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, we know that God hears us when we confess our sin to Him. And He reminds us through the words of Paul in Colossians 1 how, “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, we have been delivered from the darkness of sin and death. And, in His redemption, we have been transferred into His Kingdom where we will dwell eternally. Therefore, you are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

1 Timothy 6:6-12, 17-19

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses…Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly 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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Sermon & Reflection

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Reflection Questions:

  1. Why do you think so many Americans have financial difficulties when we live in a time and place where we already have so much more than previous generations?
  2. Does money most represent status, security, control, or enjoyment for you? How about for those other people closest to you?
  3. What step is God asking you to take this week when it comes to trusting Him with your finances?

REMEMBER: God is the One who meets all of our needs and our deepest desires.  (Challenge! Memorize 1 Timothy 6:6)


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: Father, You know our needs before we ask and provide for them abundantly. We thank You for all You’ve given us, from clothing and food, to leisure and family. Forgive us when we have not been content with these things and have desired more, along with the times we have used our gifts for personal gain. Teach us contentment, not only in our worldly goods, but also in godliness, that in You we find our only true satisfaction. Lord in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Merciful Lord, Your Son, Jesus, healed many during His ministry here on earth, granting them peace, comfort, and hope. We ask for this same healing hand upon all those experiencing suffering, whether in body or soul, or now in recovery, especially Dru Wyatt (recovering from surgery), Christine Geidel (battling cancer), Ken Steiner (recovering from a heart procedure), Shawna Geidel (diagnosed with cancer), and Marian Vorpagel (recovering from a fall and hip surgery). Lord, we also know suffering is not unique to individuals but even afflicts communities and nations, and so we ask for Your healing to extend to places where division is tense, especially in Wauwatosa (protests). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts [brief silence]. Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: God of all goodness, we are awestruck by Your grace, grace poured out by Your Son on the cross for our forgiveness. We thank You for this, along with the privilege to share Your forgiveness with others. Please be with us as we carry out this mission, guiding our words and footsteps. We ask the same for those serving abroad, especially David & Rachel Baker along with Jana Inglehart (serving in the Dominican Republic). Enliven our hearts by Your Spirit, trusting in Your goodness, and keep our eyes ever on Your Kingdom. 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 medical, 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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Announcements


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.
  • There will be no 10:45 service on November 1st.  On November 8th we will introduce a new form of worship called Connected Worship as our 10:45 service in the gym.  This service will provide us with an opportunity to connect with one another as we connect with God in worship, by integrating discussion and time for reflection, much like we have during our worship-in-the-home services.


Additional Resources

Additional Scripture

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand. This too is a grievous evil: As a man comes, so he departs, and what does he gain, since he toils for the wind? All his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him–for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work–this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.





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The Lord Bless You by Johann Sebastian Bach

The text of this song is based on Psalm 115 verses 12 – 15.  The words are meant to assure us of God’s blessings, especially for the gift of children.  Last week we celebrated the rite of confirmation of our young people.  The words bring us comfort that no matter what is happening in our lives and the world around us, we are blessed, you and your children.  We are eternally grateful to receive His blessings – now and forever.



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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