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

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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, the Lord listens when we confess our sins to Him, and He reminds us through the words of Paul in Romans, Chapter 6, that, “…the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

ALL: Indeed, our sin only leads us to death. Yet, because Jesus paid the price by dying on our behalf, we are reminded that He has given us life eternal every time we repent. Therefore, in the name of Jesus, you are forgiven. Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

1 Peter 2:9-12

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.



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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Sermon & Reflection

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Reflection Questions:

  1. Who do you find easy to love and serve?  Who is it difficult for you to serve?
  2. When you feel rejected or are treated poorly by others, how can you turn your attention away from yourself or your situation and instead focus on Jesus? (Consider memorizing the suggested scripture verses to help you with this!)
  3. How will this scripture passage and sermon impact the way you serve this week?

REMEMBER: We gave God no reason to serve or to save us, and yet He loves you so much that He did both through Jesus! (Challenge! Memorize 1 Peter 2:9 and/or Philippians 2:5-7)


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 pray with me.

L: Merciful God, You have chosen us as Your own possession, that we may proclaim Your excellence to others through our words and actions. As those who were shown mercy through Your Son, who took the form of a servant on our behalf, help us to show this same mercy to others, humbling ourselves before You, that Your name may be glorified. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Abiding Lord, during His earthly ministry, Your Son healed many who were sick and gave them a glimpse of Your heavenly Kingdom. We ask for this same healing upon all those presently suffering in body and soul, especially Christine Geidel (battling cancer) and Marian Vorpagel (recovering from a fall & hip surgery). We also give you thanks for the positive outcome of Bev Bergmann’s recent text results. And we finally take a moment to lift up all those who we name in our hearts [brief silence]. Grant Your peace and healing to all of them, restore their bodies to health, and turn their hearts continually to You as they endure their trial. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:  Father, we thank You for the gift of holy marriage and for all the benefits it brings. And we thank You for bringing Craig Gabor and Staci Godwin into this scared bond. Grant them Your Spirit as they embark on their new life together, growing their hearts closer to You as they grow in one another. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L:   Gracious Lord, in passing us through the waters of holy baptism, You have passed us from death into a new life with You, granting us also Your Spirit and faith. We thank You for bringing Jacob Busch, Payton Phillips, Hannah Riemer, Todd Tischer, and Henry Ziebell into this new life, who have been instructed in their faith, and have just confirmed it in the presence of You and Your people. Continue to lead them by Your Spirit, that their relationship with You joyfully abounds. Protect them from the evil one, and lead them always to Your Word, to Your Sacraments, to prayer, and worship, that they find forgiveness and nourishment in You. Lord, in Your mercy, 

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You have given us the privilege to serve our neighbor, to witness Your Gospel through words and deeds which powerfully demonstrate Your mercy. We thank You for this privilege here at home, and for Your servants abroad who do the same, especially David & Rachel Baker, along with Rev. Carl & Chenshi Hanson (serving in Asia). As we depart worship, open our eyes to the needs of others and grant us new opportunities to share Your mercy with those who are in desperate need of You. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord of hosts, You have called us to serve You in various ways here on earth, both in time of peace and in times of crises. We thank You for all our EMT, police, firefighters, and other personnel who help protect our lives. And we also thank You for 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). Remain present with them in the line of duty, protect them from the devil, and strengthen their faith in 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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Summary

  • We have returned to having worship services at 5pm on Saturday, 8am on Sunday, and 10:45am on Sunday.  Please see this page for the details regarding each of these services, so you know what to expect when you arrive.
  • This is Confirmation weekend, and so we anticipate our 8am service being a little more crowded than usual.  Please take that into account as you make plans for worship this weekend.
  • Trinity had planned to host a Feed My Starving Children mobile pack event this fall, which had to be cancelled, but there are permanent sites where Feed My Starving Children is still packing food for impoverished children around the world.  A group from Trinity will be traveling just across the border into Illinois to pack meals on Friday, November 6th.  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Rick Adams at Radams@trinityfreistadt.com.
  • This week we welcomed Mr. John Tarr, a rostered LC-MS teacher, to be a part of our school faculty.  He will be filling the vacancy created when Mr. Brian Brauer resigned for personal reasons.
  • Updated Trinity phone directories may be picked up after services or by stopping by Trinity during office hours and requesting one at the office.


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Additional Scripture

The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God–he and his whole family.

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.





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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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