When we are tempted by doubt, confusion, or the cares and pleasures of this world, turn our eyes to our Lord Jesus, our hope and heart’s desire. Fill us with your Spirit, and keep us safely on the path that leads to your eternal home and welcoming embrace.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For these things, and for whatever else is needful, dear Father, we pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.




Prayers of the Church, Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday, Cycle B (February 14, 2018)

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

Let us humbly beseech God for his mercy upon the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence

Have mercy on your Church, O Lord. Cleanse it from false teaching, feigned holiness, and fake discipleship. Form it in the likeness of your dear Son, fill it with your Holy Spirit, and use it to draw all people to yourself.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Have mercy on your persecuted servants, O Lord. Cleanse them from bitterness, hatred, or thirst for revenge. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and use them to lead the enemies of Christ to repentance and salvation.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Have mercy on this congregation, O Lord. Cleanse us from apathy, inattention, and contention. Form us into the likeness of your dear Son, fill us with your Holy Spirit, and use us to draw our families, friends, and communities to the foot of Jesus’ Cross.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Have mercy on all who doubt your existence or your goodness, O Lord. Cleanse them from spiritual darkness, intellectual pride, or emotional despair. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and bless them with faith and trust in you, their Savior, Lord, and Friend.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Have mercy upon all who are entrusted with power and authority in this sin-shadowed world, O Lord. Cleanse them from cruelty, lust for power, and worship of self. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and use them to bring your blessings of peace, prosperity, and concord to all people.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Have mercy upon all who stand in harm’s way on behalf of others, O Lord. Cleanse them from wrong judgment or base motives in the execution of their duties. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and use them to bring a measure of safety, justice, and freedom in places of chaos and danger.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Have mercy on all whose lives are shadowed by suffering, sorrow, or any kind of evil, O Lord. Cleanse them from all that troubles them and prevents them from turning to you, their Strength and their Redeemer. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and restore them to wholeness and hope, in the company of all who love them.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Most holy and gracious Father, we commend into your mercy all our beloved dead. We who are but ashes and dust humbly beseech you for your mercy upon us as well. Cleanse us from every sin which separates us from you and from one another. Form us into the likeness of your dear Son, fill us with your Holy Spirit, and use us to help lighten our neighbor’s burdens throughout our earthly pilgrimage. Lead us, with all whom you have redeemed by the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, into your Kingdom, where, untroubled by sin, evil, or death, we may rejoice in your goodness and gaze upon your glory forever.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For these things, and for whatever else is needful, dear Father, we pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.




Prayers of the Church, 1st Sunday in Lent, February 18, 2018

THE PRAYERS (with Lessons and Hymns following), 

1st Sunday in Lent, Cycle B (February 18, 2018)

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

 

Let us humbly beseech God for his mercy upon the Church, the world, and one another.

 

A brief silence

 

Lord God, purify your holy Church. When it is tempted by the allure of power, success, or convenience, turn its eyes to the Cross of your dear Son.  By the power of your Spirit, keep it faithful in its proclamation of repentance, forgiveness, and the close approach of your Kingdom.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Purify your persecuted people; and shield them from the temptation to forsake your Word when they are threatened by the powers arrayed against them. Keep them steadfast in their faith. We pray also on behalf of our sister congregations companion dioceses, and for your missionaries throughout the world.

 

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

Purify and guide the people of this congregation. When we are tempted to focus on peripheral matters, turn our eyes to Christ, the center of our existence. Give us grace to prefer nothing whatsoever to him.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Purify and defend our youth in middle and high school. Strengthen them to resist the allure of popularity; dangerous pleasures; and anything that would draw them away from loving and trusting you.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Purify this sin-shadowed world. Grant that we may not be seduced by promises of peace and plenty that do not proceed from your holy will. Teach the leaders of the nations that, while people surely need food and justice, their lives are in your hands; and you alone are their sovereign Lord.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Purify all first responders and military personnel.  Turn their eyes to you, the King of all nations. Keep them faithful and honorable in their service; and bring them home safely when their task is done.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Purify and heal the minds, hearts and bodies of all who suffer and cry to you for help —especially: {List}. When they are tempted to despair, turn their eyes to the Cross, on which was hung the life and salvation of the whole world.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Most holy Father, we commend into your keeping the lives of all who died trusting in your mercy. When we are tempted by doubt, confusion, or the cares and pleasures of this world, turn our eyes to our Lord Jesus, our hope and heart’s desire. Fill us with your Spirit, and keep us safely on the path that leads to your eternal home and welcoming embrace.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For these things, and for whatever else is needful, dear Father, we pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 


 

February 18, 2018, 1st Sunday in Lent

 

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

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 us to do evil; all good gifts come down from Father of lights)

            ELW: 1 Peter 3:18-22 (Christ suffered for all; the Flood prefiguring baptism)

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

 

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

(LSB #418, ELW #319)

OR ELW #320, The Glory of These Forty Days

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

Hymn of the Day: LBW #88, Oh Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

(LSB #544, ELW #322)

Communion Hymn #1: WOV #660, I Want Jesus to Walk With Me (ELW #325)

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #541, Jesus, Still Lead On (ELW #624)

(LSB #718, Jesus, Lead Thou On)

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

Or LSB #547, The Lamb, the Lamb

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

 




Prayers of the Church, Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 

THE PRAYERS (with Lessons and Hymns following), 

Ash Wednesday, Cycle B (February 14, 2018)

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

 

Let us humbly beseech God for his mercy upon the Church, the world, and one another.

