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: Brothers and sisters, “This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and gave His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  Through the death and the resurrection of Jesus, your sins are atoned for, and you are forgiven. 

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Mark 15:21-41 (ESV)

21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him. 33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” 40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.



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. We have all had our heart broken. Share a time when you were wronged by someone in your life (Note: You are not expected to share that person’s name).
  2. Jesus desires that all be reconciled. Share a time when you were reconciled to someone who hurt you.
  3. You have been given a challenge. After church, make a list of people who offended you or wrongly hurt you. Pray for them and for an opportunity to be reconciled.

REMEMBER: Jesus broke His heart for you, that you would be reconciled to Him and have life eternal!


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, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, You assured us of our salvation.  Break our hearts for the people of this world, that we would also love all people, even our enemies, and desire that they find salvation in Jesus.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You sent Jesus into this world, so that through Him all people could receive life and salvation.  Please open doors for the members of our congregation and for all those faithful missionaries around the world who are seeking to share life in Jesus with others.  We pray especially for the Bakers in Mongolia and for Chuck and Cheryl Ferry in Asia.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, what a gift it is to live in a nation where we can gather freely to worship You!  Please grant Your protection to the persecuted church around the world, especially to those who are suffering as a result of the coup in Myanmar.  Bring peace to troubled nations, and please watch over those whom we know and love who are sacrificing in order to protect that peace for us, 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).  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, You have given us final victory over every sickness, and even death itself.  Please grant peace to all of those who suffer in this world, especially Glen Jones (lymphoma), Madeline Eastman (hospitalized), Christine Geidel (cancer), Edna Gierach (recovering at home), Bev Bergmann (recovering from heart surgery), Sue Schoessow (recovering from surgery), James Geilfuss (recovering from COVID), Ellen Leslie (recovering from surgery), Elaine Vorpagel (recovering from a stroke), Carol Gutekunst (heart failure), and Debbie Bultman (hospice), Emily Woelfel (diagnosed with cancer, having surgery).  Please grant healing according to Your will, and use these trials to bring glory to Your name and to extend Your kingdom here on earth.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, thank You for all of the gifts that You give to us.  We praise You for the 98 years of life that you have given to Alice Frenz, and for the many gifts that You have given to others through her.  Please continue to bless her with good health and the ability to live a fulfilling life of service to You and to others.  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.
  • Please plan on reserving your seats for Holy Week services as soon as possible. Our homepage has all the information you need to reserve your seats successfully. The church office is happy to assist or reserve your seats for you as well.
  • Questions about the Israel Trip? Pastor Conkling, Jan Heinitz or Pastor Carl are willing to answer any questions you may have. read more about it here.
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Additional Scripture

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,  not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.  He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.  Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people.  And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.   So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,  “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;   as he says also in another place,  “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”   In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.  Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,  being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.





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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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