Worship to Go: Lenten Season 2021

Reeds, plate 3 by jeremybrooks on flickr.com

Light Your Candle/Ring Singing Bowl

We begin by creating a holy space.  We light a candle to recognize the light of Christ, present with us during worship.  We ring a singing bowl or bell to give us time to breathe and fully arrive, and to remind us to listen for God’s voice speaking to us during this holy time.

Confession and Forgiveness

Loving Father,
all the fancy words
in the world,
expressed in eloquent prose,
decorated with emotion,
spoken with conviction,
cannot compete with a heartfelt
‘sorry’
when all other words fail.
There are times
when we are all too aware
of our limitations,
conscious of sin,
and the distance it creates between us.
Sometimes ‘sorry’
is all the heart can bear to say aloud.
It is only you
who can read and understand
the language of our hearts,
only you who can translate our ‘sorry’
into the prayer we would have prayed,
if we had the words within us.
Then you forgive,
and having forgiven
surround us in an embrace of love,
drawing us close to your heart,
as it was always meant to be.
Thank you, Loving Father,
that you listen to hearts,
as well as voices
Thank you.  Amen.

written by John Birch, posted on Faith and Worship website. http://www.faithandworship.com/

Gathering Song:  I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Prayer of the Day & Readings

Find the Prayer of the Day and Sunday Readings here:  https://www.dailylectio.net

Psalm Song:  Changes Each Week

Gospel:  Changes Each Week

Questions for Discussion

You can use these questions to discuss the Bible story with those in your household, with your study group, or on your own in a journal.

ELCA Book of Faith Devotional Questions
1.  What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? What do I have questions about?
2.  What delights or comforts me in this text?  What is my favorite part, and why?
3.  What stories or memories does this text stir up in me?  What does it remind me of?  How does this story connect to the story of my life?
4.  What is God up to in this text?  What is this living Word calling me to do or to be?

Song of the Day:  Changes Each Week

Apostles’ Creed

Prayers of the People:  Prayer of Intercession for Lent  

(inspired by Psalm 145: 14)
The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. 
                                 
God of love
hear the cry of those who yearn for love;
fractured families, broken homes
neglected, unwanted, alone.
God of love hear our prayer

God of justice
hear the cry of those who yearn for justice;
persecuted and oppressed,
exploited, ill-treated, broken.
God of justice hear our prayer

God of peace
hear the cry of those who yearn for peace;
in battle zones and broken states,
frightened, fearful, anxious
God of peace hear our prayer

God of healing
hear the cry of those who yearn for healing;
physical and spiritual
hurting, weakened, depressed
God of healing hear our prayer

God of mercy
Hear the cry of those who yearn for mercy;
convicted, in need of your Grace,
contrite, humble, bowed down,
God of mercy hear our prayer

— written by John Birch, and posted on http://www.faithandworship.com/

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering

This year’s Lenten challenge is to participate in Warm Up America, a non-profit which makes and distributes blankets, scarves, and hats to distribute to anyone in need.  Learn more about this project for knitters and crocheters here:  https://warmupamerica.org/make/box-of-500/

Offering Prayer

God of the wilderness,
We give these offerings in gratitude,
rejoicing in the abundance of your gifts to us.
We give these offerings in faith,
trusting that you will provide for our needs.
We give these offerings in hope,
knowing you can use them to spread your love in this world.
And with these offerings, we give ourselves;
May we live with generous hearts, with open hands. Amen.

~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on her Spacious Faith blog. http://spaciousfaith.com/

Sending Song:  I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

Blessing/Extinguish Candles

May you know
The peace of God
The love of God
The justice of God
The healing and mercy of God
This day and all days
Amen

— written by John Birch, and posted on http://www.faithandworship.com/

Sending:  God, You Are Calling

Gentle and patient, God, you are calling.
Careful and persistent, God, you are calling.
In grieving and in praise, God, you are calling.
Through dawn and midday, God, you are calling.
Unexpected and planned, God, you are calling.
In a still small voice and in power, God, you are calling.
Spontaneous and prepared, God, you are calling.
Willing or protected, God, you are calling.

Our God is eager to share with us,
wherever we are in our journey.
May we be diligent to listen.
God, you are calling.

Go in peace, called to journey with Christ.
Thanks be to God!

~ written by Joanie Thurman Williams, and posted on Consider Your Call. http://www.consideryourcall.org/sites/default/files/CYC-Media/Toolbox/Materials/Worship-Toolbox.pdf

Postlude:  Reawaken Hymns Lent Playlist

This resource is provided by Rev. Breen Marie Sipes, ELCA.  Feel free to use this resource, but please give credit where credit is due.

