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, in Jeremiah 31:34 God speaks of the new covenant He will make with His people and says, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Through the death and the resurrection of Jesus, you have been invited into that covenant. Your sins are forgiven, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Thanks be to God! Amen.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load. Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
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
- Who are the people in your life who help you battle temptation? Who are the people in your life for whom you are the help against temptation?
- Do you think God is calling you to integrate more into the immune system in the body of Christ? What makes it difficult for you to do so?
Never forget: Jesus is the great physician, who heals us from sin and who also provides the Christian community to help us battle against temptation.
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, forgive us for taking our sin lightly, and for losing sight of how much it cost Jesus in order to overcome that sin in our lives. Continue to knit us together in relationship with one another, and where we are caught in sin, restore us through our brothers and sisters in Christ, Lord, in Your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer
L: Father, there are many in our world who do not understand the danger that sin presents, and many others who live in fear of sin but with no knowledge of a Savior. Please give us hearts for the lost, and bless the efforts of Your faithful missionaries around the world, especially David and Rachel, Cindy, and Hannah. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer
L: Father, as we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence and the many freedoms that we enjoy here, we remember those who are sacrificing of themselves to protect those freedoms. Please watch over Sarah Geidel, Rebecca Guild, Akan Udoeyop, Madison Kessel Lyon, Nicholas Zanow, Kurt Degner, and Mark Liedtke as they serve in the military. Protect them in body, mind, and spirit. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer
L: Father, we praise You for healing our souls through the death and resurrection of Jesus. We come to you also with the needs of our bodies, and we ask that You would grant complete recovery to Elaine Riemer, Cindy Mollwitz, Marilyn Seefeld, Brian Forke, and Bev Bergmann. Please use this trial to bring them closer to You. Lord, in Your mercy,
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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- Our VBS will be a digital event that takes place in homes. Please register here by July 1st, and don’t miss the promo video on the same page!
- Our “May” congregational meeting is scheduled for this Sunday, June 28 at 11am, outdoors or in the gym. See the Tuesday bulletin for more information.
- The Historical Society plant sale is also taking place this Sunday, June 29th from 11am to 3pm in the parking lot by the childcare house.
- Most of our 4th of July festivities have been cancelled, but we will still hold a worship service on July 4th at 10am. This will celebrate the gifts God has given us, while also focusing us on being in prayer for our nation. The service will be followed by a meal. Please RSVP here.
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
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.