440 STONEVILLE RD.  485-4432

Pastor Thomsen                                                                                 Amanda Stacy, DCE

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October 25, 2020                   10:45 Worship Service




OPENING HYMN:   “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”

A mighty Fortress is our God,
A sword and shield victorious;

He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod

And wins salvation glorious.

The old satanic foe Has sworn to work us woe.

With craft and dreadful might

He arms himself to fight.

On earth he has no equal.

No strength of ours can match his might.

We would be lost, rejected.

But now a champion comes to fight,

Whom God himself elected.

You ask who this may be?

The Lord of hosts is he,

Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,

God’s only Son, adored.

He holds the field victorious.

Though hordes of devils fill the land

All threat’ning to devour us,

We tremble not, unmoved we stand;

They cannot overpow’r us.

Let this world’s tyrant rage;

In battle we’ll engage.

His might is doomed to fail;

God’s judgment must prevail!

One little word subdues him.

God’s Word forever shall abide,

No thanks to foes, who fear it;

For God himself fights by our side

With weapons of the Spirit.

Were they to take our house,

Goods, honor, child, or spouse,

Though life be wrenched away,

They cannot win the day.

The kingdom’s ours forever!



Pastor:       In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:      Amen.

Pastor:       God is our refuge and strength;

People:      therefore we will not fear.

Pastor:       All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

People:      and are justified by His grace as a gift.

Pastor:       If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples,

People:      and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.


Pastor:       Lord of hosts,

People:      hear our confession of sins and grant us Your mercy and forgiveness. We have not trusted in Your promised protection and strength but have looked elsewhere for help and refuge. You alone have provided the remedy for that which truly causes our separation, troubles, and death.

For the sake of Christ, Your Son, our Redeemer, grant us forgiveness and deliverance from all that would keep us from Your present help. We ask it in the name of Jesus.

Pastor:       There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. Because that river of grace and power has flowed over us in our Baptism into the death and resurrection of Christ, in spite of our fear, the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. By grace God has created each of us and everything that exists, and in the person of His Son entered our history and paid for our every sin and sin itself. In Christ’s resurrection, God’s promises have been made sure. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:      Amen. The Lord of hosts is with us! The God of Jacob is our fortress!


Pastor:       The Lord be with you.

People:      And also with you.

Pastor:       Let us pray.



Pastor:       Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:      Amen.

(Please be seated)

FIRST READING:                           Revelation 14:6–7

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

Reader:     This is the Word of the Lord.       

People:     Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE READING:                     Romans 3:19–28        

 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. 21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.

Reader:     This is the Word of the Lord.       

People:     Thanks be to God.

(Please Stand)


RESPONSIVE PSALM:                  Psalm 46

Pastor:       God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

People:      Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

Pastor:       though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

People:      There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

Pastor:         God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

People:        Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

Pastor:       The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

People:      Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.’

Pastor:         He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

People:      He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Pastor:       The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

All:            Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Pastor:       God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.


               THE APOSTLES’ CREED

                  I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

            And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.


HOLY GOSPEL:                              John 8:31–36 

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” 34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Pastor:       This is the Gospel of Our Lord.               

People:     Praise to You, O Christ


SERMON HYMN:   “In Christ Alone”

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.





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.



Pastor:       The Lord bless you and keep you.

                  The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

                  The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.        

People:      Amen.


CLOSING HYMN:    “Take My Life, O Lord, Renew”

Take my life, O Lord, renew,
Consecrate my heart to you;
Take my moments and my days;
Let them sing your ceaseless praise.

Take my hands and let them do 
Works that show my love for you;
Take my feet and lead their way,
Never let them go astray.

Take my voice and let me sing
Praises to my Savior King,
Take my lips and keep them true,
Filled with messages from you.

Take my silver and my gold,
All is yours a thousand fold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as you shall choose.

Make my will your holy shrine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is your own;
It shall be your royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At your feet its treasure store;
Take my self, Lord, let me be
Yours alone eternally.


Pastor:     Go in peace. Serve the Lord.      

People:    Thanks be to God!