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

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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 Christ, in Isaiah 1:18 we read, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”  Jesus took your sins with him to the cross, and through his death and resurrection, they are forgiven forever, white as snow.  You are forgiven!  

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Job 42:1-6

Then Job answered the LORD and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.  Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.  ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’  I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore, I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”



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 of the things that you would have changed about the past year if God had put you in charge?  What good do you think He might have been working through those events?
  2. When in your life have you seen God working events that we would label “bad” to bring people to eternal life?
  3. The death and resurrection of Jesus gives us eternal life that this world cannot take away.  How does that transform the way that you will approach the ups and downs of life in the next week?

Remember: God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).


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 deserve no good thing from Your hand, and yet You have given us eternal life through Jesus.  Help us to cherish that gift, and to trust You no matter what You do in this world and in our lives, knowing that we already have the only good thing that truly matters: the gift of life eternal with You, through Jesus.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, throughout the ages, You have spread the Gospel through common people like us and through those who have given their lives to missionary service.  Please equip all of us to be Your witnesses, and please bless especially the Baker family in Mongolia.  Use them and us to bring more people to life and salvation in Jesus.  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, especially Glen Jones (diagnosed with lymphoma), Yvonne Heinzel (cancer), Christine Geidel (battling cancer), Shawna Geidel (battling cancer), Carol Tschudy (heart surgery), Dick Lally (recovering from a fall), Christopher Solon (father of Kayleen Hunholz, in ICU with Covid), and Beth Bell (cancer).  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, 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.  And please 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, 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 invite you to this week’s bulletin which includes some articles to help you make an informed decision about the vaccine.
  • A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 24th at Noon.
  • An in-person Bible Study will be held at 9:20 am starting on January 17th focusing on the Book of Revelations.


Additional Resources

Additional Scripture

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Proclaiming Christ Crucified ​ And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?  For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.





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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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