Readings: Gospel Text: Matthew 5:13 | Sermon Text: 2 Cor 4:1-15 (Treasure in Clay Jars)
Prayer of the Day: Glorious God of heavenly glory, fill our clay jars with your light. Grant us courage and wisdom, so that we might proclaim resurrection life to a world trapped by death and sin. Show forth the treasure of your love in and through us, gracious God. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #779 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
ELW #504/505 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
ELW #638 Blessed Assurance
ELW #373 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
ELW #553 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
ELW #804 Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #254 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
ELW #625 Come, We That love the Lord
ELW #361 The Day of Resurrection!
ELW #478 Father, We Thank You
ELW #532 Gather Us In
ELW #880 O God beyond All Praising
ELW #526 God Is Here!
ELW #673 God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #678 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #401 Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading
ELW #786 O Holy Spirit, Enter In
ELW #398 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine
ELW #834 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ELW #324 In the Cross of Christ I Glory
ELW #815 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
ELW #658 O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
ELW #595 Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #754 Jesus, the Very Thought of You
ELW #403 Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #759 My Faith Looks Up to Thee
ELW #763 My Life Flows On in Endless Song
ELW #839/840 Now Thank We All Our God
ELW #534 Savior, Again to Your Dear Name
ELW #559 O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
ELW #800 Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #671 Shine, Jesus, Shine
ELW #511 Thy Strong Word Did Cleave the Darkness
ELW #667 Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said
LBW #350 Even As We Live Each Day
LBW #291 Jesus Sinners Will Receive (ULICH)
LBW #422 O God, Empower Us
WOV #746 Day by Day
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Suggested hymns based on the Gospel text:
ELW #302 As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #728 Blest Are They
ELW #540 Go, Make Disciples
ELW #696 Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #572 Now It Is Evening
LBW #17 How Blest Are Those Who Know Their Need of God
DATH #64 Brighter than the Sun
W&P #22 Bring Forth the Kingdom
WOV #753 You Are the Seed
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; DATH=Dancing at the Harvest; W&P=Worship & Praise; WOV=With One Voice)
Other options based on both:
“Blessed Be Your Name” By Matt Redman, Beth Redman.
“God Moves in a Mysterious Way” By Jeremy Riddle.
“Here I Am to Worship” By Tim Hughes.
“In the Secret” By Andy Park.
“Mighty to Save” By Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan.
More contemporary suggestions here.
Prayers of Intercession:
Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.
A brief silence.
Fill your church with your light and your love that we might proclaim Jesus Christ our risen Lord in word and in deed. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fill the air, water, and earth with your glory that we might be inspired by your creation and work to care for it. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fill the leaders of nations with your love and justice that they might pursue peace, equality, and morality. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fill the broken spaces of life with the hope that your life might be at work in them. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fill the lives of all who suffer with comfort and the knowledge of your presence with them that they might know your abundant life at work in them. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Fill the heavens and the earth with all of your glory and keep us in your word until that day when we join with all the saints in singing your glory in eternal light. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.