 

A brief silence

 

Have mercy on your Church, O Lord. Cleanse it from false teaching, feigned holiness, and fake discipleship. Form it in the likeness of your dear Son, fill it with your Holy Spirit, and use it to draw all people to yourself.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Have mercy on your persecuted servants, O Lord. Cleanse them from bitterness, hatred, or thirst for revenge. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and use them to lead the enemies of Christ to repentance and salvation.

 

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

Have mercy on this congregation, O Lord. Cleanse us from apathy, inattention, and contention. Form us into the likeness of your dear Son, fill us with your Holy Spirit, and use us to draw our families, friends, and communities to the foot of Jesus’ Cross.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Have mercy on all who doubt your existence or your goodness, O Lord. Cleanse them from spiritual darkness, intellectual pride, or emotional despair. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and bless them with faith and trust in you, their Savior, Lord, and Friend.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Have mercy upon all who are entrusted with power and authority in this sin-shadowed world, O Lord. Cleanse them from cruelty, lust for power, and worship of self. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and use them to bring your blessings of peace, prosperity, and concord to all people.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Have mercy upon all who stand in harm’s way on behalf of others, O Lord. Cleanse them from wrong judgment or base motives in the execution of their duties. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and use them to bring a measure of safety, justice, and freedom in places of chaos and danger.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Have mercy on all whose lives are shadowed by suffering, sorrow, or any kind of evil, O Lord. Cleanse them from all that troubles them and prevents them from turning to you, their Strength and their Redeemer. Form them into the likeness of your dear Son, fill them with your Holy Spirit, and restore them to wholeness and hope, in the company of all who love them.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Most holy and gracious Father, we commend into your mercy all our beloved dead. We who are but ashes and dust humbly beseech you for your mercy upon us as well. Cleanse us from every sin which separates us from you and from one another. Form us into the likeness of your dear Son, fill us with your Holy Spirit, and use us to help lighten our neighbor’s burdens throughout our earthly pilgrimage. Lead us, with all whom you have redeemed by the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, into your Kingdom, where, untroubled by sin, evil, or death, we may rejoice in your goodness and gaze upon your glory forever.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For these things, and for whatever else is needful, dear Father, we pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

 


 

Scriptures and Suggested Hymns, February 14, 2018: Ash Wednesday

 

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

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)

 

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

LBW #99, O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days (LSB #418, ELW #319)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #307, Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive

(LSB #843, ELW #605)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




Lessons and Suggested Hymns, Ash Wednesday – Trinity Sunday, 2018

Lessons and Suggested Hymns,
Ash Wednesday – Holy Trinity, Cycle B
February 14 – May 27, 2018

NOTE: LBW – Lutheran Book of Worship (The Green Book)
WOV – With One Voice (The Blue Book)
LSB (Lutheran Service Book)
ELW (Evangelical Lutheran Worship)

 

As a bonus, I’ve appended hymn paraphrases of portions of the liturgy, for Lent and for the Easter season.

February 14, 2018: Ash Wednesday

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

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening Hymn may be omitted if Psalm 51 is spoken or chanted here):
LBW #99, O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days (LSB #418, ELW #319) 

Hymn of the Day: LBW #307, Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive (LSB #843, ELW #605)
OR WOV #659, O Sun of Justice (2nd verse great if you preach on 2 Corinthians text; tune is simple plainsong chant, or sing to the Doxology)

Communion 1: ELW #328, Restore in Us, O God
OR LBW #103, O Christ, Thou Lamb of God

Communion 2: LBW #304, Today Your Mercy Calls Us (LSB #915)
OR WOV 734, Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling (ELW #608)

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

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February 18, 2018, 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 22:1-18 (The near-sacrifice of Isaac)
      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 us to do evil; all good gifts come down from Father of lights)
      ELW: 1 Peter 3:18-22 (Christ suffered for all; the Flood prefiguring baptism)

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

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #99, O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days (LSB #418, ELW #319)
OR ELW #320, The Glory of These Forty Days
OR ELW #334, Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 1; end with “General” verse

Hymn of the Day: LBW #88, Oh Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (LSB #544, ELW #322)

Communion Hymn #1: WOV #660, I Want Jesus to Walk With Me (ELW #325)

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

Closing Hymn: LBW #228/9, A Mighty Fortress (LSB #656/7; ELW #503-505)
OR LSB #547, The Lamb, the Lamb
OR WOV #771, Great is Thy Faithfulness (LSB #809, ELW #733)

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February 25, 2nd Sunday in Lent

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

Psalm 22:23-31 (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. At right
time, Christ dies for the ungodly)
      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)
      ELW: Mark 8:31-38 (only the section on taking up cross and following)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

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

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

Communion Hymn #1: LBW #470, Praise and Thanks and Adoration (ELW #783)    (LSB #692, Praise to You and Adoration)
OR ELW #697, Just A Closer Walk With Thee

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

Closing Hymn: LBW #487, Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus (LSB #685)
OR LBW #460, I Am Trusting You, Lord Jesus (LSB #729)
OR ELW #334, Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 2; end with “General” verse

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March 4, 2018, 3rd Sunday in Lent

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)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: WOV #716, Word of God, Come Down on Earth (LSB #545, ELW #510)
OR LBW #250, Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty (ELW #533)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #415, God of Grace and God of Glory (LSB #850, ELW #705)
OR LSB #581, These Are the Holy Ten Commands
OR ELW #334, Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 3; end with “General” verse

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

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

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

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March 11, 2018, 4th Sunday in Lent

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)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #385, What Wondrous Love is This, O My Soul (LSB #543)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #292, God Loved the World, So That He Gave (if tune is unfamiliar, you can substitute the tune of “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” or as ELW pairs it,  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross)
(LSB #571, ELW #323)

Communion Hymn #1: LBW #448, Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound (LSB #744, ELW #779)

