Worship & Devotions


October 25, 2020

P       Pastor

C       Congregation

L        Lector


PRELUDE         A Mighty Fortress Is Our God        

                                                                    arr. by Mark Hayes and Marvin Gaspard                               (an organ and piano duet played by Martha Lobaugh on organ and piano)



P      In the name of the Father, and of the †Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C      Amen.


Order of Confession And Forgiveness

P      God of all mercy and consolation, come to the aid of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that, attentive to your word, we may confess our sins, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C      Amen.

P      Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence for reflection and self-examination.

P      Gracious God,

C      have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone. Uphold us by your Spirit so that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

P      God is merciful and gracious, granting forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who confess their sin. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sin, in the name of the Father, and of the †Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C      Amen.

OPENING HYMN:  #229 (LBW Hymnal)   A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God, a sword and shield victorious;

He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod and wins salvation glorious.

The old satanic foe has sworn to work us woe!

With craft and dreadful might he arms himself to fight.

On earth he has no equal.

No strength of ours can match his might!  We would be lost, rejected.

But now a champion comes to fight, whom God himself elected. 

You ask who this may be?  The Lord of hosts is he!

Christ Jesus, mighty Lord, God’s only Son, adored.

He holds the field victorious.

Though hordes of devils fill the land all threat’ning to devour us,

We tremble not, unmoved we stand; they cannot overpow’r us.

Let this world’s tyrant rage; in battle we’ll engage!

His might is doomed to fail; God’s judgment must prevail!

One little word subdues him.

God’s Word forever shall abide, no thanks to foes, who fear it;

For God himself fights by our side with weapons of the Spirit.

Were they to take our house, goods, honor, child, or spouse,

Though life be wrenched away, they cannot win the day.

The kingdom’s ours forever!


P      The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C      And also with you.


P      In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

C      Lord, have mercy.

P      For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

C      Lord, have mercy.

P      For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

C      Lord, have mercy.

P      For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

C      Lord, have mercy.

P      Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C      Amen.


P       Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

C      Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father: we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

P       Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

C      You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us;

P      You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

C      For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father, forever. Amen.


P      The Lord be with you.

C      And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY                                            

P      Let us pray,

C   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.  Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT 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.

A reading from Jeremiah,

      The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It 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.

        But 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. No 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.

L       The Word of the Lord.

C      Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE 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.

St. Paul writes,

        Now 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. For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

         But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom 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; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.

          Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.

L       The Word of the Lord.

C      Thanks be to God.


P       Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

C      You have the words of eternal life.


GOSPEL READING                                                                                          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.

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John the 8th Chapter.

C      Glory to you, O Lord.


           Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

          They 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’?”

         Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

P      The Gospel of our Lord

C      Praise to you, O Christ.


MUSIC OF THE DAY              Amazing Grace                               solo by Gary Laabs   


P       Living together in trust and hope we confess our faith.

C      I believe in God, the Father almighty,

              creator of heaven and earth.


        I believe in Jesus Christ,

              his only Son, our Lord.
              He was conceived by the power of the

                Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                was crucified, died, and was buried.
            He descended into hell.
            On the third day he rose again.
            He ascended into heaven, and is seated

                at the right hand of the Father.
            He will come again to judge

                the living and the dead.

       I believe in the Holy Spirit,

            the holy catholic Church,

            the communion of saints,

            the forgiveness of sins,
            the resurrection of the body,

            and the life everlasting. Amen.


P      The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C      And also with you.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION                                                                                          

P        Seeking the grace and mercy of God, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

                A brief silence.

P      God, our refuge and strength, we give thanks that you are our fortress protecting and saving us from all that would destroy. In you were are assured of the kingdom forever. Continue to reform us and renew us so that our life together continues to bear witness to your unmerited love. Free us from sin and write the law of love on our hearts. Come, hear us O God,

C        Your mercy is great.

P     Lord, reform our relationships with you, with one another, and with all creation. Give us wisdom to live in your ways, putting an end to violence and wars, hatred and all divisions. Bring about justice and peace by the work of your Spirit. Come, hear us O God,

C      Your mercy is great.

P      God, be the present help of those suffering the through illness, poverty, abandonment, and uncertainty. Bring your calm and healing to those in need, especially we pray for our shut-ins, the hospitalized and all those we mention now in our prayers to you…….. Come, hear us O God,

C       Your mercy is great.

P    Merciful Lord, as your community of faith remind us that we are your saints and yet we are sinners. In our dealings with one another and in our witness in the world, help us trust in your mercy, freely offering others what you give us; the love and forgiveness of your glory. Come, hear us O God,

C       Your mercy is great.

P      Eternal God, we remember before you those who have died in Christ and now live in the fullness of salvation. Grant the hope and peace of that promise to all who grieve and face death in this time. Shine in their hearts the eternal light of your Son. Come, hear us O God,

C        Your mercy is great.

P    We pray, gracious Lord, comforted by your presence, trusting in your fulfilling Word and the seeking the fulfillment of your kingdom. Until we join with you in that everlasting promise, we pray in the words that your Son, our Lord, taught us to pray,


C      Our Father, who art in heaven,

                hallowed be thy name,

                 thy kingdom come,

                thy will be done,

                        on earth as it is in heaven.

                Give us this day our daily bread;

                and forgive us our trespasses,

                        as we forgive those

               who trespass against us;

               and lead us not into temptation,

                      but deliver us from evil. 

               For thine is the kingdom,

               and the power, and the glory,

               forever and ever. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:   How Firm a Foundation                   performed by  TrebleBells


P      The Lord be with you,

C      and also with you.

P      Lift up your hearts.

C      We lift them to the Lord.

P      Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C      It is right to give him thanks and praise.


P      It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever-living God. You comforted your people with the promise of the Redeemer, through whom you will also make all things new in the day when he comes again to judge the world in righteousness. And so, we give thanks in our hearts and seek to receive our Lord with a living faith as he comes to us in his holy supper.

C      Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

P      In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying; Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

         Again after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink saying; This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in remembrance of me.


P      Come, with repentant hearts to receive the forgiveness of the Lord and the gift of life. May you go forth in joy and peace, renewed as witnesses to the glory of the coming King.

C        Thanks be to God!


POSTLUDE        Variations on Amazing Grace                                  arr. by David P. Dahl  



Presiding Minister                                                   Pr. Kirk Griffin

Lector                                                                         Hollis Long

Music of the Day                                                      Gary Laabs

Special Hymn                                                            TrebleBells

Organist                                                                    Martha Lobaugh

Videographer                                                           Michael Lobaugh                

Music of the Day , "Amazing Grace" is pre-recorded  and was played back during worship today.

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