This liturgy will provide you with a straightforward way to hold a Service of the Word in your own home.  As you worship, remember that simply following the instructions on this page will NOT create worship.  Worship is an encounter with God in which we receive His gifts of forgiveness and respond with prayer and praise.  The “active ingredient” of worship is faith.  As you follow these instructions, your worship begins with believing that God is present and expecting that God will have something to say to you during this time.

Read the words in bold aloud.  If you are fortunate to be worshiping with others, you may designate one individual the leader, and read the liturgy responsively as indicated by L: (leader) and R: (response).  Some elements of this service are links to videos which will play when you click on them.  Feel free to include as much or as little of the suggested music as you prefer, or to substitute live music in your home for the videos included here.

Each worshiper will need a pencil and paper during the confession.





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Opening Song

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Confession

L: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R: Amen.

L: If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
R: If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)

At this time, each person silently confesses his or her sin to God.  Individual sins may be written (children may wish to draw) on a piece of paper.  After an appropriate length of time, continue:

All: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me… Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.  Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:1-3)

Scratch out the sins that have been confessed on paper, drawing a cross over the whole page.  Then speak out loud the sure and certain word of God that follows:

L: Brothers and sisters in Christ, we know that God hears us whenever we cry out to Him. Paul reminds in 2 Corinthians 5 God’s very words, that, “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” We know that, because Jesus died and rose for us, we have indeed died to our old selves and have been brought into a new life, into a new creation which we will fully experience one day when Jesus returns. So, brothers and sisters, you are forgiven

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Isaiah 55:1-13

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples. Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.” Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”



Statement of Faith

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.



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Reflection Questions:

  1. People say (often correctly) that “You get what you pay for.”  Do you think that impacts the way that people value God’s forgiveness or His Word, which are given freely?
  2. When have you received love, joy, or peace through obedience to God’s Word?  
  3. How do you and/or your family intend to participate in the Red Letter Challenge?

NEVER FORGET: God is not like us. He freely gives us His most precious gifts: forgiveness and His Word. (Challenge! Memorize Isaiah 55:2)


Prayers

In addition to these petitions, bring your own requests to God at this time.  A simple guide for personal or family prayers can be found here.

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Prayers

L: We now pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all others according to their needs. Please join me.

God of all mercy, through Your spoken word, You brought all things into existence. And by making Your Word flesh, You reconciled us into Your Kingdom, promising us life eternal. So, just as we cherish the amazing creation Your Word brought, teach us to cherish the Word itself, that we may live it and put it into action in our daily walk with You.

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, Your Son, Jesus, the very Word made flesh, spoke healing to the lame and sight to the blind, whose actions gave us a glimpse into Your heavenly Kingdom. Yet, until we experience Your Kingdom in its fullness, we remain in a world of fear, division, and sickness. So we lift up to You now all those who are sick in body and soul or presently recovering, especially Christine Geidel, Pastor Warren Granke (struggling with a lung infection), and Frank & Sharon Keller. We also take a moment to lift up those who we name in our hearts [brief silence]. Give them Your Word of healing, along with a  full recovery.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Abiding Lord, You have called us to cherish and live out Your Word, that we might a witness to Your incredible love. And we thank You for sending out missionaries to witness You abroad, especially David & Rachel Baker, along with Rev. Jerry & Patty Lawson (serving in Russia). Continue to encourage both them and us, reminding that Your Word indeed never comes back empty. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord of hosts, You have called us to serve You in various ways here on earth, both in time of peace and in times of crises. We thank You for all our EMT, police, firefighters, and other personnel who help protect our lives. And we also thank You for those serving our nation in the military, especially Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Rebecca Guild (serving in San Diego), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard), and Mark Liedtke (Fort Lewis, Washington). Remain present with them in the line of duty, protect them from the devil, and strengthen their faith in You.

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: God of life, You have washed us in the waters of Holy Baptism, speaking forgiveness and salvation into our very lives. We thank You for bringing Leo Hochradel to the font, that He too may be brought into Your holy family. And, having received that faith, we pray that it grow continually as He grows in years. Please equip his family, his sponsors, and us, as his church family, to help him grow in that faith as well.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, remember us in Your Kingdom and teach us to pray…

ALL: 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 trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
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



Closing Blessing

L: May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
R: Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)



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Announcements


Summary

  • Make sure to read the bulletin each week, since there is more going on than we can highlight in these videos!
  • Next week we begin the Red Letter Challenge as a congregation.  You can pick up a book at Trinity (if you would like to make a $20 donation to cover the cost, you may, but that is not required).  Plan on spending 20-30 minutes a day in God’s word, either by yourself or in your family, for the duration of the challenge.  Our goal is simply to hear God’s Word and put it into practice.
  • We hope to move to our new service schedule on the first weekend of October, but that will be contingent on whether Wisconsin’s mask mandate remains in effect.  Thank you for your understanding as we do our best to keep pace with our quickly changing circumstances.
  • Yes, Pastor Carl had a cold (yes, just a cold… laboratory confirmed).


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Additional Scripture

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”





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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.  All rights reserved.



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