Home Worship for October 31, 2021 Reformation Day

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church.  That began the Reformation, the priesthood of all believers, reading the bible in the common language among just a few of the positive results of Luther's actions that day.

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. 

If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

Prelude: Great is Thy Faithfulness


Call to Worship

Psalm 149 - A Call to Worship

Praise the LORD!

Sing to the LORD a new song.

Praise God among the communion of saints.

Let the people of God rejoice in their creator.

Let them praise the LORD with dance,

and celebrate with musical instruments,

because the LORD delights in them,

and adorns the despairing with welfare.

Let all the saints jump for joy;

let them cry out with gladness where they rest.

Let high praises of God be in their throats:

word and song that overcome injustice,

binding rulers in chains and the powerful in iron shackles;

bringing justice to them, and honour to all God's faithful.

Praise the LORD!

For use in worship, with acknowledgement copyright © Jeff Shrowder 2003.

Hymn: UMH #381 Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us

1. Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!  Thou hast bought us, thine we are. 

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. 

2. We are thine, thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way; keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray. 

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray. 

3. Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!  We will early turn to thee. 

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee. 

4. Early let us seek thy favor, early let us do thy will; blessed Lord and only Savior, with thy love our bosoms fill. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. 

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. 


Prayer: Collect for Reformation

Lord God, heavenly Father,

you did not spare your only Son,

but gave him up for us all to be our Savior,

and along with him

you have graciously given us all things.

We thank you for your precious, saving gospel,

and we pray that you would help us to believe

in the name of our Savior

faithfully and steadfastly,

for he alone

is our righteousness and wisdom,

our comfort and peace,

so that we may stand on the day of his appearing;

through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, our Lord.


Source: Collect for Reformation, found in Allgemeines evangelisches Gesang- und Gebetbuch zum Kirchen und Hausgebrauch, Hamburg, 1846, p. 694.

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 15:21-39 (CEB)

Canaanite woman
21 From there, Jesus went to the regions of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from those territories came out and shouted, “Show me mercy, Son of David. My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession.” 23 But he didn’t respond to her at all.

His disciples came and urged him, “Send her away; she keeps shouting out after us.”

24 Jesus replied, “I’ve been sent only to the lost sheep, the people of Israel.”

25 But she knelt before him and said, “Lord, help me.”

26 He replied, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and toss it to dogs.”

27 She said, “Yes, Lord. But even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall off their masters’ table.”

28 Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith. It will be just as you wish.” And right then her daughter was healed.

Healing of many people
29 Jesus moved on from there along the shore of the Galilee Sea. He went up a mountain and sat down. 30 Large crowds came to him, including those who were paralyzed, blind, injured, and unable to speak, and many others. They laid them at his feet, and he healed them. 31 So the crowd was amazed when they saw those who had been unable to speak talking, and the paralyzed cured, and the injured walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

Feeding the four thousand
32 Now Jesus called his disciples and said, “I feel sorry for the crowd because they have been with me for three days and have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry for fear they won’t have enough strength to travel.”

33 His disciples replied, “Where are we going to get enough food in this wilderness to satisfy such a big crowd?”

34 Jesus said, “How much bread do you have?”

They responded, “Seven loaves and a few fish.”

35 He told the crowd to sit on the ground. 36 He took the seven loaves of bread and the fish. After he gave thanks, he broke them into pieces and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37 Everyone ate until they were full. The disciples collected seven baskets full of leftovers. 38 Four thousand men ate, plus women and children. 39 After dismissing the crowds, Jesus got into the boat and came to the region of Magadan.

Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

Message: "Alive in the Story of Creation: From Ugliness, A Beauty Emerges"

Guest Preacher: Kim Wendt


Worship Song: Graves into Gardens

by the Oceanview Worship Team

Rev. McGee and husband Shawn at the Wartburg Castle in Erfurt, Germany September 2017

A Blessing for Reformation Day

A responsive benediction written for the Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

For all that God can do within us,

for all that God can do without us,

Thanks be to God!

For all in whom Christ lived before us,

for all in whom Christ lives beside us,

Thanks be to God!

For all the Spirit wants to bring us,

for where the Spirit wants to send us,

Thanks be to God!

The blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

be with you and on your way together,

now and forever.


~ from Common Prayer: From Conflict to Communion. Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. Written by the Liturgical Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/Common_Prayer_for_Catholic-Lutheran_Commemoration_of__Reformation_2017.pdf  

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