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: Brothers and sisters, this week we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus, who came to save His people from their sins.  Jesus was born for you.  Jesus died for you.  Jesus rose for you, and so Your sins are forgiven in His name. 

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

2 Samuel 7:1-11,16

Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.” But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. 2 Samuel 7:16



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. Describe a time when you received a generous gift from someone and you were unable to give back in a comparable way. How did that make you feel?
  2. Upon receiving more blessings from God than he expected or deserved, David was awestruck and humbled by God’s abundant grace. Describe a time when God did something for you that left you in awe.
  3. How might you take time this Christmas to reflect on God’s abundant grace and respond?

REMEMBER: Through sending His Son, Jesus, God established us, along with David, into His Eternal Kingdom.


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 in Heaven, no words could adequately thank you for all that You have given us through Jesus. Humble us so that we can receive Your gifts with true gratitude, and cleanse our hearts so that our love and service may be pleasing in Your sight. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, we praise You for the gift of eternal life that You give us through faith in Jesus.  Please comfort those who grieve, especially the families of Ellen Atwater, Cliff Zych (father of Caryn Sager), and Wendy Lopez (sister of Jacqueline (Joel) Gierach).  Remind them of Jesus’ death and resurrection so that they may find comfort in the sure and certain hope of resurrection for all those who have been united to Jesus by faith.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, please protect those who serve in our military, putting themselves in harm’s way to ensure our safety, 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).  Make them Your witnesses during their service and always bring them home safely.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, please give healing and peace to those who suffer in body, mind, and spirit, especially Glen Jones (diagnosed with lymphoma), Yvonne Heinzel (cancer), Christine Geidel (battling cancer), Shawna Geidel (battling cancer), and Carol Tschudy (preparing for heart surgery).  Give them faith to entrust themselves to Your hands, and give wisdom, skill, and compassion to those who care for them.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, please strengthen those who are suffering due to the pandemic.  Provide healing to the sick, comfort to the lonely, joy to the weary, and humility to all, so that our thoughts, words, and actions are considerate of the needs of others and pleasing to You.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, please open doors for the message of Your salvation to change hearts and lives in our world, especially through the work of Duane and Elizabeth Meissner in Belize, the Baker family in Mongolia, and our own congregation.  Give your people hearts of love for our neighbors and words that declare Your grace, especially as churches welcome many guests to worship this week.  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

  • Please be in the habit of reading the bulletin each week!
  • Worship in the Home resources will continue to be available.
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship services will look a bit different this year. Check out our weekly bulletin for more information.
    • Registration for Sanctuary services is required. See the current weekly bulletin for registration links or you may call the office.
    • Spots are filling up quickly!
    • 1 pm and 5 pm services are reserved for those considered “High Risk” with masks required.
    • The 4 pm and 5 pm services are full.
    • Open house style Christmas by the Fire from 4-7 pm Christmas Eve on Trinity’s grounds
  • No worship service on Saturday, December 26th.
  •  Sunday services will remain at their normal times.
    • The 10:45 am Connected Service will follow the order of worship used during the summer.
  • Ellen Atwater was called Home last week. Her private committal was December 17th.


Additional Resources

Additional Scripture

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith — to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.  And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.  For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.





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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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