September 29, 2024 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 21

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

Lectionary Readings


Esther 7:1–6, 9–10; 9:20–22
Queen Esther uses her influence to save her people from death.

Psalm 124
We have escaped from a trap; our help is in the name of the Lord.


Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29
Among the elders erupts a controversy over who can prophesy.

Psalm 19:7–14
Clear me from hidden faults; let my words be acceptable to you.

James 5:13–20
Pray for one another; faithful prayer brings healing and forgiveness.

Mark 9:38–50
The disciples find someone else casting out demons in Jesus’ name.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

We gather in this place
seeking to live in faithful community
and asking God to guide us.
Lord, revive our souls,
that we might lift each other up.
Lord, revive our souls,
that we might order our communities
in ways that lead us toward love.
Lord, revive our souls!

Prayer of the Day

Loving God,
give us each wisdom to recognize our part
in bringing your kingdom to life here on earth.
May those in positions of power
use their influence for the benefit of all.
May those with the knowledge to heal
give freely of their gifts.
May those with imagination work to enact justice.
May we all join in telling the world
of your work among us. 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.

Let the words of our mouths
and the meditation of our hearts
be acceptable to you, O Lord,
our rock and our redeemer.
For you are our rock,
and yet we place our faith in sinking sand.
You are our redeemer,
and yet we are convinced that we must save ourselves.
You are our source of unity,
and yet we isolate ourselves in every way we can.
You are our fount of forgiveness,
and yet we fear that we will be condemned.
Forgive us, O Rock.
Forgive us, O Redeemer,
and show us what it means to forgive one another.

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:
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

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

In our trouble and need, we look to the Lord,
the giver of our daily bread, saying:
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the church . . .
Teach us the power of fervent prayer,
calling on you in our sickness and suffering
and singing your praise in times of joy.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the world . . .
Empower ordinary people to take risks
for the sake of peace and justice,
always remembering the poor and vulnerable.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for this community . . .
Bless the good that we seek to do in your name;
help us to work together more effectively,
finding common cause with all who do your will.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for loved ones . . .
When danger and distress is all around,
show the strength of your steadfast love,
and the power of your helping hand.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

Generous God, as you provide for us each day,
nourish and strengthen us in faith and faithfulness,
so that we may share your grace in a hungry world;
through Jesus Christ, the bread 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:
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:
By the gift of your Holy Spirit
you empower prophets in every age
to speak your word and seek your will.
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 leads us to the life you promise—
lifting us up, even when we stumble,
seasoning our lives with your grace and peace.
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.
Anoint us for the ministry of prayer,
crying out in suffering, giving thanks in joy,
and seeking the healing you alone can provide.
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 blessing of the one God—
Spirit, Son, and Father—
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Ephesians 4:4–6

Lead a life worthy of your calling,
giving glory to God in all things. Amen.
Ephesians 4:1

Jesus Welcomes the Children


Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Come, O Holy Spirit, Come (Wa wa wa Emimimo) (O) WA EMIMIMO GTG 283
  • When in Our Music God Is Glorified (E) ENGELBERG GTG 641
  • Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (O) ST. DENIO GTG 12
  • When Morning Gilds the Skies (E) LAUDES DOMINI GTG 667


  • Deep in the Shadows of the Past (OG) SHEPHERDS’ PIPES GTG 50, PH 330
  • How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord (G) REPTON GTG 432
  • Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying (E) CHILDREN PRAYING GTG 469
  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus (E) CONVERSE GTG 465, BEACH SPRING LUYH 898


  • All Who Hunger, Gladly Gather (O) HOLY MANNA GTG 509
  • Before I Take the Body of My Lord (G) LAYING DOWN GTG 428
  • O Christ, the Healer (E) ERHALT UNS, HERR GTG 793
  • We Come to You for Healing, Lord (E) LAND OF REST GTG 796


  • Bring Forth the Kingdom (You Are Salt for the Earth) (G) YOU ARE SALT FOR THE EARTH, O PEOPLE SSS 130, BRING FORTH THE KINGDOM
    STF 2190
  • Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart! (E) MARION GTG 804
  • The Church of Christ in Every Age (G) WAREHAM GTG 320
  • Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life (G) GERMANY GTG 343

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 124

  • Our Help Is in the Name of God [OLD 124TH/GENEVAN 124]; GTG 330, PAS 124A, LUYH 498
  • Unless the Lord Had Stood with Us [CM]; MPS 124
  • If God Had Not Been on Our Side [CM]; PCW 124
  • Praise the Lord; PP 250
  • Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord; PAS 124C
  • Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord [OLD 124TH/GENEVAN 124]; HTP2 111

Psalm 19:7–14

  • 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
  • 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

    Organ Music

    • “Meditation on LAND OF REST,” Wonder and Praise, David Lansky, LOR (ME)
    • “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!” MARION, Augsburg Organ Library: Healing and Funeral, David M. Cherwien, AF (ME)
    • “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” Praise and Thanksgiving, Set 3, Michael Burkhardt, MSM (ME)
    • “When Morning Gilds the Skies,” When Morning Gilds the Skies, Anna Laura Page, LOR (ME)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “The Call,” Z. Randall Stroope, SATB, keybd, MSM (M)
    • “Prayer of St. Francis,” René Clausen, SHAW, SATB div, pno (M)
    • “The Heavens Declare,” James Brighton, CGA, uni, pno (E)
    • “Treasures in Heaven,” K. Lee Scott, AF, 2 pt mx, keybd (E)
    • “Voce Mea,” Giovanni Croce, CPDL, SATB, acap (M)
    • “Hear My Prayer,” Henry Purcell, CPDL, SATB div, acap (A)
    • “God Be in My Head,” Anthems for SA Men, John Rutter, OUP, SAB, acap (A)
    • “A Prayer of St. Columba,” The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems, Cecilia McDowell, OUP, FLEX, keybd (E)

    Handbell Music

    • “When Morning Gilds the Skies,” Sondra Tucker, 3‑6 oct, opt hc, FTM, FM20719, Level 3
    • “Repton Reminiscence,” Tim Waugh, 2‑3 oct, ALF, 42905, Level 2
    • “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart,”Anna Laura Page, 3‑5 oct, ALF, 19648, Level 2


    • Praying Hands, Albrecht Dürer (VDL)
    • Harriet Tubman, Benjamin F. Powelson (VDL)
    • Prayer, Anneke Kaai (AK)