Home Worship

October 25 2020

Reformation Sunday

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with.

Remember that CDC guidelines state that even in Phase 3, if you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain sequestered and safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family  members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones. If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities quite yet, please stay home and stay in touch!

HYMN: UMH #110 A Mighty Fortress

(from Doc Erwin)


Litany of Commitment to God's Word

(for Reformation Day)


Let us pray. Almighty God, by your holy word, all that we know has come into existence: our universe, our world, our lives, our loved ones,
and all that we have and hold so dear. By your holy word, you sent forth your Son to bring us salvation through the cross of death and resurrection. By your holy word, you have called us together to be a Church of love and service in the world.
By your holy word, we know that we live in grace and hope. Keep us ever close to your word, that it might be written upon our hearts.

People: We commit our lives to your word, O God.

Leader: Help us to grow in faith and love toward you, so that we might always live in trust and hope.

People: We commit our lives to your word, O God.

Leader: Center us in routines that keep us close to you, O Lord. Center us in weekly worship.

People: We commit our lives to your word, O God.

Leader: Center us in daily prayer.

People: We commit our lives to your word, O God.

Leader: Center us in knowledge of holy scripture.

People: We commit our lives to your word, O God.

Leader: Center us in the mission of the church.

People: We commit our lives to your word, O God.

Leader: Center us in lives of thankful giving and loving for all the blessings which you have bestowed upon us.

People: We commit our lives to your word, O God.

Leader: By your word, O Lord, guide our lives, forgive our sins, inspire our thoughts, shape our attitudes, lighten our darkness, give us eternal hope, and fill our hearts with joy, assuring us of your constant presence, until you bring us at last into the glories of your heavenly kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People: Amen

by The Rev. Thomas L. Weitzel, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, https://www.liturgybytlw.com/Pentecost/Reforma.html

Hymn: Gift of Love UMH #408

Sing-a-long at home to this hymn.

CCLI Song # 67327  Hal H. Hopson © Words: 1972 Hope Publishing Company Music: 1972, 2015, 2018 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707.


VIDEO: Luther's Prayer - Look Upon Our Needs

Lord God almighty, you do not disregard the cries of the poor,

and you do not despise the longing of troubled hearts.

Look upon our prayers which we bring to you in our needs and hear us graciously,
so that everything that the devil and the sinful world set against us comes to nothing,
and that they may be converted by your good counsel, so that we may be undisturbed by any affliction,

thank you in your congregation, and praise you at all times;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Source: Martin Luther, the German Litany, First Collect, [Die Gebete Luthers, #3]


VIDEO: Scripture Matthew 22:34-46 (NIV)

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

“The son of David,” they replied.

43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, 44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ 45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?”
46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.


Rev. Betty's Birthday Celebration!

Message: "The Greatest Commandment"

by Rev. Betty Kniss

There is an ordinary despair that so many people feel in the face of the enormity of the world’s problems. What can one individual do?” What can one individual do?” So many of us feel powerless in the face of so much pain.

For the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, the rules had become more important than relationships. Law superseded love. Remember how disgusted they were that Jesus spent so much time with prostitutes and tax collectors? Remember how much they despised Jesus for making friends with the outcasts and the marginalized? Remember how angry they got when Jesus healed sick and diseased persons on the Sabbath? The Pharisees hid behind their rules.

But what Jesus has pointed out through His ministry, His life, His teachings is that behind every rule is a wounded soul.

Let’s face it. We are all broken. And this brokenness leads some of us to take refuge in rules. Laws are good. But we must be careful with them because laws can form a judgment; whereas love forms relationships.



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Prayer: Lord of all we see and all that we cannot see: Give us this day a glimpse of the complexities of the world and the simplicity of living our lives centered in you; loving you with all our heart, soul, and mind, and loving our neighbors well. Bless the gifts we offer you; but in our giving, help us focus on these other more basic gifts. May the love we show you and others be a testimony of whom we follow and who is worthy of our devotion. In Christ’s holy name, we pray. Amen. (Matthew 22:34-46)


Oceanview Worship

Silently she watches As the cars go by

The minutes turn to hours And she tries not to cry

It seems no one remembered To come take her home

It's been years now Still she waits alone

A young boy begs for money On the corner of the street

I see him almost everyday but our eyes never meet

I wonder where you came from I wonder where you'll go

I wonder if you disappeared If anyone would know


You were hungry You were thirsty

You were lonely And afraid

You were crying And no one heard you

You were dying and no one came

I'll never forget you Your face is etched in my mind

You held out your hand And I just tossed you a dime

Sitting on the sidewalk With those eyes so blue

I'd give anything for another chance Just to talk to you


Father forgive me I know not what I do

When I walk through this life When I walk right by you

These faces and memories, these places I've been

Lord, help me to see you when I see them again



2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

 - Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

(A village in Thessaloniki today)

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost October 25, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A.

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Psalm: Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46