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 1 Corinthians 6 the Apostle Paul rattles off a list of sins, some that we would consider common, others that seem particularly wretched in our eyes.  And then he speaks some powerful words: “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.  You have been sanctified.  You have been justified because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Your sins are forgiven. 

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know–God knows. And I know that this man–whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows–was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say. To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”



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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Sermon & Reflection

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Reflection Questions:

  1. What “thorns” (or weaknesses) presently exist in your life that you wish would go away?
  2. How do you think God might be using those thorns to bring Himself glory?

NEVER FORGET: Through our weaknesses, Jesus powerfully works His grace and forgiveness in us.


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 look for strength and success, but so often You are at work through weakness and failure.  Give us faith to trust that You use all things for good, and work in us the desire to see You glorified, so that we would rather see Your glory than our success in the eyes of this world.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Thank You, Father, for the gift of life and salvation through Jesus.  Nothing in this world compares to knowing You.  Please bless the efforts of Your faithful missionaries around the world, who have given up so much in order to share that priceless gift.  Use these difficult times to raise up leaders within Your church, and especially bless the efforts of David and Rachel in Mongolia, and Danelle in the Dominican Republic.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You alone are able to grant peace and safety in this world.  Teach us to look to You, and to appreciate those whom You use in order to give those gifts.  We pray especially for our police, firefighters, EMTs, and those serving in the military: Sarah, Rebecca, Akan, Madison, Nick, and Kurt.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, through the ministry of Jesus, You healed all those who came to You in need.  Give us wisdom to seek You out when we struggle, and please grant healing to Marissa Christian’s family: Tim, Debbie, and Emily.  Please heal Debby Balsiger, Ken Riemer, Helen Suelflow, Bev Bergmann, Brian Brauer, and the grandson of Lois and Lowell Fink.  Use this time of weakness and suffering to make Your power evident to them and their loved ones.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, we praise You, because You have overcome death for us through the sacrifice of Jesus and His resurrection.  Please comfort Earleen Brown and her family as well as the family of Maxine Becker.  Turn our eyes to Jesus and give us confidence that because He lives, whoever believes in Him will live forever.  Lord, in Your mercy,

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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Announcements


Summary

  • We have launched our first Nehemiah project in months, as we work to repair the HVAC system in Trinity’s building.  If you would like to contribute towards this project, please drop off your donation at the office, or place it in the offering box, and mark it HVAC.  See the Tuesday Bulletin for more details.
  • Parents of youth in 7th Grade and up are asked to fill out a survey regarding a MORE youth ministry social event to end the summer.  Find the survey here and fill it out before July 31.
  • We are also surveying the whole congregation as we prepare for the Fall and consider options for indoor worship.  Please take a few minutes to fill out that survey, which can be found here.  Thank you!


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Additional Scripture

“I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. “I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another. One field had rain; another had none and dried up. People staggered from town to town for water but did not get enough to drink, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. “Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards, I struck them with blight and mildew. Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. “I sent plagues among you as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. “I overthrew some of you as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.”

After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. (This was before John was put in prison.) An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan–the one you testified about–well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”





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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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