July 27, 2025 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 12

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

Lectionary Readings

Hosea 1:2–10
The Lord commands Hosea to take a wife and have children. 

Psalm 85
Will you be angry with us forever, O Lord? Show your steadfast love.

Genesis 18:20–32
Abraham intercedes with the Lord to spare the city of Sodom. 

Psalm 138
I give you thanks, O Lord; though I walk in trouble, you deliver me. 

Colossians 2:6–15 (16–19)
Live your lives in the faith of Christ; do not let anyone condemn you. 

Luke 11:1–13
Jesus teaches the disciples to pray, and teaches them about prayer.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
God’s glory will dwell in our land.
Let us hear what God will speak!
Righteousness and peace will kiss each other;
faithfulness will spring up from the ground.
Let us hear what God will speak!
God will speak peace to God’s people,
to those who turn to God in their hearts.
Let us hear what God will speak!

Prayer of the Day

Merciful God,
who are we but dust and ashes
to pray on behalf of our hurting world
and our wounded souls?
And yet you answer on the day we call.
Today we search and knock.
We pray for deliverance for all those suffering
under the wrath of war and violence,
all those experiencing illness and famine,
and all those who oppress and are oppressed.
Teach us to pray,
that we may know of your steadfast love
and be assured of your faithfulness,
for we know you will fulfill your purpose
for the whole creation. 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:
God’s salvation is at hand,
that God’s glory may dwell in us.
Turning towards God,
let us confess the ways we have sinned.

Gracious God, we humbly confess
that we have fallen short
of who you call us to be.
We seek peace and comfort in our lives,
ignoring the needs of those around us.
We live our lives in ways
that bring chaos and calamity
to our neighbors.
Cleanse us from sin
and show us your steadfast love,
so that in turning to you,
we may seek unity and peace
for all of creation.

Lifting water from the font:
Beloved, God has forgiven all of your trespasses.
You are alive together with God.
Know that you are forgiven
and be at peace. Amen.

— 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 . . .

Teach us to pray as Jesus taught,

calling on your loving care

and giving honor to your holy name.

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.

We pray for the world . . .

Let your kingdom come

and let your will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.

We pray for this community . . .

Give daily bread to the hungry.

Help us to forgive one another

even as you have forgiven us.

In faith, O God, we seek your grace.

We pray for loved ones . . .

Save them from times of testing

and deliver them from evil,

all for the glory of your holy name.

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 answer us when we call on you.
Though we have been unfaithful to you
you never fail to love and forgive us.

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 has taught us how to pray—
seeking your will on earth as in heaven
and relying on your goodness and grace. 

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.

Keep us rooted and grounded in faith,
living in the hope of Christ’s resurrection
and serving you in perfect freedom.

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


  • Now Thank We All Our God (P) NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT GTG 643
  • There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy (O) IN BABILONE GTG 435
  • Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door (G) SOMEBODY’S KNOCKIN’ GTG 728


  • Show Us, O Lord, Your Steadfast Love (P) MENDON GTG 449
  • Seek Ye First (G) LAFFERTY GTG 175
  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus (E) CONVERSE GTG 465


  • Come and Fill Our Hearts (G) CONFITEMINI DOMINO GTG 466
  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (O) HYFRYDOL GTG 260
  • In the Singing (P) BREAD OF PEACE GTG 533


  • With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring (P) ST. PETERSBURG GTG 334
  • You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy! (O) WAYFARING STRANGER GTG 437
  • We Know That Christ Is Raised (E) ENGLEBERG GTG 485

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 85

  • Show Us, O Lord, Your Steadfast Love [MENDON]; GTG 449
  • Lord, You Have Lavished on Your Land [MELITA]; PAS 85A, LUYH 65


  • Dona Nobis Pacem (Taizé); PAS 85B
  • Righteousness and Peace Shall Go before the Lord; PAS 85C
  • Lord, in Your Mercy Hear My Prayer; PP 156
  • Show Us Your Mercy, O Lord [CONDITER ALME SIDERUM]; HTP1 34

Psalm 138

  • With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring [ST. PETERSBURG, SOLID ROCK]; GTG 334, PAS 138A, LUYH 585
  • With All My Heart I Thank You, Lord [GENEVAN 138]; PAS 138C, LUYH 323
  • O Lord, My Heart Will Sing [ENVIADO SOY DE DIOS]; PP 276 (with refrain), PCW 138 (as


  • Thank You, Lord; PAS 138B
  • The Rulers of All the Earth Will Praise You; PSA 141
  • O Lord, Your Love Endures Forever [ST. CLEMENT]; HTP2 156

Organ Music

  • “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” FAITHFULNESS, Three Gospel Favorites for Organ, arr. Dan Miller, MSM (M)
  • “Lovely,” or “Chorale Prelude on RHOSYMEDRE,” Three Preludes (founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes), Ralph Vaughan Williams, Stainer & Bell, available at IMSLP.org (M)
  • “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing,” SICILIAN MARINERS, Hymns of Joy, Michael Burkhardt, MSM (ME)
  • “Chorale Prelude on IN BABILONE,” Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season, Wilbur Held, CON (E)

Piano Music

  • “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS, The Essential Collection for the Church Pianist, Jane Holstein, HOPE (M)
  • “Seek Ye First,” LAFFERTY, Modern Praise, Molly Ijames, SFP (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Shall We Gather at the River,” arr. Anna Laura Paga, MSM, SATB, keybd, opt fl (E)
  • “Love Lifted Me,” Greg Gilpin, Excelcia Music, SAB, keybd (E)
  • “Offertory,” John Ness Beck, BP, SATB, keybd (ME)
  • “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” arr. Mack Wilberg, OUP, SATB, org (M)
  • “The Summons,” arr. Sondra K. Tucker, GIA, SATB, keybd, opt vln (ME)

Vocal Solos

  • “The Lord’s Prayer,” Albert Hay Malotte, GSH, low/medium/high (MA)
  • “Our Father,” Songs for the Journey, Craig Courtney, BP, low/medium/high, opt vc (M)
  • “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying,” The Essential Collection for the Church Soloist, vol. 2, Ken Medema, HOPE (M)


  • Colossians 2:6–7, Timothy R. Botts, 2016 (EYE)
  • Lord’s Prayer, James Tissot, 1886–94 (VDL)
  • Lord’s Prayer, Albani Psalter, Hildesheim, Germany (VDL)
  • The Light of the World, William Holman Hunt, 1853 (VCS)
  • Burdens of the World, P. Solomon Raj, 2016 (EYE)