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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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: People of God, we know Jesus hears us when we repent of our sin. David reminds us in Psalm 103 how the Lord is the One, “who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, [and] who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.”

Through Jesus, God, indeed does all of these very things, and so I say with confidence that, in the name of Jesus, you are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 9:16-27 (ESV)

For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.



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. Which of the three scenes in the sermon would be the best depiction of your relationship with God lately?  Why do you suppose that is?
  2. Which of the three scenes in the sermon would be the best depiction of your relationship with the lost lately?  Why?
  3. What would God change in your heart, mind, or behavior, so that you are ready to give one hundred percent?  How can you keep yourself aware that it matters?

REMEMBER: Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has given us eternal life, and so the impact we have in this world matters forever.


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.

Abiding Lord, You prepared Your servant Paul to be “all-in,” marking his life with Your purpose. Thank You for preparing us also for this task, and for the fruit which You have already borne through our service to others. Forgive us when we lose sight of Your purpose for us and instead run aimlessly. Keep our hearts centered on Your Gospel and mission, that we joyfully receive the ultimate reward of salvation. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, Your Son became weak for our sake and took on our affliction that we would be saved. We therefore lift up to You all those presently weak in body or soul, or presently in recovery, especially Glen Jones (lymphoma), Dick Lally (rehab from illness), Christine Geidel (cancer), Yvonne Heinzel (chemo treatment), Shawna Geidel (cancer), Irm Tews (ill), and Carol Gutekunst (recovery). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts [brief silence]. Grant them Your healing hand, and bring them comfort from their afflictions. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, You equipped Your servant Paul to run for the sake of the Gospel. As we also run this race, open our hearts and minds to those around us, that our running isn’t aimless or without purpose. We ask the same for those You have sent abroad, especially Herman & Sheila Strozier (serving in the Czech Republic) and the Baker family (Mongolia). Remain present with us, and keep us running on track with Your Spirit. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: God of peace, Your Son reminded us how these latter days would bring war and rumors of war. We ask for Your peace to come upon all those affected by the military coup in Myanmar, especially the families connected to our Karenni congregation. Protect them from all harm and danger, and make Your comforting presence known to them in this time. Lord in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, the race You have set before us leads us to serve in different ways. Thank You for all who serve as EMTs, firefighters, police, medical staff, and those in our military, especially Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Rebecca Guild (serving in Monterey, CA), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard), Mark Liedtke (Fort Lewis, Washington), Jessica Jones (being deployed to Kuwait), and Joseph Siefert (serving in Spain). Shelter them from all harm, strengthen their faith, and return them home safely to their families. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You are the source of all knowledge and wisdom. We thank You for endowing the church with Your knowledge, especially in our Lutheran schools around the nations. Continue to work through our teachers and staff as they equip their students in faith, and continue to lay the foundation for Your Holy Spirit to work. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: 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

  • Catch up on the latest news by reading our weekly bulletin
  • Worship in the Home resources continues to be available.
  • EdTalk with Dr. Seefeld will be at 9:30 am on 2/7 in the gym in person only.
    • There will be a separate live streaming virtual Zoom event scheduled in the near future. Please stay tuned.
  • 2/7 | Noon | Congregational Meeting
    • Karenni Ministry Church Plant Proposal
    • Voting Action | minimum of 40 members must be present
  • The Season of Lent begins soon
    • Ash Wednesday services on Feb 17th
    • 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm with communion (registration required; please call the office)
    • Beautiful Savior 11 am parking lot service
    • Beautiful Savior 7 pm in their sanctuary and live via zoom
    • Imposition of Ashes offered prior to each service


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Additional Scripture

Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. Jesus Preaches in Galilee And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.





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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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