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: When Jesus was baptized, the Father declared from Heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with Him I am well pleased.” We have confessed our sins and acknowledged many parts of our lives with which God is not pleased. But we were baptized into Christ. We are united with Jesus, and therefore we are God’s beloved children. He has forgiven our sins, and with us, He is well pleased. 

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Scripture Reading

Mark 1:4–11 (ESV)

4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 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. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 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. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

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.

Sermon Song




Sermon & Reflection

Children’s Message


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Reflection Questions

  1. Sin is hopeless. Give an example of a particular sin and how it destroys someone’s life.
  2. Take a moment to pray, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal those places where you feel shame. After, take at least 30 seconds in silence to let the Spirit do just that.
  3. Knowing we have received new life in our baptism, what action(s) will we take to have Jesus remove our shame once more (In other words, do we have something we need to confess?)?

REMEMBER: Through baptism, our shame was drowned in Jesus’ death and we rose to a new, eternal life in Him.


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.

Father in Heaven, in Your love for us, You call us to repentance. Enable us to recognize the seriousness of the sin in our lives and to turn away from it. When we are tempted to take our sin lightly, remind us of the cross of Jesus and the true wages of sin, and when we struggle to believe Your forgiveness, strengthen our faith to believe that Jesus paid the full price for all of our transgressions. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, we praise You for the gift of life and salvation that is ours through Jesus Christ, and we thank You for all of the people whom You used to bring that gift to us. Please bless our efforts to pass our faith down to the next generation, and work through us and through all of Your people to share that faith with others. Please especially bless the efforts of the Baker family in Mongolia, and David and Shelee in Spain. Open doors and hearts for their message and grant them joy in their service. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, thank You for the gift of the nation we live in and the freedom and the security that we so often take for granted. Please grant protection and strength to those who serve in our military: 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), Joseph Siefert (serving in Spain). Please make them Your witnesses, drawing them always closer to You, and always bring them home safely. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, in the ministry of Jesus, You healed all those who came to You with frail and diseased bodies. Please give us confidence in You when we face these trials, and please grant healing to those whom we name before You now: Glen Jones (lymphoma), Yvonne Heinzel (cancer), Christine Geidel (cancer), Shawna Geidel (cancer), Carol Tschudy (recovering from heart surgery), Christopher Solon (Covid – father of Kayleen Hunholz), and those others whom we name in our hearts [silence]. Please give strength, encouragement, joy, and compassion to all care givers and those who work to bring healing to others, that they would be messengers of Your love for those whom they serve. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You are the Giver of Life, and we praise You for the lives of Dot Conrad and Florence Ernst, and for the blessing that they were to their families and so many others. Please grant peace to all those who mourn, as we look forward to the day when You will destroy death once and for all through the victory that Jesus won over sin and death. 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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Additional Scripture

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

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