Proper 12B – 9th Sunday after Pentecost


July 26


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 11:1-15 or 2 Kings 4:42-44 Roman Catholic reading: 2 Kings 4:42-44 United Methodist reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-15

Psalm 14 or Psalm 145:10-18 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 145:10-18 Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 14 or Psalm 145:10-19 United Methodist reading: Psalm 14

Ephesians 3:14-21 Roman Catholic reading: Ephesians 4:1-6

John 6:1-21 Roman Catholic reading: John 6:1-15

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.

62 – Creator God, creating still

540-O Love that wilt not let me go

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

423-Become to us the Living Bread

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   

This week: Psalm 14 is not in the hymnal. Psalm 145 is excerpted in Greeting below.

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

On Ephesians 3:14-21

Within the laden longing

we find resilient strength.

For in the welling bounty,

the riches of all grace

provide the savor wanting,

the caliber of joy.

And with exultant passion

we answer to the Lord.

The breadth and width confront us,

the depth and height alike,

the measure of welling Christ

anointing every heart.

With this incumbent knowledge

we savor you, O Lord,

and find this comprehension

the spring of joy and awe.

Within this laden journey

in finding richest grace

and savoring the four square

dimensions of delight,

we learn of your deep loving,

surpassing all our ken

that in this hour of wonder

your fullness may compel.             Suggested tune: Penlan

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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer adapted from Psalm 145:10-18

L: All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your faithful shall bless you.

P: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

L: The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.

P: The LORD upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.

L: The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.

P: You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.

L: The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.

P: The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Most Holy God, we await the touch of your Spirit with eagerness. We ask that you enter the lives of each one of us today, refreshing and renewing and healing us with the power of your loving Spirit, that we may live with purpose and enthusiasm and courage after the manner of Jesus our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



God of Creation, God of Wonder, hear this offering of prayer and praise as a gift from our thankful hearts. We thank you for the wonders all around us. For grains of sand, the smell of rain falling on dry ground, for the shifting of the seasons and the sound of laughter. We thank you God for one another – for the joys and struggles of relationships that nurture us and help us to grow.                 God, we thank you for your eternal presence in our midst and for the good news of your deep abiding love for all of creation.                 Even as we give thanks, we lift up the concerns that burden us this day. We ask your peace and blessing on all those we have named in this place today and all whose names and circumstances remain in the safe sanctuary of your Spirit’s care.                 We pray for all who are suffering in body, mind or spirit and for all who provide care for the needs of others. We pray for the lonely and the despairing…for those who struggle with addiction…for those who feel trapped in situations of abuse…for those who making difficult decisions in life…                 God we pray for your church and its mission in the world. Bless all of your children God, and pour your Spirit upon us, bringing healing, comfort and strength wherever it is needed. All this we ask in the name of the One who calls us forward in faith, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers from Common Worship*


Almighty Lord and everlasting God,

we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern

both our hearts and bodies

in the ways of your laws

and the works of your commandments;

that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,

we may be preserved in body and soul;

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Strengthen for service, Lord,

the hands that have taken holy things;

may the ears which have heard your word

be deaf to clamour and dispute;

may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;

may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love

shine with the light of hope;

and may the bodies which have been fed with your body

be refreshed with the fullness of your life;

glory to you for ever.

Additional Collect

Lord God,

your Son left the riches of heaven

and became poor for our sake:

when we prosper save us from pride,

when we are needy save us from despair,

that we may trust in you alone;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

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 the things eternal;

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)

John 6:1-21

You give to us your love’s desire

that hunger find its feeding in our hands.

We measure storms alone

and long to find you near.

Become for us the steadiness upon the Deep

that buoys us in the rage

with constancy and bliss.

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

All good things come from God, the giver of life. We are called as stewards of God’s gifts to share in fulfillment of God’s purposes for creation. As stewards of the kingdom of God, let us give from our abundance with thanksgiving.


Offertory Prayer

Receive the offerings we bring, O God, and sanctify them to the holy purpose of extending your gifts to all who are in need and to all who would desire them, even as you sanctify our lives in the presence of the Holy Christ who is in our midst today.

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)

As we come to partake the One Holy Loaf, feed us and draw us to unity of heart in Jesus Christ.

Create in us the oneness which embraces people in full measured Christian love

and weeps over our proud division,

stopping us from calling anyone our brother, our sister.

Refresh us and make to flow in our veins your peace,

as we are set together in the one cup.

By the grace of the Holy Spirit, fill our lives with the passion of Christ,

a longing to include in our communion all the peoples loving you,

that our joy may be complete in Jesus Christ our one Lord.


Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. 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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