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Reformation Lutheran Church

The psalmist wrote, "I keep the Lord always before me ..." (Psalm 16:8, NRSV). Let us try to do the same. With warm hearts before God and loving hands toward one another, let us worship joyfully together. Welcome!

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost ~ November 14, 2021

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude                            “God Will Take Care of You”                   Martin/Boyles

Confession and Forgiveness

P        In the name of the Father, and of the  Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C        Amen.

P        Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

P        Have mercy on us, O God.

C        We confess that we have sinned against you

and against our neighbor. We have built walls instead of tables

and have turned away the stranger. We have sought glory for ourselves

and have treasured that which does not satisfy. Help us to love as you love, to welcome those you send, and to treasure mercy and justice.

Turn us from our ways to your ways, and free us to serve those in need. Amen.

P        God, who makes all things new, forgives your sins for  Jesus’ sake

and remembers them no more. Lift up your heads and your hearts.

Yours is the kingdom of God.

C        Amen.

     (Vs. 1, 4)

P        The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of

the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C        And also with you.

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Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

First Reading                             Daniel 12:1-3

1“At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

P        The word of the Lord.

C        Thanks be to God.

Psalm                                 Psalm 16

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1Protect me, O God, for I take ref- | uge in you;
  I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good a- | bove all other.”
2All my delight is in the godly that are | in the land,
  upon those who are noble a- | mong the people.
3But those who run after | other gods shall have their troubles | multiplied.
4I will not pour out drink offerings | to such gods,
  never take their names up- | on my lips. 
5Lord, you are my portion | and my cup; it is you who up- | hold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a | pleasant land;
  indeed, I have a | rich inheritance.
7I will bless the Lord who | gives me counsel; my heart teaches me night | after night.
8I have set the Lord al- | ways before me;
  because God is at my right hand, I shall | not be shaken. 
9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spir- | it rejoices;
  my body also shall | rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me | to the grave, nor let your holy one | see    

        the pit.
11You will show me the | path of life;
  in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures    

        for- | evermore. 

Second Reading                             Hebrews 10:11-14 [15-18] 19-25

11Every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” 13and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. [15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,
16“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,”
17he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
18Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.]

19Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

P        The word of the Lord.

C        Thanks be to God.

P        The holy gospel according to St. Mark 13:1-8

C        Glory to you, O Lord.

1As [Jesus] came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
 
3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4“Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.”

        

P        The gospel of the Lord.

C        Praise to you, O Christ.

Children’s Sermon

Sermon                                          

                                                     

   (Vs. 1 ,2, 4)

(A)        The Apostles’ Creed 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I 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.

I 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.

(A)        Eternal God, you hold firm amid the changes of this world. Hear us now as we pray for the church, the world, and everyone in need.

A brief silence.

God our creator, you show us the path of life. Bless faithful people everywhere with humility as they extend compassion to those who have experienced harm in religious spaces. Cultivate healthy congregations that tell of and enact your reconciling love. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our constant, you love our universe from beginning to end. As the seasons change, protect animals that migrate and hibernate. Bring them safely to a sheltered place and a more abundant season. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our ruler, you write your law on human minds and hearts. Give wisdom to all elected leaders and officials to govern with insight and compassion. Make them mindful of the well-being of all people so that your world will flourish. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our stronghold, you are present amid disaster. We pray for those affected by natural disasters (recent natural disasters may be named). Come to the aid of all survivors of earthquakes, famines, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires, and the first responders who support them. Calm their fear, supply their need, and be the solid ground beneath their feet. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our guide, you are greater than we can imagine. Surround congregations with your expansive inclusion. Be present in the midst of disagreements, differences, and questions. Unite people of diverse viewpoints in the love of Christ. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God our beginning and our end, your beloved people shine like the brightness of the sky. We thank you for the lives of all who rest in your eternal mercy, from famous saints to the people we have loved (especially). Assure us of your resurrection promise. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our hope and strength, we entrust to you all for whom we pray. Remain with us always, through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.

P        The peace of the Lord be with you.

C        And also with you.

Please Be Seated        

Offering of Music                

“There Is a Balm in Gilead/What a Friend We Have in Jesus”  

Bell Choir                                                                            arr: Ballentine

         

Offering Prayer

P        Holy God, the earth is yours and everything in it, yet you have chosen to dwell among your creatures. Come among us now in these gifts of bread and wine, and strengthen us to be your body for the world through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C        Amen.

** Note on Communion 

For safety reasons we feel it necessary to continue communion in our seats.

