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, David tells us in Psalm 86 how, “[The Lord is] good and forgiving, abounding in in steadfast love to all who call upon [Him.]” Indeed, that steadfast love abounds to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And it is in His name that you are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Mark 11:1-11 (ESV)

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples  and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it.  If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’”  And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it.  And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”  And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go.  And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it.  And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.  And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”   And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.



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. How do you think you would have felt if you had been part of that crowd on Palm Sunday, and a week later, you knew that Jesus had died and nothing had changed?
  2. What are some of the hopes that you have right now? What prayers arise from those hopes? What has God done for you in Jesus that you can already praise God for?
  3. Is there bitterness or resentment in your life right now? What prayers arise from that pain? What has God done for you in Jesus that you can already praise God for?

REMEMBER: Jesus has already given you something better than anything this world has to offer. Praise Him in all circumstances!


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.

Victorious Lord, Your Son entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, showing Himself as the Messiah and True King of all people. Teach us to savor the joy His victory on the cross gave us, along with celebrating our salvation each and every day. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful God, as we await Your final return, please grant healing and comfort to all those who are presently suffering in this world or in recovery, especially Glen Jones (lymphoma), Christine Geidel (cancer), Bev Bergmann (recovery from 2nd heart surgery), Ellen Leslie (recovering from surgery), Carol Gutekunst (heart failure), Sue Schoessow (thanksgiving for successful surgery and that cancer has not spread) and Emily Woelfel (cancer, recovery from surgery). Bring them Your peace which surpasses understanding, and use their trial to glorify Your name and extend Your Kingdom here on earth. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord of Hosts, You have warned us how these latter days will bring war and rumors of war. Bring peace to troubled nations, such as Myanmar, and protect all those serve to protect others, especially 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). Strengthen their faith in You, and return them home safely to their families. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, as we celebrate the salvation Jesus won for us through His earthly ministry, we ask that this joy be evident in us through our words and deeds. Please open doors and opportunities for Christ to enter the lives of our neighbors, especially those who don’t know Him. We ask the same for those celebrating You abroad, especially the Baker family (serving in Mongolia) and John & Gretchen Trinklein (serving in South Korea). Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord of life, during His earthly ministry, Jesus assured us that He would prepare a room for all those who followed Him. Thank You for the life of Debra Bultman, who was a faithful disciple and now awaits the final resurrection. Grant her family, friends, and loved ones Your comfort, knowing that salvation is hers, and continually strengthen their hope in You. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, before Jesus ascended into heaven, He left us His promise of forgiveness through physical means, namely through Your Word and Sacraments. Thank You for freely giving these to us, and for putting the desire for these gifts on the hearts of Emmaline Gehrke and Owen Saleska, who will soon partake in them. Strengthen their faith in You as they receive Your Body and Blood, and nurture a heart in them that continually seeks Your knowledge and grace . Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, what a privilege we have in being called Your children! Thank You for bringing us to the waters of holy baptism, that we now have a new life in You. We especially thank You for bringing this new life to Alana Rae Lambrecht who was baptized this last week. Lead Alana and her family by Your Spirit as she grows in her faith, equipping her parents to boldly teach and model Christ’s love in all they say and do. 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
  • On Easter Sunday, we will start live-streaming Trinity’s 8:00 am 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.
  • Maundy Thursday communion will be held at the rail in a traditional way, with the common cup offered.
  • Pastor Carl will be on a leave of absence for three weeks after Easter.
  • Please keep Debbie Bultman’s family in your prayers as she was called home to heaven this past week.

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Additional Scripture

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.   I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.   As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.   Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,  who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,  but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.





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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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