Proper 8B

5th Sunday after Pentecost


June 28


Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 or Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24 Roman Catholic reading: Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24 United Methodist reading: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

Psalm 130 or Psalm 30 or Lamentations 3:23-33 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 30:2-15 Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 130 or Lamentations 3:21-33    or Psalm 30 United Methodist reading: Psalm 130

2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Roman Catholic reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15

Mark 5:21-43 Roman Catholic reading: Mark 5:21-43 or Mark 5:21-24, 35-43

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

606-God whose giving knows no ending

461-Lord, whose love through humble service

382-We give thee but thine own

399-O God, unseen yet ever near

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.


Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit or   

This week: Psalm 130 is on p. 762

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Lamentations 3:22-33

Weighing the load, life’s burden’s yoke,

the call for patience galls.

Yet in the discipline of hope

the countenance is bold.

Ascending unto faithfulness,

the hour of burdened woe

becomes the portion of desire,

attendant unto God.

While lamentation ploughs the soul

and harrows shattered wit,

the portion known is God’s own touch,

the paradise of hope.

By steadfast love, by faithfulness,

we stand at mercy’s door.

We long for satisfaction, Lord,

and hold dredged woe for love.

CM          Suggested tune: St. Mary

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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  

L: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

P: Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

L: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

P: That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

L: The living Christ is with us.

P: Praise the Lord!


Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Satisfy us with your mercy, O Lord, at the beginning of this day that in our fullness of joy all the day long we may find a true delight in singing your praises; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever (and who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



Almighty God, maker of all, with joy we give thanks for all your goodness. We praise you for the love which has created and sustained us to this day, and for the gift of your Christ who brings us into covenant with you and with all your people of faith. Help us to treasure your gifts and to show our thankfulness by lives wholly given to your service.

We pray for your church whom you have redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus. Give it pastors and ministers filled with your spirit, and strength to serve by the guidance of your word. Perfect it in love and in compassion, and establish it in the faith of your saints. Unite all your people that one holy church may bear witness to you and your glory.

We pray that you would move our nation toward the justice of your peace. Bless our national, state and local leaders to serve all people with integrity. Purge from us all hatred and prejudice, and build within us your love, that even in our dealings with the other nations of earth we may be servants of peace, truth and justice.

Bless our homes with the joy of your presence. Strengthen our covenants of family and of faith, that our children may grow into fullness of faith, that together we may show forth your praise in our world through deeds and words of love and compassion—especially with those who are alone and lonely.

Let your grace be seen in seed-time and harvest, in labor and business, in leisure and rest, in arts and culture of our people. May all who do work find fulfillment of their vocations, and all who are in need of work find the relief of new endeavors.

Comfort those who sorrow and are in need, sickness or adversity. Have mercy on those to whom death draws near. Bring consolation to those in mourning, and to all give your peace, for these and all our prayers we bring to you in the name of Jesus our Christ. Amen.

Prayers from Common Worship*


O God, the protector of all who trust in you,

without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:

increase and multiply upon us your mercy;

that with you as our ruler and guide

we may so pass through things temporal

that we lose not our hold on things eternal;

grant this, heavenly Father,

for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Eternal God,

comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,

you have fed us at the table of life and hope:

teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,

that all the world may acknowledge

the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Additional Collect

Gracious Father,

by the obedience of Jesus

you brought salvation to our wayward world:

draw us into harmony with your will,

that we may find all things restored in him,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the

foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself

being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together

in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a

holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Mark 5:21-43

The many elements of time and need

abruptly snag our anxious seed.

Become in our neglect, our want,

the steady hand that wields

the spirit to fulfill in us

the rising up in your delight, O God;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

Through our offerings we affirm God’s leadership. In the letter to the Ephesians we hear this charge: “Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors.


Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God, for the generosity that enables us to share. We are rich in many things. Help us to empty ourselves of pretense, even as we pour out gifts of gratitude. We dedicate our offerings and ourselves to shaping the community you intend, in the spirit of Christ.

Prayer of Thanksgiving (from William Flewelling)

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

Our God, you sent your brooding Spirit upon the deep when creation dawned upon your Word.

You sent your brooding Spirit upon Mary when you came Incarnate in Jesus, your Word made flesh.

You sent your brooding Spirit upon the Church when you created of us a people devoted in Jesus to your love in this time and in this place.

Send now your Spirit to brood on us that we may be full of your love as the waters cover the sea.

As Jesus claimed bread and wine  to reveal himself anew, send now Holy Spirit upon this day that our communion  may build of us the Body of Christ, that our meeting with you may feed our souls on heaven’s food, that our joy may be complete in the love your give to us for one another.

Include us wholly in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]


Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit to learn more.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.


Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.


Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.


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