Worship to Go: Epiphany Season 2021

Worship for wherever in the world you are, first posted on https://takingworshiphome.weebly.com/worship-to-go.html

“Stars” by wideopencode on flickr.com

Light Your Candle/Ring Singing Bowl

We begin by creating a holy space.  We light a candle to recognize the light of Christ, present with us during worship.  We ring a singing bowl or bell to give us time to breathe and fully arrive, and to remind us to listen for God’s voice speaking to us during this holy time.

Confession and Forgiveness:  Prayer of Brokenness/Confession

Holy God,
we confess that we do not always love our neighbor.
We confess that we have despised others,
even to the point of hatred.
We confess that we have been hurt by others.
We confess that forgiveness and reconciliation at times
are just impossible for us.
We know that nothing is impossible in You.
We come to You, seeking healing and wholeness for us.
Help us, whenever possible, to live in peace with others,
to seek reconciliation and healing and forgiveness.
For Your Son came and lived among us,
was betrayed and denied,
abused and put to death.
He rose again,
and came with the message of peace to those
who had denied him and abandoned him.
May we walk in his ways. Amen.

Blessing/Assurance of Pardon 

(inspired by Matthew 19:26, Psalm 139, Romans 8:31-39)
For nothing is impossible with God.
There is no place you can go,
no end of the earth you can run,
where God cannot find you.
There is nothing on earth or beyond death
that can separate you from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You are forgiven.
You are loved.
You are reconciled to God.
Go and live with the love of God. Amen.

~ written by Rev. Mindi, and posted on Rev-o-lution. http://rev-o-lution.org/

Gathering Song:  Christ Be Our Light

Prayer of the Day & Readings

Find the Prayer of the Day and Sunday Readings here:  https://www.dailylectio.net/

Psalm Song (changes each week)

Gospel (changes each week)

Questions for Discussion

You can use these questions to discuss the Bible story with those in your household, with your study group, or on your own in a journal.

ELCA Book of Faith Devotional Questions
1.  What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? What do I have questions about?
2.  What delights or comforts me in this text?  What is my favorite part, and why?
3.  What stories or memories does this text stir up in me?  What does it remind me of?  How does this story connect to the story of my life?
4.  What is God up to in this text?  What is this living Word calling me to do or to be?

Song of the Day  (changes each week)

Apostles’ Creed

Prayers of the People

Holy God, may we hear your voice
In the stillness of night, in clatter of day
You call us, and we respond,
Here I am!
May we follow you
Holy God, May we love as you love.

Holy One, through trials and turbulence
Make us steady, your hands
Holding strong the fragile and weak
Holy God, May we love as you love.

Gracious God, may the fruits of our lives
be food for the hungry, bread
clothing, shelter, fire, water, Word
Holy God, May we love as you love.

God of justice, remove the barriers
Of our lives that keep us from
One another, barriers we construct
Based on skin color, religion, or gender
May we hear, and follow, graciously.
Holy God, May we love as you love.

Loving God, take this day our fears our
Worries, distractions, and all
Turn them into grace and mercy,
And, following the example of Martin Luther King, Jr.
and all your Saints.
Holy God, May we love as you love.  Amen.

— written by Terri, and posted on the RevGalBlogPals blog.  http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.com/

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering

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Offering Prayer

Giving God,  
Following the example of the magi,
we offer our gifts to you,
our gold, our worship, and our time in relationship with you.
Use our gifts for the healing of the nations,
in the name of Jesus, Amen.

by Rev. Breen Marie Sipes

Sending Song:  We are Marching in the Light of God

Blessing/Extinguish Candles

May our Epiphany God,
Who appeared by the light of a star,
In the rending of the heavens and the flight of a dove,
In the miracle of water turned to wine,
bless, keep, and call you forth, 
both now and always.  Amen.

by Rev. Breen Marie Sipes

Sending:  God, You Are Calling

Gentle and patient, God, you are calling.
Careful and persistent, God, you are calling.
In grieving and in praise, God, you are calling.
Through dawn and midday, God, you are calling.
Unexpected and planned, God, you are calling.
In a still small voice and in power, God, you are calling.
Spontaneous and prepared, God, you are calling.
Willing or protected, God, you are calling.

Our God is eager to share with us,
wherever we are in our journey.
May we be diligent to listen.
God, you are calling.

Go in peace, called into God’s marvelous Light.
Thanks be to God!

~ written by Joanie Thurman Williams, and posted on Consider Your Call. http://www.consideryourcall.org/sites/default/files/CYC-Media/Toolbox/Materials/Worship-Toolbox.pdf

Postlude:  Baptism Playlist

This resource is provided by Rev. Breen Marie Sipes, ELCA.  Feel free to use this resource, but please give credit where credit is due.  

