October 22, 2023 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 24

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

Lectionary Readings

Exodus 33:12–23
Moses watches from the cleft of a rock as God’s glory passes by.

Psalm 99
Like Moses, worship at God’s mountain; the Lord is holy.

Isaiah 45:1–7
The Lord anoints Cyrus: I alone am God; I call you by name.

Psalm 96:1–9 (10–13)
Declare God’s glory among the nations; all other gods are idols.

1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
Paul writes to the Thessalonians: We give thanks and pray for you.

Matthew 22:15–22
The Pharisees test Jesus with a question about paying taxes.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

God’s glory is too much to comprehend,
but we see God’s face among us
when we come together as the church.
Let us witness to God’s glory together!

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 has chosen us,
but we frequently fail to choose
God’s will for our lives.
Let us go before God,
seeking forgiveness and peace.

God of justice and truth,
you ask us to give to you the things that are yours.
If we are honest,
we know we hold so much back.
We have promised you our obedience,
but we often fulfill our own desires first.
We have promised you our worship,
but we give our attention to idols instead.
We have promised to do your work in the world,
but we put it last on the list of priorities.
Have mercy on us and forgive us.
Increase our generosity that we might give freely,
grateful for all of the gifts you have given us.

Lifting water from the font:
The good news remains true:
God has chosen us, forgives us,
and walks beside us,
helping us become imitators of Christ.
Thanks be to God, we are forgiven! Alleluia!

— 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

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

Our shepherd satisfies our needs;
in faith, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, our God, we pray for the church . . .
Make us steadfast in our love and service,
remembering your people in our prayers
and giving thanks to you in all things.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, our God, we pray for the earth . . .
Let the whole earth sing a new song to you:
a song of redemption, of gladness and joy;
a song of thanksgiving for your saving grace.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, our God, we pray for all nations . . .
In every place, anoint faithful leaders,
who know your name and seek your will,
who share your love of justice and peace.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, our God, we pray for this community . . .
Break down the walls that divide us;
bend the bars that imprison us in fear;
open the doors that lead to new life.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, our God, we pray for loved ones . . .
Speak healing to those who are hurting;
give courage to those who are afraid;
let your grace and peace be known to all.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving shepherd, lead and guide us—
in green pastures and by still waters,
in right paths and through dark valleys,
until we feast with you in glory
and dwell in your house forever;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.  
Psalm 23 

— 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:
God of the harvest,
you are continually planting the seeds of your love
in our world and in our lives.
As we bring our gifts to you,
may they be seeds of your grace, peace, and hope,
planted deeply in our community. Amen.

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 all we have, all we know, all we desire—
your goodness, glory, and grace amaze us;
you are the Lord, our God; there is no other.

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:
You give your very self to us in Jesus Christ,
your Word made flesh, the image of your glory;
through him, we give ourselves to you. 
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.

By the power of your Word and Spirit,
may this good news we have received
reshape our lives and transform the world.

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 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

“Roman Coin of Caesar Augustus”

1st Century

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! (O) NICAEA GTG 1, PH 138
  • Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (O) ST. DENIO GTG 12, PH 263
  • We Lift Our Voices (G) OFFERING GTG 710
  • Ten Thousand Reasons / Diez mil razones (OE) Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman, SSS 440


  • Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me (O) TOPLADY GTG 438
  • We Gather Here in Jesus’ Name (G) COME, SHARE THE LORD GTG 510
  • Lord, Prepare Me (G) SANCTUARY GTG 701
  • Forever (E) FOREVER WAS 3023


  • Give Thanks (E) GIVE THANKS GTG 647
  • Fill My Cup (G) FILL MY CUP GTG 699, PH 350
  • There Is a Place of Quiet Rest (O) MCAFEE GTG 824, PH 527
  • He Hideth My Soul (O) KIRKPATRICK SFT 508, Celebrating Grace Hymnal 611


  • God Be with You Till We Meet Again (OE) RANDOLPH, GOD BE WITH YOU GTG 542, PH 540
  • Now Thank We All Our God (E) NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT GTG 643, PH 555
  • From the Rising of the Sun (O) RISING SUN GTG 670
  • Let No Ambition Rule Our Hearts (G) TALLIS’ CANON Sing No Empty Alleluias, Chris Shelton, GIA

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 99

  • Tremble, O Tremble [TROMBLEY]; GTG 57
  • The Lord Is King, Enthroned in Might [ELLACOMBE]; PAS 99A, LUYH 726
  • Lord, You Are King [LMD]; SGP 147
  • You, Lord, Are King [LM]; SGP 148
  • God Reigns, Enthroned on High [ D]; PCW 99
  • The Lord Is King; with Trembling Bow in Worship; PAS 99B
  • Sing to the Lord [WILLIE TAYLOR]; CP1 7
  • Proclaim the Greatness of the Lord Our God [OLD 124TH]; HTP2 53

Psalm 96:1–9 (10–13)

  • O Sing a New Song to the Lord [GONFALON ROYAL]; GTG 304, PH 216
  • Sing, Sing, Sing to the Lord [SING]; PAS 96D
  • Sing to the Lord, Sing His Praise [WESLEY]; PAS 96B, LUYH 515
  • Come and Sing a New Song (Punjabi); PAS 96A
  • Sing to the Lord No Threadbare Song [CANTICUM NOVUM]; PAS 96G
  • O Sing a New Song; GTG 639, PH 217, PAS 96H
  • Bring an Offering and Enter God’s Courts; PSA 91
  • Bow Down, All the Earth; SP 40
  • God, We Honor You / Dios, te honramos [ABUNDANT BLESSINGS]; SSS 647–648

Organ Music

  • “Aria,” Charles Callahan, MSM (ME)
  • “Cantilène religieuse,” Theodore Dubois, KAL (M)
  • “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus,” Augsburg Organ Library: Autumn, Thomas Gieschen, AF (E)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “He Hideth My Soul,” Mark Shepperd, MSM, SATB, pno (E)
  • “I Thank My God,” J. Aaron McDermid, MSM, SATB, pno (M)
  • “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” arr. Eric Nelson, MSM, SATB, org, opt brass and timp (M)
  • “O Worship the Lord,” G. F. Handel, SJMP, 2 pt mx, keybd (M)
  • “Oh, Sing to the Lord a New Song,” John Leavitt, CON, SATB, pno, ob (E)
  • “Show Me Thy Ways,” Walter Pelz, AF, SATB, gtr, ob (M)
  • “Sing to the Lord,” Jeffrey McIntyre, MSM, SATB, org (A)
  • “The Best of Rooms,” Randall Thompson, ECS, SATB, acap (A)

Handbell Music

  • “Holy, Holy, Holy,” Julie Turner, 3–5 oct, RW, 8277, Level 3
  • “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” Arnold Sherman, 3–5 oct, opt pno, HOPE, hb 2835, full score/pno 2835D, Level 2+
  • “God Be with You Till We Meet Again,” Cathy Moklebust, 3–5 oct, opt separate 2–3 oct hc, CGA, CGB796, hc CGB797, full score CGB795, Level 3-


  • Show Me Your Glory, Jan Richardson (JR)
  • Joyful Mountain Landscape, Paul Klee, 1929 (VDL)
  • Roman coin of Caesar Augustus, 1st century (VDL)
  • The Tribute Money, Jacek Malczewski, 1908, Poland (VDL)