A Series on the Five Solas of the Reformation

While many Christians are quick to affirm that salvation is by grace alone, through faith, in Christ, according to Scripture, and only for God’s glory, it wasn’t always that way. There was a time when the lay Christian wouldn’t have had those theological thoughts at all. While religion seemed to dominate all of life, and the church oversaw so much of it, true faith was hard to find amid the regulations and excesses of the church. It was the Reformation that brought western Christians back to the basics. It is the echoes of the Reformation that continue to call us to reform our ways, not only to claim but to live out the basic tenets of our faith. This worship series is a means to do just that as we commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, reaffirm its teachings, and seek to realign our lives accordingly. —JB

Week One

Sola Gratia/Grace Alone

Opening of Worship

Call to Worship from Ephesians 1:3–8

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight.

In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace,
which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us
with all wisdom and understanding.

Let us worship God!
Let us celebrate his glorious grace!

Greeting
Opening Responses

“God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises” LUYH 519 
Though the tune is unfamiliar, it is very singable. The words, by Bert Polman, are a perfect match for the beginning of a service focused on grace. If necessary, a church could use a more familiar tune, such as NETTLETON (traditionally paired with “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”).

Psalm of Praise: Psalm 103:1–11
Songs of Praise

“Sing Praise to the Lord, You People of Grace” LUYH 7, PFAS 994 
“O God Beyond All Praising” LUYH 557, TH 660, WR 64   
“Good, Good Father” Pat Barrett, Anthony Brown   

Confession and Assurance

Call to Confession

Psalm 103 says, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”

It is good for us to remember on a regular basis how we are formed, to remember that we are dust! We are called to confession this morning by the New Testament book that was addressed to the Hebrews (read Heb. 4:15–16).

Prayer of Confession

Consider using The Worship Sourcebook 2.2.15 (Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry . . . ). If a written prayer seems too formal in your church setting, a directed prayer might be more appropriate. Here’s an example of a directed prayer of confession:

God of grace, we are reminded this morning that we are dust.
You know our “dustiness,” our brokenness, our frailties.
We bring them before you this morning, trusting in you to bring forgiveness and healing.

We confess that sometimes we simply don’t trust you with our lives,
and the lives of those we love.

Silence

We confess our unbelief of the promises in your Word
that your grace really is sufficient for us.

Silence

We confess our sins,
the times we have willingly gone against your good will for our lives,
choosing that which is wrong.

Silence

We confess that there are times we ignore the promptings of your Spirit,
and fail to do the good deeds you have prepared for us to do.

Silence

Forgive us, Lord, and continue to shape us by your grace.
We pray in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Ephesians 2:4–9; Psalm 103:12

Thanksgiving

“Amazing Grace” LUYH 691, PH 280, PsH 462, SWM 186, TH 460, WR 422, GtG 649   
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” LUYH 693   

The Law

Romans 12:1–2

Dedication to Holy Living

“O God, You Are My God” LUYH 743, SNC 17, WR 494, GtG 743 

Proclaiming the Word

Prayers for Illumination

“A Prayer: Make Us Hungry for Your Word” LUYH 756

Reading of the Word

Ephesians 2:1–10

Sermon Notes

While the world may teach us that “there is no such thing as a free lunch,” according to Scripture—the greatest gift of all—grace itself is freely given. Ephesians 2:8–9 teaches, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” The challenge in this sermon is to balance the message of salvation by grace alone with the other side of the proverbial coin: our response of grateful living. (See Scott Hoezee’s article on page 37 for more on that.)

For a sermon from Martin Luther on salvation by grace alone see the third volume of Baker’s seven-volume set of Luther’s sermons (edited by J. N. Lenker and others). —JB

Responding to the Word

Profession of Our Faith

“Our World Belongs to God” 28, 31, 37 (goo.gl/ofJ8Eg)

Prayers of the People

So that people are actively involved in the prayer, I sometimes use a prayer in litany form such as the one suggested in The Worship Sourcebook 4.4.18. Instructions before praying: “When you hear the words ‘Lord, in your mercy,’ please respond by saying, ‘Hear our prayer.’”

Offering
Baptism
Lord’s Supper

After the Words of Institution, while people are being served, the following songs may be appropriate:
“Remembering with Love and Hope” LUYH 809, SNC 249 
“Taste and See” LUYH 817, PFAS 222   
“O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts” LUYH 823, PsH 307, TH 646   
“Behold the Lamb” LUYH 840   

Sent to Testify to the Word

Sending based on Ephesians 2:9–10; 3:20–21

Not only has God saved us by grace;
he has also prepared good works for us to do.
We carry grace with us as we go,
empowered by the Spirit to live out the love of Christ in our homes,
our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our world.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

Blessing
Doxology

“To God be the Glory” LUYH 956   

Week Two

Sola Fide/Faith Alone

Opening of Worship

Call to Worship from Psalm 145:8–13

One: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

All: The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

Men: All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful
people extol you.

