8 November 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: Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
R: at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
L: How lovely is your dwelling place,
R: O LORD of hosts!
L: Behold our shield, O God;
R: look on the face of your anointed!
L: For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
R: I would rather be a doorkeeper in teh house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
L: For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor.
R: No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
L: O LORD of hosts,
R: Blessed is the one who trusts in 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: Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
R: at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.

L: Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeeed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; through the same 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
Amos 5:18-24
Psalm 70 (antiphon: v.4)
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

L: These are the one comimg out of the great tribulation.
R: They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
L: Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
R: in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

HYMN #738 Lord of All Hopefulness

SERMON – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The Apostles’ Creed (confessed all together)

THE PRAYERS

Gracious God our Father in heaven, Your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, is the delayed Bridegroom who appears at an hour no one expects; waiting in expectant faith and hope, 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 Concordia Lutheran Church – Chula Vista, CA (Rev. Richard Schmidt), for the gathered and the scattered, for our missionaries including Blake and Elizabeth Warren for our schools and seminaries, and for our AfterSchool; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For the government and all in authority, for the president of the nation, for the governor of our state, our legislators and judges, and all in public service;  for wise and faithful men and women who serve with honesty, integrity, and uprightness; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For our military and their families, for police, fire, and emergency workers, 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 mutual respect, harmony, cooperation, and peace among our people, for an increase of humility, kindness, gentleness, patience, self-discipline, and hope; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For those stricken by pandemic, both known and unknown to us, have mercy, and bring your healing, comfort, and strength; for an end to this epidemic, that You would extend your healing upon the earth. 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 our recognition of the sanctity of all human life, for the unborn and the mothers who carry them including Kimmy, that mother and child would be protected through childbirth; for those who celebrate the sacred gift of life on their birthdays, for Gary and Joseph; 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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