September 28, 2025 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 21

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

Lectionary Readings

Jeremiah 32:1–3a, 6–15
Buy the field at Anathoth; houses and vineyards will one day return. 

Psalm 91:1–6, 14–16
The Lord says: Do not fear; I will deliver those who call on my name. 

Amos 6:1a, 4–7
Those with idle and comfortable lives will be first to go into exile. 

Psalm 146
Do not put your trust in princes; God does justice for the oppressed.

1 Timothy 6:6–19
The love of money is the root of evil; be rich in good works instead.  

Luke 16:19–31
Jesus tells the parable of Lazarus and the rich man in Hades.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, 
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 
say to the Lord:
My refuge and my fortress; my God, 
in whom I trust. 

The Lord executes justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry, 
sets the prisoners free,
opens the eyes of the blind,
lifts up those who are bowed down,
watches over those who are estranged,
and upholds the orphan and the widow. 
The Lord loves the righteous, 
but the way of the wicked
God brings to ruin.

Come, people of God,
let us pursue righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. 
Let all generations praise the Lord!

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, Lord Most High, 
Giver of life, Maker of all,
we brought nothing into the world, 
and we can take nothing out of it. 
So, knowing that alone we have nothing,
let us regard those with nothing as our own. 
Make us instruments
of your providence and justice
and partners in your process of salvation, 
which you work for the glory of your name,
and that of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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:
Looking at Jesus,
we see that we have fallen short
of the glory of God.
Yet Jesus looks at us with mercy and grace.
Therefore, let us offer our confession in faith.

God of justice and righteousness,
you lift up the lowly and fill the empty;
yet we adore the high and the mighty.
You reach out to the poor;
yet we ceaselessly pursue wealth.
You talk about treasure in heaven;
yet we want dollars
in our accounts right now.
Correct our misguided ways.
Forgive our lack of generosity.
Free us from striving for more and more.
Change our hearts so that we can tend
to things that matter
and find our life in Jesus Christ.

Lifting water from the font:
Without regard for the cost,
the precious love of God
is poured out 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 . . .

Keep us from wavering in our faith.

Help us to hold fast to our confession:

that Christ Jesus is the giver of life. 

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for the world . . .

Help us to heed the law and prophets.

Work in our world to shrink the gaps

between high and low, rich and poor.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for this community . . .

Watch over the strangers in our midst,

protect those who are most vulnerable,

and disrupt the plans of the wicked.  

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Cover them with your merciful care.

Answer them in times of trouble

and shelter them from every danger.

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:
You give food to those who are hungry,
set prisoners free, help the oppressed,
and watch over the vulnerable among us.

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 is your Word made flesh—
teaching us the meaning of your law
and showing us the way of your prophets. 

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.

Make us rich in good works,
generous and ready to share with all,
trusting in your promise of abundant life.

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


  • As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought (E) FOREST GREEN GTG 712

  • You Who Dwell in the Shelter of the Lord (P) ON EAGLE’S WINGS GTG 43

  • Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy (O) RESTORATION GTG 415


  • Within Your Shelter, Loving God (P) ABBEY GTG 168

  • Take, O Take Me as I Am (O) TAKE ME AS I AM GTG 698

  • Fill My Cup (E) FILL MY CUP GTG 699


  • For the Troubles and the Sufferings (P) PELAS DORES DESTE MUNDO GTG 764

  • All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly (O) HOLY MANNA GTG 509

  • You Are My Strength When I Am Weak (G) JERNIGAN GTG 519


  • May the God of Hope Go with Us (P) ARGENTINA GTG 765

  • Lead Me, Guide Me (O) LEAD ME, GUIDE ME GTG 740

  • God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength (G) WINCHESTER OLD GTG 329

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 91:1–6, 14–16

  • Within Your Shelter, Loving God [ABBEY]; GTG 168, PH 212

  • Within the Shelter of the Lord [YE BANKS AND BRAES]; PAS 91B, LUYH 459

  • El que habita / Those Who Dwell [ABRIGO DE DIOS]; PAS 91C

  • All Those Who Dwell in God’s Cool Shade [CM]; SGP 131


  • Be with Me, Lord, When I Am in Trouble; PAS 91D (pointed vv.); PFTS2 8 (through-composed vv.)

  • How Safe It Is, This Hiding Place [RYBURN]; PAS 91D (alt. refrain)

  • On Eagle’s Wings [ON EAGLE’S WINGS]; GTG 43, PAS 91E

Psalm 146

  • I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath [OLD 113TH]; GTG 806, PH 253, PAS 146A

  • Praise the Lord! Sing Hallelujah! [RIPLEY, FOR YOUR GIFT]; LUYH 518, PAS 146D, 146C


  • Praise the Lord, My Soul (Gelineau); PSA 150

  • Puji Tuhan / Heleluyan / Alleluia; PAS 146B

Organ Music

  • “Partita for Organ on Lancashire,” Kevin Hildebrand, MSM (M)

  • “Toccata on Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart,” Albert L. Travis, MSM (MA)

  • “Variations on Sine Nomine,” Richard Proulx, MSM (ME)

  • “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” Six Postludes on English Hymn Tunes, Charles Callahan, MSM (ME)

Piano Music

  • “Hymn of Promise,” PROMISE, Today’s Hymns and Songs for Piano, John Carter, HOPE (M)

  • “Fairest Lord Jesus,” CRUSADER’S HYMN, 60 Easy Hymn Settings for Piano, Joel Raney, HOPE (ME)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “God of Grace and God of Glory,” Dan Forrest, HIN, SATB, org, opt cong, opt brass, opt perc (M)

  • “Be Thou My Vision,” Alice Parker, HIN, SATB, keybd, hp (E)

  • “Agnus Dei (2020),” Jay Althouse, ALF, SATB, keybd (ME)

  • “Al Sholsha D’varim,” Allan E. Naplan, BH, SATB, 2 pt, pno (E)

  • “Ye Followers of the Lamb,” Edwin E. Ferguson, Associated Music Publishers, SATB, pno (M)

Vocal Solos

  • “Offertory,” Sacred Songs of John Ness Beck, John Ness Beck, BP, low/medium/high (M)

  • “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace,” Bless His Holy Name, Mark Shepperd, MSM (M)

  • “You Are My All in All,” Dennis Jernigan, (E)


  • The Rich Spendthrift, Joseph Danhauser, 1805–45 (PD)

  • The Rich Man and Lazarus, JESUS MAFA, 1973 (VDL)

  • The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus, Hendrick Ter Brugghen, 1625 (VCS)

  • Frozen Assets, Diego Rivera, 1931–32 (VCS)