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, we know that Jesus hears us when we confess our broken hearts to Him, and He reminds us through St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 how, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Though we were all born broken and hopelessly sinful through Adam, our sin was drowned in the waters of holy baptism. And we have now received a new life in Jesus, which we cling to by faith alone in Him. Therefore, in the name of Jesus, you are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.

Scripture Reading

Amos 5:18-24

Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him. Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light– pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness? “I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

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.

Sermon Song




Sermon & Reflection

Children’s Message


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Reflection Questions:

  1. When you imagine standing in the presence of God, what emotions do you feel?  Why?
  2. Where have you found yourself becoming comfortable ignoring your conscience?  How do the words of Amos challenge your comfort?
  3. What will change in your life moving forward, as a result of this message?

REMEMBER: We can and should long for the day when we will enter into the presence of God, not because of what we have done, but because of what He did for us, through Jesus!


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.

L: Lord, You alone are our light and hope in a world left to destruction. We thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, whose work on the cross alone secures our salvation. Forgive us when we place our salvation in our own good works rather than in Jesus’ work for us. Remove any false, worldly securities from our hearts, and let Your work in us guide our good work for others. Lord in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: God of all mercy, our hearts long for the day of Your return, the day when all sin, suffering, and death will be swallowed up forever. Until that day, we lift up to You those presently suffering in body or soul, along with those in recovery, especially Doris Kroeninger (recovering from a stroke), Dru Wyatt (recovering from surgery) Bob Heiden (battling COVID-19), Elaine Landers (batting COVID-19), Elaine Riemer (recovering from incident), Yvonne Heinzel (about to undergo chemo treatment), Karen Ernst (having hip surgery) Marian Vorpagel (who recently entered hospice care), Bev Bergmann (scheduled for heart surgery) and Ric Gesch (Covid). We also lift up those whom we name in our hearts [brief silence]. If it be Your will, grant all of them a full recovery, and help them to accept their present trials, trusting in Your goodness and promise of eternal life. Lord in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord of life, Your servant, Paul, reminds us how all of us in Christ Jesus shall be made alive. We give thanks for the life of Vivian Kaiser, who went home to the Lord on Wednesday, and whose faith has promised her that death will not have the last word. Receive her now into Your kingdom, and grant her family Your peace and comfort during this time, drawing them ever closer to You. Lord in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord God, You have promised to remain with us through every moment of our lives. We give You thanks for Willard Riemer who is celebrating his 80th birthday. Continue to work in and through him, growing his faith as he grows in years. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Heavenly Father, You have given us the joyful opportunity to share the Good News with all whom You have placed in our lives. We thank You for this as well as those whom You have sent abroad for this task, especially the Baker family, and Rev. James & Peggy Krikava (serving in the Czech Republic). Continue to lead both them and us by Your Spirit, that we may witness Your work through us. 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. 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

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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