August 10, 2025 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 14

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 1:1, 10–20
Wash yourselves clean; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice.

Psalm 50:1–8, 22–23
God speaks and summons the earth: Gather to me my faithful ones! 

Genesis 15:1–6
God promises Abram many descendants; Abram believes the Lord.

Psalm 33:12–22
Happy are those whose God is the Lord; God is our help and hope. 

Hebrews 11:1–3, 8–16
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for; Abraham is an example.

Luke 12:32–40
Where your treasure is, there is your heart also; be alert and ready.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

The Mighty One
has delivered our souls from death.
In God our hearts are glad!
The Mighty One has fashioned all our hearts.
In God our hearts are glad!
The Mighty One is our help and shield.
In God our hearts are glad!
Let us worship the one in whom we trust.
Let us worship the one in whom we hope!

Prayer of the Day

Steadfast God,
we come with faith, 
with conviction of things not seen,
yet we worry we may be getting it all wrong.
And you whisper in our ear,
“Do not be afraid, little flock.”
You ask us to cease doing evil, 
to stop our meaningless rituals
and turn toward your ways.
And you whisper in our ear,
“Do not be afraid, little flock.”
We want to do good and seek justice,
but we are afraid of failing.
And you whisper in our ear,
“Do not be afraid, little flock.”
We want to trust that you will bring forth life
from the desert places in our lives,
but we are scared of being brokenhearted.
And you whisper in our ear,
“Do not be afraid, little flock.”
Center our hearts in you,  
that we may find our treasure
and the courage to live into it. Amen.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving for Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the grace that is at work in us
through the gift of our baptism—
the sign of your threefold name,
the communion of your faithful people,
the promise of your glorious realm.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
let your grace and peace grow in us,
until we gather at your heavenly throne
to give you thanks and praise forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
God calls us to walk in faith,
but we do not always follow.
Trusting in God’s mercy,
let us confess our sin.

God of the ages,
God of the old, old story,
we hear of our ancestors
and are astounded by their faith.
They trusted you,
but we waver.
They believed your promise,
but we cling to our own ideas.
Forgive us and free us from our fear,
that we may follow with joy
wherever you may lead;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lifting water from the font:
From age to age, from generation to generation,
God’s mercy never fails.
Hear the good news!
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Faithful God, how blessed are those
who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Sanctify us by your Word and Spirit
so that we may glorify you
in the company of the faithful;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings: 
The Word of God is near. 
Deuteronomy 30:14

After the readings: 
The Word of God is with us, 
on our lips and in our hearts 
for us to observe. 
Thanks be to God. 
Deuteronomy 30:14  


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
In the name of Christ, our all in all. Amen.
Colossians 3:11

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

The life, death, resurrection,
and promised coming of Jesus Christ
has set the pattern for the church’s mission.
His human life involves the church
in the common life of all people.
His service to men and women
commits the church
to work for every form of human well-being.
His suffering makes the church sensitive
to all human suffering
so that it sees the face of Christ
in the faces of persons in every kind of need.
His crucifixion discloses to the church
God’s judgment on the inhumanity
that marks human relations,
and the awful consequences
of the church’s own complicity in injustice.
In the power of the risen Christ
and the hope of his coming,
the church sees the promise
of God’s renewal of human life in society
and of God’s victory over all wrong.
The church follows this pattern
in the form of its life
and in the method of its action.
So to live and serve
is to confess Christ as Lord.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32–33

Prayers of Intercession

Surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses,

we pray for the fulfillment of God’s promise,

saying: In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for the church . . .

Help us to proclaim the mystery of faith,

our conviction in the gospel of Christ

and our assurance of new life in him. 

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for the world . . .

Be the help and shield of those

who suffer in famine or warfare.

Let your steadfast love be upon them. 

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for this community . . .

Teach us to do good, seek justice,

rescue the oppressed, defend the helpless,

and plead for those who are forsaken.

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Watch over them with your loving eye

to deliver them from trouble,

so that their hearts may rejoice in you.

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


Strengthen us to run the race that is before us,

laying aside the heavy burdens
of sin and death

and following the pioneer
and perfecter of our faith:

Jesus Christ,
our crucified and risen Lord. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,
to present yourselves as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
Romans 12:1

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
Generous God, we give you thanks
for all your blessings to us.
Use these gifts we offer
as a sign of your great love for the world,
so that all may know and share
the abundance of your grace;
in your holy name we pray. Amen.
2 Corinthians 8:12–15

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
Through your prophets you have called us
to do good, seek justice, and help the poor.
This is the kind of sacrifice you desire.

Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church
and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.  

