October 26, 2025 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 25

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

Lectionary Readings

Joel 2:23–32
I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; I will save those who call on me.

Psalm 65
Praise God, who answers prayer, sends rain, and blesses the earth.  

Jeremiah 14:7–10, 19–22
We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord; we set our hope on you.

Psalm 84:1–7
How lovely is your dwelling place; my heart and flesh sing for joy. 

2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18
I have fought the good fight and kept the faith; God stands by me.

Luke 18:9–14
Jesus tells a parable: the prayers of a Pharisee and a tax collector.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the Lord your God, 
who has dealt wondrously with you. 
God’s people shall never again
be put to shame.
O you who answers prayer! 
To you all flesh shall come. 
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our transgressions. 
God’s people shall never again
be put to shame. 
You water the furrows of the fields abundantly, 
the pastures of the wilderness overflow, 
the hills gird themselves with joy. 
God’s people shall never again
be put to shame.
The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, 
so that through me
the message might be fully proclaimed
and all might hear it. 
God’s people shall never again
be put to shame. 
All who exalt themselves will be humbled,
but all who humble themselves will be exalted.
God’s people shall never again
be put to shame.  

Prayer of the Day

Holy God, 
you look with blessing on humble hearts
and with mercy on those who serve 
your heavenly kingdom. 
Grant us visions of your kingdom
and the fortitude to work for it 
today and every day. 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:
The God of mercy waits in compassion
to show mercy.
Together, let us seek God’s forgiveness.

Loving God,
too often we hide beneath the veil of religion
or trust too much in the good things we do.
Smug and safe in our pews,
we look down on those not here,
thankful we are not like them.
Shatter us with the truth
that all have sinned,
even us.
We have failed to live
as the people you call us to be.
Cleanse us and restore us,
for the sake of Jesus, our Savior.

Lifting water from the font:
Whether we are close
or whether we are standing far off,
God’s love in Jesus Christ seeks us out
and gathers us in.
This is good news!
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

— 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 . . .

Deliver us from the power of evil 

and strengthen us to serve you,

all for the glory of your eternal realm.  

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for the world . . .

Pour out your Spirit on all flesh,

so that the people of every nation

may share visions and dreams of peace.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for this community . . .

Let this be your dwelling place—

where even the sparrow finds a home

and the swallow a nest for her young. 

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Be merciful to the sick and suffering.

Let your peace and goodness

be their comfort and strength.

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 pour out your Spirit on all flesh,
giving us a vision of your new creation
and saving all who call on your name. 

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 came to save us from our sin,
not because of any good works we have done,
but because of your abundant mercy.

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.

Stand by us and give us strength
so that we may finish the race before us,
proclaiming your gospel to all.

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


  • How Lovely, Lord (P) MERLE’S TUNE GTG 402

  • Here in This Place (G) GATHER US IN GTG 401

  • For All the Saints (E) SINE NOMINE GTG 326


  • I Sing the Mighty Power of God (O) ELLACOMBE GTG 32

  • Guide My Feet (E) GUIDE MY FEET GTG 741

  • To Bless the Earth (P) CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN LEBEN GTG 38


  • O Savior, in This Quiet Place (G) ST. STEPHEN GTG 794

  • You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (O) BICENTENNIAL GTG 523

  • When All Is Ended (E) YOGANANDA GTG 376


  • Fight the Good Fight (E) DUKE STREET GTG 846

  • O Savior, in This Quiet Place (G) ST. STEPHEN GTG 794

  • O for a Closer Walk with God (O) CAITHNESS GTG 739

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 65

  • To Bless the Earth [CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN LEBEN]; GTG 38, PH 200

  • Every Heart Its Tribute Pays [ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR]; PAS 65E, LUYH 388

  • Praise Is Your Right [GENEVAN 65]; PAS 65B, LUYH 545, PH 201

  • The Earth Is Yours, O God [CARLISLE]; PAS 65A

  • To You, O God, Great Praise Is Due [LMD]; SGP 91


  • Your Paths Overflow with Plenty; PAS 65C

  • Gracias, Señor / We Give You Thanks; PAS 65C (alt. refrain)

  • Thanks Be to God [SLANE]; PP 112

Psalm 84:1–7

  • How Lovely, Lord [MERLE’S TUNE]; GTG 402, PH 207, PAS 84C, LUYH 46

  • How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place [BROTHER JAMES’ AIR]; PAS 84E

  • Almighty Lord, How Lovely Is That Place [SINE NOMINE]; PAS 84D


  • How Dear to Me Is Your Dwelling Place; PAS 84F

  • Lord, How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place; PSA 75

  • Blest Are They Who Dwell in God’s House; PP 153

Organ Music

  • DOWN AMPNEY,” A British Perspective: Melodies and Hymn Tunes for Organ, Marilyn Biery, AF (ME)

  • GATHER US IN,” Augsburg Organ Library: Autumn, Jeffrey Honoré, AF (M)

  • JESU, MEINE FREUDE,” BWV 610, Orgelbüchlein, J. S. Bach, various publishers, IMSLP.org (ME)

  • “Jesus, Priceless Treasure,” Setting 1, Ten Chorale Improvisations, Set 3, Paul Manz, MSM (ME)

  • MERLE’S TUNE,” Augsburg Organ Library: Advent II, Jacob B. Weber, AF (E)

Piano Music

  • “Invitation Medley (including ‘I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say’ & ‘Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy’),” KINGSFOLD/RESTORATION, My Joy and My Rest, Pamela Robertson, LOR (MA)

  • “Near to the Heart of God,” MCAFEE, A Time for Giving, Stan Pethel, LOR (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated,” Jay Rouse, PraiseGathering Music, SATB, keybd, opt vln (E)

  • “God Is Love: Let Heav’n Adore Him,” Todd Marchand, ConSpirito Music, keybd (E)

  • “Fight the Good Fight,” John Gardner, OUP, SATB or TTBB, keybd (ME)

  • “The Healing Place,” Joseph Martin, SHAW, SATB, keybd, opt inst (ME)

  • “I Choose Love,” Mark A. Miller, CGA, SATB, SSA, pno (E)

Vocal Solos

  • “Be Not Afraid,” Robert J. Dufford, musicnotes.com (ME)

  • “Just as I Am,” Sacred Songs of Howard Helvey, Howard Helvey, BP, medium (ME)

  • “He That Keepeth Israel,” The First Book of Tenor Solos, Adolphe Schlösser, GSH, tenor (ME)

  • “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” Art Songs and Spirituals by African American Women Composers, Florence Price, Hildegard Publishing, high (A)


  • St. Francis with the Birds of India, Frank Wesley, 1923–2002 (VDL)

  • The Pharisee and the Publican, JESUS MAFA, 1973 (VCS)

  • 2 Timothy 4:7–8, Timothy Botts, 2016 (EYE)

  • The Celebration, John August Swanson, 1997 (VDL)