The Church of the Lighted Cross
October 25, 2020
Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church
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REFORMATION SUNDAY/CONFIRMATION SUNDAY
Good morning and welcome to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church this Reformation Sunday. We are so glad you have joined us on this special day as we also celebrate the Confirmation of ten of our young people.
PRELUDE Heidi Ryen
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” HFG 118
A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe –
His craft and pow'r are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing,
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus it is He –
Lord Sabaoth His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
And though this world with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
We tremble not for him –
His rage we can endure,
For lo his doom is sure:
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly pow'rs,
No thanks to them abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also –
The body they may kill;
God's truth abideth still:
His kingdom is forever.
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
*CONFESSION OF SINS
P: Scripture clearly reveals that we are all born children of a fallen humanity; Scripture also teaches that if we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Silence for reflection and self-examination
P: Heavenly Father,
C: We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may
delight in Your will and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
*INTROIT from Psalm 46
P: God is our refuge and strength,
C: an ever-present help in trouble.
P: Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
C: and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
P: though its waters roar and foam
C: and the mountains quake with their surging.
P: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
C: the holy place where the Most High dwells.
P: God is within her, she will not fall;
C: God will help her at break of day.
P: “Be still, and know that I am God;
C: I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
*GLORIA PATRI (sung by the congregation)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
*PRAYER OF THE DAY (in unison)
Almighty God, gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit upon Your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in Your Word, protect and comfort them in all temptations, defend them against all their enemies, and bestow on the Church Your
saving peace; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC “Amazing Grace” – Celebration Bell Choir
THE WORD OF GOD
FIRST LESSON Revelation 14:6-7
6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an
eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7 And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
SECOND LESSON Romans 3:19-28
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
“Living for Jesus” HFG 462
Living for Jesus a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, gladhearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.
O Jesus, Lord and Savior,
I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement,
Didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master,
My heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live,
O Christ, for Thee alone.
Living for Jesus who died in my place,
Bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.
Living for Jesus wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Taking each trial as a part of my cross.
Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.
*HOLY GOSPEL John 8:31-36
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave3 to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
SERMON Pastor Steve Lundblom
THE RITE OF CONFIRMATION
P: I ask the Confirmation Class of 2020 to please stand and face the congregation.
P: These persons have been instructed in the Christian faith and desire to make public affirmation of their Baptism.
P: Please turn now and face the Altar and the Sanctuary Cross.
P: Dear friends, we rejoice that you now desire to make public profession of Your faith and assume greater responsibility in the life of our Christian community and its mission in the world.
Brothers and sisters in Christ: In Holy Baptism our Lord Jesus Christ received you and made you members of His
Church. In the community of God’s people, you have learned from His Word God’s loving purpose for you and all creation. You have been called to be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Now, therefore, I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the Church, the faith in which we baptize.
Do you renounce all the forces of evil, the devil, and all his empty promises?
Conf: I do.
P: Do you believe in God the Father?
Conf: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
P: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
Conf: 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.
P: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
Conf: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
P: People of God, let us pray for those who are affirming their Baptism, and for all the baptized everywhere:
P: Father, we pray for these Confirmands, that they may be redeemed from all evil and rescued from the way of sin and death: Lord in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: That the Holy Spirit may open their hearts to Your grace and truth: Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: That they may be kept in the faith and communion of Your holy Church: Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: That they may be sent into the world in witness to Your love: Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: That they may be brought to the fullness of Your peace and glory: Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
P: You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism: to live among God’s faithful people, to hear His Word and share in His supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
Conf: I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.
P: Let us pray. Gracious Lord, through water and the Spirit You have made these men and women Your own. You forgave them all their sins and brought them to newness of life. Continue to strengthen them with the Holy Spirit and daily increase in them Your gifts of grace: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in Your presence, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.
CONFIRMAND VERSE AND PRAYER
Jakob Dennis Atkins
Son of Bekki Atkins, Jonathan Atkins and Steve Tracey
Prayer Partner – Kari Evenson
Austin David Hodnefield
Son of Debbie Whittier and Brian and Diane Hodnefield
Prayer Partner – Dalis Tannler
Michael Thomas Craig Huss
Son of Shawn and Shatha Huss
Prayer Partner – Teresa Kyllo
Keacia Nykole Johnson
Daughter of Kyle and Marciana Damm and Brian Johnson
Prayer Partner – Kim Blotsky
Kinlei Fayth Johnson
Daughter of Kyle and Marciana Damm and Brian Johnson
Prayer Partner – Brenda Benth
Josie Kellie Larson
Daughter of Kevin and Heather Larson
Prayer Partner – Marcia Haro
Elyse Nicole Lux
Daughter of Jay and Michelle Lux
Prayer Partner – Rhonda Thompson
Louraine Esther Phipps
Daughter of James and Ilenia Phipps
Prayer Partner – Merri Jo Hendrickson
Brecklyn Ruth Pippenger
Daughter of Casey and Billie Pippenger
Prayer Partners – LeRoy and Marsha Benson
Eric Joseph Tracey
Son of Steve Tracey and Bekki Atkins
Prayer Partner – Christina Jungels
“God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending” HFG 513
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God, whose giving knows no ending,
All our life is from Thy store:
Nature’s wonder, Jesus’ wisdom,
Costly cross, grave’s shattered door.
Gifted by Thee, turn we to Thee,
Off’ring up ourselves in praise;
Thankful song shall rise forever,
Gracious Donor of our days.
Skills and time are ours for pressing
T’ward the goals of Christ, Thy Son:
Men at peace in health and freedom,
Races joined, the Church made one.
Now direct our daily labor,
Lest we strive for self alone;
Born with talents, make us servants
Fit to answer at Thy throne.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all
creatures here below; Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
*THE LORD’S PRAYER (In unison)
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.
“We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations” HFG 659
We’ve a story to tell to the nations
That shall turn their hearts to the right,
A story of truth and mercy,
A story of peace and light,
A story of peace and light.
For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
And the dawning to noon-day bright,
And Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
The kingdom of love and light.
We’ve a song to be sung to the nations
That shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
A song that shall conquer evil
And shatter the spear and sword,
And shatter the spear and sword.
We’ve a message to give to the nations –
That the Lord who reigneth above
Hath sent us His Son to save us
And show us that God is love,
And show us that God is love.
We’ve a Savior to show to the nations
Who the path of sorrow hath trod,
That all of the world’s great peoples
Might come to the truth of God,
Might come to the truth of God.
TODAY’S RADIO BROADCAST is given in loving memory of Marge and Emil Skurdal, whose wedding anniversary would have been October 26th, from their family.