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. St. Paul tells us in Second Corinthians, chapter 5, how, “For our sake [the Father] made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” In Jesus, the sin which once separated us from God was taken upon Himself, so that we could be reconciled to Him. Therefore, we have been made righteous. In the Name of Jesus, you are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God. Amen
In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Statement of Faith
The Third Article of the Creed
Luther’s Small Catechism
All: 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.
L: What does this mean?
All: I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
L: This is most certainly true.
Sermon & Reflection
- How will this sermon cause you to think differently about the Holy Spirit in the future?
- What needs to change in your life so that you can tune in more to the work of the Holy Spirit in you?
Never forget: God’s Spirit in us has the power to transform our marriages, our families, and our communities by making us people of peace, love, and joy.
L: We now pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all others according to their needs. Please join me.
Abounding Lord, as Your Son, Jesus, ascended into heaven, You sent us Your Holy Spirit, whose power enables us to serve You. We give You thanks for the many opportunities to witness Your love during these last few months, both to our families and our neighbors, along with the fruit which has resulted from it. As we prepare to gather again for worship at Trinity, we ask for Your Spirit to continually abound in us, that the work You have done through us remain evident in the lives of our neighbors, and continue to grow. Lord, in Your Mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: God of all mercy, Your Son showed compassion to the lame and blind as they came into His presence. We ask for this same compassion upon all who are presently afflicted in body or soul. We especially lift up Elaine Riemer and Wayne Ernst as they prepare for surgery this next week, along with the doctors who will operate on them. Grant both Elaine and Wayne Your peace in this time, and endow their doctors with Your wisdom and guidance, that their procedures be successful and that they make a full recovery. We also lift up those whom we now name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. Bring healing and comfort to them, and grant Your Faith to those who do not know You. Lord, in your mercy,
R: Hear our prayer.
L: Father in heaven, we thank You for the miracle of life. And we especially thank You for the new life You have given to Joshua Hauser and Fiona Schultz in bringing them to the waters of Holy Baptism. As they begin to grow in their Faith, we ask You to equip their parents, sponsors, and church to guide them in this knowledge, bringing them ever closer to You, and supporting them in all their needs of body and soul. 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.
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- We will return to corporate worship on June 7th! 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. You can read the details here. Watch our website for videos that will walk you through what to expect when you do come for worship.
- We understand that gathering in large groups, even with precautions in place, may not be or feel safe for many of our members. We continue to encourage members who are at high risk of complications from Covid-19 to take advantage of the Worship-in-the-Home resource and service printout, which will remain available throughout this time period.
- We cannot wait to see you again!
So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God. For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you. “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
Bible Study: Questions from Quarantine
- How Do I Fall in Love with my Spouse? (Parts 6 & 7)
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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.