October 5, 2025 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 22

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

Lectionary Readings

Lamentations 1:1–6
How lonely is the great city now; majesty had departed from Zion. 

Lamentations 3:19–26
Even in my affliction, I remember the steadfast love of the Lord. 

or Psalm 137
By the waters of Babylon we wept; how could we sing God’s song? 

Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4
Write the vision; make it plain: the righteous live by their faith. 

Psalm 37:1–9
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in God, who will act. 

2 Timothy 1:1–14
Rekindle your faith; guard the good treasure entrusted to you. 

Luke 17:5–10
If you had faith like a mustard seed, you could uproot this tree. 

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Through desolation and weeping, 
through bitterness and fear,
through anguish and suffering, 
through destruction and violence, 
this we will remember:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; 
God’s mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning; 
great is God’s faithfulness. 

So we will not despair, we will keep hope alive. 
The Lord is my portion, says my soul, 
therefore I will hope in God.

Trust in the Lord, and do good; 
take delight in the Lord, 
Commit your way to the Lord; 
trust God, who will act.  

Prayer of the Day

God of grace, mercy, and peace,
through the trials and tribulations of life, 
many burdens fill our souls with strife.
Instill in us sincere faith
and grant us a spirit of power, love, 
and self-discipline, 
that we may worship with humility 
and steadfast trust
and respond to your holy calling,
according to your will. 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:
Our faith may be small,
but God’s power is great.
Our sins may loom large,
but God’s promise of forgiveness is sure.
Trusting that God is able to do for us
what we could never do for ourselves,
let us make our confession.

God of grace,
we confess that the seed
of faith within us is small.
Hope is often absent.
Love is frequently inconvenient.
Our sin keeps us from responding to you.
Tend to us in mercy,
so that we may grow in the ways
of faith, hope, and love,
after the example of Jesus Christ.

Lifting water from the font:
The grace of God is given to us
in Jesus Christ.
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 . . .

Teach us to trust in your saving power,

to rely on the gifts of your Holy Spirit,

and to be bold in our testimony to the Lord. 

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for the world . . .

Give us leaders who are committed

to doing what is just and right,

so that all may live in peace and safety.  

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for this community . . .

Restore our abandoned cites,

rebuild our ruined neighborhoods,

and renew our broken relationships.  

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Comfort those who are suffering

or wasting away in their sorrow.

Sustain them with your steadfast love.

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:
We find hope in your great faithfulness, 
for your steadfast love never ceases
and your mercies never come to an end.

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 teaches us the power of faith
and calls us to a life of faithfulness,
all for the glory of your holy name.

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 your Spirit at work within us,
keep us faithful to the gospel,
proclaiming the message of your grace 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:
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


  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness (E) FAITHFULNESS GTG 39

  • We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight (O) DUNLAP’S CREEK GTG 817

  • The Steadfast Love of the Lord (P) THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD GTG 59


  • How Long, O God, Will My Prayers Be in Vain? (O) LAND OF MERCY GTG 779

  • Lord, When I Came into This Life (G) LAND OF REST GTG 691

  • Commit Your Way to God the Lord (P) GUILSBOROUGH GTG 706


  • Out of the Depths (O) AUS TIEFER NOT GTG 424

  • My Faith Looks Up to Thee (E) OLIVET GTG 829

  • You Are My Refuge, Faithful God (G) MORNING SONG GTG 214


  • We Will Go Out with Joy (P) WE WILL GO OUT WITH JOY GTG 539

  • Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises (O) HALLELUYA! PELO TSA RONA GTG 538

  • I Depend upon Your Faithfulness (E) TU FIDELIDAD GTG 831

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 137

  • By the Babylonian Rivers [KAS DZIEDAJA / CAPTIVITY]; GTG 72, PH 246, PAS 137A,
    LUYH 651

  • God of Memory [EBENEZER]; PAS 137E

  • By the Streams of Babylon [AGIOS O THEOS]; PP 274 (with refrain), PCW 137 (as D)

  • By the Waters of Babylon [BY THE WATERS]; PAS 137D, GTG 784

  • By Babylon’s Rivers We Gathered to Meet [ D]; SGP 203


  • By the Waters of Babylon [BY THE WATERS]; PAS 137C

  • We Wept When We Remembered Zion [RESIGNATION]; HTP2 177

Psalm 37:1–9

  • Commit Your Way to God the Lord [ROCKINGHAM, GUILSBOROUGH]; PAS 37A, LUYH 850, GTG 706

  • Fret Not Yourself with Wickedness [CMD]; SGP 59

  • The Righteous Have a Lifelong Aim [LMD]; MPS 37


  • Wait for the Lord, Whose Day Is Near; PAS 37B

  • Wait for the Lord; Patiently Wait; PP 72

Organ Music

  • MCKEE,” Six Preludes for Organ, Austin C. Lovelace, SEL (E)

  • AUS TIEFER NOT,” Hymn Tune Innovations: Five Preludes for Lent, Benjamin M. Culli, CON (E)

  • IN BABILONE,” Musica Sacra: Easy Hymn Preludes for Organ, vol. 11, Matthew Machemer, CON (E)

  • NYLAND/KUORTANE,” Augsburg Organ Library: Healing and Funeral, Robert A. Hobby, AF (E)

Piano Music

  • “Gather Us In,” GATHER US IN, Endless Communion, Mark Hayes, LOR (MA)

  • “Trusting Jesus,” TRUSTING JESUS / TRUST IN JESUS, The Many Moods of Worship, Mark Edwards, LOR (M)

  • “Fantasia on ‘Morning Song,’” MORNING SONG, The Pianist under Pressure, Lani Smith, LOR (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “By the Waters of Babylon,” Eleanor Daley, AMP, SATB, acap (ME)

  • “Babylon Has Fallen,” Sacred Harp, public domain, SATB, acap (E)

  • “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” Charles McCartha, AF, SAB, keybd (E)

  • “Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen,” David M. Cherwien, MSM, SATB, org, opt brass,
    opt cong (M)

  • “How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord,” Hal H. Hopson, MSM, SATB, org (E)

Vocal Solos

  • “Let Us Break Bread Together,” The Deep River Collection, Moses Hogan, HAL, low/high (M)

  • “An Offering,” Sacred Solos of Dan Forrest, Dan Forrest, BP, low/medium/high (MA)

  • “One Bread, One Body,” John Foley, musicnotes.com (E)


  • Jeremiah Weeping for Jerusalem, Chris Stoffel Overvoode, 2016 (EYE)

  • How Deserted Lies the City, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, 1860 (PD)

  • On the Rivers of Babylon, Ephraim Moshe Lilien, 1910 (PD)

  • Psalm 37:4, Timothy Botts, 2016 (EYE)

  • Laid Their Hands on Them, stained glass, Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas (VDL)