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: People of God, we are indeed sinful from birth and need forgiveness from all our transgressions. 1 John 2 tells us that, “we (do) have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

In Jesus, we have someone who stands on our behalf, who took all our sins upon His shoulders and brought them to the cross, removing them forever. Therefore, in His very name, you are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

2 Corinthians 3:12-13; 4:1-6 (ESV)

Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.



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. Reflect on a time when God’s Word became uncomfortably bright, exposing sin you would rather have kept hidden.  How (and why) do we welcome that uncomfortable brightness that exposes our sin?
    2. How can you be bold as you tell the story of the Gospel: not just what Jesus has done for the world, but what Jesus has done for you?
    3. Lent this year will be different for many people.  How will you set the season aside this year, so you can linger in the light of God’s Word?  

    REMEMBER: The light of God’s Word shines in our lives, not to condemn us, but to save us, so that we can bring Him glory.


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, You sent Your servant Paul to proclaim Your Son, Christ Jesus, that Christ’s glory would pierce all veils to the Gospel message. We thank You for giving Him to us as well, that we too would know Christ and live as His servants. Forgive us when we veil the Gospel from others and instead choose to serve ourselves. Remove any veils that separate us from Your work, that our joy and service to others would be found in Him alone. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, the god of this world continues to veil the minds of unbelievers. Grant more opportunities for Your light to overcome these veils through our words and deeds. We ask the same for those whom You have sent abroad especially Rev. Anthony & Jamie DeLiberto (serving in Puerto Rico) and the Baker family (Mongolia). Guide our hearts continually in Your Spirit that more people will no longer perish. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Gracious Lord, as we continually behold Your glory in this life, we are reminded how our earthly bodies fall short of this glory. Please grant Your healing presence to all who are suffering or in recovery, especially Glen Jones (lymphoma), Dick Lally (rehab from illness), Christine Geidel (cancer), James Geilfuss (COVID), Al Schumacher (shingles), and Carol Gutekunst (recovery). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts [brief silence]. If it be Your will, restore their health, and help them accept their present trials through Your love for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful God, the fear and frustrations of this present world can have us lose sight of Your hand at work. Thank You for giving victory to Yvonne Heinzel over her cancer. Sustain her in faith as she finishes her treatment, and please keep her cancer at bay. Lord in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord of hosts, we give thanks for all who protect us, including our EMTs, firefighters, police, medical staff, and those in our 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). Protect them from danger, strengthen their faith, and return them home safely to their families. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: God of life, after His resurrection, Your Son, Jesus, went to prepare a room for us in Your Kingdom. Thank You for delivering Herb Brendemuehl from this veil of tears and into life eternal, where he now dwells in Your presence. Bring peace to those mourning his loss, and point them continually to the same hope we have in Christ Jesus. 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

  • Catch up on the latest news by reading our weekly bulletin
  • Worship in the Home resources continues to be available.
  • The Season of Lent begins soon
    • Ash Wednesday services on Feb 17th
    • 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm with communion (registration required; please call the office)
    • Beautiful Savior 11 am parking lot service
    • Beautiful Savior 7 pm in their sanctuary and live via zoom
    • The imposition of Ashes offered 20 mins prior to each service
  •  Karenni Ministry Church Plant Proposal was unanimously approved.
  • There is an upcoming opportunity to tour Israel with Pastor Conkling. More information to follow soon.
  • National Lutheran School’s week was recently celebrated. View the thank notes and cards for your support from our students below.

February’s Nehemiah Project


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Additional Scripture

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.  Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.  But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them.  Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the LORD had spoken with him in Mount Sinai.  And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.   Whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded,  the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.  And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.  And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.  And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”  And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.





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