Concordia Sunday

This week we welcome guest preacher (and Trinity member) Rev. Dr. Ron Mudge.  Dr. Mudge is a theology professor at Concordia University, Wisconsin, and the director of the pre-seminary program.  The videos contained in the service were recorded in the chapel at Concordia University.



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, through the gracious love and divine mercy shown to us through His Son, Jesus, we know that God hears our repentant prayer and takes our sin far way. We are reminded in Psalm 100 how, “the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Indeed, we are numbered among this generation, so, therefore, in the name of Jesus, you are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Matthew 9:36-38 (ESV)

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”



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. Which aspects of life today discourage you and tempt you to give up?
  2. In what ways is the Good News of the Gospel greater than life’s discouragements? How does the Gospel give you hope in the face of challenges?
  3. Where are there opportunities in your life to love, serve, and speak the Gospel to others in the Name of Jesus Christ?
  4. Are you already praying or will you start praying for the Lord to send more laborers into His harvest? Are there other things that you are willing to do to encourage pastors and those who are on their way to becoming pastors?
  5. During prayer time, thank the Lord for saving you and ask Him to overcome your discouragement with the joy of His salvation. Ask Him how He wants you to be involved in His harvest.

REMEMBER: The Lord will save and transform others using the same Gospel that He used to save and transform you. The harvest is plentiful, and the Lord is at work through His people.


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:Almighty Lord, from its very beginning, You have led Your church through various trials and tribulations. We thank You for the privilege of serving this church and for the gifts You have given us to build up Your Kingdom. As we navigate through this pandemic and the uncertainty which still lies ahead, show us how You desire to use our gifts, and bring clarity to where You are leading us now. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:Merciful God, thank You for showing us Your grace and mercy anew every single day. We ask that Your grace also bring healing to those who are present sick or recovering, especially Cecelia Schoessow (Covid), Glen Jones (lymphoma), Yvonne Heinzel (cancer), Christine Geidel (cancer), Shawna Geidel (cancer), Dick Lally (ill) and Dorothy Reimer (hospice). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts [brief silence]. Grant their doctors Your wisdom as they make decisions concerning their health, and bring them Your peace during this time. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:Father, You have called us to serve in various ways here on earth, and we thank You for those You have called as police, firefighters, EMT, medical staff, and all others who protect us. We also include those serving 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 all harm, strengthen their faith in You, and bring them home safely to their families. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, in You alone we find everlasting joy, and we ask this joy be evident in all of us as we labor for Your Kingdom. Grant the same to those You have sent abroad, especially to Rev. Eric & Johanna Stinnett (serving in Ethiopia) and to the Baker Family in Mongolia. Keep us steadfast in our faith and alert in Your mission. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:Lord of the harvest, never have we experienced a time in our nation where the harvest is plenty but the laborers are indeed very few. We thank you for those You have called to serve as leaders and full-time workers in Your church, and we implore You to raise up more laborers for the ministry. Stir up the hearts of young men for the pastoral office and the hearts of others to fill need positions in our churches and schools around the country. Protect all church workers from temptation and keep their hearts centered on You and 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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Summary

  • Catch up on the latest news by reading our bulletin
  • Worship in the Home resources continue to be available.
  • EdTalk with Dr. Seefeld will be at 9:20 am on 2/7 in the gym.
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    • Discussion Opportunity 1/31 after the 10:45 in the gym
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Additional Resources

Additional Scripture

“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ And the LORD said to me, They are right in what they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.





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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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