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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Opening Song

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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 in Christ, in confessing our sins to God, He always promises to listen and respond. Through the words of Isaiah, Chapter 43, God says that, “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

As our Savior was nailed to the cross, all our sins were placed upon Him. And, through His death and resurrection, those sins were made white as snow, and taken away. In the Name of Jesus, you are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God. Amen



Scripture Reading

Colossians 3:12-17

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.



Statement of Faith

Commandments Eight through Ten, with Luther’s Explanation

All: You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.

All: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

All: You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
L: What does this mean?
All: We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor’s wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

L: What does God say about all these commandments?
All: He says, “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
L: What does this mean?
All: God threatens to punish all who break these commandments. Therefore, we should fear His wrath and not do anything against them. But He promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments. Therefore, we should also love and trust in Him and gladly do what He commands.

L: This is most certainly true.



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Sermon & Reflection

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Reflection Questions:

  1. What is making it difficult to make sure the Word of Christ dwells in you richly right now?  Are there any ways in which present circumstances make it easier?
  2. How can you be reminded daily that you are already chosen, holy, and loved by God?

Never forget: You are already chosen by God, holy, and loved, so time with God is something to be savored, not checked off a list.


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.

L: Holy Lord, we dwell in a broken world full of sin, anger, and selfishness. Such is evident through our flesh and its desires, which seek to serve the self rather than You or our neighbors. As we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask You, Lord, to return us to Your Word, that it may dwell in us richly. Equip us to teach Your Word in our homes, that it may strengthen our families. Turn our hearts to the needs of our neighbors, clothing us with compassion, kindness, and humility, that we may share Your love with them, and be a witness to Your Son, Jesus. Lord, in Your mercy,

R: Hear our prayer.

L: Abiding Father, the new norm created by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many in ways unseen. And we implore You to comfort those who have been afflicted, especially families who are broken, along with those who are isolated, in assisted living, as well as those who care for them. Restore all broken relationships, grant them peace and patience in this time, and point them to the sure and certain hope You give through the death and resurrection of Your Son. Lord, in Your mercy,

R: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful Lord, with or without a pandemic, many people are experiencing suffering in ways beyond our grasp or control. We therefore lift up to You all those who are suffering now in body and soul, that You extend Your healing hand upon them. We also lift up to You those now who we name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. If it be Your gracious will, restore them to full health, or help them accept their trial. Grant them Your peace and patience, as well as a strong faith in You as they await their healing. Lord, in Your mercy,

R: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty Lord, throughout history, You have strengthened the confidence of Your people as You led them out into dangerous and foreign places. We thank You for all the laborers You have called to serve in Your harvest field, both at home and abroad, especially Tom & Emily Forke, David & Rachel Baker, Sarah Kanoy, and Hannah Schull. Continue to strengthen them in body and soul, and give them Your confidence as You lead them into places where Your Name is unknown. We also thank You for those serving our country in the military, especially Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Mark Liedtke (serving in Fort Lewis, Washington), Eric Liedtke (serving on the USNS Comfort in New York), Rebecca Guild (serving in San Diego), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), and Kurt Degner (WI National Guard). Continue to protect, lead, and guide them as they work in dangerous places. 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



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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Offering

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Announcements

Summary

  • It has pleased God Almighty to summon from this vale of tears to Himself in heaven, the soul of Franklin Klug.  Please keep Evelyn and the rest of his family in your prayers.
  • We continue to serve in God’s World through mask making and our food drive.  Contact Rick Adams for more information.
  • Trinity’s childcare is reopening on June 1st.  If you know of anyone in need of childcare, please help them find us!
  • We have video Bible Studies being posted regularly in our new Questions from Quarantine series.  Three videos discussing the end times will be posted early this week.
  • We continue to seek feedback on the possibility of a parking lot service.  Please let us know if you are interested in a parking lot service through the Tuesday bulletin.
  • We are celebrating 100% re-enrollment in our primary and middle school grades in our school.  What an incredible blessing, and a testament to the work of our school faculty and staff!


Additional Resources

Choir Anthem

Additional Scripture

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.



Bible Study: Questions from Quarantine

Coming Soon:

  • Are We in the End Times?
  • How Do I Fall in Love with my Spouse?


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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.