August 25, 2024 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 16

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

Lectionary Readings


1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10–11), 22–30, 41–43
At the dedication of the temple, King Solomon prays to the Lord.

Psalm 84
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord; my soul rejoices in you.


Joshua 24:1–2a, 14–18
The Lord desires that the wicked turn away from evil, and live.

Psalm 34:15–22
Teach me your way, O Lord: to turn from vanity and disgrace.

Ephesians 6:10–20
Love is the fulfillment of the law; put on Christ; salvation is near.

John 6:56–69
A difficult teaching; yet Peter says Jesus has the words of eternal life.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O God, most gracious host.
My soul longs, indeed it faints,
for the household of God.
Even the sparrow finds a home
and the swallow a nest
at your table of grace,
O homemaking God.
Our hearts and our flesh sing for joy
to you, the living God.

Prayer of the Day

Emanuel, God with us,
you desire for us to abide in you
as you abide in us.
But we are restless
and turn back from following you
because the way of wisdom,
the way of sacrifice,
the way of gratitude,
the way of interdependence
is more difficult than we expected.
May we proclaim with Peter,
“You have the words of eternal life,”
and with the psalmist,
“A day in your house is better
than a thousand elsewhere.”
May we linger with you at table
rather than driving through to other destinations,
finally present with you,
with each other,
and with our own spirits.
This we pray through the gracious invitation
of the one who set the table for us,
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend. 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, you are near to the brokenhearted,
and you save the crushed in spirit.
Be near to us in our brokenness,
and love us into wholeness.
You are near to people who are hurting,
but we keep our distance to avoid hard conversations.
You envision a world where all needs are met,
but we hoard our possessions and cling to our power.
Be near to us in our brokenness,
and love us into wholeness.
By your mercy, forgive our sins.
By your grace, free us to try again.

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 . . .
By the power of your Spirit and Word,
help us to speak more boldly
of the mystery of the gospel.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the world . . .
Teach the leaders of this and every land
to put aside all falsehood and corruption
and to seek your ways of justice and peace.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for this community . . .
Let this place become your dwelling place,
a safe shelter for strangers and refugees,
a place of promise and peace for all.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Speak tenderly to those who are hurting;
encourage them through your healing word,
the word that brings the dead to life.
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 have delivered us from our captivity,
brought us safely through the wilderness,
and led us to a land of promise and plenty.
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 is the Holy One you sent to us
to proclaim your word of eternal life;
we have come to follow and trust in him.
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.
Take away the chains of evil that bind us
and wrap us in the armor of your grace
so that we may stand firm in our faith.
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

Sunday Morning in Virginia

Winslow Homer, 1877

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (G) HYFRYDOL GTG 260
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (O) WESTMINSTER ABBEY GTG 394
  • Let All the World in Every Corner Sing (O) AUGUSTINE GTG 636
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (OE) HYFRYDOL GTG 366, BEECHER AAHH 440 and SSS 354


  • Halle, Halle, Hallelujah! (G) HALLE, HALLE GTG 591
  • Love the Lord Your God (O) GREAT COMMANDMENT GTG 62
  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus (EG) CONVERSE GTG 465, BEACH SPRING LUYH 898
  • Wonderful Words of Life (G) WORDS OF LIFE AAHH 332, SSS 549


  • Bread of the World in Mercy Broken (G) RENDEZ À DIEU GTG 499
  • Eat This Bread (G) BERTHIER GTG 527
  • Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises (Haleluya! Pelo tsa rona) (G) HALELUYA! PELO TSA RONA GTG 538
  • Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts (G) QUEBEC GTG 494


  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (E) EIN’ FESTE BURG GTG 275
  • Fight the Good Fight (E) DUKE STREET GTG 846
  • Lead On, O King Eternal! (EG) LANCASHIRE GTG 269
  • O Jesus, I Have Promised (G) ANGEL’S STORY GTG 724, NYLAND GTG 725

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 84

  • How Lovely, Lord, How Lovely [MERLE’S TUNE]; GTG 402, PH 207, PAS 84C, LUYH 46
  • How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place [BROTHER JAMES’ AIR]; PAS 84E, SSS 398 (with Spanish translation)
  • Felicidad/How Lovely, Lord [FELECIDAD]; SSS 389
  • Almighty Lord, How Lovely Is That Place [SINE NOMINE]; PAS 84D
  • How Dear to Me Is Your Dwelling Place; PAS 84F
  • Lord, How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place; PSA 75
  • Blest Are They Who Dwell in God’s House; PP 153

Psalm 34:15–22

  • Lord, I Bring My Songs to You [LUX PRIMA]; PAS 34D (sts. 5–6)
  • At All Times Let Me Sing Gladly [PLEADING SAVIOR]; PLP1 34
  • Taste and See That the Lord Is Good; HTP2 101
  • Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord; PSA 33, PH 187, PAS 34A

    Organ Music

    • “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” Abide with Us, Robert Hebble, SAC (M)
    • “Fanfare Fantasia on DUKE STREET,” Fanfares, Trumpet Tunes, and Toccatas, Craig A. Penfield, LOR (M)
    • “House of Worship,” Preludes & Postludes, Esther Megargel, LOR (M)
    • “BEECHER,” Eight Quiet Preludes on American Hymn Tunes, Charles Callahan, MSM (ME)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “Locus iste,” Anton Bruckner, CPDL, SATB, acap (A)
    • “Come Dwell in Solomon’s Walls,” Z. Randall Stroope, MSM, SATB, keybd (M)
    • “How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place,” David Kallman, MSM, SAB, pno (E)
    • “Fight the Good Fight,” John Gardner, OUP, SATB, pno (E)
    • “My Eternal King,” Jane Marshall, CF, SATB, org (E)
    • “Caro Mea,” Mathieu Gascogne, CPDL, SATB, acap (A)
    • “We Love the Place, O God,” The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems, Paul Leddington Wright, OUP, FLEX, keybd (E)
    • “Love Bade Me Welcome,” Arlen Clarke, SJMP, SATB, org (A)

    Handbell Music

    • “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus,” Cathy Moklebust, 3–6 oct, opt brass, org and voices, CGA, CGB413 (hb, CGB412 [full score], CGB414 [org], CGRP12 [reproducible parts], CGA1047 [choir/congregation], Level 3
    • “Celebration on Westminster Abbey,” Hart Morris, 3–5 oct, opt hc, CON, 9772224, Level 2+
    • “Lead On, O King Eternal,” Patricia Hurlbutt, 2–3 oct, BP, HB595, Level 2


    • Solomon: Affirmation of Peace and Justice, Chris Stoffel Overvoorde (EYE)
    • Swallow’s Nest, H. Hirt (VDL)
    • Hummingbirds with Nest, Martin Johnson Heade (VDL)
    • Christ Preaching to the Multitudes, James Smetham (VDL)