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 in Christ, Paul writes in Romans chapter 1, “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”  You believe the Gospel – that Jesus died and rose from the dead for the forgiveness of the sins you just confessed, and so that salvation belongs to you.  You are forgiven.

ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Exodus 4:10-17

Moses said to the Lord , “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind Is it not I, the Lord ? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Then the Lord ‘s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it.”



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. Share the things you wrote down while meditating on Exodus 4:10-17.
  2. When was a time God showed up in my life in a significant way (in other words, a noticeable time when God transformed me and my faith)?
  3. To whom in my life might God be prompting me towards right now?

REMEMBER: Jesus always shows up in His Word and in our going (through the Holy Spirit), guiding us on where and when to go. (Challenge! Memorize Exodus 4:12)


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, we live in a world full of people who are in desperate need of You, and You have called us to be Your instruments in bringing them life eternal and abundant life in this world.  Please forgive us when our fears keep us from embracing that calling.  Give us the hunger to meet with You in Your Word so that we know You and trust You to provide us with everything that we need in order to fulfill Your calling in our lives.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, we rejoice to see You at work in our world, and so we ask that You would bless the efforts of those who have given their lives to missionary service.  Please watch over the Baker family and Rev. Andrew & Kelsey Schlund in Mexico, protecting them from every evil of body and soul, and open doors for them so that many more come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You give us so many blessings as citizens of this nation.  Thank You for those that You provide who work to protect our freedoms.  Please give wisdom to the leaders in our nation; make us a godly people who seek and follow You, and please protect those who serve 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).  Make their work effective, and draw them closer to You.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, please grant healing, peace, strength and comfort to all those in our congregation who suffering in body, mind, and spirit.  Especially we pray for Pastor Howard Travis (treatment for Covid), Carol Tschudy (undergoing heart valve procedure on Friday), Tom Vorpagel (recovering after successful heart procedure), Dru Wyatt (recovering from surgery), Christine Geidel (battling cancer),  Ken Steiner (recovering from a successful heart procedure), Marian Vorpagel (recovering from a fall and hip surgery), and Shawna Geidel (cancer treatment).  Help us to be Your hands and feet as we bring encouragement and support to these and all those others who are struggling during this time.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You alone know what we need.  We long for an end to the brokenness and uncertainty that surrounds us, and yet we also know that You are working all things for good, and so we ask that first and foremost You would accomplish Your good purposes in us.  Please humble us through these trying times, so that seeking Your will and placing our trust in You, we would bring glory to Your name.  Lord, in Your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

L: What a privilege it is to call You, “Father”!  Thank You for making us Your children through baptism.  We celebrate with Calleigh Weiss this weekend as she receives that gift, and we pray that You would defend her against temptation and continue to grow her in the knowledge and love of the Lord for all her days.  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!  The video lists a number of topics that were included in last week’s bulletin.  The latest one (which contains links to past bulletins) can be found here.
  • 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.  You will also hear us referring to our traditional services as Anchored Worship, as a reminder that the liturgies and hymns we use anchor us to the timeless truths of God’s Word.  You can read more about both service formats in the bulletin.


Additional Resources

Additional Scripture

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”




Additional Worship

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More Worship

Simple Praise

Simple Praise is a song that means we should praise God no matter how small our praise seems compared to what God does for us.  It is also thanking Him for what He does for us, and asking for forgiveness.  It shows how much Jesus loves us and how important praise is.



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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