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, the Lord has heard your confession. And He responds to our cry in the words of David in Psalm 103. He tells us that, “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” In truth, we cannot fathom the extent of the earth’s horizon just with our eyes. Yet the same is true of God’s continual grace towards us. In the Name of Jesus, you are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

2 Timothy 1:3-14

I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.



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. Can you recall a time in your life when you felt tempted to ignore your faith? (If in a group, you are welcome to share your experience.)
  2. Can you also recall a time where the Holy Spirit helped you through a trial of your faith? What did the Spirit do?

Never forget: Jesus liberated you from the bonds of Satan so that you can have confidence in your salvation!


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.

We now pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all others according to their needs. Please pray with me.
Everlasting God, we thank You for the promises You have given us, especially salvation, which You have secured through the death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus. While we celebrate these promises, grant us forgiveness when we have grown timid in our witness. Enliven our hearts through Your Spirit, that we may fan into flame a bold witness in You to others. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: God of all mercies, You have promised that Your future Kingdom will be free of pain, tears, and suffering. Yet, until we experience Your Kingdom in its fullness, we remain bound to the brokenness and suffering in this world. We therefore life up all those presently suffering in body and soul, especially Frank & Sharon Keller, Alice Frenz, Bev Bergmann, Helen Suelflow, Ruth Gierach, Earlean Brown, Marilyn Seefeld, Elaine Riemer, Ken Riemer, Elaine Kranz (mother of Jill Busch), and Howard Pipkorn. We also lift those whom we now name in our hearts or aloud [brief time to reflect on those in our lives]. Grant them all a full recovery along with the faith to accept their present trial. And have them continually turn to You for the peace which You alone give. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Abiding Lord, before His ascension into heaven, Your Son commissioned us to baptize and teach the Faith across the entire world. We give You thanks for those whom You have sent into Your harvest field, both at home and abroad, especially David & Rachel Baker as well as Rev. Gary Schuschke (serving in Germany). Protect and lead them in their mission, and grant both them and us the boldness to live and teach according to Your Word. Lord, in Your Mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty Lord, we thank You for those serving our nation in the military, especially Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Rebecca Guild (serving in San Diego), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard), and Mark Liedtke (Fort Lewis, Washington). Continue to protect, lead, and guide them both in their Faith and their duties, and return them home safely to their families. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

ALL: 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

The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly, O Lord ; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, forto you I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord , for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.





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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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