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.
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 in Christ, the Lord promises to listen whenever we cry out to Him. God responds to the words of St. John in his first letter where in Chapter 2 John tells us that he writes to us because our sins have been forgiven on account of Jesus’ name. Indeed, we know that because Jesus has died and risen for us our sins have been taken far, far away. We have indeed been forgiven. Thanks be to God.
All: Thanks be to God! Amen.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
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 have you found yourself looking for God to step in and fix a broken situation? Did He? Or Did He work through the brokenness?
- How can you be sure that God is still good when life feels particularly broken or evil?
Never forget: Jesus died so that God could heal us permanently through the forgiveness of sins.
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: Almighty Lord, Just as You have been sent, so also have You sent us, and what a privilege that is! In a world that is broken, wanting, and hopeless, You have sent us to be Your messengers of Good News. Enliven and encourage our hearts in this mission, that we may be Your instruments of healing, of comfort, and of hope. And grant us those opportunities to share Your Good News, that others may receive these very blessings. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Merciful Father, as our nation returns to some degree of normalcy, we thank You for allowing many to receive medical care which had otherwise been postponed. And we especially thank You for the successful surgeries of Elaine, Cindy, Brian, Bev, and Marilyn. Continue to restore their health, and bring them to a full recovery. We also lift up those whom we name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. Grant them also good health, and have them continually seek You out for all their needs of body and soul. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Lord of hosts, You have called us to work in Your harvest field, that Your fruit may abound in us and in others. We thank You for all those whom You have sent out, both at home and abroad, especially David & Rachel Baker, Cindy Zirbel Wrucke (Czech Republic), and Hannah Shull (Taiwan).
We also 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,
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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Summary & Updates
Updates (since the video was recorded):
- A meal and fellowship opportunity for after the 4th of July Service is in the works! Stay tuned for more details.
- The Historical Society Plant sale will take place on June 28th from 11am to 3pm near the Childcare House.
- Watch the weather and our website regarding the outdoor service. Cancellation of this service will be posted to the website by 8am if necessary. The sanctuary service last weekend approached our socially distanced capacity.
- Our “May” congregational meeting is scheduled for June 28 at 11am, outdoors or in the gym. See the Tuesday bulletin for more information.
- 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.
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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.