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
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.
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.
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.
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Zion Lutheran Church
230 Cemetery Road (West Jefferson Community Center) w P.O. Box 4 w
West Jefferson, OH 43162 w 614-879-8107
Reaching in for the Holy Spirit, reaching up for God's grace, reaching out with Christ's love.
Please attend Sunday worship services only if you are feeling well.
All members are asked to take their temperatures prior to leaving their homes. If over 100, we are asking that person to remain safely at home for the safety and health of themselves and others.
All members and guests will be required to wear a mask.
Masks must be worn throughout the services.
Please also bring hand sanitizer for yourself to use as you may come in contact with chairs, bulletins, etc.
Cleaning each week before and after each service will be increased greatly. That includes the restrooms. We ask that the actual “men’s” and “women’s” restrooms are not used. Rather, use the facility on the left across from the men’s room only should the need occur (cleaning is addressed later).
Changes within the Sunday service itself:
Both the front and back doors will be propped open to avoid repeated contact with door handles for those in attendance. The sanctuary door will also remain open.
Seating within the sanctuary will be different. In accordance with the present social distancing guidelines, we will maintain 6 feet of separation between seats. (Note: Household members who reside in the same home will not be required to be 6 feet apart. But, the household group will be required to be 6 feet from others.)
Bulletins used to follow the service and hymns will be placed on each seat prior to the service by the setup team (discussed later).
Our hymns will bring about two changes.
* We will still use our masks during the hymns.
* All hymns will be limited to 3 verses each.
Due to the social distancing guidelines, there will not be a worship assistant at the front (with Jon). Volunteer readers will read standing from their seat to avoid any common spacing issues we may encounter.
Preaching by Jon (or alternate when necessary) will be done only in the altar and pulpit area. A mask will not be required for the person presiding given the distance involved. As the service progresses, though, hymns being sung, walking in and out of the sanctuary, etc. the mask must be worn.
Alter accoutrements will be minimized to two candles, one small parament on the alter and the processional cross in the back.
Sharing of the peace will not be with handshakes and hugs (unless direct family within the same household). As we share the peace, it will be in body language only, bows, nods, smiles (even under a mask we can still smile), along with “God’s peace” or “Peace be with you” only.
Communion will be different. We will use pre-packaged wafers and cups (grape juice) to avoid close contact with one another. These cups will either be placed at each chair prior to the service or on the table as you enter the sanctuary by the setup team. They are to be thrown away when leaving.
The offering plate will not be passed around or walked around by Tim. The setup team will instead have the plate on the table as you enter the sanctuary.
After the service, we will not have coffee or any snacks being offered. We do understand that fellowship is still a very important part of worshiping, so there will be tables in the lobby configured in a square that will allow for social conversation while maintaining social distancing (masks still required).