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #479, My Faith Looks Up to Thee (LSB #702)
OR ELW #334, Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 4; end with “General” verse

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

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March 18, 5th Sunday in Lent

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)
      ELW: Psalm 11:9-16 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; he learned obedience
through suffering and 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 life as ransom for many)
      ELW: John 12:20-33 (We wish to see Jesus; My hour has come; when I am lifted up I will draw all people to myself)

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

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

Hymn of the Day: LBW#455, “Come, Follow Me,” the Savior Spake (LSB#688)
      OR LSB #529, Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus
OR (if following ELW) ELW #660, Lift High the Cross (LBW #377; LSB #837)

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

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

Closing Hymn: LSB #857, Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way (nice Herm Stuempfle hymn!)
OR LBW #504, O God, My Faithful God (LSB #696, ELW #806)
OR ELW #334, Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery, v.1-3; verse for Lent 5; end with “General” verse

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March 25, 2018, Palm/Passion Sunday

Processional Gospel: John 12:12-19 (Entry into Jerusalem)
      ELW: John 12:12-16 or Mark 11:1-11)

Zechariah 9:9-12 {Behold your lowly King!)
      ELW: Isaiah 50:4-9a (Suffering Servant’s humiliation and vindication)

Psalm 31:9-16 (I hear the whispering of many as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”)

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

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

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Processional hymn: LBW #108, All Glory, Laud and Honor (LSB #442, ELW #344)
OR LBW #26, Prepare the Royal Highway (LSB #343, ELW #264)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #24, Come, O Precious Ransom (This is really a great hymn for today. If tune is unfamiliar, it can be sung to the melody of “Holy God, We Praise Your Name”!) (LSB #350, Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come)
OR LBW #98, Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed (LSB #437, ELW #337)

Communion Hymn #1: ELW #335, Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
OR LSB #428, Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow)

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

Closing Hymn: LBW #121, Ride on, Ride on In Majesty (ELW #346; LSB #441, different tune)
OR LBW #116/117, O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (LSB #449/450; ELW #351/352)

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Thursday, March 29, 2018: Maundy Thursday

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; therefore, partaking of this one bread, we are all one body)
      ELW: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (Institution of the Lord’s Supper)

Mark 14:12-26 (The Last Supper)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #199, Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee (LSB #640) (ELW #476, Thee We Adore, O Savior, God Most True)

Foot-Washing Hymn: LBW #126, Where Charity and Love Prevail (LSB #845; ELW #359);
OR ELW #642 or 653, Ubi Caritas et Amor
OR LBW #122, Love Consecrates the Humblest Acts (ELW #360)
OR WOV #765, Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love (ELW #708)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #202, Victim Divine, Your Grace We Claim
OR ELW #469, By Your Hand You Feed Your People

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

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #222, O Bread of Life From Heaven (ELW #480)

Closing Hymn: If there is a closing hymn, and it’s not a chanted version of Psalm 22: LBW #122, It Happened On That Fateful Night (if tune is unfamiliar, use the melody for “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word”)
OR LBW #109, Go to Dark Gethsemane (LSB #436; ELW #437)

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Friday, March 30, 2018: Good Friday

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; who offered up loud cries and tears to the One who was able to 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:
LBW #116/117, O Sacred Head (LSB #449/450; ELW #351/352)
LBW #123, Ah, Holy Jesus! How Hast Thou Offended (ELW #349)
LBW #482, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (LSB #425/426; ELW #803)
LBW #118, Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle (LSB #454; ELW #355/356)
WOV $668, There in God’s Garden (ELW #342)
LSB #561, The Tree of Life
LBW #302, Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness (LSB #563, Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness)
ELW #350, They Crucified My Lord

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April 1, 2018, Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of Our Lord

 

Easter Sunrise:

Exodus 15:1-11(Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously)

Psalm 118:15-29 (I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord)

1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 (Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us)

John 20:1-18(John and Peter at tomb; Mary Magdalene meets risen Jesus)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #130, Christ the Lord is Risen Today (this is the one that DOESN’T have the alleluias at the end of each line!!) (LSB #469; ELW #373)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #149 or WOV #676, This Joyful Eastertide (LSB #482; ELW #391)

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

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #148, Now the Green Blade Rises

Closing Hymn: LBW #141, The Day of Resurrection (I’d suggest singing it to the melody for Lead On, O King Eternal, which LSB also uses, or the tune Ellacombe, which ELW uses) (LSB #478; ELW #361)
OR LBW #132, Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain (LSB #487; ELW #363)

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Easter Day, Main Services

Isaiah 25:6-9 (A feast of fat things; God will swallow up death forever)
      ELW: Isaiah 25:6-9 OR Acts 10:34-43 (Peter preaches Gospel to Gentiles)

Psalm 16 (My heart is glad; my body rests secure; you do not let your faithful one see the Pit.)
       ELW: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (This is the gate of the Lord; the rejected stone now head of the corner)

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Christ died for our sins, was buried, rose in accordance with Scripture; and appeared to many, including Paul)
      ELW: I Corinthians 15:1-11 OR Acts 10:34-43, as above)

Mark 16:1-8 (Angel announces Resurrection to the women)
      ELW: Mark 16:1-8 OR John 20:1-18 (Foot race to tomb; Mary Magdalene and Jesus)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #151, Jesus Christ is Risen Today (LSB #457, ELW #365)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #134, Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands (LSB #458, ELW #370)
OR (if using ELW Gospel: ELW #387, O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing, version 2
OR (if preaching on 1 Corinthians) LSB #479, Christ is Risen, Christ is Living

Communion Hymn #1: LBW #352, I Know That My Redeemer Lives (LSB #461; ELW #619)

