Lenten Season

Lenten Season

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The Passover To The Lord’s Supper

Sermon For Maundy Thursday Rev. