Welcome to ICYMI Worship! ICYMI stands for In Case You Missed It; our ICYMI series gives a brief snapshot of worship each week so that you can worship in your home, on the road, or wherever life takes you.
At Cross of Christ, our basic worship order is based on worship patterns from Hebrew traditions and biblical accounts of the earliest Christians:
We GATHER with songs and prayer,
We HEAR God’s word,
We SHARE a meal of bread and wine,
We are SENT into the world to love and serve.
Let us know how this format works for you.
TODAY IS REFORMATION SUNDAY
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
THIS WEEK’S READINGS
Jeremiah 31:31-34 The renewed covenant will not be breakable, but like the old covenant it will expect the people to live upright lives. To know the Lord means that one will defend the cause of the poor and needy. The renewed covenant is possible only because the Lord will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. Our hope lies in a God who forgets.
Psalm 47 Ihe Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Ps. 46:7)
Romans 3:19-28 Paul’s words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and other Reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God through works of the law. We are brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates us from sin and empowers our faith in Jesus Christ.
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL
John 8:31-36 Jesus speaks of truth and freedom as spiritual realities known through his word. He reveals the truth that sets
people free from sin.
PASTOR DAVE’S SERMON SNAPSHOT: “Free Indeed!”
On Reformation Sunday we celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit through Martin Luther and others who called the church back to the core message of the gospel of grace alone. Red is the color the church associates with the Spirit, which came upon the first disciples like tongues of fire and rekindled the hearts of the Reformers with fearless faith.
SONG OF THE DAY
“Built on a Rock”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SPECIAL MUSIC (Carillon Handbell Choir)
“Lift High the Cross”
On 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.
All are welcome to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist.
YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO THE “PRAY-GROUND” – This special space in the Sanctuary is designed for our youngest worshippers and their families. Children age 8 and under are welcome to color, play games, enjoy age-appropriate books, and just have their own space in the back of the transept – the southeast corner of the Sanctuary. We LOVE having children in worship! We hope this special place helps make them and their families feel both welcome and comfortable.
SCOUT HOLIDAY WREATH ORDERS TODAY AND NEXT WEEK – Preorder your holiday greens today and next Sunday only, from our Boy and Cub Scouts, who will be taking orders in the Narthex. Thank you!
OKTOBERFEST LUNCHEON FOLLOWING WORSHIP – for our annual Oktoberfest feast in the Fellowship Hall downstairs, after the service. Brats, root beer, pretzels and all the German fixings! Games, music, food, fellowship – come join the fun!
NEW ADULT FAITH FORMATION SERIES BEGINS NOVEMBER 4 – Pastor Dave is launching a new study on the exciting, action-packed book of Acts starting next Sunday. Adult Faith Formation meets from 10:15 to 10:55 am, in the Library, between worship services.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL – is also on break today for Reformation and Oktoberfest. Join us next Sunday as we meet more interesting biblical people with fascinating stories to tell us. Our program for kids ages 4-10 will meet in the Youth Room between services, and is designed for any child to drop in at any time.
ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY NEXT WEEK – We return to our regular worship schedule next Sunday – Traditional worship at 9 am, casual Mosaic service at 11 am – with the powerful Festival of All Saints. We’ll remember those members of Cross of Christ who have died since last All Saints Sunday with red candle on the altar. White candle will be lit for saints in your life.
WELCA BIBLE STUDY LEADERS MEET THURSDAY – with Pastor Dave as they prepare to lead their Circles. Bring your Bible, this month’s edition of “Gather” magazine, and whatever notetaking supplies you need. You don’t have to be a Circle leader – all women are welcome to join. Thursday, 10-11:15 am, in the Conference Room.
QUILT SUNDAY FOLLOW-UP – The impressive numbers are in for the quilts dedicated in last Sunday’s worship services. Thanks to so many people for donations of money and material, people who tie the quilts, sew the tops, and edge them, those who shop for batting and sheets for the backs, those who pack them up and deliver them to Seattle. There are many people who are involved and the Cross of Christ Quilters appreciate you – you know who you are. It cost about $60 to ship these quilts and the group is seeking donations. Now, here’s the tally:
Lutheran World Relief – 41
Sophia Way Women’s Shelter – 13
Eastside Baby Corner – 11
Congregations for the Homeless Men’s Shelter – 6
Total – 71
Cross of Christ Quilters meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in the Fellowship Hall from 10 am to 2 pm. You can come for one hour or all four. Bring a lunch – we would love you to join us. Questions call Sandra Volkman at 425 894 8531
PRAYERS FOR HOMEBOUND MEMBERS – Marilyn Van Brero, Ellie Dennison, Ed and Phyllis Hahn, Doris Lundquist, Bill and Betty McConnell, Mary Moen, Marlys Paulson, Jane Pittenger, and Norman Stromer.
SOPHIA WAY EMERGENCY WOMEN’S SHELTER AT CofC – Please support the meals program for the women’s emergency shelter. Receipts/forms for reimbursement approval can be submitted to Denise or Ann Huseby. You can sign up at: http://signup.com/go/tMaKqVQ or contact Dorinda Otto to sign up for you. Breakfast needs: Bring 3 doz. hard boiled eggs on Sundays through November 25, with date clearly marked. They can go in the refrigerator in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up at the info desk. Thank You!
SUPPORT FOR PERMANENT EASTSIDE WOMEN’S SHELTER – A Desserts and Family Fun Fundraiser for The Sophia Way’s capital campaign to create a 24/7 enhanced shelter in Kirkland for women who are experiencing homelessness will be hosted by Overlake Christian Church, 9900 Willows Road in Redmond, on Thursday, November 15, from 7-9 pm. Email Karina@sophiaway.org to RSVP. Permanent recognition at the new shelter for groups that bring 10 or more guests!
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION – Pastor Judy is collecting box tops for the PTA of her children’s school throughout the year. They can be found on various boxes, like Cheerios, Kleenex, etc. Just clip them out and stick them in her mailbox. Thank you!
“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”
By God’s grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to
Grow in Faith
Share the Gospel
Serve others, and
Thanks be to God!