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 reminds us in Daniel chapter 9 how He is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him. Indeed, through the blood of our Savior Jesus all of our transgressions are taken far away. Our sin is no more. In the name of Jesus, you are forgiven. Thanks be to God. Amen. .
All: Thanks be to God. Amen
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
“Everything is permissible”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. But if anyone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the man who told you and for conscience’ sake the other man’s conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God– even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.
Statement of Faith
Luther’s Small Catechism
L: What is Baptism?
All: Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s word.
L: What benefits does Baptism give?
All: It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.
L: How can water do such great things?
All: Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.” (Titus 3:5–8)
L: What does such baptizing with water indicate?
All: It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Sermon & Reflection
1. Why do you think the re-opening of our state has created so much division among people in Wisconsin?
2. In what specific ways do you think God is calling you to use your freedom in a way that will demonstrate love for others?
Never forget: Jesus used His freedom to love you, and that is what has really set you free!
L: We now pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all other according to their needs. Please join me.
Heavenly Father, Your Son, Jesus, entered the world for our benefit, that we would be saved from sin and receive life eternal. As many of us remain at home and await the pandemic to pass, we ask You to open our eyes and our hearts to the needs of those around us. Show us how to meet their needs, seeking them above our own. Let Your love be evident through our actions, that our neighbors may see You in us, and receive the ultimate love given through the sacrifice of Your Son. Lord, in Your Mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Loving Lord, the fallen world we live in has resulted in the suffering of many. We now bring to You all those presently afflicted in body and soul, especially those with COVID-19. We also lift up those we name in our hearts or aloud [Brief Silence]. Deliver them from their suffering, restore their health, and bring Your comfort to their family, friends, and loved ones in this time. Lord, in Your mercy, Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Gracious God, during His Last Supper, Your Son assured us of His presence in the bread and wine for the forgiveness of our sins. We thank You for the opportunity to partake in this meal again during our Open Sanctuary times at Trinity. We ask You to keep all participating families free from sickness during their visit, and to strengthen their Faith in You as they receive Your Son’s Body and Blood. Lord, in Your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: And merciful Lord, Your Spirit searches our hearts, knowing there are many more things on them which we desire to not to share out loud. We lift up all these requests to You, especially those in our prayer box at church this morning. 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.
- We are in the process of re-opening for public worship! We will wait at least another week to commit to the date when we will return to services here, as we wait to see the impact of the sudden re-opening of our state.
- As soon as we re-open we will hold two worship services on Sunday morning, a sanctuary service at 8:30am that follows CDC recommendations regarding seating and masks, and an outdoor service at 10am where no masks will be required. See the website for more details.
- We understand that gathering in large groups, even with precautions in place, may not be or feel safe for many of our members. The Worship-in-the-Home resource (and service printout) will remain available throughout this time period.
- The 4th of July picnic and parade has been cancelled, as has in-person Vacation Bible School.
A song of ascents. Of David. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Bible Study: Questions from Quarantine
- How Do I Fall in Love with my Spouse? (Parts 4 & 5)
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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.