Happy Mother’s Day!
(Don’t miss the fun video after the announcements.)
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, our God always listens when we confess our sins with a true heart. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 1 how, “In [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” In the mercy of our God, and through the blood our Savior shed for us on the cross, we have been redeemed and all of our trespasses have been taken away. In the Name of Jesus, you are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God. Amen
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is in her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Statement of Faith
How Christians should be taught to confess, with explanation
Luther’s Small Catechism
L: What is Confession?
All: Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.
L: What sins should we confess?
All: Before God we should plead guilty of all sins, even those we are not aware of, as we do in the Lord’s Prayer; but before the pastor we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts.
L: Which are these?
All: Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments: Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker? Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy? Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome? Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds? Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?
Sermon & Reflection
- When have you experienced God’s Spirit bringing peace and joy into your life in a moment where things seemed to be falling apart?
- Is there any doubt or sin in your life that is currently preventing you from walking in step with God’s Spirit and enjoying His peace and joy? What do you need to do about it? This question may be uncomfortable to answer if you are worshiping with others. Be thoughtful regarding what you share, but remember: often the first step in conquering sin in our lives is to bring it into the light (1 John 1:5-7).
Never forget: God is faithful even when we are faithless. Jesus died so that your doubts and sins would not be able to rob you of God’s good gifts for 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.
Almighty God, You have been our refuge and strength through all times of trouble and uncertainty. In this fallen world full of suffering, change, and sorrow, our temptation towards anxiety and despair is a very real threat, especially amidst this pandemic. Remind us therefore of our constant need for You, for in You alone do we find true peace in the unchanging promises given through Your Son’s death and resurrection. Teach us also to be still and to rest in Your grace, knowing that Your mighty hand is at work in our lives and will meet all of our needs. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: God of all mercies, in His earthly ministry, Your Son, Jesus, healed many of their infirmities and cast out numerous demons. We now lift up to you all those struggling in body and soul, asking for Your healing hand to come upon them. We especially lift up to You those whom we now name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. Help them to accept their trial, grant them Your peace, and restore them to a full health according to Your gracious will. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Lord of Life, Your Son, Jesus, told Martha how He is the resurrection and the life, and whoever believes in Him, though they die, yet shall they live. We thank You for the life of Franklin Klug and for the faith You had given him while here on this earth. Grant peace to his wife, Evelyn, and all who mourn his loss, knowing that Franklin will be raised on the Last Day, and we will all be reunited in Your eternal Kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Loving Lord, You have appointed those who have raised and cared for us in body and soul throughout our lives. We especially thank You this day for all mothers and for the ways You have shown Your love through them. We ask You to continually provide for their needs as they care for their families, and remind them just how loved they are, not only by those in their lives, but also by You. 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.
In honor of that amazing woman we call mom…
- Our Childcare reopens on June 1st. If you know of anyone in need of childcare, please help them find us!
- Trinity has applied for and received a Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan. The government’s recent changes to this program removed the risks that were initially attached to it for Trinity. This will cover the financial gap that we were experiencing, and will allow Trinity to roll back the plans that had been made to reduce salaries for our staff. We remain incredibly grateful for your support of your ministry!
- We are looking for a Part 15 FM Transmitter that will allow us to legally hold a parking lot service. Let us know if you can help us find one!
- Our Questions from Quarantine series of Bible Studies has been updated with new studies focused on the end times based on Luke 21, Revelation 13, and 2 Thessalonians 2, as well as the beginning of a study of Song of Songs, answering the question, “How Do I Fall in Love with my Spouse?”
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Bible Study: Questions from Quarantine
- Are We in the End Times?
- How Do I Fall in Love with my Spouse? (Parts 1-3)
- Frontline Ministry: How do I…?
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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.