July 14, 2024 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 10

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

Lectionary Readings


2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19
Returning the ark to Jerusalem, David dances before the Lord.

Psalm 24
Lift up your heads, O gates, that the King of glory may enter!


Amos 7:7–15
God shows the prophet Amos a plumb line, a vision of justice.

Psalm 85:8–13
Love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss.

Ephesians 1:3–14
We were chosen in Christ from the beginning to give glory to God.

Mark 6:14–29
Herod puts John the Baptist to death; reports of Jesus spread.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it,
for God has founded it on the seas
and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in God’s holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false
and do not swear deceitfully.
Such is the company of those who seek God,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
O God, we seek your face!
Let us worship God with gladness.

Prayer of the Day

O God of our salvation,
you send prophets in our midst
to correct us when we have gone astray,
to warn us away from the crooked path,
and to make clear the consequences of sin.
Too often, we want to stray,
we enjoy the crooked path,
and we do not care about the consequences.
So we twist the prophet’s words
or listen only in part.
O God, grant us the humility
to hear in a prophet’s correction
the honey tones of your salvation,
the harmonies of your steadfast love. 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.

We know that you call your people to lives of service and works of justice.
Forgive us, O Lord, when we keep our lives
just loud enough to drown out your call.
Forgive us, O Lord, when we keep our days
just busy enough to convince ourselves
that we have a righteous excuse.
We know that you work for the healing of all that is broken in the world.
Heal us, O Lord, of our blindness by your grace.
Forgive us, O Lord, and 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:
Holy, Holy, Holy One,
guide us by the Spirit of truth
to hear the Word of life you speak,
and to give all glory, honor, and praise
to your threefold name;
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 the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we call on the name of the Lord, saying:
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for the church . . .
Gather us up in your presence
and teach us the truth of your word
so that we may proclaim the gospel to all.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for the world . . .
Bless and keep the world that you have made;
build it up in righteousness and justice,
and establish your peace in every place.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for this community . . .
Help us to see the prophet’s plumb line—
a sign of your will for the world,
a marker of equity for all.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Speak peace to those who are suffering;
in your steadfast love, meet them where they are
and embrace them with hope and healing.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

Gracious God, continue to pour out your power
in the church, in the world, and in our daily lives,
so all will know that you are at work among us;
through Jesus Christ, our living 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 are the creator of the world and all who live in it;
the seas and rivers proclaim your handiwork.
You bring goodness from the earth and establish righteousness for the faithful.
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:
In Christ we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing,
and through him we have become adopted children of God,
a people born of water and the Spirit: the body of Christ.
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.
As you marked us with the seal of your Holy Spirit in baptism,
guide us each day that we might put our hope in you
and live to give you praise and glory.
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 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:
May the blessing of the Trinity—
holy, holy, holy Lord—
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Isaiah 6:3

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here I am; send me!” Amen.
Isaiah 6:8

Landscape with Shepherd and Sheep

Anton Mauve, 1880

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • God of Every Gift in Heaven (E) NETTLETON Breathing Spirit into Dust, David Gambrell, GIA
  • O Sing to the Lord (Cantai ao Senhor) (OE) CANTAI AO SENHOR GTG 637
  • Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty (O) LOBE DEN HERREN GTG 35
  • To God Be the Glory (E) TO GOD BE THE GLORY GTG 634


  • Give Thanks for Those Whose Faith Is Firm (G) REPTON GTG 731
  • Judge Eternal, Throned in Splendor (OGE) RHUDDLAN GTG 342
  • Let Justice Flow Like Streams (O) ST. THOMAS ELW 717
  • Take, O Take Me as I Am (E) TAKE ME AS I AM GTG 698


  • Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound (GE) NEW BRITAIN GTG 649
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (GE) MY CHAINS ARE GONE LUYH 693, CCLI Song #4768151
  • In a Deep, Unbounded Darkness (E) DIVINUM MYSTERIUM GTG 850
  • Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation (E) O QUANTA QUALIA GTG 503


  • All Who Love and Serve Your City (O) CHARLESTOWN GTG 351
  • Hope of the World (EG) DONNE SECOURS GTG 734
  • The Days Are Surely Coming (OE) LLANGLOFFAN GTG 357
  • The Lord Now Sends Us Forth (O) ENVIADO GTG 747

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 24

  • Lift Up the Gates Eternal [GILU HAGALILIM/PROMISED ONE/KING OF GLORY]; GTG 364; PAS 24E, LUYH 144, PSA 21
  • Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates [VINEYARD HAVEN]; PAS 24B
  • The Earth, with All That Dwell Therein [LOBT GOTT, IHR CHRISTEN]; PAS 24A, LUYH 499
  • Who Is This King of Glory; LP 70
  • The King of Glory Comes (Lift Up the Gates Eternal) [GILU HAGALILIM/PROMISED ONE/KING OF GLORY]; SSS 149/150, PAS 24D (alt. refrain)
  • Who Is This King of Glory; SP 14

Psalm 85:8–13

  • Show Us, O Lord, Your Steadfast Love [MENDON]; GTG 449
  • Lord, You Have Lavished on Your Land [MELITA]; PAS 85A, LUYH 65
  • Righteousness and Peace Shall Go before the Lord; PAS 85C
  • Dona Nobis Pacem (Taizé); PAS 85B
  • Lord, in Your Mercy Hear My Prayer; PP 156
  • Muéstranos, Señor/Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness; SSS 70/71
  • Show Us Your Mercy; OLOF 681
  • The Lord Speaks of Peace; LP 92

    Organ Music

    • “Postludium Festiva,” Wonder and Praise, David Lansky, LOR (ME)
    • “God of Grace and God of Glory,” CWM RHONDDA, A New Liturgical Year, Paul Manz, AF (M)
    • “Toccata on LASST UNS ERFREUEN,” The Rejoicing, Charles Callahan, MSM (M)
    • “I Trust in Thee,” Declare His Glory, Mary McDonald, LOR (E)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “Followers of the Lamb,” arr. Edwin Ferguson, Associated Music Publishers, SATB, pno (M)
    • “How Can I Keep From Singing,” Bradley Ellingboe, KJO, TBB, pno, ob (E)
    • “Blessed Be God the Father,” S. S. Wesley, CPDL, SATB, org (M)
    • “Like a Mighty Stream,” Moses Hogan, HAL, SATB, pno (E)
    • “Lift Up Your Heads,” William Mathias, OUP, SATB, org (A)
    • “Lift Up Your Heads,” The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems, Richard Shepherd, OUP, FLEX, keybd (E)

    Handbell Music

    • “Timbrel and Dance,” Kevin McChesney, 3–5 oct, CGA, CGB290, Level 2+
    • “King David Dances Before the Lord,” John Dare, 3 oct, opt tamb, GIA, G-5767, Level 2
    • “Psalm 24,” Sandra Eithun, 3–6 oct, opt hc, opt narrator, AGEHR, AG36053, Level 3


    • David with the Ark of the Covenant, Palazzo Sacchetti (VDL)
    • Martyrdom and the Death of John the Baptist, Cathédrale d’Amiens (VDL)
    • Herod Antipas, James Tissot (VDL)
    • John the Baptist Icon, Mary Jane Miller (VDL)