Women: They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

One: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.

All: The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.

“We Will Extol You, God and King” LUYH 562 

Greeting
Opening Responses

“By Grace We Have Been Saved” (1, 2) LUYH 675 

Confession and Assurance

Call to Confession

The Scriptures tell us and we have sung: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Let us confess our sins, looking to Jesus Christ, our Savior, with faith and hope, knowing that he alone forgives and brings newness of life.

“My Faith Looks Up to Thee” LUYH 426:1, PH 383, PsH 262, TH 528, WR 419, GtG 829   

Prayers of Confession

Forgive our faithlessness, O faithful God!
Jesus, who sat at the table with outcasts and sinners,
we confess that too often our words and actions
are not consistent with our beliefs.
Often we ignore the needy,
show indifference to the lonely,
and reject those who seem different from us.
Forgive us, we pray.
Enliven our faith, giving us eyes to see what you see
and to live out what we believe day by day.
Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Ephesians 2:4–10

Thanksgiving

“By Grace We Have Been Saved” LUYH 675:3–5 

Affirmation of Faith

Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 21 (goo.gl/rrlshq)

Dedication to Holy Living

“We’ve Come This Far by Faith” LUYH 341 

Proclaiming the Word

Prayer for Illumination
Reading of the Word

Romans 3:21–31; James 2:14–26

Sermon Notes

We sometimes forget how revolutionary the thought was that salvation is through faith alone, but for Christians used to the practice of indulgences (the use of money or other actions to buy status with God), it changed everything. No longer was salvation dependent on human effort, good works, or even the physical act of baptism (a challenge in some communities where priests were few and infant mortality high). This radically altered the relationship between the individual and God as well as the role of the church.

Before we get too self-congratulatory, though, let’s take this sermon as an opportunity to examine whether our theology of sola fide is reflected in our actions. Is faith enough? How often don’t we find ourselves adding our own personal requirements, thinking that for God to love us we need to do x or be y—that somehow we can’t possibly be good enough to warrant salvation? And what requirements do we place on others before we will consider them a sister or brother in Christ? How often don’t we add a cultural plus sign at the end of faith alone—by faith + cultural practice = true Christian? —JB

Responding to the Word

Profession of Our Faith

“By Faith” Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend   
“Faith” Geoff Bullock 

Prayers of the People

You call us to be people of faith,
yet we are often people with doubts.
We doubt that love can grow again in relationships
where anger and bitterness reign supreme.
You know the strength of love and the power of prayer;
help us to be faithful lovers.
We doubt that peace can come in the Middle East, in Syria, in Palestine,
where hatred and racism reign supreme.
You know that peace is growing there;
help us to be faithful peacemakers.
We doubt that the hungry can be fed in Africa,
where despair and hopelessness reign supreme.
You know that there is enough food in the world;
help us to be generous and faithful.
You specialize in impossibilities:
you walked on water,
you heal the nations,
you forgive sins,
you set the captive free,
you set us free from our captivities.

This morning we pray for people here who are filled with doubts,
who wonder whether you exist and whether you are listening to our prayers,
who wonder what this whole community is about.
We pray for people who doubt the purpose of life,
who wonder whether to end it all,
who face feelings of meaningless and despair.
Even when we have that sinking feeling,
give us the wisdom to turn to you.
Lord we want to believe; help our unbelief!
Give us faith, small as a mustard seed,
so that we can be your faithful people,
believing in your power to save,
believing in your power to reign supreme,
believing that we can share this good news
with everyone we meet.
We ask all this in Jesus’s name. Amen.

A Congregational Prayer for Doubters, © Carol Penner (leadinginworship.com). Used with permission. (Feel free to use this prayer in your worship services including this copyright line.)

Offering
Baptism/Lord’s Supper

Sent to Testify to the Word

Sending

“Faith Begins by Letting Go” LUYH 852, SNC 172, GtG 684   

Blessing
Doxology

Week Three

Solus Christus/Christ Alone

Opening of Worship

Call to Worship

Choral reading: Use one to sixteen people willing to memorize the text (or to read expressively). If you have sixteen people, begin with one voice and add another with each line, growing to the end. With fewer people, use the same idea but space the entrances further apart.