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #210, At the Lamb’s High Feast (LSB #633; ELW #362)

Closing Hymn: LBW #145, Thine is the Glory (ELW #376)

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April 8, 2018, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35 (The believers share their possessions)

Psalm 148 (Praise for God’s universal glory)
      ELW: Psalm 133 (The blessedness of unity)

1 John 1:1-2:2 (We declare what we have seen, heard, touched; Christ is our advocate when we confess our sins)

John 20:19-31 (Jesus appears to disciples – and Thomas)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn:  LBW #149 This Joyful Eastertide (WOV #676; LSB #482; ELW #391)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #139, O Sons and Daughters of the King (LSB #470/471; ELW #386, O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing, version 1)

OR WOV #675, We Walk By Faith and Not By Sight (LSB #720, ELW #635)
OR LSB #472, Three Things Did Thomas Count as Real

Communion Hymn #1: LBW #370,Blest Be the Tie That Binds (LSB #649; ELW #656)

Communion Hymn #2: WOV #674, Alleluia! Jesus is Risen! (LSB #474; ELW #377)
OR, LBW #144, Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing! (LSB #475; ELW #385)

Closing Hymn: LBW #552, In Thee Is Gladness (LSB #818; ELW #867)

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April 15, 2018, 3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:11-21 (Peter preaches: “you acted in ignorance; repent, believe in Jesus, be forgiven”)
      ELW: Acts 3:12-19)

Psalm 4 (The Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; in him, we may lie down in safety)

1 John 3:1-7 (We are God’s children now; we shall be like Jesus, for we will see him face to face)

Luke 24:36-49 (Risen Jesus appears to disciples; opens their minds to understand Scriptures)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #128, Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Alleluia! (LSB #463; ELW #369

Hymn of the Day: LBW #131, Christ is Risen! Alleluia! (ELW #382)

Communion Hymn #1: LBW #474, Children of the Heavenly Father (LSB #725; I know ELW has it)

Communion Hymn #2: WOV #649, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (LSB #411)

Closing Hymn: LBW #141, The Day of Resurrection! (LSB #478, ELW #361) (NOTE: The LBW version of this hymn has a dorky tune. It works MUCH better to tune “Lancashire,” (Lead On O King Eternal) – used for this in LSB, or “Ellacombe,” (O Day of Rest and Gladness), the tune used in ELW)

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April 22, 2018, 4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Acts 4:1-12(Upon healing the lame man, Peter says: “there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”)
      ELW: Acts 4:5-12

Psalm 23 (The Lord is my Shepherd)

1 John 3:16-24 (Believe in the name of Jesus, and love one another)

John 10:11-18 (The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. There will be one flock, one shepherd)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #328/329, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (LSB #549; ELW #634)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #456, The King of Love My Shepherd Is (LSB #709; ELW #502)
OR LBW #371, With God as Our Friend (I have a soft spot in my heart for this hymn, as a friend composed an anthem version for my installation at my first congregation after I was ordained. It’s a gently rhythmic Swedish folk tune.)

Communion Hymn #1: LBW #481, Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (LSB #711; ELW #789) (Note: LSB and ELW both use the tune most people remember for this hymn)

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #451, The Lord’s My Shepherd; I’ll Not Want (LSB #710; ELW #778)

Closing Hymn: LBW #559, O/Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (LSB #528; ELW #886)

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April 29, 2018, 5th Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40 (Philip explains Suffering Servant to Ethiopian eunuch)

Psalm 150 (Let everything praise the Lord!)
      ELW: Psalm 22:25-31 (Everyone shall bow down and worship!)

1 John 4:1-21 (Test spirits to see if they are from God. Love one another, for love is of God)
      ELW: 1 John 4:7-21 (no testing of spirits!)
John 15:1-8 (I am the vine; you are the branches; my Father prunes you so you bear much fruit)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #549, Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (LSB #793; ELW #865 note: 864 is the gender-neutral version)
OR LBW #189, We Know That Christ is Raised and Dies No More (LSB #603; ELW #449)

Hymn of the Day: WOV #674, Alleluia! Jesus is Risen (LSB #474; ELW #377)
OR LSB #691, Fruitful Trees, the Spirit’s Sowing
OR (if there’s a baptism) LBW ##194, All Who Believe and Are Baptized (LSB #601; ELW #442)

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

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #551, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (LSB #803)

Closing Hymn: LBW #560, Oh, That I Had A Thousand Voices

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May 6, 2018, 6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:34-48 (Peter preaches to Gentiles, who receive Holy Spirit and are baptized)
      ELW: Acts 10:44-48 (having preached to them a couple of weeks ago 😉, now Peter baptizes Gentiles)

Psalm 98 (Let all creation praise the Lord, the Judge of the world!)

1 John 5:1-8 (We know we love God’s children when we love him, obey his commandments and believe Jesus is his Son.)
      ELW: 1 John 5:1-6 (stops short of obeying his commandments…)

John 15:9-17 (Love one another as I have loved you. You didn’t choose me – I chose you to bear much fruit)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #245, All People That on Earth Do Dwell (LSB #791; ELW #883)
OR LBW #195, This is the Spirit’s Entry Now (LSB #591; ELW #448)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #315, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (LSB #700; ELW #631)
OR LBW #373, Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round (Trust me on this. The words are gorgeous and fit the Epistle and Gospel)

Communion Hymn #1: LBW I Forgot the Number: In Christ There Is No East or West (LSB #653; ELW #650)

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #356, O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts (ELW #658)

Closing Hymn: LBW #514, O Savior, Precious Savior (LSB #527; ELW #820)

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May 13, 2018, 7th Sunday of Easter, or Ascension (Transferred); Mother’s Day

7th Sunday of Easter

Acts 1:12-26 (Matthias chosen to replace Judas)
      ELW: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 (no references to Judas)

Psalm 1 (Blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord!)

