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





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, God has heard and received your confession. Through Micah Chapter 7, God tells us that He does not retain His anger forever because He delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us. He will tread our iniquities under foot and He will cast off our sins into the depths of the sea. Indeed, we now that the Lord has steadfast love for us. For every sin that we confess, He has taken to the cross and crucified with our Lord, therefore let us go in peace knowing that we are forgiven. Thanks be to God.

All: Amen

Scripture Reading

John 3:16-21

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

Statement of Faith

The First Three Commandments, with Luther’s Explanation

All: You shall have no other gods.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

All: You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

All: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

L: This is most certainly true.

Sermon Song




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Reflection Questions:

  1. What are some of the particular ways that you want God to show His love to you right now?
  2. What might God be accomplishing in your life, or in the lives of others, by choosing not to give you some of these desires (at least, not yet)?

Never forget: The death and resurrection of Jesus is enough, because it guarantees that God’s love for us has overcome the power of death in our lives.


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

Gracious Father, in sending Your Son, Jesus, into our world, You have brought us Your light, that all who believe in Him may no longer walk in darkness. Father, the recent events in our world have been a stark reminder of the darkness we walk in. Many have been afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, be it in health, finances, or even relationships. We ask You, Lord, to preserve and strengthen our faith, that we may continually walk in Your Light and even share it with others through our Words and deeds. Keep us from all temptation, remove the desire for sin and darkness, and continue to provide for all needs of body and soul. Lord, in Your mercy, 

R: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty Lord, even the winds and waves obeyed Your Son, Jesus, when He rebuked them. We implore you to send this same peace to all those who have been affected by the tornadoes in the South. And, as they pick up the pieces and begin to restore their lives, restore all those who have been injured, become sick, or are presently experiencing grief or loss. Show them the Light of Your Son through Your people, that they may also be brought in to this Light, and experience the joy of Your salvation. Lord, in Your mercy, 

R: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful God, You have brought life to the barren, healing to the lame, and sight to the blind. We ask you now to grant Your comfort and healing to all those afflicted in body and soul. We lift up to You especially the sick, the lonely and isolated, those who fear, who are grieving, and those in broken relationships. We also lift up to you those who we name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. Deliver them from their afflictions, grant them healing according to Your Will, and give them the joy of Your salvation which comes through faith in Your Son, Jesus. Lord, in Your mercy, 

R: Hear our prayer.

L: Taught by our Lord and, trusting in His promises, we are bold 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)

Closing Song





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I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the dust– there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace. For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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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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