The Fifth Sunday of Easter: May 10, 2020

Focus Verse:

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 
​(John 14:2 NRSV)

image from Family God Time: http://www.familygodtime.wordpress.com

Dive Deeper Easter Resources

Coloring Devotions: https://ms.wearesparkhouse.org/downloads/SHC/FamilySundaySchool/GodsHouse_ColoringPages.pdf

Dwelling in the Word: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_5_10_20_easter_5_many_rooms.pdf

Easter Prayer Practice: https://www.theformingspirit.org/prayer-practices/easter-season-prayer-practice

For Families: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/childrens-devotion-time-may-2017-plenty-of-room/

For Youth: https://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light/may-7-2020-many-rooms

For Adults: https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/5/3/i-am-the-way-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-easter-5

See & Hear the Word

The Fourth Sunday of Easter: May 3, 2020

Focus Verse

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
​(Psalm 23:1 NRSV)

Dive Deeper Weekly Devotions

Easter Prayer Practice: https://www.theformingspirit.org/prayer-practices/easter-season-prayer-practice

Coloring Devotions: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/devos_psalm_23_easter_4.pdf

For Youth: https://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light/april-28-2020-abide-in-the-house-of-the-lord

Dwelling in the Word: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_5_3_20_easter_4_shepherd.pdf

For Adults: https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/4/27/abundant-life-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-easter-4

See & Hear the Word

The Third Sunday of Easter: April 26, 2020

Focus Verse

Then [the disciples] eyes were opened, and they recognized [Jesus]; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:31 NRSV)

Dive Deeper Easter Resources

Easter Prayer Practice:  https://www.theformingspirit.org/prayer-practices/easter-season-prayer-practice

Daily Devos:  https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/devos_luke_24_easter_3.pdf

For Youth:  https://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light/april-23-2020-hearts-on-fire

Dwelling in the Word:  https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_4_26_easter_3_emmaus.pdf

For Adults:  https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/4/20/breaking-bread-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-easter-3

See & Hear the Word

The Second Sunday of Easter: April 19, 2020

Focus Verse:

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19 NRSV)

Dive Deeper Easter Resources

Dwelling in the Word: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_4_19_20_easter_2.pdf

Coloring Devotion: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/devos_john_20_easter_2.pdf

See & Hear the Word

Easter Sunday: April 12, 2020

Focus Verse:

So [the women] left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 
(Matthew 28:8 NRSV)

Dive Deeper Easter Resources

Sunday Gospel Devos: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/devos_matthew_28_easter_sunday.pdf

Holy Week Box: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/the-story-of-holy-week-holy-week-box-2020/

Dwelling in the Word: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_4_12_20_easter_sunday.pdf

Lenten Prayer Journal: https://pbsipes.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/lent-prayer-journal-2020.pdf

See & Hear the Word: Holy Week

See & Hear the Word: Easter

The 6th Sunday after Epiphany: February 16, 2020

Focus Verse

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live…(Deuteronomy 30:15-16a NRSV)

Dive Deeper Weekly Devotions

For Kids: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/daily-devos-heart-to-heart/

For Families: https://lectionarydoodles.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/revenge-justice-or-generosity-epiphany-7-matthew-53-48/

For Youth: https://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light/february-13-2020-yes-jesus-loves-me

For Adults: https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/2/9/heart-to-heart-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-epiphany-6

See & Hear the Word

Focus Image credit: https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/2/9/heart-to-heart-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-epiphany-6

The 5th Sunday after Epiphany: February 9, 2020

Focus Verse:

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. (Matthew 5:13 NRSV)

Image credit: “Salt Shaker” by financialaidpodcast on flickr.com

Dive Deeper Weekly Devotions:

For Kids: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2020/02/06/daily-devos-salt-and-light/

For Families: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2020/02/06/childrens-devotion-time-love-your-enemies/

For Youth: https://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light/february-6-2020-adding-salt

For Adults: https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/2/3/salt-and-light-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-epiphany-5

See & Hear the Word

The 4th Sunday after Epiphany: February 2, 2020

Focus Verse:

Blessed are the merciful,
​for they will receive mercy.
(Matthew 5:7 NRSV)

Image credit: “Blessed” by wherezjeff on flickr.com

Dive Deeper Weekly Devotions

For Kids: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2020/01/29/daily-devos-blessings-of-god/

For Families: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2020/01/29/love-of-god-party-large-group-sunday-school-february-2020/

For Youth: https://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light/january-27-2020-i-plead-no-contest

For Adults: https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/1/28/blessing-first-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-epiphany-4

See & Hear the Word