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 in Christ, we know that when we cry out to Jesus in repentance He hears us and He listens. He responds in words that are so familiar to us in the words of John 3: 16, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Again, these words are so familiar with us yet they are also so true. We know that out of God’s love for us He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to take all of those sins away, everything, so that we can dwell with Him eternally. Therefore, brothers and sisters, your sins are forgiven. 

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Matthew 5:1-12

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.



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. Before hearing this sermon, how would you have pictured an America that has been blessed by God?  Do you see any connections between that picture and how you picture the New Heavens and New Earth that is our future?

  2. Can you identify ways in which God has used 2020 to take our focus off of God’s gifts, so that we seek Him instead of just what He can give?

  3. How will your understanding of what it really means to be blessed by God change the way that you pray as the election approaches?

REMEMBER: True blessing comes not in receiving God’s gifts, but in receiving God, Himself.


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: Father, You are an amazing God who abundantly gives us all good things. Forgive us when we lose sight of Your goodness and put our hope in Your gifts rather than in You. Help us to see the moments when we lack as blessings instead of suffering, knowing that such provides an opportunity to draw nearer to
our grace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful Lord, Your Son, Jesus, showed compassion to many through acts of mercy and healing, pointing them towards Your Kingdom. We ask You to grant this same compassion to all those presently sick, suffering, and/or in recovery, especially Pastor Howard Travis (recovering from COVID-19), Carol Tschudy (recovering from heart valve procedure), Christine Geidel (battling cancer), Doris Kroeninger (recovering from a stroke), Dru Wyatt (recovering from symptoms), Yvonne Heinzel (diagnosed with cancer), and Shawna Geidel (cancer treatment). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. Abide with them through their trials, and give them Your peace which surpasses all human understanding. Lord in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, at the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus told Martha that whoever believes in Him, despite facing death, will live. We thank You for granting this life to all the saints who have come before us and now await the final resurrection. We especially give thanks for Michael Bartlett, Maxine Becker, Eileen Bessette, Eunice
Dembeck, Ruth Geidel, Arthur Gutekunst, Ouida Gutwald, George Hackbarth, Roy Pingel, Daniel Radue, Gerhard Schoessow, Lester Tews, Elliott Schnackenberg, and Lloyd Tupper. As their family and friends grieve their loss, remind them of the joy of Your resurrection, that we will all be reunited with Your Son on the Last Day and dwell with Him forever. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord, You have given us the privilege to be called Your children and to grow in the faith and practice of what this looks like. We thank You for calling Marissa Christian Your child as well, who today is confirming Her faith in this. Continue to lead her as she grows in her faith, and let Your light shine powerfully through her as she continues her walk with You. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty God, You have appointed all officials to lead in righteousness and carry out justice. In the midst of a global pandemic and heated election, we ask You to be with our President, Governor, and all other elected officials who watch over us. Endow them with Your wisdom and discernment, guiding their decisions to bring peace and justice to this nation, and glorifying Your name. Thank you also for our EMT, medical staff, police, firefighters, along with those serving our nation in the military, especially Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Rebecca Guild (serving in San Diego), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard), and Mark Liedtke (Fort Lewis, Washington). Protect them while serving in harm’s way, and guide them always to Your loving embrace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Abiding Lord, You have promised to remain with us to the very end as we go out and make disciples. Lead us by Your Spirit, assuring us of Your presence and work in us. We ask the same for all those serving abroad, especially the Baker family along with Rev. David & Shelee Warner (serving in Spain). Grant us Your joy as we follow You out into the world, and have us look forward to the work which You will do in others. 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

  • Please be in the habit of reading the bulletin each week!  The video lists a number of topics that were included in last week’s bulletin.  The latest one (which contains links to past bulletins) can be found here.
  • There will be no 10:45 service on November 1st.  On November 8th we will introduce a new form of worship called Connected Worship as our 10:45 service in the gym.  This service will provide us with an opportunity to connect with one another as we connect with God in worship, by integrating discussion and time for reflection, much like we have during our worship-in-the-home services.  You will also hear us referring to our traditional services as Anchored Worship, as a reminder that the liturgies and hymns we use anchor us to the timeless truths of God’s Word.  You can read more about both service formats in the bulletin.


Additional Resources

Additional Scripture

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”




Additional Worship

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More Worship
“In Thee O Lord, I Put My Trust” by Benjamin M. Culli
This song is a reminder to us from Psalm 31 to put our trust in the Lord and rely on Him to be our rock.  During these unsettling times, we can be assured of Christ’s steadfast love and mercy.



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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