October 8, 2023 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 22

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

Lectionary Readings

Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20
At Mount Sinai, the Lord gives the Ten Commandments to Moses.

Psalm 19
The law of the Lord is perfect; God’s commandments are clear.

Isaiah 5:1–7
Isaiah sings of a vineyard that has failed to produce good fruit.

Psalm 80:7–15
Restore us, O God of hosts; have regard for the vine you planted.

Philippians 3:4b–14
All that I have is nothing; knowing Jesus Christ is everything.

Matthew 21:33–46
A parable about a vineyard, wicked tenants, and the owner’s son.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Let us come to learn.
Let us come to witness.
Let us come to change.
Let us come to repent.
Let us come to worship.

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’s law is right and just,
offering us wisdom and enlightenment.
Yet we ignore the importance of God’s law in our lives
and persist in our own ways.
In humility, let us confess our sins.

God of the law and the prophets,
We do not want to admit
all the commandments we have broken.
We worship idols of money, success, and power.
We use your name to justify whatever we do.
We do not honor each other;
we covet, we lie, we wish evil upon others.
Our sins are too many to name.
Forgive us.
Speak to us and we will listen,
remembering that you are
our freedom and deliverer.

Lifting water from the font:
Do not be afraid:
God loves us with an everlasting love;
God’s grace is unending.
Siblings in Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God for such graciousness!

— 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:
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 . . .
May we honor you above all others,
worshiping you in holiness and freedom,
shattering idols and blessing your name.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, our God, we pray for the earth . . .
Let your voice ring throughout the earth,
proclaiming the glory of your handiwork
and calling all to care for your creation.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, our God, we pray for all nations . . .
Look with mercy upon all people;
where there is injustice, set things right;
where there is bloodshed, bring peace.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, our God, we pray for this community . . .
Teach us to honor those who gave us birth.
Teach us not to kill, steal, or be unfaithful,
and not to lie or covet what is not ours.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, our God, we pray for loved ones . . .
Let your face shine upon those who suffer—
the poor, the sick, the lost, the lonely;
save them, by your grace.
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:
Merciful and gracious God,
you abound in steadfast love and faithfulness.
With gratitude, we bring our gifts to you.
Bless these gifts and bless our lives
that together we may share your mercy and grace
for the world you dearly love. 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 led your people out of slavery in Egypt
and gave them the gift of your commandments.
Still, you call us to follow your way of truth and life.

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 sent Jesus, your own beloved Son,
to announced the coming of your kingdom.
Though the world rejected him, he did not reject us.
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.

Let us know Christ, in the sharing of his sufferings
and in the power of his resurrection from the dead,
so that we may become the people you have called.

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

“Ten Commandments”


Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • God the Sculptor of the Mountains (O) JENNINGS-HOUSTON GTG 5
  • This Is the Day / Este es el día (G) ESTE ES EL DÍA GTG 391
  • Fight the Good Fight (E) DUKE STREET GTG 846, PH 307
  • O Blest Creator, Source of Light (E) LUCIS CREATOR OPTIME, BROMLEY EH 27, 28


  • Do Not Be Afraid (O) ISAIAH 43 GTG 76
  • The Right Hand of God (E) LA MANO DE DIOS GTG 332
  • Soft Rains of Spring Flow (OEG) PCOCS GTG 680
  • In the Lands of Asia (OG) MARTINEZ STB 263


  • I Long for Your Commandments (O) WOLH DENEN, DIE DA WANDELN GTG 64
  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (E) HAMBURG, ROCKINGHAM GTG 223, 224, PH 100, 101
  • Bread of Heaven, on Thee We Feed (OG) ARFON GTG 496, PH 501
  • Jesus, Let Us Come to Know You (E) JESUS LET US COME TO KNOW YOU SON 768


