We are looking forward to worshipping in person as a church family very soon.  Beginning Easter Sunday the 8:00am service will be broadcast live each week and a link to that service will be available for those who may need to watch at a later time.

We are also looking forward to returning to a more familiar Sunday morning schedule, without many of the accommodations that we have put in place in the last year.  Changes to our weekend worship routine will take place no later than Memorial Day weekend.  Please receive our sincere thanks to everyone who has made adjustments in various ways as we have walked together and with Jesus through these uncertain times!

The printed worship service will continue to be sent through the mail to those who do not have internet.  PLEASE NOTE:  Beginning Memorial Day weekend we will no longer send out printed services.  

The weekly bulletin will be available on our website by close of the office on Friday each week.  A limited supply of printed copies will be available at each of the worship services.

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: People of God, we know that God hears us when we call upon His name. And, through Isaiah chapter 1, the Lord responds in saying how, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

Through His own crimson blood shed on the cross, Jesus washed us as white as snow. He washed us so that we would be presented before His Father as blameless in His eyes. So, therefore, in the name of Jesus, you are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Mark 15:1-20 (ESV)

And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. 6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. 8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. 16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.



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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Reflection Questions

  1. What are some of the temptations that you once struggled with, but that no longer tempt you?  What happened to put that desire to death?
  2. Why do you think we so often try to make a little more room for God without permitting Him to deal with the real problem – the evil in our hearts that makes sin tempting?  
  3. How can you recognize that you are becoming defensive against God’s Word and trying to avoid letting God put your sinful nature to death?  Why would you choose contrition and repentance in that moment instead of defending yourself?

REMEMBER: Through Jesus, even the sinful desires that arise each day can be put to death, so that He lives in us, and we live in peace, joy, and love.


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 in Heaven, You gave Jesus into death so that through His death and His resurrection we could find life in Him.  Put to death in us whatever belongs to our sinful nature, so that we can embrace the life that only He gives and share that abundant life with others.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful God, thank You for showing us Your grace and mercy anew every single day. We ask that Your grace also bring healing to those who are present sick or recovering, especially Glen Jones (lymphoma), Edna Gierach (recovering at home), Christine Geidel (cancer), Bev Bergmann (recovering from heart surgery), James Geilfuss (recovering from Covid), Sue Schoessow (pending surgery), Ellen Leslie (recovering from surgery), Madeline Eastman (hospitalized), and Elaine Vorpagel (recovering at home). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts [brief silence]. Grant their doctors Your wisdom as they make decisions concerning their health, and bring them Your peace during this time. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You have called us to serve in various ways here on earth, and we thank You for those You have called as police, firefighters, EMT, medical staff, and all others who protect us. We also include those serving in our military, especially, Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Rebecca Guild (serving in Monterey, CA), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard), Mark Liedtke (Fort Lewis, Washington), Jessica Jones (being deployed to Kuwait), and Joseph Siefert (serving in Spain). Protect them from all harm, strengthen their faith in You, and bring them home safely to their families. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, in You alone we find everlasting joy, and we ask this joy be evident in all of us as we labor for Your Kingdom. Grant the same to those You have sent abroad, especially to the Baker Family (in Mongolia) and to Michael & Nancy Morizio (serving in Italy). Keep us steadfast in our faith and alert in Your mission. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: 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

  • Catch up on the latest news by reading our weekly bulletin
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  • On Easter Sunday we will start live-streaming Trinity’s worship service. Worship in the Home resources will no longer be available. More information to come soon.
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Additional Scripture

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way.  And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.”  Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.  And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.  And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.”  So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these the wrath of God is coming.  In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.  But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices  and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.





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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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