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, in Micah 7 we read, “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?  You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy.  You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” God has heard your confession.  Through your baptism, your iniquities have been hurled into the depths of the sea, and through the death and resurrection of Jesus, Your sins have been trampled under the feet of Your Savior.  You are forgiven.  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Romans 14:1-10, 22-23

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ ” So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.



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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Reflection Questions:

  1. Are there any trivial actions which I like to associate with a “wrong” heart?
  2. Are there any “wrong” actions in my life that I associate with a “right” heart?

NEVER FORGET: Jesus did all the right actions with a right heart on our behalf so that we can stand eternally before God.


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.

Father in Heaven, You see our hearts and You know that none of us can stand before You.  We praise You for Your grace, that You enable us to stand on Jesus’ righteousness instead of ours.  Give us a right appreciation of Your grace, so that we are quick to extend that same grace to others.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, on the Last Day no one will be able to stand before You except by the righteousness of Jesus.  So many in this world do not yet know Your grace.  Open our eyes to the opportunities around us so that we become messengers of Your love, and bless the efforts of Your faithful missionaries around the world, especially David and Rachel, and Charles and Seborah in Latin America.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, our hearts break at the divisions in this world and the many men and women who are placed in harm’s way in order to bring peace to our nation and around the world.  Please protect 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) as they serve in the military.  Grant them protection not only for their bodies, but also for their souls, that they would walk closely with You through this time.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, we give You praise for the healing and strength that You have given to many in our congregation who have experienced struggles and surgeries, and now are rejoicing at Your faithfulness as they recover.  Lead us to put our faith in You during these trying times and bring glory to Your name in the way that Your people respond to the trials we endure.  Please grant healing to Christine Geidel as she continues to battle cancer, and please meet the needs of all of those who were receiving care in the Bethesda Group homes that have now closed.  Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, thank You for Your victory over death and the grave for us.  Please grant comfort to all those who mourn, especially the friends and families of Jeri Balistreri and Barbara Adler (mother of Pam Beuscher).  Turn our eyes to Jesus as we look forward to the day of His return, when Your own hand will wipe away the tears of our eyes.  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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Summary

  • The LWML has several events coming up, including their first meeting, Giving Tuesday, and an upcoming bake sale.  Watch the bulletin for more details.
  • Our PTL Pizza Sale has begun!  If you would like to support our school ministry during this fundraiser, you can do so by buying pizzas, making pizzas, and/or simply making a donation.  See the weekly bulletin for more information.
  • Assuming that the mask mandate expires as scheduled, we will shift to our new worship schedule on the first weekend of October.  We will also continue to offer our online services.
  • Our congregation will be diving into the Red Letter Challenge beginning at the end of September.  This is a challenge to hear the Word of God and put it into practice, and will be the focus of each week’s sermon.  There is a book you can order online or pick up here at Trinity that goes along with this challenge (a $20 donation to cover the cost of the book is welcome, but not required).  The book provides daily scripture readings and a daily challenge to put scripture into practice, and so we are suggesting that all Trinity families purchase a copy of the book to use in daily devotions during the five weeks of this sermon series.


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Additional Scripture

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”





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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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