6 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: How great are your works, O LORD!
R: Your thoughts are very deep!
L: It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
R: to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
L: to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
R: and your faithfulness by night,
L: to the music of the lute and the harp,
R: to the melody of the lyre.
L: For you, O LORD< have made me glad by your work;
R: at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

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: How great are your works, O LORD!
R: Your thoughts are very deep!

L: O god, from whom all good proceeds, grant to us, Your humble servants, Your holy inspiration, that we may set our minds on the things that are right and, by Your merciful guiding, accomplish them; 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
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Psalm 32:1-7 (antiphon v. 1)
Romans 13:1-10
Matthew 18:1-20

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 – My Soul, Now Priase Your Maker (LSB #820)

SERMON – Romans 13:1-10

The Apostles’ Creed (confessed all together)

THE PRAYERS

Gracious God our Father in heaven, your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, taught us that greatness in your kingdom is like that of a little child. Gathered as your baptized children, 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 Trinity Lutheran in Cal City, for those who are able to gather and for those who remain scattered, for our missionaries including Jonathan and Cheryl Naumann, for our schools and seminaries, and for our PreSchool and AfterSchool, for Vicki and Kristy; 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 the present pandemic, for those whose lives have been upended by storm, flood, fire, and civil unrest; 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 laborers and vocations, that the laborer would be worthy of his or her hire, that each receive a fair wage for honest work; 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, that both mother and child would be protected through childbirth; 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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