November 16, 2025 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 28

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

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 65:17–25
God promises a new creation, where all creatures will live in safety. 

Isaiah 12
In that day, I will give thanks and say: surely God is my salvation.

Malachi 4:1–2a
The sun of righteousness will rise with healing for the faithful. 

Psalm 98
Make a joyful noise to the Lord; give thanks for God’s victory. 

2 Thessalonians 3:6–13
Do not be idle; follow this example and work for your daily bread. 

Luke 21:5–19
The temple will fall; a great trial is coming; God will supply wisdom. 

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

I am about to create new heavens and a new earth;
be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating. 
O sing to the Lord a new song, 
for God has done marvelous things.

God has remembered his steadfast love 
and faithfulness. 

I will rejoice and delight in my people; 
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard.
O sing to the Lord a new song,
for God has done marvelous things.

God has remembered his steadfast love 
and faithfulness.

No more shall there be an infant 
that lives but a few days
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime. 
O sing to the Lord a new song, 
for God has done marvelous things.

God has remembered his steadfast love 
and faithfulness. 

They shall not labor in vain 
or bear children for calamity; 
for they and their descendants shall be 
offspring blessed by the Lord.
Before they call I will answer; 
while they are yet speaking I will hear. 
O sing to the Lord a new song, 
for God has done marvelous things.

God has remembered his steadfast love 
and faithfulness. 

Prayer of the Day

God, source of our salvation,
marvelous and mighty,
nation rises against nation, 
kingdom against kingdom.
The peoples of the earth suffer earthquakes, famines, and plagues, 
and we feel betrayed by those we had trusted. 
So show yourself to us in these troubled times. 
Grant us wisdom 
to speak words of peace and comfort
into places of brokenness and hurt. 
Make us instruments of the new heaven
and new earth you have promised,
in which we place our trust. 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:
Before we call, God answers us.
While we are still speaking, God hears us.
Let us confess our sin to God,
who even now is waiting to say,
“I forgive you.”

Majestic Creator,
we fail to believe we carry your image
and we fail to behave as those
who belong to you.
Mighty Savior,
we turn from your path of sacrificial love
and we turn toward
our personal preferences.
Merciful Spirit,
we forget your call to righteousness
and we forget our need of you.
In our sinfulness, triune God,
we seek now your forgiveness,
praying that you will relieve
the burden of our regrets
by the power of your patient love.

Lifting water from the font:
God is creating new heavens and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered.
They shall not even cross God’s mind.
Be glad and rejoice forever
in what God is creating: newness of life.
In Jesus Christ, we are reconciled to God
and to one another. Alleluia!

— 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:
Sacred writings, our instruction in salvation 
through faith in Jesus Christ. 
2 Timothy 3:15

After the readings: 
The words of Scripture, inspired by God. 
Thanks be to God.
2 Timothy 3:16


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
Blessed be the Lord our God. Amen.
Luke 1:68

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

Trusting in the power of God to deliver us,

let us make our prayers of intercession for all,

saying: God our Savior, hear our prayer.  


We pray for the church . . .

Let us not be idle or grow weary,

but strengthen us, by your Spirit,

as we seek to do the work of the Lord. 

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for the world . . .

Let the waters roar and clap their hands,

and let the hills sing together for joy

at the coming of your new creation.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for this community . . .

Let us live as on your holy mountain,

where the wolf and lamb feed together

and none will hurt or destroy.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for loved ones . . . 

Let them draw water from healing springs

and give thanks for your gracious works.

Help them to trust in you and not be afraid. 

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


Merciful and mighty God, as you are one,

make us one with you through Jesus Christ,

whom you have sent to redeem us,

and in whose holy name we pray. 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 the God of new creation,
a place of goodness, justice, and peace,
a place of plenty and safety for all. 

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 is coming to judge and save us.
Though the temples of this world will fall,
he will raise us up to be a holy sanctuary.

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.

Keep us faithful and diligent
while we watch for the coming of the Lord.
Let us never tire of doing what is right.

