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, we know the Lord hears us when we call out to Him. Paul reminds in Colossians chapter 2 how we were once dead in our trespasses and in the uncircumcision of our flesh, yet God made us alive together with Jesus, having forgiven us all of those trespasses. Brothers and sisters, we know that Jesus has indeed taken all of our sin, all of those wrong-doings upon Himself and buried them with the cross and He has made us alive together into a new life with HIm where we will dwell Him eternally. Therefore, brothers and sisters, in the name of Jesus, your sins are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.  A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”  Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.



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 are some worldly sources of comfort that have been proved inadequate in the last year? 
  2. Where have you looked for comfort in the last year? Have there been sources of comfort that have pointed you beyond this world to the comfort we have in Jesus?
  3. Who is there in your life who needs this message of comfort?  How could you share it with them?

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.

Everlasting Lord, You have sent Your prophets to prepare the way for Your Son, Jesus, whose death and resurrection assure us of the comfort found in Your Word. Thank You for this comfort and for its promises of forgiveness, life, and salvation, which forever stand. Forgive us for the times we desired comfort in something other than You and wandered away. Continue to prepare us for Your return, where every worldly fear and idol will be permanently destroyed. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful God, You alone are our true source of comfort and hope in a world where nothing else can satisfy. We ask you to bring this comfort and healing to all those sick or in recovery, especially Ellen Atwater (recovering from a broken shoulder), Glen Jones (diagnosed with Lymphoma), Al Dobberfuhl (recovering from cataract surgery), Buz Severin (undergoing tests), Elaine Vorpagel (undergoing medical exams), Yvonne Heinzel (battling cancer), Christine Geidel (battling cancer), and Shawna Geidel (battling cancer). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts [brief silence]. Grant them a full recovery, and strengthen their faith in You during their trial. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, we are continually reminded of this world’s brokenness through the COVID pandemic, one which has affected numerous lives. Thank You for providing health care workers and medical staff who care for all those suffering from the virus. Grant them continued strength and diligence in their work, along with Your wisdom as they make decision concerning their patients. We also lift up those experiencing isolation and loneliness, asking You to grant them patience and Your comforting presence during this time. Restore the health of all COVID patients, and please bring an end to this pandemic. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, what a joy it is to be part of Your kingdom! We thank You for this as well as the privilege of bringing this joy to those who don’t know You. Continue to lead us in this mission along with those You have sent abroad, especially the Baker family and Justin & Jordan Logston (serving in Belize). Strengthen us in Your Spirit, that we may be witnesses of Your love to all. Lord, in Your mercy, 

C: Hear our prayer.

Father, You have promised to give eternal life to all who believe in the name of Your Son. As we mourn the loss of Doris Kroeninger and Marian Vorpagel, we thank You for giving them this new life. Grant peace and comfort to their family, friends, and loved ones as they grieve, reminding them of this hope which You alone give. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

L: Lord of hosts, You have called us to serve You in various ways here on earth, both in time of peace and in times of crises. We thank You for all our medical, EMT, police, firefighters, and other personnel who help protect our lives. And we also thank You for those serving our nation in the military, especially Joseph Seifert (serving in Spain), Jessica Jones (Army), 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). Remain present with them in the line of duty, protect them from the devil, and strengthen their faith in You. 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.
  • MORE Youth Group will host a weekly Advent Bible Study series starting Saturday, November 28th from 9:30 am – 10:30 am, ending on December 19th. Masks required.
  • In-person Advent Prayer Services are on Wednesdays at 4:30. Registration is not required. At Home Advent is available on our homepage.
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship services will look a bit different this year. Check out our weekly bulletin for more information.
    • Registration for Sancutaury services will be required. See the current weekly bulletin for registration links or you may call the office.
    • Open House style Christmas by the Fire from 4-7 pm Christmas Eve on Trinity’s grounds
  • The Giving Tree is available for you to come by and pick up a tag to bless children in need.


Additional Resources

Additional Scripture

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!  But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,  the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”  John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.  And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”





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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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