Readings: Gospel Text: John 13:31-35 | Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 (Generosity)
Prayer of the Day: Generous God, your grace reaches to all the ends of the earth through your Son, Jesus Christ. Out of the richness of your grace, inspire in us an earnest desire to give abundantly to meet the needs of others. With praise and thanksgiving for your great generosity, we pray. Amen.
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #362 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
ELW #729 The Church of Christ, in Every Age
ELW #361 The Day of Resurrection! (ELLACOMBE)
ELW #678 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #401 Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading
ELW #414 Holy God, We Praise Your Name
ELW #697 Just a Closer Walk with Thee
ELW #403 Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #712 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
ELW #462 Now We Join in Celebration
ELW #322 Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #786 O Holy Spirit, Enter In
ELW #541 O Jesus, Blessed Lord
ELW #533 Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #689 Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #583/685 Take My Life, That I May Be
ELW #725 When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre)
ELW #653 Where True Charity and Love Abide
ELW #642 Ubi caritas et amor (Where True Charity and Love Abide)
LBW #48 All Praise to You, Eternal Lord
LBW #164 Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid
LBW #350 Even As We Live Each Day
LBW #381 Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
LBW #47 Let All Together Praise Our God
LBW #303 When in the Hour of Deepest Need
W&P #32 Come to the Mountain
W&P #65 How Can I Be Free from Sin?
W&P #121 Seed, Scattered and Sown
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship; W&P=Worship & Praise)
Suggested hymns based on the Gospel text:
ELW #656 Blest Be the Tie That Binds
ELW #804 Come Down, O Love Divine
ELW #470 Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
ELW #174/175 Gospel Acclamation
ELW #358 Great God, Your Love Has Called Us
ELW #253 He Came Down
ELW #650 In Christ There Is No East or West
ELW #708 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love
ELW #818 O Master, Let Me Walk with You
ELW #655 Son of God, Eternal Savior
ELW #613 Thy Holy Wings
ELW #445 Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
ELW #566 When Twilight Comes
ELW #359 Where Charity and Love Prevail
ELW #719 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life
ELW #659 Will You Let Me Be Your Servant
ELW #484 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Gift of Finest Wheat)
LBW #427 O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns Be Rising
WOV #664 A New Commandment
WOV #637 Gloria, Gloria, Gloria
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; WOV=With One Voice)
Other options based on both:
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.
God of grace, bless the leaders of your church; bless bishops, pastors, and lay ministers with hearts full of your love and mercy. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of grace, bless fields and farms with abundant life and bring about healing to polluted forests and streams. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Generous God, bless our leaders, bless presidents and prime ministers, bless representatives and judges with a zeal for justice and hearts that are true. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Reconciling God, bless all those who suffer from depression, loneliness, or despair, bless the brokenhearted with friends and family who care for them and reach out to them. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Healing God, bless all who suffer in any way, and bless doctors and nurses, and all who are agents of healing and grace. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Eternal God, bless our spiritual ancestors, bless those who paved the way for our faith and grant us the sure and certain knowledge of eternal peace in you. 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.