June 30, 2024 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 8

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

Lectionary Readings


2 Samuel 1:1, 17–27
David laments the deaths of Jonathan and Saul, killed in battle.

Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; in your word I hope.


Lamentations 3:22–33
The steadfast love the Lord never ceases; God’s faithfulness is great.

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

2 Corinthians 8:7–15
Give generously to those in need; for our sake, Jesus became poor.

Mark 5:21–43
Jesus heals a long-suffering woman and raises a girl from the dead.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

The steadfast love of God never ceases.
God’s mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning.
Great is your faithfulness, O God.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning,
for you hear us when we cry.
So we will praise you and will not be silent.
Sing praises, O you faithful ones,
and give thanks to God’s holy name.

Prayer of the Day

Merciful God,
you listen to all our prayers—
cries of joy and cries for help,
shouts of frustration and speechless awe,
wordless weeping and lengthy lament.
Some of us wait decades for your response;
others sense it immediately.
May we come to know your presence,
even when you seem absent,
and seek your unexpected responses.
Embolden us to keep praying
through dismay and disappointment,
for the Holy Spirit speaks for us
when we are unable to pray. 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.

You shower us with blessings,
with chances to know your grace.
Still, O Lord, we twist your promises
and pray for blessings we can own.
You call us to leave our selfish ways
and follow your call to compassion.
Still, O Lord, we choose shallow belief
over transformative faith.
You have told us that your love is enough,
that the waters of mercy will not run dry.
Still, O Lord, we choose fear instead of trust,
hiding behind the illusion that we can survive on our own.
Forgive us, Holy One, and by your forgiveness,
offer us a chance to try again.

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 share our abundance
with Christ-like generosity and love,
giving freely to those who are in need.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for the world . . .
Morning by morning, renew this weary world
with your steadfast love that never ceases,
your faithfulness that never fails.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for this community . . .
Wherever there is struggle and strife
let your mercy and peace prevail:
in neighborhoods, nations, hearts, and homes.
By your Spirit, O God, transform our lives.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Reach out to all who reach out to you;
confirm their faith in your healing touch
and give them the wholeness they 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:
Your steadfast love and mercy never cease;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
From generation to generation you have been our redeemer.
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 among us with healing power,
curing the sick and raising the dead;
through his own death and resurrection he gives us new life.
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.
Create in us a spirit of generosity and gratitude.
Send us out to share our lives with those in need,
that all may be filled with an abundance of love and grace.
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

Prophet Ezekiel

Michaelangelo Buonarroti, Sistine Chapel, 1510

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Great Are You, Lord (Great Is the Lord) (OG) GREAT IS THE LORD GTG 614
  • Let Us with a Gladsome Mind (OE) MONKLAND GTG 31
  • O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (G) AZMON GTG 610
  • Praise, My Soul, the God/King of Heaven (OEG) LAUDA ANIMA GTG 620


  • God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending (E) BEACH SPRING GTG 716
  • O Christ, the Healer (G) ERHALT UNS HERR GTG 793
  • The Steadfast Love of the Lord (O) THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD GTG 59
  • The Woman Hiding in the Crowd (G) SIMMONS GTG 178


  • Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether (G) UNION SEMINARY GTG 529
  • Eat This Bread (E) BERTHIER GTG 527
  • Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (G) ST. AGNES GTG 629
  • Spirit, Do Your Work in Us (OG)
  • Claim the Mystery, Adam Tice, GIA


  • The Church of Christ in Every Age (E) WAREHAM GTG 320
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness (OG) FAITHFULNESS GTG 39
  • When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre) (E) EL CAMINO GTG 762
  • Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life (EG) GERMANY GTG 343

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 130

  • In Deep Despair I Cry to You [MORNING SONG/CONSOLATION]; PAS 130E
  • From the Depths of Sin and Sadness [RUSSIAN]; PAS 130F
  • Out of the Depths I Cry to You (Out of the Depths to Thee I Raise) [AUS TIEFER NOT]; GTG 424, PAS 130A, PH 240, SSS 513 (with Spanish translation)
  • Out of the Depths I Cry to You [Digerness]; PAS 130D
  • Out of the Depths I Cry to You on High [SANDON]; PAS 130C, LUYH 655
  • In You, O Lord, There Is Mercy; PSA 134
  • Out of the Depths I Cry to You, O Lord; PAS 130B
  • With the Lord There Is Mercy; PFTS2 10
  • From the Depths I Call to You; PND 42

Psalm 30

  • All with Joyful Exultation [YISRAEL V’ORAITA]; GTG 798, PAS 30C, PP 56
  • Come Sing to God (I Will Extol Your Name) [ELLACOMBE]; GTG 805, PH 181, SGP 47 (with additional stanza)
  • I Worship You, O Lord [BISHOP TUCKER]; PAS 30A, LUYH 668
  • I Will Exalt You, O God [O QUANTA QUALIA]; PLP1 30
  • You Have Turned My Sorrow to Dancing [GREEN GROWS THE LAUREL]; CP2 2
  • Te ensalzaré, Señor/I Will Praise You, O Lord; PAS 30B, SSS 331/2
  • O choro pode durar/Though Weeping and Deepest Sorrow; PAS 30D, SSS 327 (with Spanish translation)
  • Sing Praise to the Lord; PSA 27
  • I Will Praise You, Lord; LP 46

    Organ Music

    • “Be Still, My Soul,” We Gather Together, Christian Harmon, LOR (ME)
    • “God of Grace and God of Glory,” Easy Organ Library, vol. 68, Jason Krug, LOR (E)
    • “Aus der Tiefe rufe ich,” The Oxford Book of Lent and Easter Organ Music, C.P.E. Bach, OUP (MA)
    • “BEACH SPRING,” Be Present Now: Five Hymn Meditations for Organ, Raymond H. Haan, MSM (ME)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “Out of the Deep,” Requiem, John Rutter, OUP, SATB, org, vc (A)
    • “Out of the Depths,” Sam Batt Owens, 2 pt mx, org, MSM (E)
    • “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether,” Harold Friedell, arr. Curry, JM, SAB, org (E)
    • “Steadfast,” Craig Courtney, BP, SATB, pno (M)
    • “The Best of Rooms,” Randall Thompson, ECS, SATB, acap (A)
    • “Tu es Petrus,” Maurice Duruflé, DSE, SATB, acap (A)
    • “Give Almes of Thy Goods,” Christopher Tye, CPDL, acap (M)

    Handbell Music

    • “Holy God, We Praise Your Name,” Anna Laura Page, 3–5 oct, CGA, CGB287, Level 2
    • “The Church of Christ in Every Age,” Lee Afdahl, 3–5 oct, opt hc, AGEHR, AG35306, Level 2
    • “Great Is the Lord,” Douglas Wagner, 3–5 oct, LOR 201356L, Level 2


    • For God’s Steadfast Love Endures Forever, Jan Richardson (JR)
    • Healing of a Woman with an Issue of Blood, manuscript illustration (VDL)
    • Healing of the Daughter of Jairus, JESUS MAFA (VDL)