1 John 5:9-15 (And this is God’s testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life
is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.)
      ELW: 1 John 5:9-13 (nothing about praying according to his will)

John 17:11b-19 (Jesus prays that his Father would protect and sanctify all who believe in him)
      ELW: John 17:6-19 (adds “They have known everything I have from you”)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #177, v. 1, 12, 3, By All Your Saints in Warfare (LSB #517, v. 1, 13, 3; ELW #420, v. 1, 12, “last”)
OR LBW #525, Blessing and Honor (ELW #854)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #159, Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels (Note: If tune
isn’t familiar, use melody for Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, “Picardy”) (LSB #491)
OR LBW #158, Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (LSB #821; ELW #392)

Communion Hymn #1: LBW #300, O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire (LSB #553)

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #518, Beautiful Savior (LSB #537)

Closing Hymn: LBW #369, The Church’s One Foundation (LSB #644)

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Ascension (Transferred)

Acts 1:1-11(Promise of Holy Spirit and ascension of Jesus)

Psalm 47 (God has gone up with a shout! He rules over the nations)

Ephesians 1:15-23 (Paul’s prayer for eternal inheritance in Christ, whom God has raised, given all power and authority, and made him head over all things for the Church, his body)

Luke 24:44-53 (Jesus reminds followers of Scriptures; blesses them and ascends)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #156, Look, The Sight is Glorious (LSB #495, Look, Ye Saints, the Sight is Glorious)
OR LBW #158, Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (LSB #821; ELW #392)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #159, Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels (If tune isn’t familiar, use melody for Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, LBW #198) (LSB #491)
OR ELW #433, Blessing, Honor, Glory to the Lamb

Communion Hymn #1: LBW #518, Beautiful Savior (LSB #537; ELW #838)

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #525, Blessing and Honor (ELW #854)

Closing Hymn: LBW #179, At the Name of Jesus (LSB #512; ELW #416)
OR WOV #801, Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise (LSB #680; ELW #826)

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May 20, 2018, Day of Pentecost

Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Mortal, can these bones live?!)
      ELW: Ezekiel 37:1-14 OR Acts 2:1-21 Spirit descends; disciples proclaim; “All who call on Name of Lord shall be saved!”)

Psalm 139:1-16 (You search and know us; none can escape from your Spirit)
      ELW: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (God’s manifold works; he gives food in due season; bless his name. Oh, v. 35a is omitted, the bit about the wicked being no more…)

Acts 2:1-21(The Spirit descends upon the followers of Jesus; “All who call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved!)
      ELW: Romans 8:22-27 (Creation groans, waiting for our redemption; Spirit intercedes in sighs too deep for words)

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 (The Advocate Spirit will testify; prove the world wrong; guide you in all truth; glorify me by taking what is mine and giving it to you)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #161, O Day Full of Grace (ELW #627) (LSB #503, O Day Full of Grace that Now We See)
OR ELW #407, O Living Breath of God

Hymn of the Day: LBW #472/473, Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire (LSB #498/499, Come Holy Ghost, Creator Blest)
OR ELW #577/578, Creator Spirit Heavenly Dove (quite nice variant of previous hymn; has all 7 verses)
OR WOV #687, Gracious Spirit, Hear Our Pleading (ELW #401)
OR LBW #478, Come, O Come, O Quickening Spirit
OR LBW #163, Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord (LSB #497; ELW #395)

Communion Hymn #1: WOV #680, O Spirit of Life (ELW #405)

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #475, Come Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove (ELW #404)

Closing Hymn: LBW #523, Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling (LSB #650; ELW #582)

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May 27, 2018, The Holy Trinity

Isaiah 6:1-8 ( “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts!”)

Psalm 29 (The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; in his temple, all cry, “Glory!”)

Acts 2:14a,22-36 (“This Jesus, God raised up… having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, that you both see and hear”)
      ELW: Romans 8:12-17 (We have received the Spirit of adoption, cry out “Abba, Father”)

John 3:1-17 (Jesus and Nicodemus; the Spirit blows where it wills; God gave his only-begotten Son….)

 

HYMN SUGGESTIONS

Opening hymn: LBW #548, O Worship the King (LSB #804; ELW #842)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #166, All Glory Be to God on High (LSB #947; ELW #410)

Communion Hymn #1: LBW #249, God Himself is Present (LSB #907)

Communion Hymn #2: LBW #165, Holy, Holy, Holy (LSB #507; ELW #473)

Closing Hymn: LBW #535, Holy God, We Praise Your Name (ELW #414) (LSB #940, Holy God, We Praise Thy Name)

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Hymn Paraphrases of Liturgy, for Lent and Easter Seasons

LENT

Kyrie
Meter: Common Meter Doubled (CMD, 8 6 8 6 8 6 8 6)
Tune: “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”, sung antiphonally

A: In heav’nly peace, we pray to Thee. C: Have mercy, Lord, on us.
A: For peace, salvation, unity, C: Have mercy, Christ, on us.
A: For world, for Church, for this dear place, C: Have mercy, Lord on us.
A: Grant comfort, help, defense and grace. C: Amen, Lord Christ, amen.

 

Lenten hymn (Yes, I know.)

Meter: 88 88 88
Tune: St. Catherine, “Faith of Our Fathers.”

Use refrain as opening line by cantor.

A: Glory we give you, God of Grace! In Jesus’ Cross, you grant us peace.
C: Father almighty, great God and King,
Glorious, gracious, merciful, true,
Our praise and worship and blessing we bring;
Receive it, Lord, as homage due.
Glory we give you, God of grace! In Jesus’ Cross, you grant us peace.

