Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church

Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church
On a journey with God to Reach, Grow, and Serve
TLPC is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We welcome you to worship and grow with us
as we live in God’s amazing grace! Please join us for fellowship and
refreshments after the service, and let us know how we may serve you.
Supervised childcare for infants is available in the nursery.
Sunday School is offered for children age 3 through grade 8 following the
opening liturgy. They will re-join us in worship for communion.
Sheet music, large print bulletins, assistive listening devices and lap
quilts are available for your use. Please ask an usher for assistance.
This Week at TLPC (See for complete calendar of events.)
8:00-9:00am Men’s Bible Study at Coffee And
Men’s Breakfast with Church of the Mtns at Jax Diner
Hiking with COM, SVC and Friends. Time and place vary.
Contact [email protected] for details.
Lead Pastor
Rev. Scott Trevithick
Associate Pastor
Rev. Joanie Tankersley
Worship and Music Planner
Lorelle Banzett
Pianist, Choir Director
Miriam Hoffmann
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P.O. Box 10620, Truckee, CA 96162
(530) 582-4243 [email protected]
October 26, 2014
The pastor or worship leader will read the regular print text.
The congregation will read/sing the bold text.
Please stand, as you are able, for sections marked with an asterisk *.
We invite you to sing or pray as we quiet our minds to hear God’s voice
and open our hearts to feel God’s presence.
♪ “One Thing Remains”
♪ “Only By Grace”
♪ “A Mighty Fortress” - vs. 1,2,4
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
God's love surrounds us every day;
our God is merciful and gracious.
Adapted from Psalm 46
Turn your backs upon idols,
worship the Holy One of Israel.
Blessed are all who stand in awe before God;
happy are all who walk in his ways.
The love of God has chosen us,
the love of God unites us with all his people.
God is our judge and our source of life;
God is our comfort and our refuge.
O God,
gather us together this Reformation Sunday
that we may celebrate the witness
of our forefathers and foremothers
and the courage that gave birth to the Reformation.
Teach us how to honor the saints of God in ages past
as well as in our present days.
May the conviction of your grace written on their hearts
be one that forms our own faith.
Inspire us in the continuing reformation of the church
and be present to us your in word and sacrament.
In Christ’s name we pray. Amen
Adapted from Mark 10:46-52
All may make the sign of the cross, the sign that is marked at baptism,
as the presiding minister begins.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God,
our Sovereign over all the earth,
our Wisdom from on high,
our merciful Judge and Savior.
Silence is kept for reflection.
When we want to be a church ever-reforming,
yet cling to comfortable ways:
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us!
When we want to honor your “still speaking voice”,
but are fearful of insights which challenge old assumptions:
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us!
When we want to live into Jesus’ dream of oneness,
but fail to listen to voices of difference:
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us!
Take heart, get up; Jesus is calling to us!
We trust in the one who has guided the church for two millennia.
Through Christ, God forgives us our failings,
and continues to call us into a community of mutual love and forgiveness.
I declare to you, by the grace of God found in Jesus, our sins are forgiven.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And also with you.
All are invited to share a handshake or a hug as a sign of reconciliation and peace,
saying “Peace be with you.”
Children age 3 through grade 8 may go to Sunday School.
Jeremiah 31:31-34
The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant
that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them
out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their
husband, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them,
and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my
people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know
the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,
says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Romans 3:19-28
Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the
law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held
accountable to God. For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by
deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is
attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in
Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as
a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward
as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to
show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over
the sins previously committed; it was to prove at the present time that he
himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus. Then
what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No,
but by the law of faith. For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from
works prescribed by the law.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
♪ “Seek Ye First” - vs. 1,2
John 8:31-36
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my
word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will
make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and
have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be
made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who
commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the
household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you
will be free indeed.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
SERMON - “Which Words to Live by: ‘We’ve Always Done it this Way’ or
‘New and Improved?’”
Spiritual reflection
♪ “The Church of Christ in Every Age”
Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
In recognition that all that we have and all that we are come from God, we return a portion
of our wealth for the Lord's work here and around the world, we offer our talents that he
may use them for his purpose, and we dedicate our lives to serve God and our neighbors.
♪ “Sing to the Lord of Harvest” – vs. 1,3
Merciful God,
as grains of wheat scattered upon the hills
were gathered together to become one bread,
so let your church be gathered together
from the ends of the earth into your kingdom,
for yours is the glory through Jesus Christ, now and forever.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
The pastor continues with the Eucharistic Prayer, concluding:
Remembering Christ’s saving love, we celebrate this holy meal
and offer ourselves to you, O God, with gratitude and praise.
Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Pour out your Holy Spirit, O God,
on your people gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine.
By your Spirit make us one body in Christ,
one in mission and ministry to the world.
Come, Holy Spirit.
Nourish us in faith, hope, and love,
and strengthen us for service until we feast with you in glory.
All praise and honor and glory are yours, holy triune God, now and forever.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
We invite all to share in Holy Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper or the
Eucharist. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in and with the bread and wine. We
receive this sacrament in remembrance of what God has done for us through the
death and resurrection of Jesus.
You may either eat the bread and drink from the common cup of wine (first chalice)
or hold the bread and dip it in the grape juice (second chalice). Gluten-free wafers are
available; just give Pastor the “OK” sign as you come forward to receive the bread.
Children who do not yet receive communion are invited to come forward for a blessing.
Some people wish to receive communion every week, others less often. Please do what is
meaningful and comfortable for you. If you prefer to receive communion while seated,
indicate this to an usher.
♪ “Bread of Life From Heaven”
O God, the host at every meal,
at this table you spread out a feast for all peoples,
the bread of life and the cup of salvation.
Send us from this banquet
to invite others into these good things,
to let justice roll down like waters,
and to care for the least of our sisters and brothers;
through Jesus Christ, our Sovereign and our Savior.
♪ “It Is Finished”
We are called to make Christ known by our words and actions - in our church family,
in our local community and throughout the world.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
From Sundays and Copyright 2014 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.
Reprinted by permission under Augsburg
Fortress Liturgies Annual License #24019.
Worship Notes
Today we celebrate Reformation Sunday, which offers an opportunity to
mark our heritage and history, to affirm our central theological convictions and
to consider God’s ongoing reformation of the church. On this day we celebrate
the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us
free! Though we give thanks for the events of the sixteenth-century
Reformation that brought renewal to the church of that time, 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.
A Mighty Fortress is our God was written by Martin Luther sometime
between 1527 and 1529 as a paraphrase of Psalm 46, though stanza four comes
directly from Luther’s own persecution experience. The most commonly used
English version is a translation by Frederick H. Hedge in 1853. The text was
written at a time in history when Christians were fighting to defend their faith;
consequently, the text is full of battle imagery. Luther reminds us that we must
join the battle, knowing that God is on our side, and that we fight for a side
that has, in a sense, already won. The hymn is frequently sung on Reformation
Day, though can be sung any time during the year when a hymn of assurance is