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, in our reading this morning we hear Simeon look at Jesus and declare to God, “My eyes have seen your salvation.” Our sins deserve God’s punishment, and our good works could never make things right. So we look, not at ourselves and our own efforts, but at Jesus. He is your salvation, and through His death and resurrection, we are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.



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. How do you think you would have reacted if you had heard Simeon and Anna making such a big deal over an ordinary looking baby?
  2. What does it suggest about God’s character that He chooses to come to us through mundane things, as opposed to coming to us in irresistible glory and power?
  3. How do you keep yourself from taking for granted God’s precious gifts of baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and His Word?

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, we thank and praise You for the awe-inspiring gift of eternal life that You have given us through Jesus. Give us eyes to recognize Your gifts for what they are, and to cherish the simple means by which You forgive our sins. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:Father, You bring salvation not only through water, words, bread, and wine, but also through Your people, as we declare the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Please bless all those who have given their lives to missionary service, especially the Baker family in Mongolia. Use them and us to bring more people to life and salvation in Jesus, and please fan into flame the faith that was kindled in those whose hearts have been touched by the message of Christmas this past week. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:Father, please grant strength, peace, and healing to all those who are presently suffering or in medical care. Thank You for the good health You have given to Elaine Vorpagel, and for the healthy test results she received this week. Please be with Glen Jones (diagnosed with lymphoma), Yvonne Heinzel (cancer), Christine Geidel (battling cancer), Shawna Geidel (battling cancer), Carol Tschudy (preparing for heart surgery), Dick Lally (recovering from a fall) and Christopher Solon (father of Kayleen Hunholz, in ICU with Covid). Draw them and their loved ones close to You as we look to You for the healing that only You can give, and grant them doctors and nurses who serve them with skill, wisdom, love, and compassion, Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:Father, You have promised that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint. Give the people of our nation wisdom to hope in You during this wearying time. Please especially renew the strength of caregivers and medical professionals, who are caring for so many isolated people right now. Show Your love and compassion through them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:Father, thank You for Your presence with us even in the most trying times. Please grant strength, wisdom, and peace to Dot Conrad (hospice), Brian and Carol Daly, and all others who are experiencing trials. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You alone are able to bring peace and security to our nation, and often those are gifts that You give through people who make sacrifices for the greater good. Please protect our police, firefighters, EMT’s and those serving in the military, 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). Draw them close to You through their service, and always bring them home safely. 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.
  • We welcome you to join us for our in-person New Year’s Eve Prayer Service at 6:30 pm on 12/31/20. Registration is not required.
  • The 9:20 am Worship Service will continue through January.
  • A Bible Study will be offered at 9:20 am. Start date TBD. The study will be on the book of Revelation.


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Additional Scripture

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations. Zion’s Coming Salvation ​ For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.  The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.  You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.





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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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