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 Christ, 1 John reminds us that, “If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” This is indeed the reality when we come forward with a repentant heart. God takes all of those sins far away and He considers us righteous, righteous because of the work of His Son, Jesus, on the cross. Therefore, brothers and sisters, you are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Psalm 1:1-6

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. 



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. What have you been ‘meditating’ on lately?  In other words, where does your mind tend to wander when you are not trying to focus it on anything in particular?
  2. When (and how) have you stretched roots deeply into God’s word, and found nourishment there?
  3. What method of meditation will you use during the Red Letter Challenge? 

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, You have given us Your Law as a rule and guide for our walk with You. And, because we are unable to keep that perfectly, You have sent Your Son, Jesus, to forgive us when we have stumbled. Teach us to meditate and delight both in Jesus and in Your Law, that we may be firmly planted in Your kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You have remained an ever present help in our lives, both in times of joy and in times of trial, especially now amidst this pandemic and heated election. Protect us from the virus and please remove any fear or anxiety from our hearts, knowing that the future is in Your hands. We ask also for Your healing hand to come upon those suffering in body or soul, especially Christine Geidel (battling cancer) and Pastor Warren Granke (entering hospice care). We also take a moment to lift up those whom we name in our hearts.

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L:  Eternal Lord, even before time began, You knew each of us and numbered our days according to Your gracious will. We thank You for granting many years to Helen Suelflow who is celebrating her 80th birthday. We ask that You grant her many more years, and that she continue to grow in You as she does in those years. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: God of glory, You have instituted holy baptism for Your people, that we may become Your children and receive Your promises of forgiveness, life, and salvation. We thank You for bringing Dominic Amoroso to the font, that He may receive these same gifts. Continue to grow Dominic’s faith as he begins his new life in You, and equip his parents, sponsors, and us, Your church, to help nurture that faith so he may grow in the joy that new life in You brings. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord of the Harvest, You have raised us up as laborers to work Your fields, that Your Kingdom may grow. We thank You for sending us along with those who are abroad, especially David & Rachel Baker, as well as Rev. Herb & Markie Burch (serving in Belize). Continue to strengthen us in our work for Your Kingdom, and we pray that more laborers be raised up. 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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Announcements


Summary

  • Because Governor Evers has extended Wisconsin’s mask mandate, we will be unable to offer a “mask-optional” worship service inside our building for the time being. Therefore, until we announce otherwise, we plan to continue with our present schedule: 8:30am indoor service (masks required) and 10am outdoor service. We are monitoring the size of our indoor service and, if needed, we will adjust our schedule even while the mandate remains in effect to limit the need for overflow. If the mandate is lifted by Governor Evers or the courts, we will shift to our new schedule a week later, so that we have one weekend to communicate the change via the website, bulletin, and announcements.
  • We are beginning the Red Letter Challenge this weekend.  You can keep track of where we are in the challenge by watching the front page of our website or following along with us on Facebook.  There are many resources available on our website to guide your meditation on God’s Word.


Additional Resources

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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