Online Worship – October 3rd/4th, 2020


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Welcome and Invocation

Call to Worship – Psalm 103:1-5, 10-11,22

L Bless the Lord, O my soul,
C and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
L Bless the Lord, O my soul,
C and forget not all his benefits,
L who forgives all your iniquity,
C who heals all your diseases,
L who redeems your life from the pit,
C who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
L who satisfies you with good
C so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
L He does not deal with us according to our sins,
C nor repay us according to our iniquities.
L For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
C so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
L Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion.
C Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Opening Song: Here I Am, and I Have Come

Here I am, and I have come
To thank You, Lord, for all You’ve done;            
Thank You, Lord!            
You paid the price at Calvary,            
You shed Your blood, You set me free;            
Thank You, Lord!            
No greater love was ever shown,            
No better life ever was laid down.            

You took my sin, You took my shame,            
You drank my cup, You bore my pain:            
Thank You, Lord!            
You broke the curse, You broke the chains,            
In victory from death You rose again;            
Thank You, Lord!            
And not by works, but by your grace,            
You clothe me now in your righteousness.            

[Refrain – repeat 2x]             
And I will always love Your name.            
And I will always sing Your praise.             

You bid me come, You make me whole,            
You give me peace, You restore my soul;            
Thank You, Lord!            
You fill me up, and when I’m full            
You give me more ‘til I overflow;            
Thank You, Lord!            
You’re making me to be like You,            
To do the works of the Father, too.            

SJ Kids Sunday School Hour

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Scripture Readings: 1 John 2:1-6, John 8:2-11

Epistle Reading – 1 John 2:1–6

1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: 6whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – John 8:2–11

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eighth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.

2Early in the morning [Jesus] came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Prayer of the Day

L Just and merciful God, You take pity on sinners
C and You draw them into a dialogue of grace and hope.
L Help us, too, at times to confront, but never to condemn,
C never to give up on people, 
L but to be patient, understanding and forgiving,
C as You have forgiven us;
L through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now
C and forever and ever. Amen.

Sermon Hymn: Every Promise

1 From the breaking of the dawn
To the setting of the sun
I will stand on ev’ry promise of Your word
Words of power strong to save
That will never pass away
I will stand on ev’ry promise of Your word
For Your covenant is sure
And on this I am secure
I can stand on ev’ry promise from Your word

2 When I stumble and I sin
Condemnation pressing in
I will stand on ev’ry promise of Your word
You are faithful to forgive
That in freedom I might live
So I stand on ev’ry promise of Your word
Guilt to innocence restored
You remember sins no more
So I’ll stand on ev’ry promise of Your word

3 When I’m faced with anguished choice
I will listen for Your voice
And I’ll stand on ev’ry promise of Your word
Through this dark and troubled land
You will guide me with Your hand
As I stand on ev’ry promise of Your word
And You’ve promised to complete
Ev’ry work begun in me
So I’ll stand on ev’ry promise of Your word

4 Hope that lifts me from despair
Love that casts out ev’ry fear
As I stand on ev’ry promise of Your word
Not forsaken not alone
For the Comforter has come
And I stand on ev’ry promise of Your word
Grace sufficient grace for me
Grace for all who will believe
We will stand on ev’ry promise of Your word

Text: © 2005 ThankYou Music, admin. Capitol CMG Publishing CCLI Song # 4642105. Used by permission: one license no. 123456

Sermon – Red Letter Challenge – Forgiving

Response to the Word and Apostle’s Creed

L Forever, O Lord, Your Word is firmly set in the heavens.
C Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.
L Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.
C Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.
L Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
C Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.

C 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 Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life + everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church


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Confession and Absolution

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:8-9]

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. 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.
C Amen.

Closing Hymn: You Are My King (Amazing Love)


I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again


Amazing love how can it be
That You my King would die for me
Amazing love I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You
In all I do I honor You

(Repeat Verse and Chorus)


You are my King
You are my King
Jesus You are my King
You are my King

Amazing love how can it be
That You my King would die for me
Amazing love I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You (Repeat)

In all I do I honor You

Text: © 2003 CCLI. Used by permission: one license no. 123456

Benediction and Announcements

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