Lord Jesus Christ, your Father’s true Son,
Sin-bearing Lamb, the world’s one true Light,
Grant life and mercy from your heav’nly throne.
Our praise make perfect in your sight.
Glory we give you, God of Grace! In Jesus’ Cross, you grant us peace.

Most Holy Spirit, great God and Lord,
You give us grace to bless and adore
One with the Father and with the Word,
To you be glory forevermore!
Glory we give you, God of Grace! In Jesus’ Cross, you grant us peace.

 

Nicene Creed

Meter 10 10 10 10 10
Tune: Old 124th, “Your Kingdom Come; O Father, Hear Our Prayer”

Thrice Holy, mighty and immortal Lord,
Three-personed God, confessed, praised, and adored.
Father, you spoke: by your might and your grace,
All things, all creatures, all time, and all space,
Burst into being, and were giv’n their place.

Lord Jesus Christ, the Father’s well-loved Son,
Only-begotten, with him you are one.
True God from God, true light from endless light,
Worlds sprang from you, O Word who spoke them right.
In you we live and move and take delight.

For us, to save and to redeem your bride,
Spirit- and Virgin-born, come to our side.
Flesh of our flesh, who under Pilate died:
Risen, ascended to your Father’s side,
Returning as Judge and King, glorified.

Life-giving Spirit, come from Fath’r through Son,
Holy and glorious, with them you are one.
Advocate, Comforter, Guide, God’s own Breath,
You spoke through prophets; you bring life from death.
You form the worldwide Church in all its breadth!

Built on the Rock, that Church confesses faith
Professed by martyr, apostle, and saint.
One in our baptism, bride of our Lord,
Heirs of his Kingdom, forgiven, restored,
By us fore’er will God’s name be adored!

 

Lamb of God

Meter: SM, 6 6 8 6
Tune: Southwell, “Lord Jesus, Think on Me”

Christ Jesus, God’s own Lamb,
True man, yet great I AM,
Our sins you take, slain for our sake.
Have mercy, Lord, on us.

Christ Jesus, Lamb and Lord
By heav’n and earth adored,
This sad world’s sin you bear within;
Have mercy, Christ, on us.

O Christ, thou Lamb of God,
You die beneath sin’s rod,
And rise with life to heal our strife.
To us, O Lord, grant peace.

 

Sanctus

Meter: 12 9 12 12 9
Tune: Wondrous Love, “What Wondrous Love is This, O My Soul”

Holy, most holy God, holy Lord God of hosts,
Your glory fills all heaven and earth.
“Hosanna!” angels cry; “hosanna!” we reply;
“Hosanna, God most high, Lord of love, high above;
Hosanna, mighty Lord, God of love.”

Blest be the One who bears God’s blest name unto us,
Blest be the holy name of our Lord.
Let Jesus’ name be blest, by all the world confessed;
Our highest and our best praises ring, anthems sing:
“Hosanna, Christ our Lord, God and King!”

 

Nunc Dimittus

Meter: LM, 8 8 8 8

Tune: Walton, “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts”
Or Distress, “We Place Upon You Table, Lord”
Or Rockingham Old, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

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!

 

EASTER

Kyrie

Meter: 7 7 7 7 and Alleluias
Tune: Llanfair, “Christ the Lord is Ris’n today! Alleluia!”

A: In Thy peace, we pray to Thee. C: Lord, have mercy on us.
A: For our life and unity, C: Christ, have mercy on us.
A: For the world, for this dear place, C: Lord, have mercy on us.
A: For Thy all-sufficient grace, C: Lord, have mercy. Amen.

 

Hymn of Praise

Meter: Peculiar
Tune: In Dir Ist Freude, “In Thee is Gladness”

This feast of gladness triumphs o’er sadness; Jesus, Lord, the victor now.
The Lamb, once slain now lives again! Every knee to him shall bow.
Joy in full flower! Blessing and power, honor and praises all heaven raises,
And earth shall echo: Alleluia!
Sing of his glory, for Christ is worthy of adoration; and our salvation
In love he wins for us. Alleluia!

 

Nicene Creed

Meter: 10 10 10 10 10
Tune: American Hymn, “Blessing Honor and Glory and Power”

Thrice Holy, mighty and immortal Lord,
God in three persons, confessed and adored.
Father, you spoke: by your might and your grace,
All things, all creatures, all time, and all space,
Burst into being, and were giv’n their right place.

Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father’s dear Son,
Only-begotten, with him you are one.
True God from God, endless light from true light,
Worlds sprang from you, O Word who spoke them aright.
In you we live and move and take our delight.

For us, to save and to redeem us, your bride,
Spirit- and Virgin-born, come to our side.
Flesh of our flesh, under Pilate you died:
Risen, ascended to your Father’s right side,
You shall return as Judge and King, glorified.

Life-giving Spirit, come from Father through Son,
Holy and glorious, with them you are one.
Advocate, Comforter, Guide, God’s own Breath,
You spoke through prophets; you bring life out of death.
You form the Church throughout the world in it breadth!

Built on the Rock, that Church confesses the faith
Professed by martyr, apostle, and saint.
One in our baptism, bride of our Lord,
Heirs of his Kingdom, forgiven, restored,
By us forever will God’s name be adored!

OR

Meter: 8 8 8, with Alleluias
Tune: Victory, “The Strife is O’er”

Refrain, before first and after last verse; note, “in” is sung on two notes):
Credo, credo, credo in_ unum Deum!

Almighty Father, Creator blest, worlds sprang to life at his behest;
Seen and unseen, his name they confessed: Credo, credo!

