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 1st Corinthians chapter 6, the Apostle Paul writes a list of sins much like we do when we examine ourselves in confession. We acknowledge with Paul that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. But then Paul declares, “That is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God.” You have been washed in the name of Jesus, and your sins are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 7:29-37 (ESV)

This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well.



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. While Jarred and Evelyn are fictional, can you identify any comparisons between their situation and your own?
  2. Take a moment to consider some of the fears or frustrations in your life right now. Feel free to list them out on a piece of paper and discuss if you are with others.
  3. During prayer time, take your list of frustrations to God and ask Him for peace.

REMEMBER: Through His full, undivided devotion to us, Jesus has established us in Him and in His 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, our hearts are so easily drawn away from You, and our interests so easily divided. Teach us to see that every role we fill can be offered as service to You, and establish our hearts in Your love, so that all of our needs are met in You rather than in this world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Gracious Lord, we look to You in our time of need, and so we lift up to You those in special need of medical care. Thank you for the healing that You have given to Sharon Keller, and please also grant that gift to Cecelia Schoessow (Covid), Glen Jones (lymphoma), Carol Gutekunst (tests), Yvonne Heinzel (cancer), Christine Geidel (cancer), Shawna Geidel (cancer), Carol Tschudy (recovering from heart surgery), Irm Tews (Covid), Christopher Solon (Covid), and Dorothy Reimer (stroke). Give skill, energy, and perseverance to those who care for them, and grant them the strength to face each new challenge and the faith to pray that You would be glorified as Your will is done. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty God, You have promised that every enemy will be placed under the feet of Your Son. Give comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones, especially Charlie Thon and his family at the loss of his uncle, and the family of Willard Reimer. Give them faith to trust Your promise that when Christ returns the last of our enemies, death itself, will be destroyed in glorious resurrection. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty God, please grant Your protection to Your servants who give of themselves to protect us in this nation, especially those who serve in the military, including 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) Give wisdom to those who lead our armed forces, and bless us with rulers who seek to keep peace in this world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Gracious God, bless the work of your faithful missionaries around the world, especially Rev. Lawrence and Tina Matro in Papua New Guinea and the Baker family in Mongolia. Sustain them in their service, surround them with the love and support of Your people, and bring forth good fruit from their efforts. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:We praise You Father, for all the gifts that You give to us, especially as we celebrate the 80 years of life that You have given to Carolyn Anderson. Please continue to bless her so that she is able to be a blessing to others as she lives in service to You. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Heavenly Father, in Christ You have given us the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to You except through Him. Give wisdom to all the leaders in our church, that we may proclaim that message with boldness and clarity. Guide all those in authority in our nation, that Your word may go forth unhindered through your people. 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.
  • A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 24th at Noon. See the weekly bulletin for further details.
  • February 7th a special meeting will be held regarding a convertible vicarage for Daniel Reh. Information has been mailed to all congregation members.
  • EdTalk with Dr. Seefeld will be at 9:20am on 2/7 in the gym.
  • Women in the Word Bible studies will resume on Friday, February 5th from 8:30-9:30. They will be studying Daniel by Beth Moore.


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Additional Scripture

Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.





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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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