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Bulletin and Annoucements for Sunday, October 31



GATHERING HYMN: 504 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God


P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless.

C: Amen.

P: Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God our comforter:

C: like lost sheep, we have gone astray. We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity. We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression. We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed. Free us from our sin, gracious God. Listen when we call out to you for help. Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.

P: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous. Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.

C: Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (Read in unison)

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.


Jeremiah 31: 31-34 (Pew Bible Old Testament, pg. 755)

Psalm 46

1God is our refuge and strength,   a very present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains shake in the depths of the sea; 3though its waters rage and foam,   and though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be shaken;   God shall help it at the break of day. 6The nations rage, and the kingdoms shake; God speaks, and the earth melts away. 7The Lord of hosts is with us;   the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 8Come now, regard the works of the Lord, what desolations God has brought upon the earth; 9behold the one who makes war to cease in all the world;   who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire. 10“Be still, then, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” 11The Lord of hosts is with us;   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Romans 3:19-38 (Pew Bible, New Testament, pg. 146)

Holy Gospel: John 8:31-36 (Pew Bible, New Testament, pg. 96)

P: The Holy Gospel of John Chapter 8 and I read in Jesus’ name.

C: Glory to you O Lord. (Reading of the Gospel)

P: The Gospel of the Lord

C: Praise to You, O Christ.



HYMN OF THE DAY: 517 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word


I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead; on the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come 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 life everlasting. Amen.


P: Hear us, O God,

C: your mercy is great.


Please share a sign of peace with those around in whatever way you are most comfortable.

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.


We join Christians all over the world in worshipping God through our giving of financial resources. For members and friends, the mission and ministry of this congregation is completely dependent upon your generous giving. Our offering is a significant act of worship, and we now worship God through our giving. If you have brought your offering with you today, please place it in the basket in the back as you leave. You may send your giving to the church office or give through the link on our website. Thank you for supporting our ministry.


P: All who hunger and thirst, come. The table is ready.

C: We are here because Jesus Christ has died; Jesus Christ has risen; and Jesus Christ will come again.

P: The risen Christ is present in bread and wine.

C: We are the body of Christ who wish to celebrate his resurrection presence among us. Holy God, we thank you for your perfect plan to save all humankind from death and sin. We praise you for the saving action of Jesus Christ and his gift of forgiveness.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION (In the night in which he was betrayed . . . )

P: Come, Holy Spirit, and gather us together as your forgiven people who feast together in resurrection celebration of the One who has come among us and the One who will come again.

C: Amen!


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.


Christ has set the table with more than enough for all. Come!


COMMUNION HYMN: 659 Will You Let Me Be Your Servant


L: Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.


L: People of God, you are Christ’s body, bringing new life to a suffering world. The holy Trinity, ☩ one God, bless you now and forever.

C: Amen.

SENDING HYMN: 579 Lord , You Gave the Great Commission


L: Go in peace. The living Word dwells in you.

C: Thanks be to God.

THE FLOWERS AT GRACE in honor of Dave and Michelle Clark’s anniversary.

Grace Worship Assistants scheduled for November 7: Greeters/Ushers: Eileen Miller and Mary Miller; Reader: Brenda Clark; PowerPoint: Amy VanderMark; Communion set-up: Michelle Clark; Communion Assistants: Dave and Michelle Clark. Let the Office know if you cannot complete these tasks so someone else can be asked to do it.

Sunday School is looking for bean bag chairs and large stuffed animals that can be on the floor for child ren to lay on during story time. Contact Kelly Green or Sharon Knuth if you have something to share.

COMMUNION INSTRUCTION for children will be given soon. If you have a child you would like to attend, let the church office know (608-462-5398).

Know someone interested in Baptism? Arrangements can be made to baptism during worship services. Contact the parish office for a Baptism Request Form and arrangements will be made.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center offers the following six-week, in-person series: Grief Circle 10am-Noon, Wednesdays, November 10-December 15. This group is for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. It is a place to share thoughts, feelings, and concerns. For information call 608-791-5295 or

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