How to Use this Service: This order of worship is intended to be a resource for people to worship in their own homes. The service can be led by an individual, or parts can be divided among those present. The message from Pastor Scott can be read and may also include a time for discussion. The suggested prayers may be used, but people are encouraged to include their own prayers as the Spirit guides them.
Confession and Forgiveness (ELW p. 94)
L: In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
L: God of all mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may confess our sin, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the full-ness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
L: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
L: Most merciful God,
A: we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as our-selves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.
L: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Gathering Song Hymn #805 – Lead On, O King Eternal!
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
A: And also with you.
Canticle of Praise (ELW p. 139)
Prayer of the Day:
L: Let us pray,
A: Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
A reading from 1 Samuel 3:1-20
L: The word of the Lord,
A: Thanks be to God.
A: Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia. Alleluia.
L: The holy gospel according to John 1:43-51
A: Glory to you, O Lord.
L: The gospel of the Lord.
A: Praise to you, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day #574 – Here I Am, Lord
L: Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.
L: For the body of Christ gathered throughout the world and for all servants of the gospel, that following Jesus, the church lives out its calling every day. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: For favorable weather and for the protection of the earth. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: For police officers and firefighters, for attorneys and paralegals, for peacekeepers and military personnel, and for the leaders of governments, that they provide protection to all people, especially the most vulnerable. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: For those lacking food or shelter, for those who are sick or grieving, and for those who are imprisoned or home-bound, especially for Barb Curry, Doug Walker, Jim Mandicino, and Jim Sorvaag’s sister, Karen, as they face the ordeals of cancer. We also pray for John Berg, John Luebke, Alan Grohn, and Patti Hudson, as they continue to face health issues, and for Amy Graves recovering from surgery on her broken leg, that God console all who suffer. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: For our neighborhood, for those who cannot gather here to worship, for those worshipping in their homes, that all who seek to now God are nourished by word and sacrament. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.
A: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
grant us peace.
L: The Lord be with you.
A: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts.
A: We lift them to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
A: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
L: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
A: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
L: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat: this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
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.
Invitation to Communion
L: Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.
Distribution of Communion
L: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
Prayer After Communion
L: Let us pray.
L: We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life. In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer for the Sending of Communion
(We pray together a prayer for the bread that is sent to those who are homebound.)
L: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace.
Hymn #798 – Will You Come and Follow Me
L: Go in peace. Be the light of Christ.
A: Thanks be to God.