December 4

For Such a Time as This

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Esther 4:1-17


Esther consults Mordecai in the face of the King’s cruel proclamation.

Prayer of Confession

Liberating God,
We pray to you from the midst of your broken, beloved world.
We lift our hearts to you,
hungry for you to do something to set things right.
We look to you, and yet
we find you looking back at us –
eager for us to live in the Way you have taught us.

You hunger
that we might share our prosperity with the poor,
that we might give from our fullness to the empty,
that we might set aside our comforts for those who struggle to survive.
These are fearful times, O God.
Forgive us when we shy away from your calling.
Though we falter,
you call us to be your people,
even in such a time as this.
Give us trust. Give us courage. Set us free from fear.
Here. Now. Today – you call us.
Help us to follow.

Congregational Song Suggestions

Do Not be Afraid

GTG 76

Don’t Be Afraid

VT 596

Enviados somos de Dios (We Have Been Sent by God)

GTG 747, VT 771

Faith Begins by Letting Go

GTG 684, VT 585

“God of Grace and God of Glory

GTG 307, VT 716

“God of Our Life”

GTG 686

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

O Antiphon for the day: O come, thou Root of Jesse…

ELW 257, GTG 88, VT 210

“Now the Heavens Start to Whisper”


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“What Does the Lord Require of You?”

GTG 70, VT 207

A Song for Esther – Magnificat

What might Esther have sung? Perhaps she, like Hannah or Mary, could sing of tyrants overturned,
and a feast of hope for the oppressed.

My Heart Rejoices in Our God!

Chris Shelton

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My Soul Cries Out with a Joyful Shout (Canticle of the Turning)

ELW 723, GTG 100, VT 412

My Soul Gives Glory to My God

GTG 99

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O Magnify the Lord with Me

Chris Shelton

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Beyond the Hymnal

 “No Day but Today”

from the musical RENT, by Jonathan Larson

 “Our Time”

from the musical Merrily We Roll Along


by Bonnie Leigh McKee, Henry Walter, Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, and Max Martin

(made popular by Katy Perry – try slowing this into a ballad.)

“The Best of Times is Now”*

from the musical La Cage Aux Folles, by Jerry Herman

(*While typically sung as a brassy anthem, what if this were recast in a more reflective tone?)