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, God promises to listen when we repent of our sins. David reminds us in Psalm 86 how, “[the] Lord, [is] good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon [Him].” Through your confession, and because of Jesus’ death on the cross, the Lord extends this same, steadfast love to you as well. You are forgiven. Thanks be to God! 

All: Amen



Scripture Reading

Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or store away in barns—and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’’



Statement of Faith

Commandments Four through Seven, with Luther’s Explanation

All: Honor your father and your mother.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.

All: You shall not murder.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.

All: You shall not commit adultery.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear and love God so that we lead a sexually pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other.

All: You shall not steal.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor’s money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income.

L: This is most certainly true.



Sermon Song

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Sermon & Reflection

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Reflection Questions:

  1. What are some of the worries that you have about the future?  What makes it difficult for you to trust God with those concerns?
  2. What does it look like for you to seek first the kingdom of God right now? What specific things is God seeking to change in you, or calling you to do for others?

Never forget: God cares about you and your needs.  You can trust Him with tomorrow, so that you can focus on today!


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.

Heavenly Father, Your Son, Jesus, reminds us how this broken world is filled with anxiety and stress. And the recent events of COVID-19 have only amplified these feelings. Many are out of work, struggling to make ends meet, or experiencing broken relationships. But Lord, despite anything that might happen to us in this life, You continue to clothe us each day with everything we need. Remind us of Your daily provision during this time, and ground us in the sure promises of Your forgiveness and salvation, freely given to us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

R: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful Lord, throughout history, You have shown Your presence to Your people and provided for their needs of body and soul. We ask for this same presence upon all those afflicted during this time or now in recovery. We pray for those we now name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. Bring them healing according to Your Will, grant them Your peace, and show us how we can support them in this time. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

R: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty God, You provided shelter for Elijah and David when their lives were being threatened. And we implore You now to provide refuge for all those who live in abusive homes. Grant them protection during this trial, and give them the hope of Your salvation, found in the death and resurrection of Your Son. And Lord, for all those who cause abuse, open their hearts to their sin and struggles. Bring them to repentance, assure them of Your forgiveness, and turn their hearts to You as they rebuild their broken relationships. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

R: Hear our prayer.

L: God of life, in Your desire for us to dwell with You eternally, You have sent Your Son, Jesus, that all who believe in Him would receive life eternal. We thank You for the life of Roy Pingel, who departed this world last week. And we ask You now to receive him into Your hands. Bring comfort to Roy’s family as they mourn his loss, and have them turn to You in this time for hope and healing. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

R: 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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Offering

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Announcements

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Summary

  • Please keep the family of Roy Pingel in your prayers.  He passed away early this week.
  • Thank you for your generous support of the Lord’s work through Trinity, and for your continued support of our furloughed ECC workers.
  • Trinity’s staff will be undergoing a 20% reduction in pay, and Trinity’s HSA contributions have been suspended.
  • We will be seeking feedback in this week’s Tuesday bulletin on the possibility of a parking lot service.  Sign up for the Tuesday bulletin by sending an email to Trinity@trinityfreistadt.com
  • Please watch the second video and consider serving in God’s world through this adopt-a-student ministry (this is about giving time, not money).


Additional Resources

Choir Anthem

Additional Scripture

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.



Bible Study: Questions from Quarantine

Recently posted studies focus on the Lord’s Prayer, and on a spiritually healthy family.



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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.