Lord Jesus Christ, his only Son, in truth and substance, they are one;
Pure Light from Light, in him life’s begun: Credo, credo!

For us poor sinners, mortal and weak, he came from heav’n, the lost to seek,
God’s Word made flesh, salvation to speak. Credo, credo!

Born of the virgin, Mary most pure, and of the Spirit, to be sin’s cure,
Christ became man; let praises endure! Credo, credo!

For us, ‘neath Pilate’s judgment he died; for us, our Lord was crucified,
For us, he rose again, glorified: Credo, credo!

Ascended to the Father’s throne, he shall return, to judge everyone,
And rule fore’er, as God and Lord: Credo, credo!

Most Holy Spirit, life-giving Lord, one with the Father and Son, adored,
Inspiring prophets’ holy word. Credo, credo!

Making one holy Church in the world, one with apostles, martyrs and Lord,
One through baptism with water and Word. Credo, credo!

From sin forgiven, we are made free, Christ’s life from death our future shall be,
Forever praising the Trinity: Credo, credo!
(final refrain: as in opening)
Credo, credo, credo in_ unum Deum!

 

Lamb of God

Meter: CM, 8 6 8 6
Tune: Dundee, “My God, How Wonderful Thou Art”
OR Winchester Old, “When All Your Mercies, O My God”

 

Lord Jesus Christ, God’s blessed Lamb,
True man, yet great I AM.
Our sins you take, slain for our sake.
Have mercy, Lord on us.

O risen Christ, our Lamb and Lord,
By heav’n and earth adored,
Victorious over sin and death,
Have mercy, Christ, on us.

O Christ, our Lamb and Priest and King,
Forgiveness to us bring.
Let hatred cease, let love increase;
Grant mercy, Lord, and peace.

 

Sanctus

Meter: 11 10 10 11
Tune: Noel Nouvelet, “Now the Green Blade Rises”

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might,
Heav’n and earth are glorious with your splendid light.
“Hosanna!” angels cry; “hosanna!” we reply;
All creation sings hosanna in the heights!

Blessed is our Savior, bearing God’s own Name,
Coming to redeem us from our guilt and shame.
Glad, now we stand and see him face to face,
Shouting our hosannas, saved by his dear grace!

 

Nunc Dimittus

Meter: LM, 8 8 8 8
Tune: Old Hundredth, “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”
Or Mendon, “Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!”

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!

OR

Meter: LMD, Long Meter Doubled, 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Tune: He Leadeth Me, “He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought”
Note: this is identical to the one above, except it uses the last verse as a refrain.

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!
Refrain: Glory and praise, blest Trinity, dear Father, Holy Spirit, Son,
Your light no darkness overtakes, while endless ages ever run!

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.
Refrain: Glory and praise, blest Trinity, dear Father, Holy Spirit, Son,
Your light no darkness overtakes, while endless ages ever run!




Lessons and Hymn Suggestions for Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018: Ash Wednesday

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

 

HYMNS

Opening Hymn may be omitted if Psalm 51 is spoken or chanted here):
LBW #99, O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days (LSB #418, ELW #319)

Hymn of the Day: LBW #307, Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive
(LSB #843, ELW #605)
OR WOV #659, O Sun of Justice (2nd verse great if you preach on 2 Corinthians text; tune is simple plainsong chant, or sing to the Doxology)

Communion 1: ELW #328, Restore in Us, O God
OR LBW #103, O Christ, Thou Lamb of God

Communion 2: LBW #304, Today Your Mercy Calls Us (LSB #915)
OR WOV 734, Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling (ELW #608)

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




The Transfiguration of Our Lord (February 11, 2018)

The Transfiguration of Our Lord, Cycle B (February 11, 2018)

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

Let us lift our hearts, hands, and voices to the Father of light, beseeching him through his Son Jesus to have mercy upon his Church, his world, and his people.

A brief silence

Most holy Father, let your Son rule gloriously in the Church throughout the world, so that the light of his forgiveness and mercy shines in all its words and deeds. Make the Church truly into your new Zion, so that many people may be drawn to the perfection of Christ’s beauty, and be saved.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shed the light of Jesus’ love on Christians who suffer at the hands of others for his sake; and let that holy love touch, purify and transform them and even those who hate them. We also ask your blessing upon our sister congregations and companion synods, and upon all missionaries of your Gospel.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

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

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Moses the Lawgiver and Elijah the Prophet bore witness to your Son, the King of the nations. Grant, we pray, such wisdom and righteousness to the leaders of the world, that through their decisions and actions, they too should bear witness to their coming King; should use their authority with wisdom and integrity; and should lead the people entrusted to their care into paths of justice, righteousness, and peace.

Lord, in your mercy, 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 in their homecoming when their work is done.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We beseech you to shed the light of your strong saving love upon all who sit in the darkness and shadows of pain, fear, loneliness, despair or sorrow. Especially we name before you: {List}. Let them see the light of your countenance, and grant them your saving help.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Most holy and gracious Father, through the suffering, death and resurrection of your dear Son, you promised the imperishable light of your glory to all who die trusting in you. We commend into your keeping our departed loved ones. Let Christ be the lamp to our feet and the Light to our pilgrim path. Give us ears eager to listen to him and eyes willing to see him, alone, in every circumstance of life. And bring us to that day when, with all the redeemed, we gaze upon his face and worship him in the splendor of light and life which he shares eternally with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever.

Lord, in your mercy, 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.




Epiphany 5 (February 4, 2018)

5th Sunday after Epiphany, Proper 4, Cycle B (February 4, 2018)

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

Let us lift our hearts, hands, and voices to the Father of light, beseeching him through his Son Jesus to have mercy upon his Church, his world, and his people.

