Happy Reformation Day to you!
Reminder, All Saints Celebration will be next Sunday, November 7, you are encouraged to add any names to be remembered to the list by Tuesday. Feel free to call or email the names to the office.
Next Sunday after church, we will also hold a Sunday School event. Join us for lunch and lessons/craft/game on thankfulness.
Pastor Chris Lee
Sunday, October 31, 2021
By the end of the seventeenth century, many Lutheran churches celebrated a festival commemorating Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses, a summary of abuses in the church of his time. At the heart of the reform movement was the gospel, the good news that it is by grace through faith that we are justified and set free.
Order of Worship for Sunday, October 31, 2021:
Prelude: “A Mighty Fortress,” – Walcha
Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. We celebrate the good news of God’s grace, that Jesus Christ sets us free every day to do this life-transforming work. Trusting in the freedom given to us in baptism, we pray for the church, that Christians will unite more fully in worship and mission.
Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless.
Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.
God our comforter:
like lost sheep, we have gone astray. We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity. We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression. We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed. Free us from our sin, gracious God. Listen when we call out to you for help. Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous. Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.
Opening Hymn: ELW 504- “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” all 4 verses.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
The renewed covenant will not be breakable, but like the old covenant it will expect the people to live upright lives. To know the Lord means that one will defend the cause of the poor and needy (Jer. 22:16). The renewed covenant is possible only because the Lord will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. Our hope lies in a God who forgets.
31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28
Paul’s words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and other Reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God through works of the law. We are brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates us from sin and empowers our faith in Jesus Christ.
19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
21But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.
27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.
Gospel: John 8:31-36
Jesus speaks of truth and freedom as spiritual realities known through his word. He reveals the truth that sets people free from sin.
31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 517- “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word,” all 3 verses.
Prayers of Intercession
Set free from sin and death and nourished by the word of truth, we join in prayer for all of God’s creation.
We pray for all who long for a word of truth and for the radical grace that flows from the cross. Inspire congregations to freely and boldly proclaim your love for all people with persistence and hope. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
We pray for your creation, for mountains, rivers, streams, cities, homesteads, and neighborhoods. Write in our hearts a new love and care for creation. Give us the will to curb wasteful habits and to hold accountable those who neglect the vulnerable. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
We pray for all who aspire to public office and for all who will vote on Tuesday at local polling places. Pour wisdom and understanding upon all who govern so that communities of justice and peace may thrive. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
We pray for all who long for healing in mind, body, or spirit especially Britta Maddox; Rose Reasor; Everett Noah; Libby Hofsas; Noah Stoutt; Bonnie Sellers; Shelley Collis; Barbara Witt; Barb Martin; Deb Schafer; Alivia DeWitt; Bill and Virginia Thorpe; Richard Hotchkiss; Marijane Cook; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage and Family; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you aloud or in our hearts. Give them tangible signs of your steadfast love. Strengthen hospitals, clinics, counseling centers, nursing homes, and recovery centers to be holy spaces of renewal that all might live the abundant life you intend. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
We pray for all who seek to grow in faith and love of you. Guide teaching and learning in confirmation, small groups, Sunday school, youth groups, schools, seminaries, and universities. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
We give thanks for all the saints and reformers who have gone before us who dwell in your holy habitation especially Darien Ramsdale. Give us courage through their example to challenge unjust systems and work toward life-giving reformation. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Confident that you hear us, O God, we boldly place our prayers into your hands; through Jesus Christ, our truth and life.
The Lord’s Prayer
Communion: ELW 515- “Break Now the Bread of Life.”
Prayer after Communion
Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
People of God, you are Christ’s body, bringing new life to a suffering world. The holy Trinity, ☩ one God, bless you now and forever.
Sending Hymn: – ELW 729- “The Church Of Christ, In Every Age,” all 5 verses.
Siblings in Christ go in peace. The living Word dwells in you.
Thanks be to God.
Postlude: – Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation- Proulx
Facebook link to First Evangelical Lutheran Worship Service for Sunday, October 31, 2021:
Song Leader: Mike McCalester
Music Director/ Piano/ Organ: Pam Edwards
“A Mighty Fortress.” Walcha. Used with permission. All rights reserved CF Peters.
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Text: Martin Luther, 1483 – 1546; tr. Lutheran Book of Worship. Music: Martin Luther, 1483 – 1546. Text copyright 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship., admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word.” Text: Martin Luther, 1483 – 1546; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827 – 1878, alt.. Music: J. Klug, Geistliche Lieder, 1543. Public domain.
“Break Now the Bread of Life.” Text: Mary A. Lathbury, 1841 – 1913, alt.. Music: William F. Sherwin, 1826 – 1888. Public domain.
“The Church Of Christ, In Every Age.” Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1903 – 2000. Music: William Knapp, 1698 – 1768. Text copyright 1971 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation.” Contributor: Richard T. Proulx. Setting copyright 1993 Augsburg Fortress. Westminster Abbey organ/ Augsburg Organ Library. (One License #AF2019207) All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
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