Worship – October 25 – Reformation Sunday!

Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill’s Reformation online worship!

On this Sunday, we celebrate the confirmation of five of our 9th Graders. The service starts with a welcome from Pastor Adam and continues with some of the important pieces of our confirmation/reformation service: an Affirmation of Baptism, Profession of Faith, and more! Don’t miss the five videos from our confirmands.

Pastor Adam’s Message

Affirmation of Baptism

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, as we come together to remember God’s ongoing work of creation and renewal within the church, we also remember that work in our own lives.  We remember how we are continually reborn, day after day, in the waters of baptism.  We are made new, washed clean, every day, so that we can grow in love and faith.

Let us pray.
Merciful God, we thank you that you have made us your own by water and your Word in baptism. You have called us to you, filled us with the gifts of your Spirit, and encouraged us through this family. Strengthen all of us in the gifts and promises of baptism, and unite the hearts of all who are joined together in your name.
We ask this in the name of Christ.

Profession of Faith
I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church.
Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?
We renounce them.

Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?
We renounce them.

Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?
We renounce them.

Do you believe in God the Father?
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Gathering Song – We Believe
Performed by SOTH Worship Team

Scripture Readings

Reading – Romans 3:19-28
The reading can be found here.
Read by Julia Gassaway

Gospel Reading – John 8:31-36
The reading can be found here.
Read by John Nauman

Statements of Faith – 9th Grade Confirmands
Alphabetical Order

Noah Barnhart

Maddie Fetzer

Sawyer Gordon

Harlee Peterson

Soren Vogelsang

Questions for Reflection
What did you hear in the Statements of the youth that resonated with you?

What did you hear in the Statements that surprised you?

What words/ideas would be central in your own “statement of faith?”

Would you be willing to share such a statement with the congregation?  (Warning!  Loaded Question)

Centering Song – The Church’s One Foundation
Performed by The NBA Big Sing

Prayers of the People – Reformation and Reconciliation
As we celebrate the Reformation, let us pray for reconciliation within the body of Christ.
For the church that in every age has taught the faith to children, shared the sacraments, and fed the poor,
O God, we give you thanks.

For the times when the church has let the human urge for power and self-preservation prevail over the will of God,
O God, we ask forgiveness.

For those who work to create unity among all the churches and seek to find ways to walk together,
O God, we give you thanks.

For us, when we promote sectarianism above our oneness as children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ,
O God, we ask forgiveness.

For those in every age who bring reformation and renewal to the church when it has become complacent,
O God, we give you thanks.

For those instances when we have driven out sisters and brothers who had a different vision of God’s will for us,
O God, we ask forgiveness.

For the diversity of expression in our many churches and denominations and for the spirit of liberation that allows the church to continually renew itself,
O God, we give you thanks.

For the church, that we may be worthy and willing to work at healing divisions among all worshiping communities throughout the whole world, we pray in the name of the God who is Creator of all.

Sending Song – Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word
Performed by Koine

Benediction – From the Lutheran/Catholic Commission on Unity
For all that God can do within us,
for all that God can do without us,
Thanks be to God!

For all in whom Christ lived before us,
for all in whom Christ lives beside us,
Thanks be to God!

For all the Spirit wants to bring us,
for where the Spirit wants to send us,
Thanks be to God!

The blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be with you and on your way together,
now and forever.

Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.