August 18, 2024 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 15

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

Lectionary Readings


1 Kings 2:10–12; 3:3–14
Solomon becomes king and asks God for the gift of wisdom.

Psalm 111
Praise the Lord; the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.


Proverbs 9:1–6
Wisdom calls: Come, eat of my bread and drink of my wine.

Psalm 34:9–14
Those who seek the Lord will enjoy goodness and lack nothing.

Ephesians 5:15–20
Be filled with the Spirit, singing to God and always giving thanks.

John 6:51–58
Jesus says: My flesh and blood are food and drink for eternal life.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you deep respect for God.
Which of you desires life
and longs for many days to enjoy good?
Depart from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
Revere God, O holy ones,
for those who live in awe of God have no want.

Prayer of the Day

O Source of all wisdom,
you invite us to eat of your bread
and drink of your cup
so that we might walk in the way of insight.
Like Solomon, we seek your guidance above all else.
May we not treat your wisdom
like information that answers our questions.
Instead, may we inhabit your wisdom
as we would dwell in a home you have built,
our whole lives long. 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.

O Lord, the voice of your wisdom rings out in the world,
guiding us to place our trust in you.
The voice of your wisdom rings out in the world,
challenging us to seek the things that matter.
Too often, O Lord, we refuse to listen.
We place our trust in things that are fleeting.
We seek the things that make us comfortable,
rather than seeking the way of your peace.
Forgive us, God of grace,
and teach us to walk in the path lined by your wisdom.

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 . . .
Help us to discern the mind of Christ,
so that we may abide in your word
and walk in your ways each day.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the world . . .
Show your mercy and grace to the nations,
feeding the hungry, redeeming the captives,
and establishing justice for all people.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for this community . . .
Let your wisdom dwell among us,
so that we may lay aside foolish ways
and return to your path of righteousness.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Pour out your blessing, O Lord,
on all those who are suffering;
give them long lives to enjoy 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 invite us into the house of your wisdom,
giving us bread to eat and wine to drink,
and teaching us to walk in your way of truth.
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:
You sent Jesus to share your life with us;
nourished by your Word and filled with your Spirit,
we live in Jesus and Jesus lives in us.
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.
Fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit,
so that our lives may become joyful songs,
hymns of thanksgiving and praise to you.
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

Christ Preaching to the Multitudes

James Smetham, 19th Century

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom (O) MADELEINE GTG 174
  • Let All Things Now Living (E) ASH GROVE GTG 37
  • Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven (E) LAUDA ANIMA GTG 620
  • When the Morning Stars Together (E) WEISSE FLAGGEN GTG 689


  • A Grateful Heart (O) ROCKINGHAM GTG 652
  • Open the Eyes of My Heart (O) OPEN THE EYES GTG 452
  • Open Your Ears, O Faithful People (O) YISRAEL V’ORAITA GTG 453
  • Sing, Praise, and Bless the Lord (Laudate Dominum) (E) LAUDATE DOMINUM (Taizé) GTG 635


  • Bread of Life from Heaven (G) ARGENTINE SANTO/BREAK NOW THE BREAD GTG 497
  • In the Singing (E) BREAD OF PEACE GTG 533
  • Let Us Break Bread Together (G) LET US BREAK BREAD GTG 525
  • Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee (G) ADORO TE DEVOTE GTG 495


  • Be Thou My Vision (O) SLANE GTG 450
  • My Life Flows On (How Can I Keep from Singing?) (E) HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING GTG 821
  • The Lord Now Sends Us Forth (G) ENVIADO GTG 747
  • There’s a Spirit in the Air (G) LAUDS PH 433, ORIENTIS PARTIBUS UMH 192

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 111

  • A Grateful Heart [ROCKINGHAM]; GTG 652
  • Rejoice in God, My Heart [LEONI/YIGDAL]; PAS 111D
  • Alleluia! Laud and Blessing [WEISSE FLAGGEN]; GTG 755, PAS 111B
  • O Give the Lord Wholehearted Praise [GERMANY]; PAS 111A
  • The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom; PAS 111C
  • Alleluia! Alleluia! PSA 111

Psalm 34:9–14

  • Lord, I Bring My Songs to You [LUX PRIMA]; PAS 34D (sts. 3–4)
  • At All Times Let Me Sing Gladly [PLEADING SAVIOR]; PLP1 34
  • Taste and See That the Lord Is Good; HTP2 99
  • Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord; PSA 33, PH 187, PAS 34A

    Organ Music

    • “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” LAUDA ANIMA, Praise and Thanksgiving, Set 5, Michael Burkhardt, MSM (ME)
    • “Be Thou My Vision,” SLANE, Peace Like a River, Sondra K. Tucker, MSM (M)
    • “Let Us Break Bread Together,” Mark Hayes Hymns for Organ, Douglas E. Wagner, LOR (ME)
    • “God of Grace,” Five Hymn Improvisations for Weddings and General Use, Paul Manz, MSM (M)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “Open My Eyes,” K. Lee Scott, CON, SATB, org (E)
    • “The Call of Wisdom,” The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems, Will Todd, OUP, FLEX, keybd (E)
    • “I Thank You, Jesus,” Robert Morris, SATB, acap, SHAW (M)
    • “Trinity,” Ola Gjeilo, Gehrmans Musikförlag, SATB, acap (A)
    • “O Virtus Sapientiae,” Nick Page, BH, SAB, org, brass quin (M)
    • “With a Voice of Singing,” Martin Shaw, GSH, SATB, keybd (M)
    • “I Am the Food of Those Full Grown,” Leo Nestor, GIA, SATB, acap (M)
    • “Praise His Holy Name,” Keith Hampton, Earthsongs, SATB, pno (M)

    Handbell Music

    • “When in Our Music God Is Glorified,” Arnold Sherman, 3–6 oct, opt hc, org, tpt, or brass and SATB choir, HOPE, 2414 (hb), 2414B (brass parts and full score), 2414D (organ/director), 2414P (organ), 2414V (SATB score), Level 3-
    • “Tapestry on ‘Be Thou My Vision,’” Linker and McFadden, 3–5 oct and kybd opt hc and C inst, BP, HB442A (hb/kybd), HB442 (full score), HB442B (C inst), Level 3
    • “Be Thou My Vision,” Sandra and Mitchell Eithun, 2 oct (8 bells) and kybd, CGA, CGBD109 (HB/KB download), CGBD109A, mp3, Level 2


    • Lamp of Wisdom, Waterperry Gardens (VDL)
    • Solomon Praying to the Holy Spirit, Guillaume Vrelant (VDL)
    • Wisdom, James Fissel (EYE)
    • Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Aqaba, Jordan (VDL)
    • Wisdom Has Built Her House, State Museum of Russia (VDL)