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 in Christ, the Lord has heard your confession. And He responds in the words of Romans Chapter 5, where St. Paul tells us how, “That while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. [Therefore,] since we have been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from [the wrath of God] through Him!” Brothers and sisters, Jesus has died for you and you have been reconciled to the Father. Therefore, you are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God! Amen.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Statement of Faith
The Apostles’ Creed
All: 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
- Have you found yourself becoming less devoted to the Word of God, fellowship, prayer or the Lord’s Supper? Why do you think that is?
- Discuss a time when you were deeply moved by the sacrifice of Jesus for you. How did that impact your devotion to knowing Him better?
Never forget: Jesus died to save the undeserving, and that means you!
L: We now pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all others according to their needs. Please join me.
Abiding Lord, we thank You for the numerous opportunities to worship You as families and grow in our faith together over the last few months. As we prepare to gather again for worship at Trinity, we ask our reunion to not only be joyous, but also that we encounter You as we receive Your Word and partake in Your Sacraments. Remain present among us, and continue nurturing our Faith as well as the work You have been doing in us during our time in quarantine. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Heavenly Father, though many have been afflicted by the virus, we also know how others are facing various afflictions of body and soul. We pray especially for Cindy Mollwitz as she prepares for surgery this week. Bring Cindy and her family Your peace, knowing that You are walking with them through this time, and grant her a successful procedure along with a full recovery. We also lift up all those whom we name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. Bring healing and comfort to them, as well as a full recovery. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Merciful Lord, St. Paul reminds us in Romans 5 how, though we were once Your enemies, You reconciled us to You through the death of Your Son, Jesus. As we look across our nation today, we see separation across many different lines, separation which has led to hostility and violence. We therefore implore You for peace in this time, and for reconciliation across all factions to help solidify that peace. And show us how we, as Your ambassadors, can help deliver this reconciliation, that You and Your love may be seen through us. 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.
Keep in Touch!
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- We are looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend! If you are worshiping on campus this weekend, please watch the videos posted here so you know what to expect. If you are continuing to worship at home, are there others whom you could safely invite to worship with you in your home? Worship is always a richer experience with others.
- Feel free to take advantage of good weather and our beautiful grounds by planning to stick around for awhile after services and enjoy the outdoors and catching up on the fellowship that we have missed.
- Questions from Quarantine Bible Studies are all posted, and remain relevant whether you are in quarantine or not. “How Do I Fall in Love with my Spouse?” was completed this week.
- In the midst of the brokenness in our world that has been on display this week, Trinity’s ministry remains an example of something better. We rejoice in how God has worked in our ministry, and pray that He will continue to change hearts and lives through the ministry of His Church.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Bible Study: Questions from Quarantine
- How Do I Fall in Love with my Spouse? (Complete Series)
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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.