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, from the cross, Jesus declared, “It is finished,” and those words meant more than that His suffering was over.  He was declaring that your debt to God had been paid in full by His blood.  The Son of God has died for your sins.  Your sins are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”



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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Sermon & Reflection

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Reflection Questions:

  1. What worldly concerns and/or burdens are you presently bearing on your ‘yoke?’
  2. How might your concerns or actions change if you traded your yoke for Jesus’ yoke?

NEVER FORGET: Jesus took on the weight of your burdens so you can have His rest and salvation.


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.

Father, thank You for sending Jesus to carry the heaviest burden of all, through His death and resurrection for us.  Help us to let go of the burdens that we carried with us into worship today, and to find rest in You and Your perfect love for us.  Lord in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, we praise You for the growth and excitement with which we begin another year of school ministry.  Please grant your blessing to our students and faculty as the year begins.  Keep us physically safe and healthy, but most of all, grant an abundance of the fruit of Your Spirit, so that we would be able to rejoice as we watch You bring abundant life and the gift of salvation to many through the work that You are doing here.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You are the healer of soul and body, and so we ask that you look with favor upon all Your servants who have special need of medical care, especially Carson, Bev Bergmann, Debbie Bultman, Mark Jaeger, and Marie Ernst.  Give skill to those who care for them and grant them courage and faith so that even in these trials You are glorified.  Lord in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, we thank You for all those who have sacrificed in order to give us the freedom we enjoy.  Bring a love for peace to the nations of this world, and watch over those who protect us and who work to bring peace to troubled nations, especially Sarah Geidel, Rebecca Guild, Akan Udoeyop, Madison Kessel Lyon, Nick Zanow, Kurt Degner and Mark Liedtke.  Enable them to accomplish their work effectively, and always bring them home safely.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, thank You for those who have given their lives to Your mission in this world.  Please bless the Baker family and James and Angela in Uruguay.  Grant them and us Your wisdom, Your guidance, Your blessing, and most of all the presence and activity of Your Holy Spirit, that Your kingdom would grow and bear fruit.  Lord in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, we praise You for the gift of marriage, especially as we celebrate the love and faithfulness that Dennis and Joanne Kruse and Dennis and Wendy Bruss have each shared for 50 years. Continue to bless them and all husbands and wives, that our faithful love toward one another might point the world to Your faithful love toward us in Christ.  Please also bless Florence Ernst at her 100th birthday.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You have promised that every enemy will be placed under the feet of Your Son.  Give comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones, especially the family of Mike Anderson (friend of Charlene Dobberfuhl).  Give them faith to trust Your promise that when Christ returns the last of our enemies, death itself, will be destroyed in glorious resurrection.  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

  • We are excited to begin our new school year on Wednesday!  We have much to celebrate, as we open with close to 200 students in our school.  We appreciate your prayers for students and faculty as we begin an exciting year of sharing God’s Word with children and families.
  • We celebrate with Dr. Sam Seefeld at the honor of the Principal Leadership award that he received last Spring from the Herb Kohl Education Foundation, in recognition of all that God has done through our faculty under his leadership in the last two years.
  • Thank you for providing your feedback as we prepare for worship this fall.  We are still reading through the survey responses, and are looking forward to sharing our plan with you soon.  Please keep our congregation in your prayers during this difficult time.


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Additional Scripture

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

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.





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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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