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, Jesus always listens when we cry out to Him for mercy. And, in His infinite love, Jesus takes our sin upon Himself, giving us in return a robe of righteousness, a robe washed white in His very blood. You and I have received this robe, which enables me to say with confidence that, in the name of Jesus, you are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Scripture Reading

Matthew 16:13-20

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. (ESV)

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. What elements of the opening scenario did you relate to the most?  Why is it so easy to believe some of these deceptions?
  2. What is most freeing for you when you consider the true picture of the Church as we learn from Matthew 16?

NEVER FORGET: Jesus is the foundation, the defender, the builder, the leader and the equipper of His Church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it!


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, it was not through flesh and blood, but through Your loving grace that Your Son’s identity was revealed to Peter. And we thank You for revealing this knowledge to us as well, that we may joyfully partake in Your Kingdom. Forgive us for all those moments when we have failed to confess Jesus’ name through our thoughts and actions. Continue to build Your Church through us, along with our faith, that we may grow in the sure confidence that hell will never prevail over us. Lord in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful God, as we confess Your Name, we also confess Your promise of forgiveness, life, and salvation, won for us through Your Son. Until we fully experience these promises, we are prone to various forms of suffering in body and soul, and we therefore ask for Your healing hand upon all those now suffering, especially Frank & Sharon Keller, Bev Bergmann, Laurel Dobberfuhl, Jamie Brauer, Ruth Gierach, Carson, and Marie Ernest. We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts or aloud [brief time to reflect on those in our lives]. Grant them healing, along with Your Spirit of peace in this time.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Abiding Lord, You have called us to confess Your name not only during worship, but in all times and places. We thank You for sending us Your Spirit, that we may be equipped for this very task. And we also thank You for the missionaries You have already sent out, especially David & Rachel Baker as well as Rev. David and Barbara Bush (serving in Hong Kong). Remain with them and with us, that we may be living witnesses to Your Gospel.

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Ever-living God, we thank You for the gift of life. And we especially thank You for granting many years of life to Florence Ernst as she recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Continue to work in her and through her, that she continues to grow in You as she grows in years.   Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty Lord, we 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). Continue to protect, lead, and guide them both in their Faith and their duties, and return them home safely to their families.   Lord in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, we praise You for the blessings You pour out so richly in our lives.  Thank You for the blessing of so many new children in our school, and for a great start to our school year.  Thank You for the 93 years of life You have given to Arlene Wetzel.  Help us to receive Your blessings with gratitude and use them in such a way as to be a blessing to others.  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 Jim Yahr and his family at the loss of his sister.  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)

Closing Song





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  • Online worship this week was recorded on the historical grounds.  Some of the original furnishings from Trinity’s first altar are in the background (though the altar itself is a replica).  Many thanks to the historical society for their hospitality.
  • Wow!  What a beginning to the school year!  We have well over 200 students and are still growing, as the Mequon/Thiensville decision to go virtual only led to a flood of tours the day before school began.  Some of our classrooms are at capacity and others are close.  Please keep our school students, parents, and teachers in your prayers!
  • The MORE youth movie night has been cancelled.
  • Our plan for Fall worship should be available by the end of next week.  We anticipate continuing with our present worship schedule for the duration of the mask mandate.

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Additional Scripture

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

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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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