Welcome to this service. This week we celebrate both All Saints Day and Reformation Sunday. We will hear two classic hymns for those days, “For All the Saints” and Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” The sermon will reflect on the heroes and saints we need today and how we can become them in order to help those around us and transform the world.
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Pastor Tom Kinder
Today’s Order of Worship
- Prelude, sung by members of the United Church of Strafford Choir, directed by our church musician, Annemieke McLane
- Call to Worship: A Haiku by Mel Goertz
- Hymn “For All the Saints”
- Benediction and Postlude, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
Prelude “Prepare the Way of the Lord,” sung by members of the United Church of Strafford Choir, directed by our church musician, Annemieke McLane
Call to Worship “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46
This week’s haiku by Mel Goertz:
A mother hen has hatched
three chicks. The dark one
likes to ride on her back.
Let us worship together.
Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
I Corinthians 1:26-28
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are.
I Corinthians 3:16-19
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Sermon The Wisdom of the Saints: The Reformation We Need, Rev. Thomas Cary Kinder
You can find the text of the Sermon by clicking here.
Hymn “For All the Saints”
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Benediction and Postlude “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”