Service for the Home
Service for the Home
Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Confession and Forgiveness
Leader: Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and
praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one
another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free
ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the
infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ,
and saying, God be merciful to me, a sinner.
People: Have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life.
(Take a moment for silent Confession). Amen.
Leader: God is a God of grace and mercy. Forgiveness is found in Christ alone who
died for our sins, conquered sin and death and lives and reigns on high so that we
might live in Him forever. Rejoice we are forgiven through the mercy of Christ our
Prayer of the Day:
Leader: O God, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world,
rescuing us from the hopelessness of death. Grant your faithful people to share in
the joys that are eternal; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen!
Readings of the Day
Joshua 1: 1-11
I Corinthians 2: 1-16
Matthew 13: 1-23
Which of the readings spoke to you most?
In these texts where do you feel the power of the law? The power of conviction?
In these texts where do you feel the power of the Gospel? The good news that Jesus
loves you and cares for you (and He does!)
In these texts, how is the Lord leading you to be different?
Use this time to take prayer requests. Please remember those on our prayer guide,
the homeless and those without heat. You can pray your own prayers or use the
following prayer to assist you:
Almighty God, giver of all things, with gladness we give thanks for all your goodness.
We bless you for the love, which he has created and which sustains us from day to
day. We praise you for the gift of your Son our Savior, through whom you have made
known your will and grace. We thank you for the Holy Spirit, the comforter; for your
Holy Church; for the means of grace; for the lives of all faithful and good people; and
for the hope of the life to come. Help us to treasure in our hearts all that our Lord
has done for us, and enable us to show our thankfulness by lives that our wholly
given to your service. Amen!
The Lord’s Prayer
Leader: Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless us now and forever.