August 17, 2025 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 15

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

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 5:1–7
My vineyard has yielded wild grapes; now I will break down its wall. 

Psalm 80:1–2, 8–19
Have regard for the vine you planted, O Lord; save and restore us! 

Jeremiah 23:23–29
Who can hide from me? My word is like fire, says the Lord. 

Psalm 82
God stands in judgment; rise up, O God, to judge the earth! 

Hebrews 11:29—12:2
We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses; Jesus perfects our faith.

Luke 12:49–56
Jesus warns of division and trouble to come: I came to bring fire. 

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

In a world where lies surround us,
your word is like fire, God nearby!
In a world full of false prophets
and empty promises,
your word is like fire, God nearby!
In a world where words don’t have meaning,
your word is like fire, God nearby!
We are here, ready for our faith
to be kindled by your word.
We are here to worship the God
who is nearby!

Prayer of the Day

God of the ages,
when we face raging fires and imprisoning chains,
give us the faith of our ancestors.
When we encounter the edge of violence,
give us the faith of our ancestors.
When we are persecuted and tormented 
by the evils of this world,
give us the faith of our ancestors.
When we have to go about in disguise
because we can’t be ourselves,
give us the faith of our ancestors.
When we wander in deserts and mountains
and hide in caves and holes in the ground,
give us the faith of our ancestors.
Even when we know we may not see
the fruit of our labor,
even if we can’t reach the promised land,
give us the faith of our ancestors.
We give thanks that perseverance 
will one day bear fruit,
that we don’t run this race alone,
and that our ancestors go with us
now and always. 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:
Gathered before the throne of God’s infinite mercy,
let us lay aside every weight
and the sin that clings so closely,
confessing our need for grace.

Loving Creator,
with a gardener’s tender touch,
you planted your people to bear good fruit,
but we bear wild grapes.
With a welder’s fierce fire,
you fashioned your people to glorify you,
but we are riddled with impurities.
In your generous mercy, O God,
regard the vine you planted:
save and restore us.
Reform the vessel you crafted:
cleanse and refine us.
Give us life, O God,
that with our whole being,
we may worship you rightly.

Lifting water from the font:
Jesus endured the cross
and disregarded its shame
for the sake of the joy that was set before him.
That joy is our salvation.
His joy is our freedom.
Believe 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 . . .

Make us bold to proclaim our faith in Christ,

who endured the cross for our sake

and now sits at the right hand of your throne. 

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for the world . . .

Show your mercy and justice to the nations.

Defend the weak and powerless;

lift up the lowly and the destitute. 

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for this community . . .

Restore the vineyard you have planted.

Let it not be trampled down,

but grow up to bear good fruit. 

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Protect them with your powerful hand.

Give life to those who call on your name.

Let your face shine and save them.

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:
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 pour your love into our hearts
and give us the eternal presence of your Holy Spirit.
All creation is infused
with your energy, wisdom, and purpose.

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:
Born in human likeness and found in human form,
Jesus lived a faithful life,
guiding all who seek to follow him.
His death and resurrection
display your power and might.

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. 

By the work of your Spirit,
help us to know and live your truth.
Let good will and good news
empower the church in the world.
Let the gifts of hope and peace
flourish in your whole creation. 

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 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


  • O God, in a Mysterious Way (G) DUNDEE GTG 30

  • God’s Glory Fills the Heavens (E) ST. PATRICK GTG 690

  • Fight the Good Fight (G) DUKE STREET GTG 846


  • O Hear Our Cry, O Lord (P) VINEYARD HAVEN GTG 355

  • The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor (P) THE CRY OF THE POOR GTG 763

  • O God, You Search Me (O) O GOD, YOU SEARCH ME GTG 29


  • I Sing a Song of the Saints of God (E) GRAND ISLE GTG 730

  • Come, Behold! the Feast of Heaven (P) LLANFAIR GTG 511


  • Lead Me, Guide Me (O) LEAD ME, GUIDE ME GTG 740

  • We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight (G) DUNLAP’S CREEK GTG 817

  • O Jesus, I Have Promised (G) NYLAND GTG 725

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 80:1–2, 8–19

  • O Hear Our Cry, O Lord [VINEYARD HAVEN]; GTG 355, PAS 80B, PH 206

  • O Shepherd, Hear and Lead Your Flock [CMD]; PCW 80


  • Restore Us Again; PAS 80A

  • Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Gelineau); PSA 71

  • The Vineyard of the Lord [PICARDY]; HTP2 162

Psalm 82

  • There Where the Judges Gather [MEIRIONYDD, KELVINGROVE]; PAS 82A, LUYH 292, PP 150 (with refrain)

  • Within the Courts of the Divine [CMD]; SGP 117


  • Arise, O God, Arise and Rule the Earth; PAS 82B (alt. refrain), PSA 73

  • The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor; GTG 763, PAS 82B

Organ Music

  • AURELIA,” Grace Will Lead Me Home: Ten Easy Organ Preludes for Hope and Comfort, Kevin Hildebrand, CON (E)

  • “Praise the Lord, the Mighty King of Glory,” LOBE DEN HERREN, Ten Organ Chorales in the Schübler Tradition, J. S. Bach, ed. Marilyn Biery, AF (A)

  • CANDLER,” Sweet is the Calm: Organ Settings on Hymns of Comfort, Karl Osterland, AF (E)

  • “Chorale Prelude on HOLY MANNA,” Praise to the Lord: Accessible Hymn Settings for Organ, Joyce Jones, MSM (E)

Piano Music

  • “Shout to the North,” SHOUT TO THE NORTH, The Heart of Worship, Bill Wolaver, HAL (MA)

  • “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus,” ASSAM, Sunday Morning Styles Companion, Victor Labenske, ALF (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “African Spirit Song (Come, Holy Spirit),” Victor Johnson, HAL, SATB, perc (E)

  • “Softly and Tenderly,” Robert Sterling, HAL, SATB, keybd, opt orch (ME)

  • “The Lord Shall Come and Not Be Slow,” Zebulon Highben, AF, SATB, acap (ME)

  • “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place,” Mary Lightfoot, LOR, SATB, keybd, opt solo (ME)

  • “To Follow Jesus,” Amber R. Maxwell, Amber Maxwell Music, SATB, keybd, opt solo (ME)

Vocal Solos

  • “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” Ten Spirituals for Solo Voice, Mark Hayes, ALF, low/medium/high (M)

  • “Refiner’s Fire,” Brian Doerksen, (E)

  • “Lord, Here Am I,” Sacred Songs of John Ness Beck, John Ness Beck, BP, low/medium/high (M)


  • Creation of Wartime III, Samuel Bak, 1999–2008 (VCS)

  • Red Vineyards near Arles, Vincent van Gogh, 1888 (VDL)

  • Vinea Electa, Salvador Dali, 1964–67 (Collection of the Dali Museum, Online Archive)

  • In the Vineyard, Jean François Millet, 1852–53 (VDL)