  • Beneath the Cross of Jesus (E) ST. CHRISTOPHER GTG 216, PH 92
  • Joyful Is the Dark (O) LINDNER GTG 230
  • Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (G) WESTMINSTER ABBEY, REGENT SQUARE GTG 394, PH 416, 417
  • O Blest Creator, Source of Light (E) LUCIS CREATOR OPTIME, BROMLEY EH 27, 28

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 19

  • Your Law, O Lord, Is Perfect [CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN LEBEN]; GTG 61
  • God’s Glory Fills the Heavens [ST. PATRICK, CREATION, YE BANKS AND BRAES]; GTG 690, PAS 19B, LUYH 719, PLP1 19
  • The Stars Declare His Glory [DEERFIELD]; PAS 19A
  • Silent Voices [SILENT VOICES]; PAS 19F
  • Los cielos cuentan la gloria de Dios / The Heavens Tell of Your Creative Glory; SSS 11
  • May the Words of My Mouth; PAS 19E
  • Lord, You Have the Words; PAS 19C (alt. refrain)
  • Lord, You Have the Words of Everlasting Life; PFTS2 44
  • Lord, You Have the Words; PP 32
  • The Statutes of the Lord Rejoice the Heart; HTP2 49
  • Que los dichos de mi boca / Let the Words of My Mouth; SSS 558–559
  • Tu Palabra, Señor / Far More Precious Than Gold; SSS 550 (refrain only)

Psalm 80:7–15

  • O Hear Our Cry, O Lord [VINEYARD HAVEN]; GTG 355, PAS 80B, PH 206
  • O Shepherd, Hear and Lead Your Flock [CMD]; PCW 80
  • O Shepherd, Hear and Lead Your Flock [ST. LOUIS]; PAS 80C, LUYH 64
  • Restáuranos, oh Dios / Restore Us, O God; SSS 72
  • Restore Us Again; PAS 80A
  • Lord, Make Us Turn to You (Gelineau); PSA 71
  • The Vineyard of the Lord [PICARDY]; HTP2 50
  • God of Love, Come and Help Us; PP 146

Organ Music

  • “Fughetta in D,” Twelve Fughettas, op. 123b, Joseph Rheinberger, KAL (ME)
  • “Canon,” Twelve Pieces for Organ, Theodore Dubois, KAL (M)
  • “Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him,” HYFRYDOL, I Sing the Mighty Power of God, Jerry Westenkuehler, Warner Bros. Publications (E)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Cornerstone,” Shawn Kirchner, Santa Barbara, SATB, solo, pno (M)
  • “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” arr. Moses Hogan, HAL, SATB, tenor solo, acap (M)
  • “Fight the Good Fight,” John Gardner, OUP, SATB, pno (E)
  • “God of the Ages,” arr. Howard Helvey, BP, SATB, pno (M)
  • “Grant Us Your Peace,” Felix Mendelssohn, SJMP, SAB, keybd (E)
  • “O God, You Speak Your Beauty Every Hour,” Anthems for SA and Men, Howard Helvey, OUP, SAB, org (M)
  • “The Heavens Are Telling,” Franz J. Haydn, GSH, SATB, STB soli, keybd (A)
  • “We See the Mountains Lifted High before Us,” arr. Hal Hopson, CGA, 2 pt mx, pno (E)

Handbell Music

  • “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” Lloyd Larson, 3–5 oct and pno, HOPE, hb 2793, full
    score/pno 2793D, Level 2
  • “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” Alan Lohr, 3–5 oct, opt 2 oct hc, SFP, 20/1888SF, Level 3
  • “Foundation,” Anna Laura Page, 3–5 oct, ALF/JM, 20205, Level 3


  • Ten Commandments, wood carving, Poland (VDL)
  • Childbirth, mural, Gdansk, Poland, 2000 (VDL)
  • Vineyards with a View of Auvers, Vincent van Gogh, 1890 (VDL)
  • Moses Repeated the Commandments to the People, unknown, c. 840 (VDL)
  • Moses ala Michelangelo, P. Solomon Raj (EYE)
  • Moses Receiving the Law from God, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Florence, c. 1422 (VDL)