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Worship Service, Sunday, October 25, 2020

Reformation Sunday
The Original Congregational Church


Order of Worship




Welcome to the OCC. Thanks for checking us out! Today we are returning to live, in-person worship services in the sanctuary for the first time since March. We continue to pray for your health and encourage you to maintain all public safety protocols. Today’s online devotion includes a message for Halloween and a Prayer of Reform on the occasion of Reformation Sunday. Enjoy!

HYMN No. 469      A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t Be Afraid”
God said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m with you. There’s no need to be afraid for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I will help you.”

1 John 4:18 “Love Casts Out Fear”
God is love. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.

John 14:27 “Do Not Be Troubled”
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Do not be afraid.”

SERMON “Spooky Scary—Spooky Fun”

Hey everyone! PK here! Halloween is coming! Are you ready? Do you have a costume? This year, I plan to wear a mask. Isn’t that totally awesome! As a matter of fact, even my jack-o-lantern will be wearing a mask. I think that’s just plain smart!
Halloween is about candy and costumes, pumpkins and parties, and going trick-or-treating. In the old times the people of the village would go from church to church begging for “soul-cakes.” Today we go door to door looking for sweet favorite treats. Hope I don’t get a rock like Charlie Brown does! That would be a bad trick.
Halloween is about spooky fun. But sometimes it gets spooky scary too. When people dress up in scary costumes and jump out from the dark and say “Boo!” it can get a little frightening. When it’s dark and we worry about dangerous things we can get scared.
The Bible talks a lot about what to do when we are feeling scared. God says to us, “Don’t be afraid. I am right here to help you.” That makes us feel better. The Lord says, “Don’t be troubled. Don’t be afraid.” That gives us peace. The Bible teaches us that “God is love.” And, “Love casts out all fear.” That makes us feel strong!
Halloween can be spooky scary, but it also can be spooky fun. The best thing to do is to stay real close to your family and friends and enjoy the holiday together. And remember, if you ever are afraid, God says “I love you. Don’t be afraid. I am right here with you.” Happy Halloween everybody! Stay safe out there!


On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther posted a petition of reform on the door of the church. He was convinced that God alone, and Scripture alone, provided the saving grace for every believer. We all stand in the need of prayer. In his many teachings he said this about how to pray, “Behold, you could repulse the devil and all his false suggestions by basing your prayer on these three things: God’s command, God’s promise, and the manner and words Christ taught.” Let us be in a spirit of prayer.

Dear God, we lift up our hearts to you in prayer. Let our souls be filled with the peace of knowing you are with us. Make us never afraid of leaning on you for strength and protection. In this world are many dangers. There are many voices and many paths. Who shall we listen to? Which is the right way to go? Speak to us your Word that we may follow you.
Your greatest command is to love you and to love our neighbor. Let our love be genuine. Grant us the courage to make time for you in worship and in prayer and to let you show us the truth of ourselves. Grant us the courage to make time for others that we may draw near to those who are suffering and in need of care.
God we are grateful for your promise. You put a rainbow in the sky and told Noah that never again would you send a flood to destroy all the earth. All of creation is in your hands. Breathe new life into us, redeem us, and sustain us.
God you taught us to bless the poor, to comfort the sick, to be merciful in all things. You taught us to love our enemies, to welcome the stranger, to cross the road to lift up the injured, to proclaim your good news, to heal the sick, and to cast out evil spirits. Grant us the strength and the wisdom to do all these things and so much more, in your Holy Name, we pray. And we may pray in the way our Savior taught us saying,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

POSTLUDE   “Get Happy! Happy Days Are Here Again!” (1963)
Lorri and Teddy, duet with thanks to Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand

May God grant you and your loved ones, health, happiness, and a little light to guide you through any times of darkness. Amen.

BONUS VIDEO “Martin Marches On”