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, in 1 Thessalonians chapter 5, Paul writes that we are destined to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that in both life and death, we live through Jesus.  The sins that you have just confessed were nailed to the cross with Jesus.  Your sins are forgiven, and you have eternal life because of His death and resurrection for you.  

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Matthew 25:14-30

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’



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. Recall a time when you felt a desire to share the Gospel with someone else? Did you follow through? Why or why not?
  2. In truth, we can all identify with the third servant. What keeps you from wanting to multiply the Good News and instead bury it in the ground
  3. What will change in your life moving forward, as a result of this message?

REMEMBER: Jesus has already sown His seed of eternal life in us and promises to help us multiply that seed in others.


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, Your generosity to us knows no bounds. You have given Your own Son so that we can enjoy the gift of eternal life, and You have blessed us with resources, opportunities, and stories to share of Your work in our lives. Please make us faithful servants who recognize and cherish the gifts You have given us, and who are quick to share so that the blessings You have given us are multiplied into the lives of others. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You have brought the mission field to our doorsteps. We are surrounded by people who need the gifts that only You can give. We pray for the people of this nation and the work of Adam and Melissa Degroot, as well as the people of Mongolia, served by David, Rachel, and their family. Please strengthen and encourage them, open doors for their work, and give them and us the joy of seeing the fruits of our labors in Your kingdom, Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, there is so much pain and suffering in this broken world. We hurt for those who live in places that are torn apart by war, for those whose families have been separated by war, and for those who have come back from war wounded in body, mind, or spirit. You can heal all of these wounds. Please grant strength, peace, and healing to all of our veterans and to those who are still actively serving, especially Joseph Seifert (serving in Spain), 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). Draw them close to You, and always bring them home safely. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, never in our lifetimes have so many people felt this vulnerable to disease. Grant peace to all those who look to You, and please bring healing to those in our congregation who are suffering in their health, especially Ric Gesch (recovering from Covid), Yvonne Heinzel (battling cancer), Cindy Mollwitz (recovering from hip surgery), Karen Ernst (recovering from hip surgery), Christine Geidel (battling cancer), Bob and Carla Heiden (Covid), Elaine Landers (recovering from Covid), Bev Bergmann (recovering from Covid), Elaine Riemer (recovering from an incident), and Marian Vorpagel (hospice) and all those we name in our hearts. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, there are so many people who are in need of medical care right now. Please grant strength, health, and endurance to our health care workers during this time. Give them the humility to surrender themselves and those they care for to You, so that they can continue to do their work with love, joy, and peace, knowing that the outcome is in the hands of their loving Creator. And please grant joy, wisdom, and peace to Christian caregivers in every place, so that those who are isolated from friends and family during this pandemic would still be able to encounter Your love through Your people. Lord, in Your mercy,
Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray,

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!
  • Worship in the Home resources will continue to be available.
  • Thanksgiving in-person worship options are available. Signing up is encouraged.
  • Our Saturday evening service and the 8:00 am Sunday service are at capacity. We encourage you to attend the Sunday 9:20 am or 10:45 am services.
  • Trinity is beginning our Thanksgiving Food Drive which helps to provide food for those who are hungry in the city of Milwaukee.  Donations can be dropped off at Trinity during office hours.
  • Our November Nehemiah Project will provide funds so that we can give a gift box to families in our school.  This gift box will help us to point our school families to the greatest gift of all, Jesus, and will be part of a larger outreach family to school families who are not actively connected with the Christian church.
  • Starting this weekend, Trinity is switching to the ESV Bible translation. More details to come next week.


Additional Resources

Additional Scripture

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.





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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.



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