A Liturgy for the Home

The following service order is intended for use in the home at a time when we cannot gather as we desire in church. It may be led by a family member, or if you live alone, you may use it by yourself, in which case, simply speak all the 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).

The Sunday Pentecost

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 Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


L: For the Spirit of the LORD hath filled the whole world: ALLELUIA!

R: And that, which containeth all things, hath knowledge of the voice. ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA!

L: Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered:

R: Let them also that hate Him flee before Him.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


L: For the Spirit of the LORD hath filled the whole world: ALLELUIA!

R: And that, which containeth all things, hath knowledge of the voice. ALLELUIA. ALLELUIA!


L: Let us pray:

O God, who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by sending them the light of Thy Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our LORD, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

R: Amen.

READINGS FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE:

  • Genesis 11:1-9

  • Acts 2:1-13

  • St. John 14:23-31

L: ALLELUIA!

R: ALLELUIA!

L: Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit, they are created: and Thou renewest the face of the earth. ALLELUIA!

R: Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. ALLELUIA!

HYMN – Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord (LSB 497)

SERMON – “Spirit of Unity”

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THE APOSTLES CREED (confessed together)


THE PRAYERS

L: In peace, let us pray to the Lord,

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For the gift of divine peace and of pardon, with all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord,

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For the joy of the resurrection and the proclamation of Jesus’ saving death throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord,

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For the holy Church, here and scattered throughout the world, and for the proclamation of the Gospel and the calling of all to faith, and for newborn Christians everywhere, let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For congregations, that we would soon be able to gather again as a body, and for their preservation in this time of scattering, let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For our nation and our leaders, for our cities and communities, and for the common welfare of us all,

let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For rain and sunshine in due season and for the fruitfulness of the earth, let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For those who labor, for those whose work is difficult or dangerous, and for all who travel, let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For the unemployed, for those who businesses are closed, for the economy and for the vocations of our people,

let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For all those in need, for the hungry and homeless, for the widowed and orphaned, and for all those in prison,

let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For the sick and the dying, and for all those who care for them, let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For doctors, nurses, orderlies, EMT workers, and all who work in hospitals and medical clinics, let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For those who are alone, afraid, isolated from family, let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: For [insert any additional bids, others may also contribute their own bids in the same form for all manner of people, needs, and

circumstances] … let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy.

L: Finally, for these and all our needs of body and soul, let us pray to the Lord;

R: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


THE LORD'S PRAYER (prayed together)


L: Blessed Lord, You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning. Grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that, by the patience and comfort of Your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

R: Amen


(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.