[Christ] is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.

For by him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created by him and for him.

[Christ] is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.

And [Christ] is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in [Christ],
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

—Colossians 1:15–20

Opening Responses

“Cornerstone” Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, William Batchelder Bradbury   

God’s Greeting

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” LUYH 772, PH 379, TH 521, WR 405, GtG 353   

Confession and Assurance

Call to Confession

Oh, the sinking sand has such an attraction for us! How quick we are to trust in jobs and abilities, families and reputation, armies and traditions! Hear our prayers, O Lord!

Prayer of Confession

Use the prayer found in The Worship Sourcebook 2.2.68, which is based on the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3–10, NLT). Instead of having the congregation read the bold text, you could also simply use two readers.

Consider the following prayers if you prefer a confession directly related to the church split at the Reformation, inviting the congregation to respond “Lord, have mercy” following each “Kyrie eleison” and “Christ, have mercy” following each “Christe eleison.”

O God of mercy, we lament that even good actions of reform and renewal
had often unintended negative consequences.
Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy.

We bring before you the burdens of the guilt of the past,
when our forebears did not follow your will that all be one in the truth of the Gospel. Christe eleison. Christ, have mercy.

We confess our own ways of thinking and acting
that perpetuate the divisions of the past.
As communities and as individuals, we build many walls around us:
mental, spiritual, physical, political walls that result in discrimination and violence. Forgive us, Lord.
Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy.

© “Common Prayer,” From Conflict to Communion, Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. Used by permission. Congregations are free to use this prayer in their worship services indicating this copyright line.

Assurance of Pardon

To follow the first prayer from The Worship Sourcebook:

Hebrews 10 teaches: “First [Christ] said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them.’ . . . Then [Christ] said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will.’ [Christ] sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Thanks be to God!

Having been reconciled to God in Christ, let us share the peace of Christ with those around us.

To follow the second prayer:

Psalm 130, either spoken or sung followed by this spoken prayer:

Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.
He is our peace, who breaks down the walls that divide,
who gives us through the Holy Spirit ever-new beginnings.

In Christ we receive forgiveness and reconciliation,
and we are strengthened for a faithful and common witness in our time. Amen.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
since as members of one body you are called to peace.

The peace of Christ be with you always!
And also with you!

Let us offer each other a sign of reconciliation and peace.

Sharing of peace

Thanksgiving

“Jesus is Lord” LUYH 226, RW 111

The Law
Dedication to Holy Living

Proclaiming the Word

Prayers for Illumination

“A Prayer: Make Us Hungry for Your Word” LUYH 756

Reading of the Word

Hebrews 4:14–5:10

Sermon

It sometimes is hard to get an audience with someone in authority. It seems that the higher up people are, the tougher it is for a regular person to be able to talk to them. Someone else is answering their phones and emails and keeping their calendars, and if you aren’t deemed important enough or if you’re not a friend, you simply can’t gain access. Security measures will ensure you can’t get physically close either. Before the Reformation, Jesus seemed that inaccessible to the common person. Because people couldn’t speak to him directly, they depended on the priest to speak on their behalf. But Scripture teaches us that Jesus is our priest, and that anything that kept us from direct access to him has been taken away. —JB

Responding to the Word

Profession of Our Faith

Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 29 (goo.gl/rrlshq)
“In Christ Alone” LUYH 770, SWM 208   

Prayers of the People

The book of Hebrews also invites us to bring our prayer concerns before the Father. Hebrews 4:16 says: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Let us pray.

Offering
Baptism
Lord’s Supper

Consider using the Scripture teaching found in The Worship Sourcebook 8.1.2.5.

Sent to Testify to the Word

Sending

Since you have been raised with Christ,
set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
We set our minds on things above, not on earthly things,
for we have died to self and our life is now hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is your life, appears,
then you also will appear with him in glory.
Thanks be to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen!

—based on Colossians 3:1–4

Blessing
Doxology

“Kwake Yesu nasimama/Here on Jesus Christ I Will Stand” LUYH 708   

Week Four

Sola Scriptura/Scripture alone

Opening of Worship

Call to Worship

Blessed and Righteous God,
your truths and grace are revealed to us
as we search your Holy Word.
We come today to listen to the Word of the Lord.

Gracious God,
you help us to know you through your Holy Word,
which guides and blesses us.
We come today to worship the Lord our God.

Holy God,
we gather to worship and praise you,
to learn from your Word in fellowship with others.
We come today to praise the Lord our God. Amen.

