21st Sunday After Pentecost
Reformation Sunday
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
     On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the Gospel of Christ—the Good News—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the World. In the waters of Baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table.
FIRST READING: 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: Psalm 46

SECOND READING: Romans 3: 19-28
     Paul’s words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and the 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.

GOSPEL: John 8: 31-36

Announcements!
ALL-SAINTS’ SUNDAY
     November 1st, is All-Saints’ Sunday. It is also the end of Daylight Savings Time. Remember to fall back. We will remember those who have passed from this World this year. There will also be candles on the Altar for them. Please come and remember those who are part of our Church family and those of your own families that you wish to remember.

ELCA ADVOCACY
COVID-19 Stimulus
     At $2.2 trillion, the revised “HEROES Act” which passed the House on Oct. 1, is not expected to go further as bipartisan talks have broken down. 
     Through the Circle of Protection, the ELCA successfully advocated for an extension of the Pandemic-EBT program through Sept. 2021, a significant new tool for preventing childhood hunger. 
     Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton joined a letter to Congress and the Administration urging swift approval of a COVID relief package that prioritizes those most at risk of hunger at home and abroad.
     President Trump pressed negotiators in Congress to finalize a deal as soon as possible with greater spending limits, but there is little opportunity for the Senate to take action for needed relief before Election Day. 
     As benefits to businesses and families in the greatest need continue to run out, it is critical for advocates to contact their lawmakers to pass a compromise deal that prioritizes relief that addresses the growing hunger crisis in the U.S. and globally as soon as possible.

PRAYERS
      Please keep these people in your prayers: Al Bausch, Dortha Feddern, Michael Koch, Wesley and JoAnne Porter, and all those who are suffering from COVID-19. Please remember all of our shut ins and sick. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)

FUNDS FOR ZION
     Please check the bulletin board behind the office door for all of the sign-up sheets for this year. Communion, birthday Sundays, and Worship Assistants/helpers. Thank you so much!
     You can also remember special occasions or special people by contributing money that would normally be used for altar flowers. Instead the donation goes to our local food pantry.
   Zion has created an Amazon Smile account. If you use this link everytime you shop at Amazon,com, Zion will receive a 0.5 percent donation. Your cost doesn't change ... and Zion gets a rebate! Remember to Bookmark the page so you can get back to Zion's Amazon Smile page everytime you shop at Amazon.com
Zion Lutheran Church
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West Jefferson, OH 43162 w 614-879-8107
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Zion Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

We worship every Sunday at 10:30 am in the West Jefferson Community Center.  Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday. 
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October 25, 2020
Synod
Approved 
Minister
Jon
Meister
Zion Lutheran Church Covid-19 Response 
Changes for the congregation:
Changes within the Sunday service itself:
                    * We will still use our masks during the hymns. 
                    * All hymns will be limited to 3 verses each. 
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