August 11, 2024 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 14

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

Lectionary Readings


2 Samuel 18:5–9, 15, 31–33
Absalom dies in a failed rebellion against his father, King David.

Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; hear my supplications.


1 Kings 19:4–8
An angel brings food and drink to Elijah in the wilderness.

Psalm 34:1–8
I cried to the Lord for deliverance; taste and see that God is good.

Ephesians 4:25—5:2
Put away bitterness; be kind to one another; be imitators of God.

John 6:35, 41–51
Jesus says: I am the bread of life that has come down from heaven.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Out of the depths we cry to you, O God.
Hear our voices!
We wait for you;
in your word we hope.
O magnify our God with me.
Let us lift God’s name together,
for we sought the Holy One
and they answered us;
God delivered us from all fear.
Look to God, beloved, and be radiant.

Prayer of the Day

O fragrant offering,
you call us beloved children
and you teach us to imitate you,
carrying an aroma of love.
We know what love is
because you showed us;
when we were brought low,
you invited us to eat and to rest.
Lead us to the table,
where we can taste and see God’s goodness
that saves our poor souls from trouble.
As you take care of us in our distress,
may we take care of others.
This we pray through the living bread,
who gave his flesh
for the life of the world. 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:
It is only by the power of God
that we are able to stand against evil.

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

Hear our prayer, O God of grace.
You have called us to wear truth as a garment,
but we are prone to lie and would rather wear a mask.
You have called us to struggle against evil in this world,
but instead we struggle for success and for power.
You have called us to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
but we keep it to ourselves, for fear of being judged.
Hear our prayer, O God of grace.
Clothe us in your strength, peace, and faith.
Wash us in your mercy,
and make us imitators of your compassion.

Lifting water from the font:
Now stand firm in your faith,
covered by the saving grace of God
and ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.

— 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 Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Listen to the word of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4

After the readings:
Keep these words in your heart.
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Thanks be to God.
Deuteronomy 6:6


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
To the Lord our God, Alpha and Omega,
be all glory and honor forever. Amen.
Revelation 21:6

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Time after Pentecost
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 the People

In our trouble and need, we look to the Lord,
the giver of our daily bread, saying:
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the church . . .
As Christ has given himself in love for us,
help us to give ourselves for others,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice of praise.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the world . . .
Give wisdom to the leaders of the world,
that they pursue peace instead of war
and show compassion in their decisions.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for this community . . .
Put away all bitterness and anger among us;
teach us to be kind and tenderhearted,
ready to forgive and live in love.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Listen to the voices of those who cry to you;
deliver them from every trouble,
so that they may taste and see your goodness.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

Generous God, as you provide for us each day,
nourish and strengthen us in faith and faithfulness,
so that we may share your grace in a hungry world;
through Jesus Christ, the bread of life. 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:
We give you thanks and praise, O God,
for you have chosen the poverty of the world
to make your people rich in faith.
Help us to put our faith into practice
through the offering of our lives—
giving food to the hungry,
clothes to the naked,
and shelter to the poor;
all for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord,
your Word made flesh. Amen.
James 2:5, 14–17

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:
You accompany us, even in the wilderness;
when we think we can go no farther
you feed and strengthen us for the journey.
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:
We trust in Jesus, whom you sent from heaven
to feed us with the living bread of his own body,
and to raise us up to you on the last day.
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.
With the seal of your Spirit, mark us for redemption;
let our words and actions bear witness to your love
and be a source of grace in your world.
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:
God of glory, in this holy feast
you have made us one with Christ
and with that great multitude of the faithful—
those who hunger and thirst no more
and worship night and day in your temple.
Lead us in the paths of righteousness
and guide us to the springs of the water of life,
until we join the choir of the redeemed,
singing: Salvation belongs to our God
who is seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb: Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
The blessing of the one God—
Spirit, Son, and Father—
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Ephesians 4:4–6

Lead a life worthy of your calling,
giving glory to God in all things. Amen.
Ephesians 4:1

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Jordan

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • All Creatures of Our God and King (E) LASST UNS ERFREUEN GTG 15
  • Here in This Place (Gather Us In) (G) GATHER US IN GTG 401
  • O Day of Rest and Gladness (G) ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVÖGELEIN GTG 393
  • O Worship the King, All Glorious Above! (O) LYONS GTG 41


  • Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive (E) DETROIT GTG 444
  • Great God of Every Blessing (EG) AURELIA GTG 694
  • O for a Closer Walk with God (E) CAITHNESS GTG 739
  • Take, O Take Me as I Am (E) TAKE ME AS I AM GTG 698


  • Bread of Heaven, on Thee We Feed (G) ARFON GTG 496
  • Come to the Table of Grace (E) TABLE OF GRACE GTG 507
  • I Am the Bread of Life (G) I AM THE BREAD GTG 522
  • As We Gather at Your Table (E) NETTLETON SSS 411, IN BABILONE ELW 522


  • God Be with You Till We Meet Again (G) RANDOLPH GTG 541, GOD BE WITH YOU GTG 542
  • Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (OG) CWM RHONDDA GTG 65
  • Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises (Haleluya! Pelo tsa rona) (G) HALELUYA! PELO TSA RONA GTG 538
  • Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (E) PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS GTG 753

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 130

  • In Deep Despair I Cry to You [MORNING SONG/COLSOLATION]; PAS 130E
  • From the Depths of Sin and Sadness [RUSSIAN]; PAS 130F
  • Out of the Depths I Cry to You (Out of the Depths to Thee I Raise) [AUS TIEFER NOT]; GTG 424, PAS 130A, PH 240, SSS 513 (with Spanish translation)
  • Out of the Depths I Cry to You [Digerness]; PAS 130D
  • Out of the Depths I Cry to You, O Lord; PAS 130B
  • From the Depths I Call to You; PND 42
  • In You, O Lord, There Is Mercy; PSA 134
  • With the Lord There Is Mercy; PFTS2 10

Psalm 34:1–8

  • We Will Always Bless You, Lord [ (trochaic)]; SGP 34
  • At All Times Let Me Sing Gladly [PLEADING SAVIOR]; PLP1 34
  • My Times Are in Your Hand [FRANCONIA]; SP 19
  • Unto the Lord My Praise I Sing [LAND OF REST]; PP 66 (with refrain), PCW 34 (as CM)
  • Lord, I Bring My Songs to You [LUX PRIMA]; PAS 34D, LUYH 406
  • Bendeciré al Señor/I Will Extol My God [BENDECIRE AL SEÑOR]; PAS 34C, SSS 421
  • Taste and See [TASTE AND SEE]; GTG 520, PAS 34B, LUYH 817, SSS 691 (with Spanish translation)
  • Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord; PAS 34A, PSA 33, PH 187

    Organ Music

    • “Festivity on HOLY MANNA,” Music for Rejoicing, Douglas Wagner, LOR (ME)
    • “Out of the Depths I Cry to You,” Augsburg Organ Library: Lent, Max Drischner, AF (M)
    • “If You but Trust in God to Guide You,” WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT, Augsburg Organ Library: Reformation, Kurt Fiebig, AF (A)
    • “The Grace of God,” The Eucharist, James Southbridge, LOR (E)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “David’s Lamentation,” Joshua Shank, SBMP, SATB div, acap (A)
    • “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” Sebastian Temple/arr. Hayes, JM, SAB, keybd (E)
    • “I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry,” AAHH #395, arr. Richard Smallwood, GIA, SATB, pno (E)
    • “Taste and See,” James Moore, GIA, SATB, keybd (E)
    • “The Rice of Life,” arr. Swee Hong Lim, GIA, SATB, acap (M)
    • “David’s Lamentation,” William Billings, CPDL, SATB, acap (M)

    Handbell Music

    • “All Creatures of Our God and King,” Sandra Eithun, 3–5 oct, RRM, RRSM7002, Level 3
    • “All Creatures of Our God and King,” Jason Krug, 2 oct (8 bells) w/opt pno, Grassy Meadow Music, GMH080015, Level 2+
    • “Voluntary on Aberystwyth,” Terry Osman, 2–3 oct, LOR, 202022L, Level 2


    • Prophet Elijah in the Desert, Dieric Bouts (VDL)
    • Adams Memorial, Augustus Saint-Gaudens (VDL)
    • John 6:35, Timothy Botts (EYE)