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 you 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 Lord bless and keep
your going out
and your coming in
from this time on
and forevermore. Alleluia!
Psalm 121:8

Proclaim the message,
be persistent in prayer,
do the work of the gospel,
and carry out the ministry
of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:2, 5; Luke 18:1

Symbol of the Gospel of Luke

Stained Glass, Corning, Ohio

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • O Day of Peace (O) JERUSALEM GTG 373

  • Sing a New Song unto the Lord (P) SING A NEW SONG GTG 276

  • Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples (G) KINGSFOLD GTG 757


  • Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old (O) SAMANTHRA GTG 77

  • Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (O) KEEP YOUR LAMPS GTG 350

  • New Songs of Celebration Render (P) RENDEZ À DIEU GTG 371


  • My Lord! What a Morning (O) MY LORD, WHAT A MORNING GTG 352

  • O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee (G) MARYTON GTG 738

  • Live into Hope (P) TRURO GTG 772


  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (O) WE’LL WALK IN THE LIGHT GTG 127

  • My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less (G) SOLID ROCK GTG 353

  • Make a Joyful Noise to God! (P) DIX GTG 54

Psalms and Canticles

Isaiah 12

  • Surely the Lord Is My Salvation [ D]; SGP 227

  • Surely, It Is God Who Saves Me [THOMAS MERTON]; H82 679


  • Surely, It Is God Who Saves Me [FIRST SONG]; GTG 71

  • Sing the Praises of the Lord [BIRMINGHAM]; HTP2 191

Psalm 98

  • New Songs of Celebration Render [RENDEZ À DIEU (GENEVAN 98/118)]; GTG 371, PH 218

  • Sing, Sing a New Song to the Lord God [RENDEZ À DIEU (GENEVAN 98/118)]; PAS 98C, LUYH 547

  • Sing a New Song to Our Savior [ D]; SGP 145

  • To God Compose a Song of Joy [RICHMOND, KEDDY]; NCH 36, PH 219

  • Joy to the World [ANTIOCH]; GTG 134


  • All the Ends of the Earth Have Seen the Victory; PAS 98B (alt. refrain)

  • Sing to the Lord a New Song; PAS 98A 

  • Sing a New Song unto the Lord [SING A NEW SONG]; GTG 276

    Organ Music

    • JERUSALEM,” Augsburg Organ Library: Advent II, Mark Sedio, AF (ME)

    • CANONBURY,” Choraleworks II: Ten Chorale Preludes for Organ, Gerald Near, AUR (ME) 

    • “Down Galilee’s Slow Roadways: Trio,” MERLE’S TUNE, Christ Is the Life: Organ Settings for the Church Year, Brenda Portman, AF (ME)

    Piano Music

    • “My Lord, What a Morning,” BURLEIGH, African American Folk Songs Collection, Artina McCain, HAL (ME)

    • “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” HYMN TO JOY, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Timothy Shaw, MSM (M)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “Standing Firm,” Mark Hayes, JM, SATB, keybd, opt inst (M)

    • “Great Creator,” Karen Marrolli, MSM, SATB, keybd (ME)

    • “All Things New,” Elaine Hagenberg, BP, SATB, keybd (ME)

    • “Make a Joyful Noise,” Mark O. Fax, GMC, SATB, keybd (MA)

    • “A Jubilant Thanksgiving,” Patti Drennan, ALF, SATB, keybd, opt inst, opt cong (ME)

    Vocal Solos

    • “In Christ Alone,” Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, (ME)

    • “Steal Away to Heaven,” Ten Spirituals for Solo Voice, Mark Hayes, ALF, low/medium/high voice (MA)

    • “It Is Well with My Soul,” Hymn Settings of John Ness Beck, John Ness Beck, BP, medium (ME)


    • Banner Pauls Prayer Shawl_996, Wayne Forte, 2016 (EYE)

    • The Temple Within, Steven Cogle, 2017 (VCS)

    • Peaceable Kingdom, Edward Hicks, 1830–32 (PD)

    • Psalm Print, Damien Hirst, 2008 (Fair Use Copyright)

    • Cleansing of the Temple, Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, 1824 (PD)