June 29, 2025 – Third Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 8

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

Lectionary Readings

2 Kings 2:1–2, 6–14
Elijah is taken to heaven in a whirlwind; Elisha picks up his mantle. 

Psalm 77:1–2, 11–20
You work wonders, O God; you make a path through the waters. 

1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21
Elisha leaves his family and his oxen to follow the prophet Elijah. 

Psalm 16
Protect me, O God; you show me the path of life and fullness of joy. 

Galatians 5:1, 13–25
Christ has set us free; live by the Spirit, not the desires of the flesh. 

Luke 9:51–62
Jesus turns toward Jerusalem and warns those who would follow him.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

In the calm waters of the ponds
and the bouncing waters of the rivers,
you make a path, O God of wonders.
In the playful waters of the streams 
that shape every rock
and the furious waters 
of the whirlwinds coming down,
you make a path, O God of wonders.
We come to praise God,
knowing that in the quiet 
and in the chaos of our lives, 
you will make a path. 
Let us worship God!

Prayer of the Day

How do we follow you, O God in the margins?
How do we welcome you
while rejecting perspectives
different from our own?
We pray for those who may think, look,
and believe differently from us.
(specific prayers may be offered)
How do we do your will
while responding to it with vengeance?
We pray for governments and nations 
who are at war.
We pray for leaders and lawmakers 
to enact justice and peace. 
(specific prayers may be offered)
How do we open our homes to you, 
the one who doesn’t have a place to lay your head?
We pray for people seeking asylum,
people with no place to sleep,
and people who offer shelter to others. 
(specific prayers may be offered)
How do we trust you
while clinging to certainty and comfort?
We pray for our families, for the church, 
and for the institutions we hold dear to us. 
(specific prayers may be offered)
Call us into your heart
and call us out of that which keeps us
separated from you and one another, 
that we may follow you, O Loving One. 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:
Seeking to follow God,
shepherd of our flock,
and knowing how we have strayed,
we humbly confess the ways
in which we have sinned,
that we might find grace.

God of mercy,
we confess that we too often give in
to the yearnings of the flesh.
We have impure thoughts.
We idolize those who misuse power.
We harbor jealousies and are quick to anger.
We neglect to care for others
and gratify our own desires.
Forgive us, O God,
and cleanse us of our sin.
Lead us to ways of love, joy, and peace.
Send your Spirit to engender patience, kindness, and generosity,
and lead us to be gentle
in our care for all of your people.

Lifting water from the font:
Sisters and brothers, we are all called to freedom.
Amidst thunderous storms and rocky waters,
God reaches out to us in love.
In 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: 
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 . . .

Help us to follow you, guided by your Spirit.

Revive our faith as we seek you in this place.

Show us how to proclaim your kingdom. 

Holy, triune God, have mercy on us. 


We pray for the world . . .

Bring peace and restoration to all in need.

Deliver us from malice and temptation.

Set us free to share your Spirit’s gifts.

Holy, triune God, have mercy on us.


We pray for this community . . .

Open the doors of this congregation.

Let strangers find welcome here

and make us ready to meet Christ in them.

Holy, triune God, have mercy on us.


We pray for loved ones . . .

You know the struggles and concerns of all.

Take away their fear, pain, and doubt,

for you are a God who works wonders. 

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:
We give thanks for your gracious work
and mighty deeds.
You command the water and storm,
the thunder and lightning.
You display your great power
across the earth and among your people.

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:
He set his face toward Jerusalem,
knowing what was ahead.
He knew rejection,
yet pressed on to complete his work.
Still he invites us to follow him,
and live in your kingdom. 

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 your Spirit, set us free to love one another,
showing joy, peace, patience,
kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control.

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


  • Freedom Is Coming (E) FREEDOM IS COMING GTG 359

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


  • Hear My Cry, O God, and Save Me! (P) GENEVAN 77 GTG 781

  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (O) SWING LOW GTG 825


  • Look Who Gathers at Christ’s Table! (E) COPELAND GTG 506

  • We Gather Here in Jesus’ Name (P) COME, SHARE THE LORD GTG 510

  • Taste and See (E) TASTE AND SEE GTG 520


  • Jesus Calls Us (G) GALILEE GTG 720

  • Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen (G) SURGE ECCLESIA GTG 536

  • For the Fruit of All Creation (E) AR HYD Y NOS GTG 36

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 77:1–2, 11–20

  • Recall the Wondrous Works of God []; SGP 107

  • Hear My Cry, O God, and Save Me! [GENEVAN 77]; GTG 781, PAS 77A, LUYH 893

  • We Will Remember; PAS 77C


  • By Your Strength You Have Redeemed Your People; PAS 77D

  • I Remember Your Deeds; PSA 66

  • Redeem Us by Your Strength, O Lord [WAREHAM]; HTP2 147

Psalm 16

  • When in the Night I Meditate [ST. FLAVIAN, MAITLAND, MORNING SONG / CONSOLATION]; GTG 810, PH 165, PAS 16A, PP 28 (with refrain)

  • Protect Me, God [MEPHIBOSHETH]; PAS 16C, LUYH 411


  • My Heart Is Glad; PAS 16D 

  • Harbor of My Heart; PAS 16B

Organ Music

  • Chorale Prelude on NYLAND (KUORTANE), Musica Sacra, Easy Hymn Preludes for Organ, vol. 10, Jacob B. Weber, CON (E)

  • Chorale Prelude on BOURBON, Eleven Compositions for Organ, Set III, Charles W. Ore, CON (ME)

  • “He Comes to Us as One Unknown,” REPTON, Augsburg Organ Library: Autumn, Robert J. Powell, AF (E) 

  • “Tuba Tune in D Major,” Augsburg Organ Library: Marriage, Craig Seller Lang, AF (M)

Piano Music

  • “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart,” MORECAMBE, A Time for Giving, Janet Vogt,
    LOR (M)

  • “Kelvingrove,” Celtic Collection, Charles Callahan, MSM (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Praise the Lord,” Ralph Johnson, Earthsongs, SATB, acap (E)

  • “O Jesus, I Have Promised,” Timothy Shaw, BP, SATB, keybd (ME)

  • “Will You Come and Follow Me,” arr. Tom Trenney, MSM, SATB, keybd, opt cong (M)

  • “Jesus, Take All of Me,” arr. Heather Sorenson, HAL, SATB, keybd (ME)

  • “Spirit God, Descend,” arr. John Helgen, AF, SAT, keybd, opt vc (M)

Vocal Solos

  • “Jesus Calls Us,” Bread of the World, Wayne Wold, MSM (M)

  • “Covenant Prayer,” Sing Praise, Karen Marrolli, MSM (E)

  • “The Potter’s Hand,” Darlene Zschech, musicnotes.com (ME)

  • “The Call,” Five Mystical Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams, GMC, bari (M)


  • Elijah, John August Swanson, 2008 (VDL)

  • The Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah, unknown artist (Russia), 1650 (VCS)

  • Elijah Went Up by a Whirlwind into Heaven (Chariot of Fire), Shlomo Katz, 1985 (VCS)

  • The Foxes Have Holes (from the Christ in the Wilderness series), Stanley Spencer, 1938 (PD)