October 13, 2024 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 23

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

Lectionary Readings


Job 23:1–9, 16–17
Job complains bitterly about the absence of God in his suffering.

Psalm 22:1–15
My God, why do you forsake me? You lay me in the dust of death.


Amos 5:6–7, 10–15
Establish justice; seek good and not evil, so that you may live.

Psalm 90:12–17
Satisfy us with your love, O Lord; prosper the work of our hands.

Hebrews 4:12–16
The living word of God is our judge; Jesus is our great high priest.

Mark 10:17–31
For God all things are possible; the last will be first in the kingdom.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

We gather before God together,
imperfect but present.
Let us worship God together earnestly,
with our whole selves.
We gather before God together,
desiring deeper faith.
Let us learn from God together
as we seek harmony between our words and our actions.

Prayer of the Day

All-knowing God,
when we consider the vastness of your works,
it can be easy to feel insignificant.
When we think about the abundance of your love,
it can feel as though
we do not have enough to offer.
Release us from our shame
and the comparisons and judgments
that weigh us down.
Free us from our insistence on scarcity,
that we might discover your infinite grace
among us and within us. 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 Lord, you are the maker of justice
and the source of righteousness,
the one who hears the cries of the suffering
and who fills the hunger of the poor.
Forgive us, O God, when we fail to reflect your just love:
when we have food and food leftover,
yet we do not share with any in need;
when we have power for good and power for change,
yet we use it only for our own self-preservation;
when we have the words of the prophets before us,
yet we cover our ears lest they make us uncomfortable.
Forgive us, O Lord,
and teach us to follow in your way.

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 . . .
Show us the way to your kingdom—
the way of humility and service,
the way of following Christ.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for the world . . .
Inspire us to seek good and not evil,
establishing righteousness in the land
and justice for the poor.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for this community . . .
Strengthen us to serve you faithfully;
look with favor upon our common efforts
and prosper the work of our hands.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Remember us in our weakness and sin;
help us to approach your throne with confidence,
discovering your grace in our time of need.
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:
By your prophets you call us to seek good and resist evil,
to love righteousness and establish justice.
The works of our hands prosper only by your grace.
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 taught the way of eternal and abundant life;
he promised that, for you, all things are possible.
Still he calls us to come and follow him.
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.
Through the power of your Word, open our hearts and lives to you,
so that we may approach your throne of grace with boldness,
receiving your mercy in our time of need.
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

Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet

Ford Madox Brown, 1856

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Come, Thou Found of Every Blessing (E) NETTLETON GTG 475
  • Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (O) MIT FREUDEN ZART GTG 645
  • Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus (E) ALL SAINTS GTG 262
  • The Mighty God with Power Speaks (O) KINGSFOLD GTG 13


  • How Long, O Lord (O) HOW LONG, O LORD GTG 777
  • I Love the Lord Who Heard My Cry (OE) I LOVE THE LORD GTG 799
  • Rejoice in God’s Saints (G) OLD 104TH GTG 732
  • What Does the Lord Require of You? (O) MOON GTG 70


  • Remembrance (The Communion Song) (E) Matt Maher and Matt Redman CCLI Song #5484616
  • The Bread and the Wine Are Here (G) LOVE FEAST GTG 512
  • There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (EG) IN BABILONE GTG 435
  • You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy! (E) WAYFARING STRANGER GTG 437


  • Come! Live in the Light! (We Are Called) (O) WE ARE CALLED GTG 749
  • Jesus Calls Us (G) GALILEE GTG 720
  • O for a World (O) AZMON GTG 372
  • O Jesus, I Have Promised (OG) ANGEL’S STORY GTG 724, NYLAND GTG 725

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 22:1–15

  • Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me? [DISTRESS, HARVEY’S CHANT, CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM]; GTG 210, PAS 22B, PH 168
  • My God, My God, O Why, O Why [BANGOR]; PLP1 22
  • My God, Am I Forsaken? [SUFFERER]; PP 37 (with refrain), PCW 22a (as D)
  • Why, Lord, Have You Turned Aside? []; SGP 30
  • My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? PAS 22A
  • My God, My God, Why Have You Abandoned Me? PFTS2 12 (through-composed vv.), PAS 22D (pointed vv.)
  • My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? PND 13
  • Be Not Far from Me, O God; HTP2 115

Psalm 90:12–17

  • God Everlasting, at Your Word [ST. MAGNUS]; PAS 90A
  • Wildflowers Bloom and Fade [INCARNATION]; PAS 90D, LUYH 403
  • Fill Us with Your Love, O Lord; OLOF 683
  • Teach Us to Know the Shortness of Our Days; PAS 90C
  • In Every Age, O Lord, You Have Been Our Refuge (Gelineau); PSA 83

    Organ Music

    • “O For a Thousand Tongues,” The Sacred Organ Library, vol. 1, Marilyn Thompson, LOR (MA)
    • “MIT FREUDEN ZART,” Augsburg Organ Library: Easter, Jan Bender, MSM (A)
    • “My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness, Lord,” The Organist’s Companion: Music with Minimal Pedal Lenten Season, Michael Burkhardt, MSM (ME)
    • “Postlude on KINGSFOLD,” Pipes of Praise, Dennis Eliot, LOR (ME)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “Happy and Blest Are They,” St. Paul, Felix Mendelssohn, ECS, SATB, org (M)
    • “Dream On, Dream On,” arr. Michael Burkhardt, MSM, SATB, SATB, children’s choir, hb, pno (M)
    • “What Does the Lord Require?” Eric Nelson, MSM, SAB, pno (E)
    • “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” arr. Mack Wilberg, OUP, SATB div, org (M)
    • “I Need Thee Every Hour,” Two Hymns, arr. Moses Hogan, HAL, SATB, acap (E)
    • “Nobody Knows,” arr. Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, Lawson-Gould, SATB, acap (M)
    • “Christ Be with Me,” The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems, Oliver Tarney, OUP, FLEX, keybd (E)
    • “Walk with Me, Lord,” Rosephanye Powell, Gentry Publications, SATB, org (M)

    Handbell Music

    • “Caribbean Praise on AZMON,” Hart Morris, 3‑5 oct, opt hc, BP, HB266, Level 3+
    • “Contemplation and Dance on KINGSFOLD,” Hart Morris, 3‑5 oct, opt hc, fl and perc, HOPE, 2705, Level 3+
    • “To God All Praise and Glory,” Derek Hakes, 3‑5 oct, opt hc, LOR, 201543L, Level 2+


    • Job and His Friends, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Moscow (VDL)
    • Hand of God with Loaves and Fish, Brighton, UK (VDL)
    • Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler, Anonymous Chinese artist (VDL)
    • For He Had Great Possessions, George Frederick Watts (VDL)