The theology is sound. Although it does not have the symbolism of the “Table”, it does however remind us that we are communing all together, at the same time, as one body

in Christ. As you commune, be aware of your pew neighbors and feel the Spirit of being one body in Christ.

The Great Thanksgiving

P     The Lord be with you.                                                                                                              C    And also with you.

P     Lift up your hearts.

C    We lift them to the Lord. 

P     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Words of Institution

P        In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

The Lord's Prayer

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.

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Invitation to Communion

Table Blessing

P        The Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in His Grace.

C        Amen.

Prayer after Communion

P        Blessed Jesus, at this table, you have been for us both host and meal.                  Now send us forth to extend our tables and to share your gifts until that day when all feast together at your heavenly banquet.                                                                                                   C        Amen.

Blessing

P        God, the beginning and the end, who has written your name in the book of life,  bless and keep you in grace and peace from this time forth and forevermore.

C        Amen.

Dismissal

P        Led on by the saints before us, go in peace to serve the Lord.

C        Thanks be to God

  (Vs. 1, 4, 5, 6)                

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Today’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God

 and in memory of Charles Kershner by the Truax Family  

This Week at Reformation

Sunday, November 14                Sunday School                         9:30am

Worship                                10:30am

       

Monday, November 15                LMM                                        6:30pm

                                        All men are invited to attend

Wednesday, November 17        Chancel Choir                         7:00pm

Thursday, November 18                Prayer Shawl                                              10am-12noon        

Announcements

Reformation’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 21 following the worship service.  The notification letters were mailed out November 8.

Pantry Needs for HOPE in Lancaster — Canned Green Beans, Canned Corn, Canned Peas, Stove Top Stuffing Mix, Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta, Vienna Sausages, Canned Chili, Brown, Rice, Tuna, Jelly, and Low Sodium Soups

December Newsletter —Please submit information by Monday, November 22.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours – The secretary will be out of the office Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 26.  

Prayer List

Please contact the church office if you have any friends and family members that may be removed from our list.

Healthcare Personnel - Emergency Responders

Military Personnel - Government Officials

Reformation Family

Jimmy Lee & Bit Beckham - Mary Bernsdorff - Eric Cauthen - Sharon Collins

Cathy Davis - Linda DeBruycker - Larry Honeycutt - Billy Jowers

Michelle & Todd Knight - Danny & Lynn McMurray - Andy & Gwen McPherson

 Sis Melton - Inez Meredith - Linda Shipton - Jerry & Kathy Triola

 Lynn Whitesell - Joy Zimmerman

Reformation Friends

Brad Barnett - Kevin Cauthen - Matt Darr - Scott Efird - Nathan Faile - Nancy Fox  Matt Hunter - Helen Kershner - Michael Kershner - Rob Plyler - Cynthia Rowell  Stella Grace Starnes - Jo Stilwell - Glenn and Alice Warfield - Russell Warfield

Budget Offering and Attendance:  Sunday, November 7th, 2021

2021 Budget: $134,970.60                Per Sunday Need: $2,595.59

Worship Offering: $ 890.00 / Sunday School Offering: $ 9.00

Sunday School Attendance: 15 / Worship Attendance: 37

Servants of Reformation  

                                                               Worship Assistant – Shelly Richards

                                                     Lay Readers –

                                             Today - Julia Edwards                                                              

      Nov. 21 - Larry Honeycutt (Christ the King)

      Nov. 28 - Shannon Radzunas (Advent 1)

Please be reminded that it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you cannot serve on your designated Sunday.  

Staff of Reformation Lutheran Church

                               Mr. Christopher Girardeau, Vicar

Mrs. Jane Ballentine, Organist/Music Director

                               Mrs. Michele Truax, Bell Choir Director

                              Mr. Rick Davis, Sexton

                               Mrs. Tricia Brown, Secretary

Ministers:                All the baptized of Reformation Lutheran Church

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REFORMATION LUTHERAN CHURCH

508 North French Street (P. O. Box 26)

Lancaster, SC 29721

Vicar Christopher Girardeau- (803) 620-4320

Email- ReformationLancaster@gmail.com

Church Phone- (803) 285-6744

Church Email- rlc6744@comporium.net

Church Website- reformationlancastersc.com

Mission Statement

In service to Christ Jesus, through the grace of God’s love

and guided by the Holy Spirit, we will draw together the faithful, minister to the unchurched, and celebrate the joy of salvation in His Church, our community, and in our daily lives.