If the Prayers and/or Meditation are used in shared worship, please provide this acknowledgement: © 2011 Joan Stott — ‘The Timeless Psalms’ — RCL Psalms Year A. Based on verses from Psalm 119. Used with permission.

Greeting
Opening Responses

“Your Word Sheds Light Upon My Path” LUYH 759 
“Ancient Words” LUYH 762 

Confession and Assurance

Call to Confession

Read “Our World Belongs to God” 32 (goo.gl/ofJ8Eg)

What a gift we have in the Word of God! Some of the faithful who went before us, as well as brothers and sisters in some areas of the world today, have given their very lives because of the high value they placed on the Word of God. What about us? Do we treasure the Scriptures?

Prayers of Confession

Gracious God, your Word tells us that we do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Forgive us for the days we have failed to even open the Scriptures,
trusting in our own wisdom instead.
Lord, have mercy.

Forgive us for the times we have read the Scriptures hastily,
as if to check a completion box, and then immediately forgotten what we read.
Lord, have mercy.

Forgive us when we know exactly what the Word says,
yet we choose to ignore it because it does not fit with our own thoughts or desires.
Lord, have mercy.

Forgive us when we have chosen to use the Word
as a club to accuse others rather than as a light for our own pathway.
Lord, have mercy.

Write your Word on our hearts, Lord,
that we may be transformed from the inside out.
Lord, have mercy, and write your Word on our hearts. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Romans 8:1–4

Thanksgiving

“I’m So Glad” LUYH 362 

The Law
Dedication to Holy Living

“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” Martin Luther, text available at TheHymnary.org
(Tune suggestion: TALLIS CANON (LUYH 394) or other tune with a 8.8.8.8 meter)   

Proclaiming the Word

Children’s Message: “Writing Scripture on the Heart,” Jeremiah 31:33

“God’s Word written on our hearts” will need to be explained to literal-thinking children. Laugh at the misunderstanding of God digging your heart out of your chest and writing on it with a pen. Then work toward Jeremiah’s message by reminding them of what it means to put your hand over your heart when you say the Pledge of Allegiance, recalling the oath “cross my heart” that says “I really do mean this,” and exploring what you are saying when you give friends paper hearts on Valentine’s Day. Children working through this quickly understand that having a Bible isn’t worth much. It is only when you read it and use it that it becomes yours.

—Carolyn C. Brown. Used with permission. (This and other resources on worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com are available for congregations to use at no charge in non-commercial ways in worship and education.)

Song of Preparation

“When at First the Word was Spoken” Christopher Idle, available through Hope Publishing
(Tune suggestions: RESTORATION LUYH 657; EBENEZER LUYH 179)

Prayer for Illumination, inspired by Psalm 119

O God, you are righteous.
Transform us by your Word!
Your judgments are upright.
Transform us by your Word!
Your precepts are unforgettable.
Transform us by your Word!
Give us understanding and we will live.
Re-form us, reconcile us,
transform us by your Word!

O Still-Speaking God,
throughout history and the wide world
you have gathered people around your Word
to instruct and inspire.
We give thanks for all
who have received your vision
and shaped diverse and faithful communities
to follow in your Way.

Continue to open that vision to us,
that we may become transformed
by the renewing of your Word in our hearts.
Enable us to grow in love and understanding for each other.
Create in us, O God, clean hearts and minds;
let us join with you in your suffering and your triumph.
We desire to be your children and
we claim these blessings in your name. Amen.

Reformation and Reconciliation: Service Prayers for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost was written by LT Leticia Rouser, a chaplain in the United States Navy stationed in Gulfport, MS. © 2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education and needs to include this credit line. All publishing rights reserved. Used with permission.

Sung Prayer

“Speak, O Lord” LUYH 755   
“Blessed Jesus, at Your Word/We Are Here” LUYH 763, PsH 280, TH 303, GtG 395   

Reading of the Word: 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5
Sermon: “By Scripture Alone”

Scripture contains everything necessary for salvation and righteous living. Though it doesn’t give us the answers to all our questions or a blueprint for our daily living, it gives us enough to know how God wants us to be in relationship with him and with others as well as how we are to think of ourselves. While the Reformers called the church back to Scripture, they didn’t reject sacred tradition entirely. Rather, they believed all human-created doctrines and statements need to be tested against the truth of Scripture. But we can’t do that if we don’t know Scripture. In our increasingly secular society, with many messages coming our way that contradict God’s will, now more than ever we need to immerse ourselves in God’s Word so we can become God’s aroma to the world around us. —JB

Responding to the Word

Profession of Our Faith from the Belgic Confession

People of God, listen to these words about Scripture from the Belgic Confession:

We receive all these books and these only as holy and canonical. . . . And we believe without a doubt all things contained in them—

not so much because the church receives and approves them as such

but above all because the Holy Spirit testifies in our hearts that they are from God, and also because they prove themselves to be from God.

