July 28, 2024 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 12

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

Lectionary Readings


2 Samuel 11:1–15
David assaults Bathsheba and arranges the death of her husband.

Psalm 14
Fools do corrupt and abominable things, believing there is no God.


2 Kings 4:42–44
Elisha feeds a hundred people with a few loaves and ears of grain.

Psalm 145:10–18
You open your hand, O Lord, and give food to all in due season.

Ephesians 3:14–21
May you know the love of Christ and receive the fullness of God.

John 6:1–21
Jesus feeds five thousand people with five loaves and two fish.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

All your works shall give thanks to you, O God,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
For you uphold all who are falling
and raise up all who are bowed down.
All look to you;
you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
We lift our hearts and hands in thanks to you.

Prayer of the Day

God who provides,
we proclaim that your power,
at work within us,
is able to accomplish abundantly far more
than all we can ask or imagine.
Where we see scraps, you envision a feast;
when we fret about scarcity, you set a table of abundance.
In a society based on consuming and owning,
teach us the way of receiving instead of taking
and the path of gratitude instead of grumbling.
Guide us in generosity
towards those in our neighborhoods
and around the globe who lack basic necessities
or struggle in poverty and famine.
This we pray through Christ, who fills us with love
that surpasses all knowledge. 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 Christ, when the crowds surrounded you,
hungry for bread and for your word,
you took an offering—five loaves, two fish—
and made for them a feast.
Still, O Lord, we doubt the abundance of your grace.
Still, O Lord, we are hesitant to share the gifts we have.
Still, O Lord, we wonder whether there is enough for all.
Forgive us, O God, and make of us a more generous people.
Empower us to share the gift of our lives,
and enlighten us to see the miracles around us.
For you are the giver of grace upon grace,
the one who turns want into plenty.

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 . . .
Fill us with the fullness of your love;
strengthen us by your Holy Spirit
and let your Word dwell in our hearts.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the world . . .
Frustrate the plans of the wicked—
those who consume the poor like bread;
give refuge to all who are in need.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for this community . . .
Multiply your good gifts among us,
so that all may eat and be satisfied,
and have enough to share with others.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Sustain them in their times of struggle;
surround them with the love of Christ,
the love that surpasses all understanding.
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 are gracious in all your ways, near to all who call out to you,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
You give bread for those who hunger and provide for those in need.
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:
Taking bread and fish, Jesus gave thanks, and gave them to the multitude.
Everyone was fed and nothing was wasted.
By this we know that he came to feed us with new life and make us one.
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.
Through your Spirit fill us all with your goodness.
Strengthen and guide us as disciples, that we may know and share
the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love.
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

Bible Quilt

Harriet Powers, 1898

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Eternal Father, Strong to Save (G) MELITA GTG 8
  • I’ll Praise My Maker (O) OLD 113TH GTG 806
  • My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less (G) SOLID ROCK GTG 353
  • O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (E) DEO GRACIAS GTG 618


  • Come and Fill Our Hearts (Confitemini Domino) (EG) CONFITEMINI DOMINO GTG 466
  • For the Fruit of All Creation (OE) AR HYD Y NOS GTG 36
  • Jesus, Lover of My Soul (EG) ABERYSTWYTH GTG 440
  • Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (E) ST. AGNES GTG 629


  • Bread of Life from Heaven (OEG) ARGENTINE SANTO/BREAK NOW THE BREAD GTG 497
  • Eat This Bread (OG) BERTHIER GTG 527
  • Feed Us, Lord (G) FEED US GTG 501
  • Great Is the Mystery of Faith! (E) GONFALON ROYAL Breathing Spirit into Dust, David Gambrell, GIA


  • Christ Be Beside Me (E) BUNESSAN GTG 702
  • How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord (G) REPTON GTG 432
  • God of Grace and God of Glory (O) CWM RHONDDA GTG 307
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (E) WESTMINSTER ABBEY GTG 394

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 14

  • The Foolish in Their Hearts Deny [MAPLE AVENUE]; GTG 335
  • Hear the Fool (All Have Sinned) [BLAKE]; PAS 53A, LUYH 33
  • “There Is No God,” the Foolish Say [LM]; SGP 16
  • Oh, That Your Salvation and Your Rescue Would Swiftly Come; PAS 14A (through-composed vv.), 14B (alt. refrain) (pointed vv.)
  • Prone to Wander [BEACH SPRING]; PAS 14B, SSS 25/6 (with Spanish translation)
  • O, That Salvation Would Come from Zion; PSA 8

Psalm 145:10–18

  • O My God and King and Savior [HOLY MANNA]; PAS 145F
  • Your Faithfulness, O Lord, Is Sure [WINCHESTER NEW]; GTG 42, PH 251
  • I Will Exalt My God and King [JERUSALEM]; PAS 145B (sts. 5–7)
  • Great Is the Lord and Greatly to Be Praised; HTP2 92
  • I Will Praise Your Name Forever; PAS 145D
  • Hallelujah! Praise the Lord [DANBY]; PP 284

    Organ Music

    • “DEO GRACIAS,” O Love, How Deep: Three Hymn Settings for Organ, Craig Phillips, MSM (M)
    • “I Need Thee Every Hour,” Hymns of Faith, Marianne Kim, LOR (E)
    • “Break Bread Together,” Augsburg Organ Library: Baptism and Communion, Dale Wood, AF (ME)
    • “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele,” Eleven Chorale Preludes, op. 122, Johannes Brahms, public domain (M)
    • “Hymn of Faith,” Glory and Grandeur, Walker Baylor, LOR (ME)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “The Eyes of All Look to Thee,” George Elvey, SJMP, SAB, keybd (E)
    • “O Taste and See,” Richard DeLong, JM, SATB, acap (M)
    • “Pilgrim’s Hymn,” Stephen Paulus, Paulus Publications, SATB div, acap (A)
    • “He Never Failed Me Yet,” Robert Ray, HAL, SATB, solo, pno, bass, drums (M)
    • “A Gaelic Blessing,” The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems, John Rutter, OUP, SAB, keybd (M)
    • “Come My Way, My Truth, My Life,” Godfrey Sampson, NOV, SATB, org (M)
    • “Wash Me Throughly,” S. S. Wesley, CPDL, SATB, org (M)

    Handbell Music

    • “Reflection on Beach Spring,” Mitchell Eithun, 3–7 oct, CON, CO977892, Level 2+
    • “Beach Spring,” Jason Krug, 3–6 oct, opt hc and tamb, BP, HB632, Level 3
    • “Fantasy on Beach Spring,” Jason Krug, 3 oct, solo w/pno, Grassy Meadow Music, GMH010016, EM


    • Feeding the Multitudes, Cara B. Hochhalter, 2019 (VDL)
    • Feeding the Five Thousand, Marten van Valckenborch (VDL)
    • Christ Walking on Water, Julius Sergius von Klever (VDL)
    • Walk Across That Water, Jan Richardson (JR)