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, every time we bring our sins to God, we are met by His grace which has been promised through His Son, Jesus. Peter reminds us of this in Acts, Chapter 10, when he tells how, “…all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in [Jesus] receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Because you believe in Him, know that, in the name of Jesus, you are forgiven.

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.



Scripture Reading

Romans 13:1-8
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.


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. The sermon alluded to several events in which God used ungodly leaders to ultimately bring glory to His name.  Which story was most striking for you?  Which one has the most similarities to our situation?
  2. How do you think God is calling you to change (in attitude, perspective, or behavior) when it comes to your relationship with the authorities in your life?

NEVER FORGET: We can rest in the knowledge that God is the ultimate authority, and that all authorities, godly and ungodly, cannot help but be His instruments to bring salvation to the world.


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.

Almighty God, You have subjected all things under the authority of your Son, Jesus, who sits and reigns at Your right hand. In the same way, You have appointed governing authorities to rule over us, according to Your Will. Continue to grant Your wisdom and discernment to all governing authorities, that they may rule justly and in a way pleasing to You. Forgive us when we have chosen not to follow our rulers, instead going a way we think best. Teach us to humble ourselves and be subject to our leaders, just as Your Son, Jesus, did on the cross, that Your name may be glorified. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Lord of all mercy, the reign of Your Son assures us of a hope where sin and suffering will no longer exist. Until that time, we remain in a world plagued by suffering and anxiety. We therefore ask for Your mercy upon those presently suffering or in recovery, especially Mark Jaeger, Deb Bultman, Marie Ernst, Laurel Dobberfuhl, Jamie Brauer, Frank & Sharon Keller. We also lift up those whom we now name in our hearts or aloud [brief silence]. Remind them of the hope that Jesus alone gives, and grant them Your peace.

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Father, You have been our refuge and strength through all times of trouble. As we continue to navigate this pandemic, we ask for Your continued protection and guidance. We especially ask this for Andy Metzger and others who are presently isolated in assisted living facilities. Grant them patience and peace, and please bring an end to this pandemic.

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: God of life, You gave Your Son, Jesus, the final word over death as He rose from the grave, that we may receive a living hope in Him. We thank you for giving this hope to Lloyd Tupper, who was laid to rest this last week. Grant Your comforting presence to Lloyd’s family as they mourn his loss, and assure them of His new life in Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,

ALL: Hear our prayer.

L: Abiding Lord, 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: Father, You have given us the gracious opportunity to be Your hands and feet to a world in desperate need of You. We remember the missionaries You have sent abroad to do this very task, especially David & Rachel Baker and Rev. Dr. Edward & Monica Naumann (serving in Southern Asia). Continue to guide their efforts in mission, as well as ours, that Your work and love may be seen in them. 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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  • Our “Door Offering” for schools in Ghana and Madagascar continues as we anticipate new needs arising among our brothers and sisters in Africa.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to give, you can still give online.  Thank you for your generosity!
  • 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.
  • Our plans for worship this fall have been mailed to homes.  We are not planning to make any changes until the mask mandate ends.  Once it ends, we will begin offering a service on Sunday morning with no mask requirement at 8am, and our mask service will move to Saturday evening at 5pm.  Online worship will continue. Outdoor worship will also continue for as long as the weather permits, but the service time will shift to 10:45 once the mask mandate ends.
  • 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 for a period of 40 days.  There is also a book and a children’s book that you can use individually or in your family, which are available for purchase online, or you can pick up a copy at Trinity.


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Additional Scripture

At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them. Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead–whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.





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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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