Therefore we reject with all our hearts
whatever does not agree with this infallible rule.

taken from Belgic Confession Article 5 and 7

Prayers of the People
Offering
Baptism/Lord’s Supper

Sent to Testify to the Word

Sending

“O Word of God Incarnate” LUYH 757:2–3, PH 327, PsH 279, TH 140, WR 670, GtG 459   

Blessing

Raise a Bible above your head and say:
Go home, find your copy of God’s Word.
If you don’t have one, see one of the church staff for a copy.

Open it in front of you.
Read it. Think about it. Talk about it.

Hug it to your chest.
Let it be written on your heart.
Let the story in it become your story.
Let it become your guide for living every day.

Raising your other hand in blessing:
And as you read, may God
be with you
and speak to you
and call you.

May God’s Spirit work through these words
to direct you,
empower you,
even comfort you.
And may the peace of God be with you always.

—Carolyn C. Brown. Used with permission. (This and other resources on worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com are available for congregations to use at no charge in non-commercial ways in worship and education.)

Doxology

Week Five

Soli Deo Gloria/To the Glory of God Alone

Opening of Worship

Call to Worship

Romans 11:33–36

“Let All Creation’s Wonders” LUYH 555, PFAS 973 
“God of Wonders” LUYH 4   

Greeting
Opening Responses

“We Will Extol You, God and King” LUYH 562   
“Holy God, We Praise Your Name” LUYH 540, PH 460, PsH 504, TH 103, WR 138, GtG 4   
“Great Are You, Lord” David Leonard, Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan   

Confession and Assurance

Call to Confession

When we consider the wonder of Almighty God, Creator of all things, sovereign over all and white-hot holy, we cannot help but sing in wonder and awe. As we sing and celebrate who God is and what God has done, it is appropriate for us to be taken aback, perhaps even chastened, to fall on our faces with Moses and Isaiah and Paul in worship. Let us humble ourselves now in a time of confession.

Prayers of Confession

God, we confess that sometimes we come into your presence feeling a bit like Job.
We know you are sovereign, but we think you are not treating us fairly.
We believe you are hiding from us.
We long for the “good old days” when our fellowship with you was close and sweet.
Frankly, we think we have lived good, moral lives.
And then we see you.
And when we see you, we are silenced by your authority.
We say with Job:
I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer—
twice, but I will say no more.

Lord God, we know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted.
Surely we have spoken of things we did not understand,
things too wonderful for us to know.
You said, “Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you shall answer me.”
With Job we respond:
“My ears had heard of you,
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”

Silence

What perspective we gain when we truly see you in all your glory!
May our ears continue to hear of you, but may our eyes also see you
so that we can respond to you. Amen.

“Not What My Hands Have Done” LUYH 624, PsH 260, TH 461   
“Lord, I Need You” Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher   

Assurance of Pardon

1 John 1:5–10

Thanksgiving

“Before the Throne of God Above” LUYH 682   
“And Can It Be” LUYH 695, PsH 267, TH 455, WR 366   

The Law

“Litany: The Ten Commandments 3” LUYH 722

Dedication to Holy Living

With God’s grace and the support of each other as part of Christ’s body we promise:

I will love the Lord, our God,
with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength,
and I will love my neighbor as myself.

Read: Hebrews 13:20–21

May he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Proclaiming the Word

Prayer for Illumination

“Break Now the Bread of Life” LUYH 764 

Reading of the Word: Isaiah 43:1–13
Sermon

Soli Deo gloria points to three things: first, that everything we do ought to be done for God’s glory; second, that glorifying God serves a missional purpose; and third, that we look forward to the time when we can see the fullness of God’s glory. It may be too much to tackle all three of those aspects in one sermon, but as a conclusion to this series the second may be most appropriate. —JB

Responding to the Word

Profession of Our Faith
Prayers of the People

Consider using the intercessory prayer found on p. 18 of Common Prayer: From Conflict to Communion, Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. The pdf is available free online.

Offering
Baptism/Lord’s Supper

Sent to Testify to the Word

Sending

Ephesians 3:14–21

Blessing
Doxology

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” LUYH 964/965, PH 591/592, PsH 638, TH 731/732, WR 34/44/147   

Carol Hochhalter has been working in worship higher education for years, and is currently serving as Worship Director for the Celebration congregation at Harderwyk Ministries in Holland, Michigan.