September 8, 2024 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 18

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

Lectionary Readings


Proverbs 22:1–2, 8–9, 22–23
A good name is more valuable than wealth; seek justice for the poor.

Psalm 125
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, abiding forever.


Isaiah 35:4–7a
Miracles of healing and streams in the desert signal God’s coming.

Psalm 146
Trust God, who does justice, sets prisoners free, and helps the poor.

James 2:1–10 (11–13) 14–17
Care for those who are in need; without good works, faith is dead.

Mark 7:24–37
Jesus heals a Gentile woman’s daughter and a man who cannot speak.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Trust in the Lord,
who made heaven and earth;
trust in the Lord,
who loves every part of it.
Trust in the Lord,
who cares for those in need;
trust in the Lord,
who leads us to do the same.
Let us worship God,
who shows us the way.

Prayer of the Day

God of mercy,
in a hurting world,
your love shows us another way to live.
Help us to join in your work,
mending what is broken.
May our trust in you be our guide,
leading us to care for our neighbors nearby
and the ones we do not yet know. 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.

You love us with open arms, O God.
Forgive us when we do not put your love into practice:
when we do not challenge the injustice around us;
when we are not generous with the gifts we have to share;
when we are slow to compassion and quick to judgment;
when we contribute to the brokenness of the world
instead of helping to make it whole.
Forgive us, O God, of the ways we fall short.
Free us to try again,
and let your love lead the way.

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 . . .
Help us to put our faith into action,
loving neighbors, welcoming strangers,
and sharing your good gifts with all.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for the world . . .
Establish your heavenly realm on earth—
feeding the hungry, liberating the oppressed,
and restoring the glory of your creation.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for this community . . .
Help us to expand the table you prepare,
welcoming those who beg for bread
or wait for a healing word from you.
God of abundant grace, hear our prayer.

We pray for loved ones . . .
Heal those who are hurting;
set them free from their suffering
and cast out whatever demons afflict them.
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:
You come with power to judge and save us,
destroying the works of the wicked
and delivering the poor from their distress.
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 fed the hungry, cast out demons,
healed the sick, liberated the oppressed,
and extended your grace to all people.
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.
Teach us to truly love our neighbors,
honoring the equality of each person
and tending to the basic human needs of 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 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


Olusola David Ayibiowu, 2008

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • In Christ There Is No East or West (EG) MCKEE GTG 317, ST. PETER GTG 318
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (O) HYMN TO JOY GTG 611
  • O for a Thousand Tongues (OG) AZMON GTG 610
  • Live into Hope (OG) TRURO GTG 772


  • Light Dawns on a Weary World (OEG) TEMPLE OF PEACE GTG 79
  • Live in Charity (Ubi caritas) (OEG) UBI CARITAS GTG 205
  • What Is the World Like (EG) NEW WORLD GTG 771
  • Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life (OE) GERMANY GTG 343


  • For Everyone Born (E) FOR EVERYONE BORN (EG) GTG 769
  • Lord, We Thank You for This Food (OEG) MOTOMASE GTG 660
  • One Bread, One Body (EG) ONE BREAD, ONE BODY GTG 530
  • Though I May Speak (The Gift of Love) (E) GIFT OF LOVE GTG 693


  • Go, My Children, with My Blessing (E) AR HYD Y NOS GTG 547
  • Heaven Shall Not Wait (OE) HEAVEN SHALL NOT WAIT GTG 773
  • When the Poor Ones (Cuando el pobre) (OEG) EL CAMINO GTG 762

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 125

  • Trust in God [SONG 13]; GTG 848
  • Those Who Place on God Reliance [HATIKVAH]; PAS 125C, LUYH 50, PP 252 (with refrain)
  • Those Who Rely on the Lord [CLERMONT PARK]; PAS 125B
  • Shalom, Shalom, the Peace of God Be Here; PAS 125A
  • Lord, Show Your Goodness; PSA 129
  • Show Your Goodness, O Lord [ADORO DEVOTE]; HTP2 104

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
  • I Will Sing Your Praise, O God [SHOUT THE PRAISE]; SP 61
  • Praise the Lord, My Soul (Gelineau); PSA 150
  • Puji Tuhan/Heleluyan /Alleluia; PAS 146B
  • Praise the Lord, O My Soul [OLD 124TH]; HTP2 105

    Organ Music

    • “Postlude on TRURO,” Joyous Postludes for Organ, David Lasky, LOR (ME)
    • “AZMON,” Augsburg Organ Library: Summer, David M. Cherwien, AF (A)
    • “O Waly Waly,” Augsburg Organ Library: Marriage, Barbara Harbach, AF (ME)
    • “God That Madeth Earth and Heaven,” The Organist’s Library, vol. 68, A. F. Schultz, LOR (M)
    • “We All Are One in Mission,” Pomp and Pageantry, William Ringham, LOR (M)

    Anthems for Adult Choirs

    • “Give Almes of Thy Goods,” Christopher Tye, CPDL, SATB, acap (M)
    • “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” arr. Eric Nelson, MSM, SATB, org, opt brass and timp (M)
    • “For Everyone Born,” arr. Tom Trenney, MSM, uni, pno, vc (M)
    • “Os justi,” Anton Bruckner, CPDL, SATB div, acap (A)
    • “Cantate Domino,” Vytautas Miskinis, Carus-Verlag, SAATBB, acap (A)
    • “I Know the Lord Has Laid His Hands on Me,” Moses Hogan, HAL, SATB, acap (M)
    • “God Has Smiled on Me,” AAHH #152, Isaiah Jones, arr. Nolan Williams, GIA, FLEX, pno (E)
    • “Psalm 146: I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath,” Hal Hopson, MSM, SATBB, org (M)

    Handbell Music

    • “Prayer for Healing,” Michael Helman, 3‑6 oct, opt hc, BP, HB720, Level 3-
    • “Celebration on AZMON,” Brian Childers, 3‑6 oct, LOR, 201628L, Level 2+
    • “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” Cynthia Dobrinski, 3‑5 oct, opt hc, HOPE, 2283, Level 3


    • The Daughter of the Canaanite Woman, Peter Koenig (VDL)
    • Christ Comforting a Poor Man, clay plaque, Louvre (VDL)
    • The Canaanite Woman’s Prayer, Anneke Kaai (AK)
    • Rag Collectors, Eugene Laermans (VDL)