October 31, 2024 – Reformation Day

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Jeremiah 31:31–34
God says: I will make a new covenant, writing my law in your heart.

Psalm 46
Though the earth changes and the waters roar, God is our refuge.

Romans 3:19–28
We are justified by the gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

John 8:31–36
Jesus says: You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

Across time and place,
people of faith have gathered
to praise God’s holy name.
As we seek to understand who we are,
we praise God’s holy name.
May God teach us to be seekers
in our worship and our daily lives.
As we seek to understand who God is,
we praise God’s holy name.
May God teach us to be curious
about how God will be revealed to us.
As we grow into who we will be,
we praise God’s holy name.

Prayer of the Day

Enduring God,
we claim that we are always being reformed,
but when it’s our turn to change,
we are so often afraid.
Even amidst our growing pains,
enliven our hearts to recognize your grace.
Even amidst the ever-shifting ways of the world,
open our minds to what might be.
Remind us that we live and move
and have our being in you,
and call the church to proclaim your good news
for ages to come. Amen.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving For Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the grace that is at work in us
through the gift of our baptism—
the sign of your threefold name,
the communion of your faithful people,
the promise of your glorious realm.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
let your grace and peace grow in us,
until we gather at your heavenly throne
to give you thanks and praise forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
It is only by the power of God
that we are able to stand against evil.

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

O God, you have never stopped moving in the world
and calling your church to follow your lead.
Forgive us, O God, when we think of ourselves
as reformed only in the past tense.
Forgive us, O God, when we fail to follow
the winds of your spirit leading us to change.
Forgive us, O God, when we are stuck in our ways,
hesitant to listen to your message
coming to us through the voice of a neighbor,
a stranger, or a new generation.
Forgive us, O God, and grant us assurance
that you have never stopped reforming your church.
For you are the one who makes all things new
and forms life even from ashes.

Lifting water from the font:
Now stand firm in your faith,
covered by the saving grace of God
and ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Sovereign God, let your Word rule in our hearts
and your Spirit govern our lives
until at last we see the fulfillment
of your realm of justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Listen to the word of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4

After the readings:
Keep these words in your heart.
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Thanks be to God.
Deuteronomy 6:6


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
To the Lord our God, Alpha and Omega,
be all glory and honor forever. Amen.
Revelation 21:6

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Time after Pentecost
The life, death, resurrection,
and promised coming of Jesus Christ
has set the pattern for the church’s mission.
His human life involves the church
in the common life of all people.
His service to men and women
commits the church
to work for every form of human well-being.
His suffering makes the church sensitive
to all human suffering
so that it sees the face of Christ
in the faces of persons in every kind of need.
His crucifixion discloses to the church
God’s judgment on the inhumanity
that marks human relations,
and the awful consequences
of the church’s own complicity in injustice.
In the power of the risen Christ
and the hope of his coming,
the church sees the promise
of God’s renewal of human life in society
and of God’s victory over all wrong.
The church follows this pattern
in the form of its life
and in the method of its action.
So to live and serve
is to confess Christ as Lord.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32–33

Prayers of the People

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,
to present yourselves as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
Romans 12:1

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
To you, O God, we offer our lives—
our abundance, our poverty,
all that we have, all that we are—
a sign of our great thanksgiving
for the treasure of your grace.
Take and use us for good
in the world that you so love;
we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mark 12:41–44

Great Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer

Breaking the Bread

Communion of the People

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
creator and ruler of the universe,
for your have satisfied our souls
with this feast of your grace.
Keep us faithful in your service
until your realm of glory comes;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
The blessing of the holy, triune God,
who was and is and is to come—
first and last,
beginning and end,
Alpha and Omega—
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Revelation 1:8

Go in peace to love the Lord your God
with heart and soul and mind and strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself. Amen.
Mark 12:29–31

Luther at Erfurt

Joseph Noel Paton, 1861

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (O) EIN’ FESTE BURG GTG 275
  • O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (EG) AZMON GTG 610
  • There Is Now a New Creation (G) STUTTGART GTG 774
  • To God Be the Glory (E) TO GOD BE THE GLORY GTG 634


  • I Bind unto Myself Today (E) ST. PATRICK; DIERDRE GTG 6
  • O God, Who Gives Us Life (O) NOEL GTG 53
  • Reformation Hymn (OE) Bob Kauflin and Chris Anderson CCLI #7085667
  • Spirit, Open My Heart (O) WILD MOUNTAIN THYME GTG 692


  • Break Thou the Bread of Life (G) BREAD OF LIFE GTG 460
  • Come to the Table of Grace (G) TABLE OF GRACE GTG 507
  • In the Singing (EG) BREAD OF PEACE GTG 533
  • What Feast of Love (O) GREENSLEEVES ELW 487 LUYH 96


  • Grace Alone (Every Promise We Can Make) (E) GRACE ALONE STF 2162 CCLI Song #2335524
  • Great God of Every Blessing (OEG) AURELIA GTG 694
  • God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me (E) GREEN TYLER GTG 543
  • Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (O) ST. ANNE GTG 687

Psalms and Canticles


  • God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength [WINCHESTER OLD]; GTG 329, PH 191
  • God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength [NOEL/GERARD] PAS 46A, LUYH 432
  • Dios es nuestro amparo / God Will Be Our Refuge [AMPARO]; PAS 46B
  • God, Our Help and Constant Refuge [MICHAEL]; PAS 46C, PH 192
  • With God Our Refuge and Our Strength [ST. PATRICK]; PLP1 46


  • God Is Our Help, Refuge, and Strength; GTG 380
  • The Lord of Hosts Is with Us; PAS 46D
  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God [EIN’ FESTE BURG]; UMH 780

      Organ Music

      • “EIN’ FESTE BURG IST UNSER GOTT,” Johann Pachelbel, P. 106, public domain (ME)
      • “EIN’ FESTE BURG,” Augsburg Organ Library: Reformation, Flor Peeters, AF (A)
      • “To God Be the Glory,” I Am Thine, O Lord, Peter Burkhardt, LOR (ME)
      • “Trumpet Tune in C Major,” Fanfares, Trumpet Tunes, and Toccatas, Craig A. Penfield, LOR (E)

      Anthems for Adult Choirs

      • “Amazing Grace,” Stephen Hatfield, BH, SATB, bagpipes (M)
      • “God Is Our Refuge and Strength,” Allen Pote, HOPE, SATB, keybd, opt tpt (M)
      • “The Church’s One Foundation,” arr. John Ferguson, SATB, AF, org, brass qrt (M)
      • “Canticle of the Turning,” Anne Krentz Organ, AF, SATB, fl, ob, vc, pno (M)
      • “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” arr. John Rutter, OUP, SATB, org (E)
      • “Rise, O Church, Like Christ Arisen,” David Cherwien, MSM, SATB, org, brass (M)
      • “Let Your Faith Be Stronger than Your Fear,” Tom Trenney, BP, SATB, solo, pno (M)

      Handbell Music

      • “A Mighty Fortress,” Cathy Moklebust, 3 or 5 oct, CGA, CGB362, Level 4
      • “To God Be the Glory,” Joel Raney, opt 3‑5 oct, pno and org, HB and SATB, HOPE, 8380 (pno/org), 8380HB (HB), Level 2
      • “Greensleeves,” Jason Krug, 3‑7 oct, opt hc, SFP, 201999SF, Level 3


      • Luther at Erfurt, Joseph Noel Paton (VDL)
      • Reading the Bible, Gerrit Dou (VDL)
      • Five Solas, Timothy Botts (EYE)