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.
Questions from Quarantine
L: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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, Paul writes in Romans chapter 8 that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. You were baptized into Christ, and have come to Him in faith to confess your sins. You are in Christ; your sins are forgiven. Thanks be to God! Amen.
All: Thanks be to God! Amen.
At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! You have issued a decree, O king, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon–Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego–who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, O king.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
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.
Sermon & Reflection
- When it comes to my faith in Jesus, does the shot I frame for my church family match the shot I frame for others?
- Is there anything hidden in my life right now that Jesus is trying to pull back into the frame?
Never forget: Jesus promises to forgive all our hidden sins so that we can have eternal life!
L: We now pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all others according to their needs. Please join me.
L: Father, You see our hearts. You know who we are and everything that we try to hide from one another. Thank You for loving us unconditionally, so that we know that we never need to hide from You. Help us to be bold in our witness and give us courage to act with integrity in all that we do. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Thank You, Father, for granting successful surgeries to Elaine Riemer and Cindy Mollwitz. Please give strength and healing also to Brian Forke and Marilyn Seefeld as they undergo surgery, and continue to surround them with the support and encouragement of Your people. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Father, we rejoice with Leroy Boehlke and his family at his 95th birthday. Thank You for the life that You have given Him, and for making Him your child through baptism. We rejoice with Stella Stern and her family at her baptism, and we pray that You would equip Marcus and Vita to pass down their faith to her so that she comes to understand and cherish the gift that You have given to her by making her Your child. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Thank You, Father, for the victory over death that is ours through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Please grant comfort to all who mourn the loss of loved ones, especially the families of Ouida Gutwald and Chris Lindau. Turn our eyes to You so that we grieve with confidence in the sure and certain hope of resurrection for all with faith in You. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Father, please grant Your protection to all of our soldiers, especially Sarah Geidel, Rebecca Guild, Akan Udoeyop, Madison Kessel Lyon, Nicholas Zanow, and Kurt Degner as they serve close to home and around the world. Please keep them from harm and allow their work to be effective in bringing peace and security to us and to others. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Thank You, Father, for bringing us the incredible message of salvation in Christ Jesus. Please bless the work of the Baker family in Mongolia, Hannah Shull in Taiwan, and David and Barbara Bush in Hong Kong, as well as the efforts of all Your faithful missionaries around the world. Please continue to bless our efforts in our neighborhoods and communities, as well as among the Karenni people. Let Your Word go forth unhindered, as You gather Your people to Yourself through faith in Jesus. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: 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
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)
If you are a member of another congregation, we are delighted that we were able to provide you with the opportunity to worship in your home today. Please honor God by continuing to support your home congregation during these uncertain times.
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- It has pleased God Almighty to summon from this vale of tears to Himself in Heaven the souls of Ouida Gutwald and Chris Lindau. Please keep their families in your prayers.
- Our “May” congregational meeting has been rescheduled for June 28th, to follow the outdoor service. The meeting will be held outside, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, we will cancel the outdoor service, but will still have the meeting in the gym. The agenda will include calls for two new teachers, a peaceful release for Bob Anderson from his call as he retires, and the 2020-2021 budget.
- In person Vacation Bible School has been cancelled, but there will be an online VBS. Register here.
- Our 4th of July festivities have been cancelled, but we will hold a service of prayer for our nation. This will be a more subdued service than in past years as we focus on interceding for our country.
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.” But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” “Man, I am not!” Peter replied. About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.” Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Bible Study: Questions from Quarantine
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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.