November 10, 2024 – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 27

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

Lectionary Readings


Ruth 3:1–5; 4:13–17
Ruth and Boaz have a son, who will become an ancestor to David.

Psalm 127
Unless the Lord builds the house, the workers labor in vain.


1 Kings 17:8–16
With meager resources, a widow miraculously feeds Elijah.

Psalm 146
Do not put your trust in princes; God gives food to the hungry.

Hebrews 9:24–28
Christ entered the sanctuary of heaven; he will come again to save.

Mark 12:38–44
Jesus criticizes the scribes and praises the gift of a poor widow.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

As we gather for worship,
let us offer praise to God.
As we join voices and hearts,
we learn the importance of each one of us.
As we find unity in the wider body of Christ,
we learn that our whole is more than its parts. Let us worship God.

Prayer of the Day

Giving God,
as we share what we have,
seeking to further your work in this world,
remind us that abundance
does not always mean extravagance
and that humble offerings are holy.
Whether we offer a grand gesture,
a simple meal,
or two small coins,
lead us in the way of generosity. 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, you praised the gift of the widow,
who had so little and gave it all.
Forgive us, O Christ, for turning our eyes away
from people who are trapped in poverty.
Forgive us, O Christ, for turning our resources
into reasons for pride or greed.
Forgive us, O Christ, and by your forgiveness,
teach us to follow in your way of generosity.

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:
Sovereign God, let your Word rule in our hearts
and your Spirit govern our lives
until at last we see the fulfillment
of your realm of justice and peace;
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

Remembering the world that God so loves,
we pray to the Maker of heaven and earth, saying:
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for the church . . .
Let us become your holy sanctuary—
not a building made by human hands,
but a sign of the body of Christ in the world.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for the world . . .
Keep watch over our cities and towns;
help forests and farmlands to flourish;
restore the beauty of the earth you have made.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for this community . . .
Teach us Christ-like generosity and service;
receive the gifts of the poor and lowly
and humble the hearts of the mighty and proud.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Surround and support all those we love,
particularly those who are elderly
and those who are expecting children.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Sovereign God, keep us watching and working
for the promise of your heavenly realm,
until all the earth rejoices at your coming in glory;
through Jesus Christ, the Lord of life. 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:
To you, O God, we offer our lives—
our abundance, our poverty,
all that we have, all that we are—
a sign of our great thanksgiving
for the treasure of your grace.
Take and use us for good
in the world that you so love;
we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mark 12:41–44

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 faithful forever, the God of every generation—
watching over immigrants, upholding widows and orphans,
giving food to those who hunger.
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 shunned long robes and long prayers,
preferring sincerity and simple gifts—
two small coins from a widow’s pocket.
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.
Make us eager and ready for Christ’s return—
to see at last the end of suffering and sin,
and to be received into your eternal embrace.
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:
Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
creator and ruler of the universe,
for your have satisfied our souls
with this feast of your grace.
Keep us faithful in your service
until your realm of glory comes;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
The blessing of the holy, triune God,
who was and is and is to come—
first and last,
beginning and end,
Alpha and Omega—
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Revelation 1:8

Go in peace to love the Lord your God
with heart and soul and mind and strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself. Amen.
Mark 12:29–31

Generous Vegetable Seller

Vendant Gulati, 2012

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • How Firm a Foundation (O) FOUNDATION GTG 463
  • Lift Up the Gates Eternal (E) GILU HAGALILIM GTG 364
  • Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending (EG) HELMSLEY GTG 348
  • Rejoice, the Lord Is King! (E) DARWALL’S 148TH GTG 363


  • For the Fruit of All Creation (O) AR HYD Y NOS GTG 36
  • We Give Thee but Thine Own (OG) SCHUMANN GTG 708
  • While We Are Waiting, Come (E) WAITING (Cason) GTG 92
  • Where Charity and Love Prevail (OG) TWENTY-FOURTH GTG 316


  • Blest Be the Tie That Binds (O) DENNIS GTG 306
  • When at This Table (OG) FEASTDAY GTG 537
  • Lord, I Want to Be a Christian (G) I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN GTG 729
  • Seek Ye First (O) LAFFERTY GTG 175


  • Christ Is Coming! (E) UNSER HERRSCHER GTG 360
  • God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending (G) BEACH SPRING GTG 716
  • O for a World (EG) AZMON GTG 372
  • Take My Life (OG) HENDON GTG 697

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 127

  • Unless the Lord the House Shall Build [BOURBON]; GTG 46, PH 238
  • Unless Our House Is Built by God [LM]; SGP 192
  • Unless the Lord Constructs the House [ST. ANNE]; PAS 127A
  • Unless the Lord Builds the House; PAS 127B, LUYH 311, SSS 284 (with Spanish translation)
  • The Lord Protects and Blesses; PSA 132

Psalm 146

  • I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath [OLD 113TH]; GTG 806, PH 253, PAS 146A
  • Praise the Lord! Sing Hallelujah! [RIPLEY, FOR YOUR GIFT]; LUYH 518, PAS 146D, 146C
  • I Will Sing Your Praise, O God [SHOUT THE PRAISE]; SP 61
  • Praise the Lord, My Soul (Gelineau); PSA 150
  • Puji Tuhan/ Heleluyan/Alleluia; PAS 146B
  • Praise the Lord, O My Soul [OLD 124TH]; HTP2 105

    Organ Music

    • “Rejoice, the Lord Is King,” The Complete Organist, Adam Mason, LOR (E)
    • “HELMSLEY,” Augsburg Organ Library: Advent, Karl Osterland, AF (A)
    • “AR HYD Y NOS,” Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes, Sam Bett Owens, MSM (M)
    • “Organ Variations on FOUNDATION,” Autumn Praise, Gilbert M. Martin, GIA (M)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee,” Paul Halley, Pelagos Music, SATB, org (A)
    • “Jesu, dulcis memoria,” T. L. de Victoria, CPDL, SATB, acap (M)
    • “Sound Forth the Trumpet in Zion,” Thomas Morely, arr. Richard Proulx, GIA, SAB, acap (M)
    • “My Hope Is Built,” Tom Trenney, SATB div, pno, MSM (A)
    • “The Gift of Love,” Hal Hopson, HOPE, uni, pno (E)
    • “When the Poor Ones,” arr. David Cherwien, MSM, SATB, gtr (E)
    • “We Shall Walk through the Valley in Peace,” arr. Moses Hogan, HAL, SATB div, acap (M)
    • “The Beatitudes,” Gale Jones Murphy, available from the composer, SATB, pno (M)
    • “Blessed Are You,” Craig Courtney, BP, SATB, keybd (E)

    Handbell Music

    • “Foundation of Grace,” Anna Laura Page, 3‑5 oct, CGA, CGB563, Level 3
    • “How Firm a Foundation,” Karen L. Buckwalter, 3‑5 oct, opt vin, BP, HB703, Level 2+
    • “How Firm a Foundation,” Brian Childers, 4‑6 oct, BP, HB513, Level 3


    • Ruth and Naomi, Jan Victors (VDL)
    • Generous Vegetable Seller, Vedant Gulati (VDL)
    • Widow’s Mite, James Tissot (VDL)