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, we know the Lord hears us when we repent and call out to Him. He responds to through the words of St. Paul in Galatians 2, where Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me.” In the same way, Jesus died for us and in our baptism, we were crucified with Him so that it is no longer we who live to ourselves, it is Jesus who lives in us and through us. It is here in that baptism, and in that crucifixion that Jesus has forgiven us. Brothers and sisters, in the name of Jesus, you are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Mark 13:24-37

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
The Lesson of the Fig Tree28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. No One Knows That Day or Hour32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”



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. What “false christs” seem to be prominent in our present-day and age?
  2. What “false security systems” are you tempted to turn to in lieu of the Spirit?
  3. Going forward, what change(s) need to be made to help you stay awake?

REMEMBER: Jesus gave us both His unchanging Word of salvation and the Holy Spirit who helps us endure to the end.


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.

Father, though we do not know the day or the hour, Your Word assures us that we will dwell with You eternally on that Final Day. Thank You for rescuing us from our sin, and giving us a new life in You which will not change, though heaven and earth give way. Forgive us when we let our guard down and get caught up in the fears of this world. Remind us always of Your presence, and keep us steadfast in our faith to the end. Lord, in Your mercy, Lord, You have assured us that Your eternal kingdom will be free of pain and suffering. Yet, until then, we remain in a fallen creation where these pervade our very lives. We therefore ask You to bring healing to all of those presently suffering in body, mind, or spirit, especially Al Dobberfuhl (cataract surgery), Buz Severin (undergoing tests), Elaine Vorpagel (undergoing medical tests), Yvonne Heinzel (battling cancer), Christine Geidel (battling cancer), and Marian Vorpagel (hospice). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts [brief silence]. Help them to accept their present trials, trusting in Your mercy, and grant them a full recovery. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, as we witness the rising number of COVID cases, we have also witnessed Your hand at work in them. Thank You for all our healthcare workers and all You do through them to care for those suffering in this pandemic. Protect them from the virus, and grant them Your strength and endurance as they continue to treat patients. Thank You also for restoring the health of many patients, and we ask for this same restoration upon all those still suffering from the virus, especially Ric Gesch, Elaine Landers, and Bev Bergmann. 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 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 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, though the earth pass away, You have given us the privilege to share Your steadfast love with others, which remains forever. Be with us as we carry out this task, along with those whom You have sent abroad, especially the Baker family and Peter & Lucy Hoffmann (serving in the Czech Republic). 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!
  • Worship in the Home resources will continue to be available.
  • MORE Youth Group will host a weekly Advent Bible Study series starting Saturday, November 28th from 9:30 am – 10:30 am, ending on December 19th. Masks required.
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship services will look a bit different this year. Check out our weekly bulletin for more information.
    • Registration for Sancutaury services will be required. See the current weekly bulletin for registration links or you may call the office.


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Additional Scripture

1 Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence— 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4 From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. 5 You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? 6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities. 8 But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.





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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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