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





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, Jesus hears us when we come to Him with a repentant heart. And He responds through the words of David in Psalm 103, that, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

Though we never deserve God’s forgiveness, His love towards us, shown in Jesus’ death and resurrection, never changes. Therefore, in the name of Jesus, you are forgiven. Thanks be to God! Amen.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Scripture Reading

Matthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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. Where do you see evidence of God’s love even in this description of Judgment Day?
  2. All of Jesus’ disciples behaved like “goats” on the day of his crucifixion. How does that impact the way you think and feel when it comes to Judgment Day?
  3. What are some specific ways that you can love Jesus by loving His people this week?

REMEMBER: God has prepared a Kingdom for us to inherit, and by blessing us with our Savior and the gift of His Spirit, He will bring us into that inheritance.


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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L: We now pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all others according to their needs. Please join me.

Father, thank You for blessing us with faith in Jesus Christ, so that we can look forward to the last day with confidence that we are forgiven of our sins because of His sacrifice for us. Make Your Spirit reign in our hearts so that we welcome the transformation that creates love for You and for others. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful Lord, during His earthly ministry, Your Son, Jesus, healed the sick and the lame, whose acts pointed them to Your Kingdom. We ask for Your healing hand upon all those presently suffering in body and soul, 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), Elaine Landers (recovering from Covid), Bev Bergmann (recovering from Covid), Elaine Riemer (recovering from an incident), and Marian Vorpagel (hospice). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. Grant them all Your peace and comfort during this time, and turn their hearts ever closer to You during this trial. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Ever-present Lord, You alone are our hope and deliverer from sickness and despair. As we watch the case numbers rise from this pandemic, we give You thanks for providing health care workers who continue to treat those who have been hospitalized. Grant them continued patience, strength, and peace as they care for their patients, and grant the same to all who remain isolated and alone in care facilities across the world, showing them Your presence and goodness. Thank You also for restoring the health of numerous COVID patients. Please grant the same healing to all who continue to suffer from the virus, and bring an end to this pandemic. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You have promised to give eternal life to all who believe in Your Name. Thank You for giving this life to Bob Heiden, who has now fallen asleep in You and awaits the resurrection. Grant peace and comfort to his family, friends, and loved ones as they mourn His loss, reminding them the hope You alone give through Your Son, Jesus. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty God, You are our shelter and guide in all moments of life. We give thanks for our police, firefighters, EMT workers, and those serving our nation in the military, 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). Protect them from all danger, and guide them ever closer to You as they serve. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, as we await Your return, You have given us the joyful task of sharing Your forgiveness with others. Thank You for those You have put in our lives who have yet to receive Your Gospel message. We ask for opportunities to share the Good News with them, and to remove any obstacles which would otherwise hinder this. Grant the same to all of our missionaries who are serving abroad, especially David & Rachel Baker, along with Rev. Dr. Charles & Connie Cortright (Serving in Russia). Lead us by Your Spirit in our witness, and grant us Your joy as we follow You. 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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Additional Scripture

11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. 20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue[a] my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

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