A brief silence

Holy God, renew and strengthen your Church. Grant wings to its words of faithful proclamation, so that many hearts may be reached with the Gospel of salvation. Make it swift to accomplish deeds of forgiveness and mercy in your name. Make it tireless in bearing witness to you. Conform it to your will; and use it to draw all people to yourself.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen all who suffer for the sake of Jesus. Help them to constantly trust in your strong saving 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. We also ask your blessing upon our sister congregations and companion synods, and upon all missionaries of your Gospel.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

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

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

Lord, in your mercy, 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, so that they might rightly care for their people, especially the poor and all who suffer from natural disaster or manmade calamities. Give all of us a teachable heart, eager to learn what makes for righteousness and peace in our communities and world.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Renew and strengthen all whose work is difficult and dangerous, including those in our military. Grant them courage and honor; use their labors to accomplish your will; shield them and their loved ones when they are overtaken by adversity; and grant them a swift and joyous homecoming when their task is done.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Most blessed and glorious Lord, we thank you for the great and final healing you bestow upon all who have died clinging to your promises. Grant us joy in the midst of sorrow; patience in suffering; courage in the face of danger; wisdom when we face hard choices; compassion and mercy as we minister to each other. And, at the last, vouchsafe to us the joy of being welcomed, with all whom you have healed from sin and death, into your eternal kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayerGraciously 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.




Epiphany 4 (January 28)

4th Sunday after Epiphany, Proper 3, Cycle B (January 28, 2018)

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

Let us lift our hearts, hands, and voices to the Father of light, beseeching him through his Son Jesus to have mercy upon his Church, his world, and his people.

A brief silence

Heavenly Father, raise up in your church such prophets to faithfully speak your Word with boldness, clarity, and charity. Give its members hearts that faithfully listen to them with obedience and gladness. And give, to those who have never heard or heeded your Word, ears to hear it rightly, ponder it patiently, and believe it firmly.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Give your persecuted disciples steadfastness, courage, and gentleness of heart, to rightly confess Christ before their enemies. And, by your mercy, bring their tormentors to repentant faith. We also ask your blessing upon our sister congregations and companion synods, and upon all missionaries of your Gospel.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We ask your dearest blessings upon this congregation, so that in all we say and do, we proclaim the strong saving love of Christ. Strengthen our families, and make them into havens of safety, grace, and forgiveness.

Lord, in your mercy, 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; and restore peace, sanity, relationships and hope to them and to their loved ones.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Drive out 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 most holy Spirit. Give to all of us a passion for caring for our neighbors, especially those who are despised and afflicted; and grant us your peace.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We honor and pray on behalf of those serving our country, here and abroad. Make and keep them faithful, true, and bold; keep them in your care when they fall in the line of duty; and return them in safety to their loved ones when their task is done.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant healing, strength, comfort and hope to all who are wounded in body, mind, or heart— especially {List}. Shield them from ever power of evil; drive from them the demons of despair; restore them to wholeness and to the company of all who love them; and fill them with the blessed peace of your Holy Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, we entrust into your safekeeping all who have died trusting in you. Comfort those who mourn.  Keep us safe in the presence of our enemies – sin, evil and death. And lead us into that eternal and glorious Sabbath rest in which peace, wholeness and holiness are restored to all whom you have redeemed.

Lord, in your mercy, 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.

You may download the Prayers of the Church and hymn suggestions here: Epiphany 4, 01-28-18




Epiphany 3 (January 21)

THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

Let us lift our hearts, hands, and voices to the Father of light, beseeching him through his Son Jesus to have mercy upon his Church, his world, and his people.

A brief silence

Lord God, you called Jonah to preach repentance to Nineveh; and 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. And give it graciousness, so that many should gladly turn to Christ Jesus and be saved.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Many do not want to hear your call to repent and believe the Good News. Some do not want to tolerate the presence of those who do believe. Because of that, Christians suffer throughout the world. Have mercy on your servants; and do not let their witness falter. We also ask your blessing upon our sister congregations and companion synods, and upon all missionaries of your Gospel.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Have mercy on us, Lord, when like Jonah, we want to run away from the tasks you have called us to do! Renew our faith. Give us words that lovingly call others to repentance and trust in you. Shape our actions to model Jesus’ compassion. And help us to rejoice when someone surprises us with repentance or new-found faith.

Lord, in your mercy, 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; and form them into fishers of men and women, eager to make disciples for your Kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You judge all people in righteousness and truth. Grant wisdom to earthly rulers, so they are wise in deliberation, truthful in words, and righteous in deeds. Protect the poor and hungry; those unjustly imprisoned; and all who are exiled or homeless through human malice or natural disaster. Grant to us all the blessings of peace and concord.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Shield, defend and strengthen those in our military, and all first responders. Grant healing to the wounded, honor to the fallen, patience and courage to their loved ones, and a swift and safe return to all whose work is not yet done.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We lift before you the needs of the lonely and bereaved; the forgotten and abandoned; the abused—and their abusers. Most especially we plead on behalf of loved ones who seek our prayers — including: {List}. Give them ears to hear the glad tidings of your salvation, healing and constant presence; and grant them faith to firmly cling to these great gifts.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy Lord, we remember with reverence and affection all our departed loved ones. Keep us united with them through bonds of faith and love, and turn our hearts in repentance and trust toward you. In your good time, deliver us into the fullness of that blessed Kingdom announced and promised to us by your beloved Son, so that with all the redeemed, we might forever praise and adore you in glory everlasting.

Lord, in your mercy, 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.

Download these Prayers of the Church along with hymn suggestions here: Epiphany 3, 01-21-18