October 27, 2024 – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 25

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

Lectionary Readings


Job 42:1–6, 10–17
Now Job answers the Lord, and repents; God restores his fortunes.

Psalm 34:1–8 (19–22)
I will bless the Lord at all times; I cried, and God answered me.


Jeremiah 31:7–9
The Lord says: I will gather my people from the ends of the earth.

Psalm 126
Those who went out weeping will come home with shouts of joy.

Hebrews 7:23–28
Jesus is a high priest forever; his own sacrifice was once for all.

Mark 10:46–52
Jesus restores Bartimaeus’s sight: Your faith has made you well.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

God has gathered us in this place
from the corners of
[name(s) of your community(ies). This may be a single place name or a list.]
We’ve come from many kinds of dwellings and many kinds of families,
from the many places we work and learn.
From near and far(-ish),
we join our hearts and voices to glorify God.
We’ve come from
[name of a road, neighborhood, or town near your worshiping community] and
[name of a second road, neighborhood, or town near your worshiping community],
following detours between or beyond.
God welcomes all in this place.
Let us worship God!

Prayer of the Day

God of restoration,
help us to recognize your healing work in our lives
and strengthen our faith for the seasons
when that work is still in progress.
May we cultivate the kind of hope
that teaches us of your love.
As a prism spills colors through light,
may we share your restoring love
everywhere we go. 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.

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us.
Heal us of our blindness, O Lord,
for it is a blindness we have chosen.
We close our eyes when faced with suffering of the world,
turn our gaze away from the needs of our neighbors,
and blur our faces in the mirror,
lest we recognize your image.
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us.
Heal us of our blindness,
and open our eyes to the beauty of your grace.

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 . . .
Enable us to join in Christ’s own intercession,
continually praying for the church and world,
ever seeking the salvation of all.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for the world . . .
Restore the fortunes of the oppressed;
let captives find freedom, and refugees come home
with songs of gladness and shouts of joy.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for this community . . .
Come and dwell with us, to bless and keep us;
save the strong from the perils of their pride
and let the weak find refuge in your presence.
Let your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Have mercy upon those who need your help;
draw near to them with compassion
and give them the faith to be made whole.
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:
When we were lost and wandering in exile
you gathered us up and brought us home;
you turned our weeping into shouts of joy!
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 welcomed the poor and gave sight to the blind.
Even now, to those who call on him for mercy, he says:
Go; your faith has made you well.
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.
Receive our prayers through Jesus Christ, our great high priest,
who offered his life as a sacrifice for all,
and now lives forever to intercede for us with grace.
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

Artist’s Mother Opening a Door

Edouard Vuillard, 1892

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • God of the Sparrow (OG) ROEDER GTG 22
  • I’ll Praise My Maker (OG) OLD 113TH GTG 806
  • O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (E) DEO GRACIAS GTG 618
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (OEG) LAUDA ANIMA GTG 620


  • God, How Can We Forgive (E) LEONI GTG 445
  • Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling (EG) SOFTLY AND TENDERLY GTG 418
  • This Is My Father’s World (O) TERRA BEATA GTG 370
  • Within Our Darkest Night (Dans nos obscurités) (O) DANS NOS OBSCURITÉS GTG 294


  • Bless the Lord, O My Soul (OG) BLESS THE LORD GTG 535
  • My Faith Looks Up to Thee (G) OLIVET GTG 829
  • The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (OG) THE FEAST IS READY GTG 505
  • There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy (O) IN BABILONE GTG 435


  • Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound (G) AMAZING GRACE GTG 649
  • Be Thou My Vision (G) SLANE GTG 450
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives (EG) DUKE STREET AAHH 276
  • O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (E) EBENEZER LUYH 796

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 34:1–8 (19–22)

