HOME WORSHIP 9/20/2020

This is a guide to worship by yourself or with your household. If you’re in a group, choose a leader to speak the unbolded parts. If you’re by yourself, try reading all parts out loud.

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A NOTE ON HOME WORSHIP


Consider this an opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ in solidarity with many Christians around the world. Christians have a long history of meeting in homes to worship. Today, many live in crisis or persecution and have no other option but to meet in their homes for worship. Praise God for his church!




CALL TO WORSHIP

 

The one thing I ask of the Lord—

    the thing I seek most—

is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,

    delighting in the Lord’s perfections

    and meditating in his Temple.

For he will conceal me there when troubles come; 

    he will hide me in his sanctuary.

    He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

Then I will hold my head high

    above my enemies who surround me.

At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,

    singing and praising the Lord with music.


Psalm 27





PRAYERS OF PRAISE


Take a few moments with the people you are gathered with, or on your own, to thank God for his law.




SONGS OF PRAISE






PRAYER OF CONFESSION


Leader: Almighty Father, God of gods and

Lord of lords, Defender of the

helpless, Judge of all the earth,

have mercy on us.

Congregation: We have not sought freedom

for the oppressed, even though

you freed us. We have not bound

up the broken even though you

healed us.

L: We have not forgiven others

even though you forgave us.

We withhold kindness from the

needy even though you freely gave

us your own Son.

C: We are without excuse, but not

without hope.

Together: By your power and grace,

account our sins to Jesus’ bloody

death and credit us with his

righteousness. Amend our ways by

the power of his glorious

resurrection.




WORDS OF COMFORT AND ASSURANCE


Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;

once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:10).

Together we receive God’s mercy in Christ.  

In Christ we are forgiven and redeemed.





PASSING OF THE PEACE


Because of the peace with God we now know through Jesus Christ, we are told as "far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all" (Romans 12:8). 


Take this time to contact through whatever means possible and reach out to and share the peace of God. 




SCRIPTURE READINGS


Matthew 20:1-16 (ESV)


Jesus said, “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.”



Philippians 2:1-18 (ESV)


So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 


Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.






THE MESSAGE IS BASED ON EXODUS 20:1-6 (ESV)


And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 


“You shall have no other gods before me. 


“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.



LORD, GIVE US EARS TO HEAR

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PRAY TOGETHER

Spend some time praying aloud along these lines and for any other concerns in your life:


Lord, may we delight in the light of Christ and your salvation, and that we may find refuge in your mercy and comfort in your forgiveness . 

Lord, we pray for missionaries far and near, especially the Kittelsons and Bengtsons, that you may nurture newly planted congregations, and  renew those congregations in distress. We pray that those from every nation and culture may be united in faith and life .

Lord, we pray to you that the sick may be healed, the troubled know peace, the grieving be comforted, and the dying be delivered to everlasting life in Christ.


PRAYERS AND PRAISES

We want to be with and for each other in prayer, even as we’re physically distant. How can we join you in prayer?


SHARE PRAYER REQUEST OR PRAISE REPORT




GIVING


Christian giving is an expression of our worship and stewardship of the gifts we’ve been given. You can mail gifts to:

Ebenezer Lutheran

Treasurer

1830 E 41st St

Minneapolis MN 55407

or

GIVE ONLINE




BENEDICTION


The God of peace,

who brought back from the dead

our Lord Jesus,

the great shepherd of the sheep,

by the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you complete in everything good

so that you may do God’s will,

working among us that which is pleasing in God’s sight,

through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever!





DOXOLOGY


Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him all creatures here below!

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts!

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Amen.