June 16, 2024 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 6

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

Lectionary Readings


1 Samuel 15:34—16:13
Samuel visits Jesse’s sons and anoints the youngest, David.

Psalm 20
The Lord will help the anointed one; God will fulfill your plans.


Ezekiel 17:22–24
The Lord says: I will plant a cedar sprig; it will become a great tree.

Psalm 92:1–4, 12–15
The righteous are planted in God’s house, and grow like a cedar.

2 Corinthians 5:6–10, (11–13) 14–17
We walk by faith, not by sight; in Christ there is a new creation.

Mark 4:26–34
Jesus uses parables about seeds to describe the kingdom of God.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Some look to technology or power
to bring them salvation,
but we look to God.
Some look to quantity or efficiency
as signs of success,
but we look to God.
For you, O God,
have made us whole.
At the works of your hands
we sing for joy!

Prayer of the Day

God of the mysterious garden
that flourishes when we least expect,
you do not perceive the world as we do.
In the smallest seed,
you see a home for a host of creatures.
From among the overlooked and forgotten,
you call disciples to carry out your will.
Enable us to regard each person
not through the prejudices that have shaped us,
but through the love of Jesus Christ,
the first fruit of your new 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:
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.

When our actions are not consistent with the truth of your gospel,
forgive us, Lord. Cleanse us and free us.
When our lives do not proclaim the power of your love,
compel us, Lord. Free us and forgive us.
When our minds are full of self-condemnation, with no room for your grace,
revive us Lord. Forgive us and compel us.
For our lives are rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ,
and through Christ’s love alone we are reconciled to you.

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 . . .
Teach us to walk by faith and not by sight,
with the love of Christ always urging us on
until your new creation is revealed.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for the world . . .
Like the mustard seed of Jesus’ story,
let your grace and peace grow in our world,
until all find shade and shelter in your love.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for this community . . .
Raise up new and youthful leaders
who will be good shepherds to your sheep,
seeking the welfare of all.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Answer them in their time of trouble;
protect them from all evil
and grant them your heart’s desire.
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 speak and your will is done.
You lift up those who are weak and lowly
and through them you accomplish great things.
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 proclaiming the mystery of your kingdom:
like seeds planted in a field, springing forth in harvest;
like a mustard seed, growing beyond our imagination.
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.
Guide us by your Spirit as we walk in faith,
confidently moving toward your new creation
through the love of Christ that urges us on.
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

White Mustard Seeds

Edal Lefterov, 2012

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name! (O) CORONATION GTG 263
  • God, the Sculptor of the Mountains (G) JENNINGS-HOUSTON GTG 5
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (E) HYFRYDOL GTG 366, BEECHER SSS 354
  • We’ve Come This Far by Faith (E) THIS FAR BY FAITH GTG 656


  • A Sower Came from Ancient Hills (G) SEACHRIST GTG 171
  • For the Fruit of All Creation (OG) AR HYD Y NOS GTG 36
  • If You Only Had Faith (G) SI TUVIERAS FE GTG 176
  • We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight (E) DUNLAP’S CREEK GTG 817


  • You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (OG) BICENTENNIAL GTG 523
  • Seed, Scattered and Sown (G) SEED SCATTERED GTG 531
  • Sheaves of Wheat (G) UNA ESPIGA GTG 532
  • Where Charity and Love Prevail (E) TWENTY-FOURTH GTG 316


  • By Faith (Por fe) (E) BY FAITH WE SEE THE HAND OF GOD SSS 637
  • God, You Spin the Whirling Planets (E) PLEADING SAVIOR GTG 23
  • Walk On, O People of God (Camina, Pueblo de Dios) (E) NUEVA CREACIÓN PH 296, SSS 530
  • There Is Now a New Creation (E) STUTTGART GTG 774

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 20

  • May God Support You All Your Days [DICKINSON COLLEGE]; GTG 548
  • May the Lord God Hear You Pray [TEBBEN]; PAS 20C, LUYH 894
  • No Matter When the Day of Trouble Comes [SONG 1]; PLP1 20
  • El nombre de Dios te ampare / May God’s Holy Name Uphold You [Perera]; PAS 20A, SSS 588
  • In the Day of Need [SAMSON]; PH 169
  • May the Blessing of the Lord Be upon Us (You); PAS 20B
  • Let Your Hearts Take Comfort; PSA 14

Psalm 92:1–4, 12–15

  • It Is Good to Sing Your Praises [ELLESDIE]; GTG 682, PAS 92A, LUYH 513, SSS 467 (with Spanish translation)
  • Trees [DIX]; PAS p. 2
  • It Is Good to Trust; PSA 86
  • It’s Good to Give Thanks; PAS 92C (through composed), PAS 92D (with pointed vv.)

Organ Music

  • “The Church’s One Foundation,” AURELIA, Organ Preludes on Favorite Hymns, Joyce Jones, BMP (E)
  • “In Thee Is Gladness,” BWV 615, IN DIR IST FREUDE, Orgelbüchlein, Johann Sebastian Bach, public domain (MA)
  • “Rejoice, the Lord Is King,” The Complete Organist, Adam Mason, LOR (E)
  • “Salutation on ‘All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,’” All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, Alice Jordan, Broadman Press (E)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “The Kingdom,” André Thomas, HIN, SATB, pno (M)
  • “You Better Min’,” arr. Moses Hogan, HAL, SATB, solo, acap (E)
  • “Seeds Grow to Plants,” John Rutter, Bourne Co., SATB, pno (E)
  • “Virga Jesse,” Anton Bruckner, CPDL, SATB, acap (A)
  • “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree,” Elizabeth Polston, Banks Music Publications, SATB div, acap (M)
  • “A Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester,” The Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems, L. J. White, OUP, FLEX, keybd (E)

Handbell Music

  • “Come, Thou Almighty King,” Kevin McChesney, 3–5 oct, HOPE, 2501, Level 3-
  • “Let All Creation Bless the Lord,” Cathy Moklebust, 3–5 oct, opt hc, opt perc, CGA, CGB1129 (HB), CGB1128 (full score/parts), Level 3+
  • “All Through the Night,” AR HYD Y NOS, Bill Ingram, 3–5 oct, ROP, RO3245, Level 2


  • Harvesting, Jörg Breu (VDL)
  • White Mustard Seeds, Edal Lefterov (VDL)
  • David Plays for Saul, Laura James (EYE)
  • Biblical Jesse Tree, Nicholas Markell (EYE)
  • Secret of the Seed, Jan Richardson (JR)