13 September 2020

A Service For the Home

The following service order is intended for use in the home at a time when our congregation cannot gather. It may be lead by a family member, or if you live alone, you may use it by yourself, in which case, simply say all parts. Of course this is not intended to be a substitute for the Divine Service of the gathered church, but as a provision for household devotion and prayer. You may also use the service orders of Matins, Morning Prayer, Vespers, Evening Prayer, or Compline depending on the time of day. For a simple service order, see Daily Prayer (LSB p. 294ff) .

Leader: O Lord, open my lips.
Response: And my mouth will declare your praise.
L: Make haste, O God, to deliver me.
R: Make haste to help me, O Lord.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

L: Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD!
R: I have fled to yu for refuge!
L: Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy!
R: In your faithfulness answer me, on your righteousness!
L: Enter not into judgment with your servant,,
R: for no one living is righteous before you

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

L: Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD!
R: I have fled to you for refuge!

L: O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, hear the devout prayers of Your Church, especially in times of persecution, and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
R: Amen.

READINGS FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE
Genesis 50:15-21
Psalm 103:1-12 (antiphon: v. 13)
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

L: Fear the LORD, you his saints,
R: for those who fear him lack nothing!
L: Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
R: but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

HYMN – Come Down, O Love Divine (LSB #501)

SERMON – Romans 14:1-12

The Apostles’ Creed (confessed all together)

THE PRAYERS

Gracious God our Father in heaven, your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, taught us the way of seventy-fold forgiveness, forgiving others as we ourselves have been forgiven; gathered in HIs, we are bold to pray:

For your holy church scattered throughout the world, for our brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer persecution for the sake of the Gospel and for all who confess the name of Jesus; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For our fellowship in the Missouri Synod, for those who watch over our teaching and life together, for Matthew, Michael, and Paul, and for all pastors and teachers in Christ, for our fellow congregations including Peace Lutheran Church in Camarillo, for those who are able to gather and for those who remain scattered, for our missionaries including Cailin and Jean-Carlos, for our schools and seminaries, and for our AfterSchool minsitry; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For the government and all in authority, for our president, and governor, the Congress and legislatures, and the courts of our land, for wise and faithful rulers who serve in the fear of Your name;  Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For our soldiers and their families, for police, fire, and emergency workers, for those battling wildfires in the north, and all who work to protect our lives and property;  for medical workers and all who attend to our health, for those who risk their own lives and health in service of others; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For relief from plague and pestilence, from storm and fire, and from all the bowls of wrath that you have poured upon our land; grant repentance and a renewal of faith among our people; guard us from sedition, anarchy, and rebellion; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For mutual respect, honor, and understanding among all people; for an end to prejudice, bigotry, and division; for the restoration of order in our streets and peace in our communities; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For those who call upon you in their time of need: (everyone may speak the names of those for who they wish to pray); Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For the unborn and the mothers who carry them, for Kimmy, that both mother and child would be protected through childbirth; for those who celebrate the sacred gift of life on their birthdays, for Doug; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

Into your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. 
R: Amen.

The Our Father (prayed together)

(Morning) I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

(Evening) I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

L: Let us bless the Lord.
R: Thanks be to God.

L: The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the +Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us.
R: Amen.

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