August 3, 2025 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 13

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

Lectionary Readings

Hosea 11:1–11
When Israel was a child, I loved him; how could I give him up now? 

Psalm 107:1–9, 43
Give thanks to the Lord, who gathers up and redeems the lost.  

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12–14; 2:18–23
What do mortals gain from their toil under the sun? All is vanity. 

Psalm 49:1–12
The gift of life has no price; the great and the lowly will all perish. 

Colossians 3:1–11
If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above. 

Luke 12:13–21
Be on guard against greed; life does not come from your possessions.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Gathered in from many lands,
we come from east and west, 
from north and south.

Some of us have wandered through deserts.
Some of us are hungry and thirsty. 
But the Holy One heard our pleas
and has delivered us from our distress.
So we come with prayers of thanksgiving,
for God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Prayer of the Day

God of Justice,
we gather from all corners of the world
knowing that you
have made a new world possible
even as we hold on to the old world.
We pray for those in places 
where greed and evil still reign,
for those who are still full of anger and wrath 
for those who still act with malice,
for those who still use abusive language,
for those who still lie to others,
and for those who hoard treasures on earth.
We pray with the knowledge that sometimes, 
this is us.
Don’t give us up now.
Clothe us with a new self according to your image
so that one day 
there will be no more divisions among us. 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:
Praise is on our lips,
but in our hearts we know
how far we have fallen
from the glory of God.
Yet God meets us in our sin,
picks us up,
and promises forgiveness.
Let us make our confession
and open ourselves to God’s mercy.

Faithful God,
we confess our faithlessness.
Our hearts are fickle,
our eyes wander,
and we trick ourselves
into serving other gods.
We speak lies, accept lies, live lies,
destroying others
and ourselves along the way.
Forgive our waywardness
and lead us back to you.
Embolden our trust in your faithfulness
and settle your truth in our hearts.

Lifting water from the font:
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Beyond the cross, beyond the grave,
beyond our sin,
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
This is 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 . . .

Strip away our falsehood and evil

and clothe us with your loving-kindness,

a garment for the body of Christ. 

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for the world . . .

Show us the vanity of our ways,

toiling away for sinful, selfish gain.

Turn our hearts to seek the common good. 

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for this community . . .

Give shelter to refugees in our midst,

those fleeing from disaster,
persecution, or war.

Help them find safety and peace among us.

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Remember your beloved children

who are struggling and suffering this day.

Take them in your arms and heal 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:
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:
You have loved us from the beginning,
teaching us to live and walk in faith,
showing great compassion when we fall.

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:
Through parables, Jesus has taught us
not to store up worldly wealth for ourselves
but to trust in the generosity of God.

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.

Set our minds on things that are above,
where Christ is, seated at your right hand.
Let Christ Jesus be our all in all.

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


  • We Praise You, O God (P) KREMSER GTG 612

  • Give Thanks (G) GIVE THANKS GTG 647

  • Loving Spirit (O) OMNI DIE (Corner) GTG 293


  • Our Hope, Our Life (P) O WALY WALY GTG 847

  • At the Name of Jesus (O) KING’S WESTON GTG 264

  • God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending (G) BEACH SPRING GTG 716


  • The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (P) THE FEAST IS READY GTG 505

  • All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly (E) HOLY MANNA GTG 509


  • When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land (O) GO DOWN MOSES GTG 52

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

  • Do Not Be Afraid (G) ISAIAH 43 GTG 76

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 107:1–9, 43

  • Give Thanks to God Who Hears Our Cries [MORNING SONG / CONSOLATION]; GTG 653, PAS 107A, LUYH 359

  • Give Thanks to God Who All Goodness Has Brought Us [STAR IN THE EAST]; PP 202, PCW 107

  • O Give Thanks to the Lord [THE MEETING OF THE WATERS]; CP2 6

  • Thanks Be to God Our Savior [DEEP HOUSE]; PAS 107D


  • May Those Who Are Wise; PAS 107C

  • The God of All Creation; PSA 109

Psalm 49:1–12

  • Come, One and All (Our Hope, Our Life) [O WALY WALY]; GTG 847, PAS 49B, LUYH 126

  • Hear This, All Folk Together [ D]; PCW 49


  • Teach Us, Lord, the Measure of Our Days; PAS 49A

  • Put Your Trust in the Lord [KEEP YOUR LAMPS]; PP 94

Organ Music

  • “Declamation on KING’S WESTON,” Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists: Easter and Ascension, Craig Phillips, OUP (M)

  • MORNING SONG / CONSOLATION,” Augsburg Organ Library: Advent, David N. Johnson, AF (ME/M)

  • BEACH SPRING,7 Settings of American Folk Hymns (downloadable), Wilbur Held, CON (E)

  • QUEBEC/HESPERUS,” Three Hymns of Meditation, David Maxwell, MSM (E)

Piano Music

  • “You Are My All in All,” JERNIGAN, Blessings, Phillip Keveren, HAL (M)

  • “Ancient Words,” ANCIENT WORDS, What Praise Can I Play on Sunday: Complete Collection, Carol Tornquist, ALF (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Awake, Awake!” Craig Courtney, BP, SATB, keybd (M)

  • “You Are Known,” Heather Sorenson, SHAW, SATB, keybd, opt vln, opt vc (M)

  • “As a Mother Cares,” Barbara Bridge, OCP, SATB, keybd, opt inst, opt cong (E)

  • “God So Loved,” Luke Gambill, Lifeway Worship, SATB, keybd, opt band (E)

  • “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending,” Zebulon Highben, MSM, SATB, org, opt hb, opt cong, opt children’s choir (ME)

Vocal Solos

  • “Bread of the World,” Bread of the World, Wayne Wold, MSM (ME)

  • “Be Thou My Vision,” Still All My Song Shall Be, Tom Trenney, MSM, medium/high, opt. vln/viola (M)

  • “You Are My All in All,” Dennis Jernigan, (E)


  • Vanity of Vanities (from the Biblia Sacra), Salvador Dali, 1969 (Collection of the Dali Museum, Online Archive)

  • The Rich Fool, JESUS MAFA, 1973 (VDL)

  • Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, Lawrence W. Ladd, 1880 (VDL)

  • Death and the Rich Man, Frans Francken, 1610 (PD)