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, in reflecting on God’s mercy, the prophet Micah writes how our God is one who pardons iniquity, who does not retain His anger forever. “He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. [He] will cast out all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Indeed, the Lord does not retain His anger long, nor does He want our sin to remain in us. So, in sending His Son, Jesus, God removed that sin from us. He took it far, far away so that it won’t have dominion over us anymore. In the name of Jesus, you are forgiven. 

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Matthew 7:1-5

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.



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. Take a moment to identify a specific plank in your eye which causes you to look for another person’s specks (Example: Mark 12:31 – Failing to truly love Sue (your neighbor) as yourself, instead judging her for her appearance).
  2. Based on previous interactions with that person, how might another interaction look if you chose to look past his/her specks, instead seeing him/her the way Jesus does?

Never Forget: God has given us His word so that we can be nourished by His presence and His love. (Challenge! Memorize Psalm 1:2)


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.

Merciful Lord, there are numerous specks, numerous planks, numerous things which keep us from seeing Your grace clearly. Yet, through the work of Christ, You continue to look past our specks and see us as Your redeemed children. Teach us to do the same with each other, reminding us of Your desire to redeem them as well. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Loving Lord, You have delivered many people from their afflictions and continue to demonstrate Your mercy to those in need. We ask for this same deliverance upon all those presently suffering in body and soul and/or in recovery, especially Carol Tschudy (recovering from a procedure), Dru Wyatt (who underwent surgery this last week), and Frank & Sharon Keller (regaining their strength after having COVID-19). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts [brief silence]. Grant them Your presence, along with a full recovery. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Gracious God, Your Son, Jesus entered this world and willingly gave His life so that all who believe in Him may receive eternal life. We thank You for the life and faith of Warren Granke, who has fallen asleep in You and awaits the final resurrection. Grant peace and comfort to his family as they mourn his loss, assuring them of Warren’s faith. And keep us patient as we too await the final resurrection, when Your Son will return with power and bring all of us into Your Kingdom forever. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, you have given us the blessed gift of holy marriage for our pleasure and Your glory, to reflect the love found between Jesus and His Church. Thank you for Wilmer & Arlene Wetzel, who are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Continue to grow their love in You as they grow in love for eachother. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Almighty Lord, You have given us the privilege to be called Your children, along with the privilege to carry Your Gospel to a world in desperate need of You. We thank You for sending us out to be Your hands and feet, living and sharing Your love with others. We also thank You for those whom You have sent abroad for this very task, including David & Rachel Baker and Rev. Steven & Cynthia Schumacher (serving in Ghana). Continue to lead us by Your Spirit, trusting in Your work both in us and through us. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: 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,

ALL: 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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  • Red Letter Challenge: Even if you haven’t started yet, you can still join us! Contact Rick Adams at radams@trinityfreistadt.com for a book ($20 suggested donation) to follow along, and witness the Holy Spirit work in you and through you as we live out the Red Letters of Jesus’ words together.
  • Through your generous support, and by God’s grace, we have raised $10,000 for both the Peter Kelm School in Ghana and LPLM in Madagascar! Thank you so much for providing for each school’s staff members and their families during this challenging time!

NEW WORSHIP SCHEDULE BEGINS NEXT WEEKEND: OCTOBER 10th & 11th-CONFIRMATION WEEKEND

    • Please Note: The extension of Wisconsin’s mask mandate prevents us from offering a mask-optional worship service for the time being. However, because of the growth of our indoor worship service, we intend to move ahead with the new schedule. Because the Governor’s mask order includes a broad range of exemptions, we are asking that those for whom exemptions apply attend our Sunday morning services. This will allow those who are particularly concerned about the effects of Covid-19 to be comfortable in worship on Saturday evening, knowing that all those present will be wearing masks.
    • We anticipate that the 5, 8, and 10:45 schedule will continue for the foreseeable future.

In the sanctuary. MANDATORY MASKS and SOCIAL DISTANCING rules will apply.  We are highly suggesting that if you are not able to wear a mask due to health reasons that you please attend one the services on Sunday morning. Confirmation will be observed during this service.

In the sanctuary. Masks required and social distancing rules will apply. (If you are unable to wear a mask due to health issues, please refrain from attending the Saturday evening service.) Confirmation will be observed during this service.

The 10:45 service will continue to be held outdoors, weather permitting (masks optional).  The Confirmation service will also be observed outside unless weather dictates that we bring it indoors.  If that is the case, this service will be held in the sanctuary and MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED along with social distancing. 



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Additional Scripture

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.





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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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