End Times 1: Reformation Sunday
October 30, 2011
Lord, keep us steadfast in the your Word; Curb those who by deceit or sword Would seek to overthrow your Son And to destroy what he has done. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 203:1)
Worship Focus: Stand firm
Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15
Hymns: Hymn Sing, 200, 377:1-5, 401
First Lesson: Daniel 6:10-12, 16-23
Despite the king's command, Daniel stood firm on God's Word. He did not pray to the king but to the Lord alone. He stood firm despite being thrown to the lions.
Stand firm for God is your mighty fortress.
Second Lesson: Galatians 5:1-6
Christ has set you free, so stand firm in this freedom.
Gospel: Matthew 10:16-23
The world persecutes the followers of Jesus, but the Holy Spirit gives us the strength to stand firm on God's truth.
Reformation Festival: Our joint Reformation Festival will be at St. Paul's, Morris, this afternoon at 4:00pm. The theme is: What Luther's Seal Means for Us. St. Paul's also invites us to join them for a meal and Christian fellowship after the service. Guest congregations are asked to bring bars, etc. for desert.
Reformation Joint Choir: If you would like to sing in the joint choir at the area Reformation service, please be at St. Paul's in Morris by 3:15pm today. We plan to sing “O Lord, We Bow in Adoration” in four-parts and “In Christ Alone” in unison.
Mission Festival: “Walking Together.” That's what we do as a synod. We are united in the same faith and walk together to live that faith. Walking together enables us to bring the Gospel of Jesus to places we could never go personally.
We'll ponder some of these truths during our missionary festival this year. The date is November 6. Pastor Seth Bode, who is serving as a tutor at Great Plains Lutheran High School, will be our guest preacher. A potluck meal will follow the service.
October ushers: David Paul (capt.), Dale Kraft, Dean Rohloff, Kerry Roth
October cleaners: Chad & Mackensie Rohloff; Dean & Moni Rohloff
Today's Greeters: Don & Janet Spencer