June 23, 2024 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 7

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

Lectionary Readings


1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4–11, 19–23), 32–49
Armed with only a sling, young David defeats the giant Goliath.

or 1 Samuel 17:57—18:5, 10–16
David finds favor and success, while Saul is possessed by evil.

Psalm 9:9–20
The Lord helps the oppressed; the poor will not be forgotten.

or Psalm 133
How good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.


Job 38:1–11
The Lord answers Job: Who else but God can control the seas?

Psalm 107:1–3, 23–32
Give thanks to the Lord, who saves us on the stormy seas.

2 Corinthians 6:1–13
Do not accept God’s grace in vain; now is the day of salvation.

Mark 4:35–41
Caught in a storm at sea, Jesus calms the wind and waves.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

The God who first heard the morning stars sing
never forgets the cry of the afflicted.
You, O God, have not forsaken those who seek you.
The God who set the limits of the seas
remains a stronghold for the oppressed.
You, O God, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Come, let us thank God for steadfast love,
for all God’s mighty works.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God,
you stilled the waters
and fished from them with friends;
you answered Job from a whirlwind
and gently water the earth with dew each day.
Though you hold all power and glory,
you do not use them to uphold the powerful
but to uplift those brought low
by oppression, trouble, and sorrow.
May we use our power and privilege,
in whatever measure,
with the same spirit that you have used your power.
May we learn wisdom
as we consider the steadfast love
that you have shown us in Jesus Christ,
who did not consider equality with you
as something to be grasped,
but emptied himself and became obedient,
even to death on a cross. 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 whose voice brought peace to the waves,
we pray for a glimpse of your peace in our lives.
When all around us has given way to chaos,
ground us in your presence.
When the struggle for justice
seems endless and we grow tired,
refresh us by your mercy.
Help us to see that you are in the boat with us,
even when we are certain that it is sinking.
Forgive us when we doubt the power of your grace, O Lord,
and make us agents of your reign.

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 . . .
In the love of Christ, open our hearts
to find joy in sorrow, richness in poverty,
and new life, even in the dust of death.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for the world . . .
Give us the courage to confront our enemies
not with mighty weapons of war,
but with confidence in your will.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for this community . . .
Teach us how good and pleasant it is
when we live together in unity;
bless us with abundant life and peace.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Give them peace in your presence,
even as the storms rage around them,
even in the midst of suffering and stress.
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 stronghold for the oppressed;
you raise the lowly and set them in seats of power.
You have not forsaken those who cry out to you.
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 into this world bearing love and compassion.
When his disciples were gripped with fear for their lives
in the midst of a storm, he calmed the wind and the sea.
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.
By the power of your Holy Spirit open our hearts,
so that as you send us out from this place,
we may trust in you throughout all our days.
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

Healing of a Bleeding Woman

Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter, Rome, 4th century

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • When the Morning Stars Together (O) WEISSE FLAGGEN GTG 689
  • O Look and Wonder (¡Miren qué bueno!) (O) MIREN QUÉ BUENO GTG 397
  • We Praise You, O God (O) KREMSER GTG 612
  • O Sing a Song of Bethlehem (G) KINGSFOLD GTG 159


  • Give Thanks (E) GIVE THANKS GTG 647
  • How Firm a Foundation (OG) FOUNDATION GTG 463
  • Lonely the Boat (G) BAI GTG 185
  • Calm to the Waves (G) CALM SEAS GTG 184


  • Now the Silence (E) NOW GTG 534

  • We Who Once Were Dead (E) MIDDEN IN DE DOOD GTG 502

  • You Are My Strength When I Am Weak (You Are My All in All) (OE) JERNIGAN GTG 519

  • Just as I Am (E) WOODWORTH GTG 442


  • Fight the Good Fight (OE) DUKE STREET GTG 846
  • How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord (E) REPTON GTG 432
  • Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult (G) GALILEE GTG 720
  • Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me (G) PILOT ELW 755, AAHH 460

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 9:9–20

  • Sing Praise to God, Whose Mighty Acts [SALVATION]; GTG 356, PAS 9B
  • Come Sing to God with All Your Heart [MORNING SONG]; PAS 9C, LUYH 647
  • Oré mboriajú / On the Poor / Ten piedad; PAS 9A, SSS 252
  • Proclaim God’s Mighty Deeds; PSA 6

Psalm 133

  • Miren qué bueno / O Look and Wonder [MIREN QUÉ BUENO]; GTG 397, PAS 133D, LUYH 260, SSS 230
  • Behold the Goodness of Our (the) Lord [DETROIT, CRIMOND]; PAS 133A, PH 241
  • Mirad cuán bueno / Behold, How Good and Delightful [MIRAD CUÁN BUENO]; PAS 133B, SSS 234
  • Miren qué bueno / O Look and Wonder [MIREN QUÉ BUENO]; PAS 133E
  • God of Love and Mercy [SCARBOROUGH FAIR]; PP 268
  • The Lord Anoints and Blesses; PSA 137

Psalm 107:1–3, 23–32

  • Give Thanks to God Who Hears Our Cries [MORNING SONG/CONSOLATION]; GTG 653, PAS 107A, LUYH 359
  • Give Thanks to God Who All Goodness Has Brought Us [STAR IN THE EAST]; PP 202; PCW 107
  • O Give Thanks [THE MEETING OF THE WATERS]; CP2 6
  • Peace, Be Still; OLOF 688
  • Give Thanks to the Lord [DARWALL’S 148TH]; HTP2 81
  • May Those Who Are Wise; PAS 107C

Organ Music

  • “Fanfare of Praise,” The Complete Organist, vol. 2, Jason W. Krug, LOR (ME)
  • “It Is Well with My Soul,” We Gather Together, Christian Harmon, LOR (ME)
  • “Postlude on EIN FESTE BURG,” Easy Organ Library, vol. 68, Sandra Gay, LOR (ME)
  • “How Firm a Foundation,” Worship the King, Lance Flower, SFP (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “My God Is a Rock,” arr. Robert Shaw & Alice Parker, Lawson Gould, SATB, solo, acap (M)
  • “Timer et Tremor,” Gyorgy Orban, HIN, SATB, acap (M)
  • “When You Pass through the Waters,” Paul D. Weber, MSM, uni, pno (E)
  • “It Is Well,” Benjamin D. Knodler, BP, SATB, pno (M)
  • “The Storm Is Passing Over,” arr. Barbara Baker, BH, SATB, pno (E)
  • “He Calmed the Ocean,” AAHH #223, Kenneth Morris, GIA, FLEX, keybd (E)
  • “Little David, Play on Your Harp,” arr. Rollo Dilworth, HAL, SATB, pno (M)

Handbell Music

  • “Tumult and Tranquility,” Hal H. Hopson, 5–7 oct, JHS, 9349, Level 4+
  • “Despite the Storm,” Cathy Moklebust, 2–3 oct, CGA (CGB932), 3-6 oct (CGB933), opt hc, opt flute/vln, Level 3-
  • “Blessed Unity,” Lee Afdahl, 3 oct FTM (FM201223), 4–6 oct (FM201225), opt hc, Level 4+


  • David and Goliath, John August Swanson (VDL)
  • Tempest, Kathleen Peterson (VDL)
  • Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt van Rijn (VDL)
  • Yahweh Responds to Job, Monastery of Great Lavra, 12th century (VDL)
  • Only Speak the Word, Jan Richardson (JR)