Proper 12B, Pentecost +9

July 25

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

2 Samuel 11:1-15 or 2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 14 or Psalm 145:10-18
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

274-I love thy kingdom, Lord

15-Rejoice, ye pure in heart

62 – Creator God, creating still

540-O Love that wilt not let me go

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

321-Break thou the bread of life

101-Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts

622-Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

423-Become to us the Living Bread

426-The voice of Jesus calls his people

398-Be known to us in breaking 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.   

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2021, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On 2 Kings 4:42-44

               The gifts we have we give to you,

               a bounty seeming small.

               The first fruits, newly here, we bring

               and give the best for you.

               So, gather near together round;

               sit and enjoy the fare.

               For what we have we give to you,

               to see how God provides.

               Impossible, we want to say.

               Yet here we must provide.

               Come, satisfy the hungering heart

               as God has spoken now.

               Provide in your abundance, Lord,

               for hospitality.

               We answer as you call to us:

               Provide in freedom’s zeal!

CM        Suggested tune: St. Fulbert

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 Call to Worship below.  

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

Call to Worship   

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.

OR from  

L: The goodness of God has called us here!
P: We are recipients of God’s gracious love.
L: Though we have not always done what is right in God’s sight;
P: Yet God is merciful and forgiving.
L: Open your hearts and spirits to the refreshing love of God.
P: Help us, O Lord, to live joyfully and peacefully in your sight.

OR from  (Psalm 105)

L: Give thanks to God and call on God’s name.
P: Sing to God; sing praises to God!
L: Make known God’s deeds among the people.
P: Sing to God; sing praises to God!
L: Seek God’s presence and God’s strength.
P: Let us sing praises to God, for God is faithful.

OR from 

L: Though there is strife in the world.
P: Yet will we seek God.
L: When our hearts grow heavy and the burdens are overbearing,
P: We will turn to the Lord.
L: God is with us in all things.
P: We can place our trust in the God of love and hope.

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

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…”)


Most Holy God, we await the touch of your Spirit with eagerness. We ask that you receive us with our hungers, along with the praise and joy we bring, and by your hands multiply the gifts we hold that all who hunger may be fed, through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…)


Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid:  cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)


Gracious God, we gather this morning to add our human voices to the chorus of praise raised by your creation! We come as we are – distracted and weary, hopeful and open – know that you accept us and are ever mindful of our cares and joys. Still in us now the many voices that clamor for attention, that we might center ourselves upon you. Speak to us in word and melody and quiet, that we may be renewed in our faith and strengthened for your service. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

OR from 

Our gracious and ever loving God, we come in the midst of summer looking for refreshment. We rest in the knowledge of the wonderful works you have done for us, and of the deep and abiding love you have for us and for all God’s people. Search our hearts. Fill our soul with your indwelling Spirit who whispers to our soul that all will be well if we but trust in you. Shine your light before us, that we may see our path to you and to your kingdom on earth. This we pray through Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

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.


R= Lord, hear our prayer.

In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us.


  • Saviour of the world, be present in all places of suffering, violence and pain, and bring hope even in the darkest night. Inspire us to continue your work of reconciliation today. R
  • Lord of the Church, empower by your Spirit all Christian people, [especially NN], and the work of your Church in every land. Give us grace to proclaim the gospel joyfully in word and deed. R
  • Shepherd and Guardian of our souls, guide and enable all who lead and serve this community and those on whom we depend for our daily needs. Grant that we may seek the peace and welfare of this place. R
  • Great Physician, stretch out your hand to bring comfort, wholeness and peace to [N and] all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Fill us with compassion, that we may be channels of your healing love. R
  • Conqueror of death, remember for good those whom we love but see no longer. Help us to live this day in the sure and certain hope of your eternal victory. R
  • Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God.

Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept. The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.

OR from

God of amazing surprises, how easy it is for us to focus on the big picture and forget that change comes in the smallest of ways, in our hearts, our spirits, and then in our actions. We have gathered here this day, coming from different experiences, to hear your word of healing love. We offer our prayers for our friends and family members who are in need of your healing and forgiveness. Yet we withhold ourselves from you. We have a hard time imagining that you would find much of real worth in each of us. We think of ourselves as insignificant in your kingdom. But you have poured your love on us. You have given us the seeds of hope and compassion; you have called us the treasure that is meant to enrich the world. Help us be those people who are so confident in your presence, that we dare to step out in faith, to work for you in places of need and strife; to witness to your love in all that we do, proclaiming your presence with our mouths and our actions. Give us your guidance, your forgiveness, and courage to be at work in your kingdom. Amen.

Prayers from Common Worship*


Almighty God,

who sent your Holy Spirit

to be the life and light of your Church:

open our hearts to the riches of your grace,

that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit

in love and joy and peace;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Holy Father,

who gathered us here around the table of your Son

to share this meal with the whole household of God:

in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace,

gather people of every race and language

to share in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Additional Collect

Gracious Father,

revive your Church in our day,

and make her holy, strong and faithful,

for your glory’s sake

in 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 (© 2021, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 6:1-21

            Among the multitudes we come, O Lord.

                        Discover bread to break for us;

                                    feed us upon your quality.

                        For we attend with weighted care

                                    and look to you for grace.

                        Speak unto us ‘I Am; fear not’

                                    that we adore your presence and delight.

Service of Table  

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here.  We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future. 

Offertory / Invitation to Give

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.


The wonderful works of God surround us. How will we show our gratitude? The generosity of God exceeds all our limits. How will our manner of life reflect the abundance of God’s mercy? Surely our offerings are one measure of our response.

OR from

Having received the grace of God in the redemption of Christ, we live strengthened in the faith, with hearts overflowing with thankfulness. From the depths of our hearts, we offer to God the very best we have. May our offering be a true act of worship and 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.

OR from

Before you, O God, we offer our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service. We lay our gifts before you in praise and thanksgiving for your many blessings. May these offerings continue the transforming work of your Spirit in and through our congregation. Amen.

Invitation to the Table

God wants to share this meal with you—all of you who dare to let go of your defenses and your trust in self or others, and trust in God. Let us come to God’s table with hearts of thanksgiving and trust fully in the Christ who invites us all.

OR from

Come and receive the answer to your prayers. This cup and this loaf contain the fulfillment of the human heart. Through this sacrament, we receive the power and direction to bring about the kingdom of God—as God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Come and receive the answer to your prayers.

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(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.


With hope and confidence, we bless this bread and cup, life-giving and ever-loving God.  Pour forth your Spirit upon us who have heard Christ’s call to gather at your table, and upon these gifts which you have provided for all who hunger and thirst.  Let your reign on earth be as it is in heaven, as we who receive them live in faith with you through your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Sovereign Lord.


Your abundance, O God, has overflowed into the world with an everlasting love.  As we give thanks for the gifts of earth – this bread and wine – and the way in which you have given it so graciously through the life of Jesus, we pray that your Holy Spirit would come upon us and upon this Table.  May we be nourished by your gifts and encouraged by your promise to care for us and for all creation through the presence of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


In confidence of your sure provisions, we lift our hearts to you, O God, seeking once again to be fed by your eternal Bread. As we break this loaf and lift up this cup, we pray that your Holy Spirit might come upon them, and upon us, that we might receive true life and strength to live faithfully in your presence in the days to come. Hear us as we offer ourselves to you anew in the name of Christ Jesus our 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.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

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. 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2020.  Calendar for 2021

 CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2020-21. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2020. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2020 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2020 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2020.

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

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