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October 25 Service

Worship October 25, 2020


We celebrate this Reformation Sunday

remembering the brave Reformers who helped the Church

find her way back to the authority of God’s Word for faith and life.


PRELUDE    "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"             Cor Kee         (click)    

                                          Diane Combs, organ  


What an honor and joy to have you participate in worship.

We pray your heart is open, the Word is clear,

and for your heart to be renewed and refreshed.


¨Happy Birthday: John Rice, Janie Oakley, Lynn Kelley and Mary Hays

¨Happy Anniversary: Rick & Andrea Croskery and Paul & Edda Mann

¨Please pray for: Ian Hutchison, Howard Kline, Becky Bender, Alex Robb, Eunice & Hal Ward and for one another.

GATHERING MUSIC        "MAJESTY"        Jack Hayford                                 (click)

                                                     FPC Sanctuary Choir


CALL TO WORSHIPA prayer of Martin Luther


Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. 

My Lord, fill it. I am weak in faith; strengthen me.   

I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent;     

That my love may go out to my neighbor.  

 I do not have a strong and firm faith;   

At times I doubt and am unable to trust thee altogether.     

O Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in thee.      

In thee I have sealed the treasures of all I have.     

I am poor; Thou art rich and didst come to be merciful to the poor.  

I am a sinner; Thou art upright.  

With me there is an abundance of sin;   

In thee is the fullness of righteousness.                                                                                                                                                                                                        



Gracious God, thank you for revealing yourself through your beautiful creation.

We bow before your majesty with deep adoration,

and we worship you with hearts full of praise.

In the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Protestant Reformer John Calvin said this:

“Scripture is like a pair of spectacles which dispels the darkness and gives us a clear view of God.”


                 In humility and faith, let us confess together:

Forgive us for groping our way through life, blind and confused,

instead of putting on the “spectacles” of your Holy Word. Forgive us, dear Lord,

so that we may see you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly, day by day.

We pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.                                              


-          Spend a few moments in silent confession –



If we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us,

and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Friends, believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Thanks be to God. Amen.


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, from A Brief Statement of Faith

In a broken and fearful world, the Spirit gives us courage

to pray without ceasing,

to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,

to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,

to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,

and to work with others for justice, freedom and peace.

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,

we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives,

even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying,
“Come, Lord Jesus!”


SPECIAL MUSIC          “Give Me Jesus”  spiritual    (click)

                                             Martha Brown, soprano 

                                 - Choral Director - Tuscola High School                                                                                      


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATIONA prayer of Ulrich Zwingli

Almighty, eternal and merciful God, whose Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,

open and illuminate our minds, that we may purely and perfectly understand thy Word

and that our lives may be conformed to what we have rightly understood,

that in nothing we may be displeasing unto thy majesty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


SCRIPTURE & MESSAGE    “Encouraging Words”   1 Thessalonians 4:13-18     (click)


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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil:

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.



Generous Lord, thank you for sustaining and blessing your people, the church.

Accept your tithes and our offerings as a grateful response,

to be used for your glory in the church, for the needs of our neighbors and the world.

in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

(You may give on-line, mail a check to the church address, or drop it in the church mailbox).


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.

Martin Luther wrote this hymn around 1527.

The words remind us - no matter how great our trouble is here on earth - God is greater.

We find our refuge and strength in Him.  

HYMN            “A Mighty Fortress”           Martin Luther       (click)

BENEDICTION   1 Thessalonians 5:15-24

Always be joyful. 

Never stop praying. 

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.  

Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.

Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said.

Hold on to what is good. 

Stay away from every kind of evil.

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way,

and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless

until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 

God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.