October 12, 2025 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 23

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

Lectionary Readings

Jeremiah 29:1, 4–7
Build houses and plant gardens in exile; seek the welfare of the city. 

Psalm 66:1–12
Make a joyful noise to God, who brought us out to a spacious place. 

2 Kings 5:1–3, 7–15c
Elisha tells Naaman to wash in the Jordan; he is cured of leprosy. 

Psalm 111
I give thanks with my whole heart; great are the works of the Lord. 

2 Timothy 2:8–15
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead; that is my gospel. 

Luke 17:11–19
Jesus heals ten people with leprosy; only one returns to give thanks.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of God’s name; 
give God glorious praise.

Say to God:
How awesome are your deeds! 
Because of your great power, 
your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth worships you;
they sing praises to you,
sing praises to your name. 

Come and see what God has done: 
he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.
The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of wisdom; 
all those who practice it have understanding. 
God’s praise endures forever. 

Prayer of the Day

God of power and might,
you show us the wisdom of humility, 
reveal the healing you have in store,
and bless us in our working and planting. 
Release your Word within us, 
that we may live brimming with gratitude 
for the full, abundant life
Christ gives to all. 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:
God promises mercy
for all those who repent.
Trusting in the grace of Jesus Christ,
let us confess our sin.

Compassionate Christ,
you send us to cure the sick,
but we blame the sick for their choices.
You ask us to restore the unclean,
but we separate them into high risk pools.
You compel us to raise the dead,
but we insist some are beyond help.
In your patient and persistent mercy,
forgive us, O Lord.
Teach us to heal without condition
and help without limitation.
Enable us to love one another as you love us,
that as recipients of unmerited grace,
we may freely shower care upon all people.

Lifting water from the font:
In the name of the One
who restores the lost,
raises the dead,
and reigns on high,
I proclaim to you that your sins are forgiven.
Believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven,
healed, and made whole.

— 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 . . .

Help us to bear witness to the gospel:

the saving power of Christ at work

among us and in all the world. 

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for the world . . .

Be mindful of your gracious covenant.

Feed the hungry and redeem the captives.

Establish justice and righteousness on earth.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for this community . . .

Let us build houses and live in them,

plant gardens and eat what they produce,

and seek the welfare of this place. 

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Heal those who are isolated by illness

and restore them to our community,

so that we may give thanks together.

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:
We give you thanks and praise, O God,
for you have chosen the poverty of the world
to make your people rich in faith.
Help us to put our faith into practice
through the offering of our lives—
giving food to the hungry,
clothes to the naked,
and shelter to the poor;
all for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord,
your Word made flesh. Amen.
James 2:5, 14–17

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:
Through the words of your prophets
you bring hope and healing to all nations
and show that your love knows no bounds.

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:
Offering mercy to a Samaritan leper,
Jesus demonstrated the gift of your grace
and our calling to live in faith and gratitude. 

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.

Help us to remember, above all else,
that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead
and we are called to new life in him.

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:
God of glory, in this holy feast
you have made us one with Christ
and with that great multitude of the faithful—those who hunger and thirst no more
and worship night and day in your temple.
Lead us in the paths of righteousness
and guide us to the springs of the water of life,
until we join the choir of the redeemed,
singing: Salvation belongs to our God
who is seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb:
Jesus Christ our Lord. 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


  • All Who Love and Serve Your City (O) CHARLESTOWN GTG 351

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

  • Live into Hope (G) TRURO GTG 772


  • God of the Sparrow (P) ROEDER GTG 22

  • Ten Lepers Facing Constant Scorn (G) RADIANT CITY GTG 179

  • Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters (O) BEACH SPRING GTG 490


  • When We Are Living (O) SOMOS DEL SEÑOR GTG 822

  • A Grateful Heart (P) ROCKINGHAM GTG 652

  • We Cannot Measure How You Heal (G) YE BANKS AND BRAES GTG 79


  • We Come to You for Healing, Lord (G) LAND OF REST GTG 796

  • Heleluyan, We Are Singing (P) HELELUYAN GTG 642

  • Healer of Our Every Ill (O) HEALER OF OUR EVERY ILL GTG 795

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 66:1–12

  • Make a Joyful Noise to God [DIX]; GTG 54

  • Praise Our God with Shouts of Joy [GENEVAN 136]; PAS 66E

  • Make a Joyful Noise to God [ D]; SGP 93

  • Make a Joyful Noise to God [MADRID / SPANISH HYMN]; PP 115, PCW 66a (as


  • Cry Out to God in Joy; PAS 66A (through-composed vv.), D (pointed vv.)

  • Let All the Earth Cry Out to God; PFTS2 22

  • Let All the Earth Cry Out with Joy to God; PSA 57

Psalm 111

  • A Grateful Heart [ROCKINGHAM]; GTG 652

  • Rejoice in God, My Heart [LEONI/YIGDAL]; PAS 111D

  • Alleluia! Laud and Blessing [WEISSE FLAGGEN]; GTG 755, PAS 111B


  • The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom; PAS 111C

  • Alleluia! Alleluia!; PSA 111

Organ Music

  • “Festive Prelude or Postlude on Lancashire,” Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists: Autumn Festivals, Charles Callahan, OUP (ME)

  • “Carillon on Westminster Abbey,” Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists: Autumn Festivals, Ashley Grote, OUP (MA)

  • “Erhalt uns, herr, bei deinem Wort,” Chorale Preludes of Dietrich Buxtehude, Dietrich Buxtehude, ed. Scott M. Hyslop, CON (ME)

  • “Reflection on Erhalt uns, Herr,” Oxford Hymn Settings for Organists: Lent and Passiontide, James Biery, OUP (E)

Piano Music

  • “Healer of Our Every Ill,” HEALER OF OUR EVERY ILL, Piano Reflections on Hymns of Healing, Anne Krentz Organ, AF (ME)

  • “Give Me Jesus,” GIVE ME JESUS, Abide with Me, Sandra Eithun, LOR (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Great Day,” Brazel Dennard, SHAW, SATB, acap, solo (ME)

  • “Praise His Holy Name!” Keith Hampton, Earthsongs, SATB, pno (ME)

  • “You Can Tell the World,” Alice Parker, Mark Foster Publishing, SATB, acap (A)

  • “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” Mark Hayes, BP, SATB, keybd, opt orch (M)

  • “Give Thanks,” Marianne Forman, CGA, SATB, keybd (M)

Vocal Solos

  • “I Thank You, Lord,” The Essential Collection for the Church Soloist, vol. 2, Joseph Martin (M)

  • “How Great Thou Art,” Sacred Solos of Dan Forrest, Dan Forrest, BP, low/medium/high (MA)

  • “I Will Sing of Thy Great Mercies, O Lord!” St. Paul Oratorio, Felix Mendelssohn, various, soprano (MA)


  • Naaman Bathes in the Jordan, stained glass, Kölner Dom, 1280 (VDL)

  • Healing of the Ten Lepers, JESUS MAFA, 1973 (VDL)

  • Jesus Heals Ten Lepers, Greek icon (PD)