July 6, 2025 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 9

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

Lectionary Readings

2 Kings 5:1–14
Elisha tells Naaman to wash in the Jordan; he is cured of leprosy.

Psalm 30
O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; my soul praises you.   

Isaiah 66:10–14
Rejoice with Jerusalem; I will bless and comfort her, says the Lord. 

Psalm 66:1–9
Make a joyful noise to God; come and see what God has done. 

Galatians 6:(1–6) 7–16
Bear one another’s burdens; in this way you fulfill the law of Christ.

Luke 10:1–11, 16–20
Jesus appoints seventy, sending them out as laborers into the harvest.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

God hears our cries
and restores our troubled souls.
We can’t keep silent. 
We sing God’s praises with joy!

God nurses and comforts us
until our hearts are strong like mountains.
We can’t keep silent. 
We sing God’s praises with joy!

God’s love sustains us to flourishing. 
We can’t keep silent.
We sing God’s praises with joy!

Prayer of the Day

You are the God who makes miracles,
the one who turns the sea into dry land,
mourning into dancing,
enemies into friends,
and empires into dust.
You ask the simple things from us:
to eat each other’s foods
and enjoy each other’s company.
You ask the hard things from us:
to love one another,
embrace our differences,
and seek forgiveness.
Transform us to find hope where there is despair
and passion where there is apathy.
Give us trust in your abundance
and grant us patience when we see only scarcity,
that we might answer your call to be laborers 
in the fields you are sowing. 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:
Jesus calls us to enter the joy of discipleship,
the joy of following in his way.
But sin clings closely,
and we struggle to respond fully
to Christ’s invitation.
Let us seek God’s forgiveness
so that we may know more deeply
the joy God intends.

God of perfect love,
you continually bring forth life,
transforming sadness to joy,
and despair to hope.
We are weak,
but you are strong.
Our ways are flawed,
but your ways are true.
We are seldom right,
but you are never wrong.
Forgive us, redeem us, transform us.
Take away the sin that burdens us,
and restore us to the people
you would have us be,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.

Lifting water from the font:
Relentlessly God seeks us out.
With abundant grace and boundless mercy,
God seeks us out.
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: 
At the crossroads wisdom calls. 
Proverbs 8:1–2

After the readings: 
The wisdom of God for all people; 
the call of God for all who live. 
Thanks be to God.
Proverbs 8:4


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
How majestic is the name 
of the Lord our God! Amen.
Psalm 8:1

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

Holy God, One-in-Three and Three-in-One,

hear us as we pray for your blessing,

saying: Holy, triune God, have mercy on us.


We pray for the church . . .

Make us faithful laborers in your harvest,

provide what we need to do your work,

and send us out with a message of hope for all.

Holy, triune God, have mercy on us. 


We pray for the world . . .

Look with compassion and healing

at the pain and brokenness of our world.

Cover your creation with mercy and peace.

Holy, triune God, have mercy on us.


We pray for this community . . .

As we remember and give thanks

for the work and vision of our forebears,

help us to seek justice and freedom for all.

Holy, triune God, have mercy on us.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Let your healing touch rest upon those

who are struggling and suffering this day.

Restore their health and strength.

Holy, triune God, have mercy on us.


All this we ask of you, Lord God,

through Jesus Christ our Savior,

and in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. 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:
Your realm extends from Israel
to every nation on earth.
You bless the work of the prophets
who labor in your name.
You reach out with healing grace
to strangers and friends.

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 came with power, authority, and peace.
He sends us into the world
to proclaim your message:
The kingdom of God has come near. 

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.

Give us new life,
so that we may no longer be bound
by deception, corruption, and transgression,
but follow your will, obey your rule,
and seek your peace.