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
Jesus revealed the treasure of your holy realm
and taught us to watch with expectation
for his coming again at an unexpected hour.

The words of institution are included here.

Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.
A Memorial Acclamation
(e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Give us faith—
the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things yet unseen—
and make us ready for our heavenly home.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer


Breaking the Bread


Communion of the People


Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
Holy Spirit,
you have filled us with your life.
Christ our Savior,
you have embraced us in your love.
God our Mother,
you have fed us with your grace.
Now send us out into your beloved world
to share your life,
your love, your grace with all.
Blessing and honor and glory to you,
holy, holy, holy Lord. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
The kingdom of God, 
the power of Christ,
and the glory of the Spirit 
be with you forever. Alleluia!
Luke 11:2

Go in peace to love the Lord your God 
and love your neighbor as yourself. Amen.
Luke 10:27

Symbol of the Gospel of Luke

Stained Glass, Corning, Ohio

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty (P) UNSER HERRSCHER GTG 403

  • How Lovely, Lord (G) MERLE’S TUNE GTG 402

  • The God of Abraham Praise (O) LEONI GTG 49


  • Faith Begins by Letting Go (E) LUX PRIMA GTG 684

  • Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers (G) LLANGLOFFAN GTG 362

  • O for a Closer Walk with God (O) CAITHNESS GTG 739


  • What Does the Lord Require of You? (O) MOON GTG 70

  • How Our Hearts with Joy Abound (P) GOTT SEI DANK DURCH ALLE WELT GTG 333

  • Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises (E) HALLELUYA! PELO TSA RONA GTG 538


  • Lord of All Hopefulness (E) COURTNEY GTG 683

  • The Mighty God with Power Speaks (P) KINGSFOLD GTG 13

  • Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (G) KEEP YOUR LAMPS GTG 350

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 50:1–8, 22–23

  • The Mighty God with Power Speaks [KINGSFOLD, STAR OF COUNTY DOWN]; GTG 13, PAS 50A, LUYH 9

  • The Mighty One, the Lord, Our God [CMD]; SGP 78 (setting 2)


  • Let the Giving of Thanks Be Our Sacrifice [GREYFRIARS]; LUYH 379, PAS 50B (alt. refrain) (pointed vv.), 50C (through-composed vv.)

  • O Lord, You Have the Words of Life [LEONI/YIGDAL]; PP 98

  • Out of Zion, Perfect in Beauty; PAS 50B

Psalm 33:12–22

  • Rejoice, You Righteous, in the Lord [ELLACOMBE, MORNING SONG / CONSOLATION]; PAS 33B, LUYH 22, PP 64 (with refrain)

  • Lord, You Watch o’er All Who Love You []; SGP 54

  • The Lord God from His Throne on High [GENEVAN 36/68]; PAS 33C


  • Happy the People the Lord Has Chosen; PAS 33A (alt. refrain)

  • Happy Is the Nation; PSA 32

Organ Music

  • “Prelude on MORECAMBE,” Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists: Pentecost and Trinity, Pamela Decker, OUP (E)

  • “Cool Chorale on GIVE THANKS,” Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists: Autumn Festivals, James Biery, OUP (M)

  • CWM RHONDDA,” Augsburg Organ Library: Autumn, J. Bert Carlson, AF (M)

  • LLANGLOFFAN,” Augsburg Organ Library: Advent II, Aaron David Miller, AF (A)

Piano Music

  • “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” SPARROW, Symphonic Hymns for Piano, Phillip Keveren, HAL (M)

  • “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place,” LANDAS, Sunday Morning Companion, Victor Labenske, ALF (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Isaiah’s Voice,” John Ferguson, MSM, SATB, acap, vln (M)

  • “My Faith,” John Purifoy, HAL, SATB, keybd (M)

  • “By an’ By,” Alice Parker, Jenson, SATB, sop solo, acap (MA)

  • “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” Victor Johnson, LOR, SATB, keybd (ME)

Vocal Solos

  • “We Walk by Faith,” Sing Praise, Karen Marrolli, MSM, medium (E)

  • “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” Still All My Song Shall Be, Tom Trenney, MSM, medium/high (MA)

  • “My Lord, What a Morning,” Ten Spirituals for Solo Voice, Mark Hayes, ALF, low/medium/high (M)


  • Isaiah 1:17, Timothy Botts, 2016 (EYE)

  • A Letter to Hebrews, Colin McCahon, 1979 (VCS)

  • Bride, David Jones, 1931 (VCS)

  • Hebrews 11:1–3, Timothy Botts, 2016 (EYE)

  • Luke 12:22–34, Timothy Botts, 2016 (EYE)