  • We Will Always Bless You, Lord [ (trochaic)]; SGP 34
  • At All Times Let Me Sing Gladly [PLEADING SAVIOR]; PLP1 34
  • My Times Are in Your Hand [FRANCONIA]; SP 19
  • Unto the Lord My Praise I Sing [LAND OF REST]; PP 66 (with refrain), PCW 34 (as CM)
  • Lord, I Bring My Songs to You [LUX PRIMA]; PAS 34D, LUYH 406
  • Bendeciré al Señor / I Will Extol My God [BENDECIRÉ AL SEÑOR]; PAS 34C, SSS 421
  • Taste and See [TASTE AND SEE]; GTG 520, PAS 34B, LUYH 817, SSS 691 (with Spanish translation)
  • Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord; PAS 34A, PSA 33, PH 187
  • I Will Bless the Lord at All Times; PAS 34A (alt. refrain, pointed vv.), PFTS2 62 (alt. refrain, through-composed)
  • O Magnify the Lord; OLOF 676
  • The Angel of the Lord Will Rescue Those Who Fear Him; LP 86

Psalm 126

  • When God Restored Our Common Life [RESIGNATION, SALVATION] GTG 74, PAS 126E
  • When God First Brought Us Back [WAYFARING STRANGER] PAS 126A, LUYH 55, SSS 32 (with Spanish translation)
  • When God Delivered Israel [SHEAVES]; GTG 73, PH 237
  • Los que sembraron con lágrimas / Those Who with Tears Went Out Sowing; SSS 333
  • When the Lord Restored Our Blessing [HATIKFAH]; PAS 125C (part 2), LUYH 51
  • Our Mouth Was Filled with Laughter; PAS 126B
  • Those Who Sow Their Seeds [HATIKFAH]; PP 254
  • His Love Is Everlasting; OLOF 691
  • The Lord Has Done Great Things [NEW BRITAIN/AMAZING GRACE]; HTP2 120

    Organ Music

    • “Fanfare on Agincourt Hymn,” DEO GRACIAS, O God Beyond All Praising, Charles Callahan, MSM (M)
    • “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” Pomp and Pageantry, William Ringham, LOR (ME)
    • “The God of Abraham Praise,” Praise and Thanksgiving, Set 3, Michael Burkhardt, MSM (ME)
    • “Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling,” The Essential Dale Wood, Dale Wood, LOR (M)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “My Eyes for Beauty Pine,” Herbert Howells, OUP, SATB, org (M)
    • “O Taste and See,” Ralph Vaughan Williams, OUP, SATB, org (E)
    • “Amazing Grace,” Richard Proulx, GIA, SATB, C inst (E)
    • “Sometimes a Light Surprises,” Craig Courtney, BP, SATB, pno (M)
    • “Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling,” René Clausen, SATB div, Mark Foster (E)
    • “Rise Up, O Men of God,” Kenneth Jennings, AF, TTBB, acap (M)
    • “Laudate Dominum,” W. A. Mozart, Lawson-Gould, sop, SATB, pno (M)
    • “I Don’t Feel Noways Tired,” AAHH #414, Curtis Burrell, arr. Nolan Williams, SATB, pno (E)

    Handbell Music

    • “Festival Prelude on DEO GRACIAS,” Sondra Tucker, 3‑6 oct, opt hc, BP, HB325, Level 4
    • “Jesus Is Calling,” SOFTLY AND TENDERLY Mitchell Eithun, 3‑5 oct, opt hc, ALF, JMG1191, Level 2
    • “Meditation on PROSPECT,” Karen L. Buckwalter, 3 oct and opt pno, CGA, CGB1224, Level 2


    • Lord, That I May See, Matyas Church, Hungary (VDL)
    • Healing of the Man Born Blind, di Buoninsegna Duccio (VDL)
    • Following Christ, Anneke Kaai (AK)

    Debra Jean Ambush
    Encircling Angels
    Acrylic painting
    Installation detail for Wesley Seminary Oxnam Chapel, 48″ x 36″

    Encircling Angels is part of a larger installation slated for inauguration at Oxnam Chapel, Wesley Theological Seminary in the fall of 2023. The painting is intended to provide a visual narrative centered on the courage of the beloved communities of Farmville, Virginia, who sacrificed their own public-school education in order to precipitate the dismantling of segregated schooling in Prince Edward County. This began when students at Moten High School, led by student Barbara Johns, walked out in 1951 to protest poor schooling conditions.

    Influenced by Christian iconography throughout art history, I painted these students as angels or saints to honor their vital place in the civil rights movement and in history. Due to the intervention of the NAACP and African American families in the Farmville community, Farmville became a plaintiff in Brown v. the Board of Education. My family was one of several named as plaintiffs in Davis v. the Board of Education.

    Debra Jean Ambush