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: 
May the God of glory,
the Lord of life, 
and the Spirit of truth 
be with you all. Alleluia! 
John 16:12–15 

Live by the Spirit, 
the giver of life. Amen.
Galatians 5:16 

Symbol of the Gospel of Luke

Stained Glass, Corning, Ohio

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (O) MIT FREUDEN ZART GTG 645

  • Sing Out, My Soul (O) MAGNIFICAT (Taizé) GTG 646

  • Make a Joyful Noise to God! (P) DIX GTG 54


  • Lord, You Give the Great Commission (G) ABBOT’S LEIGH GTG 298

  • Help Us Accept Each Other (E) BARONITA GTG 754

  • Hear the Good News of Salvation (P) NETTLETON GTG 441


  • Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ (P) LINSTEAD GTG 526

  • For the Bread Which You Have Broken (G) KINGDOM GTG 516

  • Wonder of Wonders, Here Revealed (O) PENTECOST (Boyd) GTG 489


  • Go in Grace and Make Disciples (G) WONDROUS LIGHT GTG 296

  • May the Love of the Lord (O) SOON TI GTG 549

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

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 30

  • All with Joyful Exultation [YISRAEL V’ORAITA]; GTG 798, PAS 30C, PP56

  • Come Sing to God [ELLACOMBE]; GTG 805, PH 181, SGP 47 (with additional stanza)

  • I Worship You, O Lord [BISHOP TUCKER]; PAS 30A, LUYH 668


  • Te ensalzaré, Señor / I Will Praise You, O Lord; PAS 30B

  • O choro pode durar / Though Weeping and Deepest Sorrow; PAS 30D

  • You Have Restored My Life [TRURO]; HTP1 90

Psalm 66:1–9

  • Make a Joyful Noise to God! [DIX]; GTG 54

  • Praise Our God with Shouts of Joy [GENEVAN 136]; PAS 66E

  • Make a Joyful Noise to God [ D]; SGP 93

  • Make a Joyful Noise to God [MADRID / SPANISH HYMN]; PP 115, PCW 66a


  • Cry Out to God in Joy; PAS 66A (through-composed vv.), 66D (pointed vv.)

  • Let All the Earth Cry Out to God; PFTS2 22

  • Let All the Earth Cry Out with Joy to God; PSA 57

Organ Music

  • “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word,” Partita on ERHALT UNS, HERR (Hymn, Overture, Bicinium, Canon, Scherzo, Aria, Toccata), Kevin Hildebrand, CON (MA)

  • Chorale Prelude on LOVE UNKNOWN, Augsburg Organ Library: Lent II, James Biery, AF (M)

  • “Nun danket Alle Gott,” BWV 657, J. S. Bach, various publishers and IMSLP.org (A)

  • “Prelude on Beach Spring,” Charles Callahan, downloadable, MSM (E)

Piano Music

  • “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” FAITHFULNESS, Reflections for Worship, vol. 2, Mark Hayes, HOPE (MA)

  • “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ,” LINSTEAD, 60 Easy Hymn Settings for Piano, Joel Raney, HOPE (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “They’ll Know We Are Christians,” arr. Mark Hayes, LOR, SATB, keybd (E)

  • “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” arr. Brian L. Hanson, CGA, SAB, keybd, opt vln (E)

  • “Ma Navu (How Beautiful),” arr. Audrey Snyther, HAL, SAT, keybd (ME)

  • “Down to the River to Pray (with Bring Me Little Water, Silvy),” arr. Jennaya Robison, Pavane Publishing, SATB, acap, opt hd (ME)

  • “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down,” arr. Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, Earthsongs, SSATB, keybd (MA)

Vocal Solos

  • “For the Lord Will Lead,” To God I Will Sing, Felix Mendelssohn, AF, medium (M)

  • “Mothering God,” Still All My Song Shall Be, Tom Trenney, MSM, medium/high (MA

  • “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness,” Glory to God 291, James K. Manley (ME)


  • Naaman Is Cured from Leprosy, from the Meuse Valley, ca. 1150 (VDL)

  • A Man in Oriental Costume (King Uzziah Stricken by Leprosy), Rembrandt van Rijn, 1639 (VCS)

  • Harvest in Provence, Vincent van Gogh, 1888 (VDL)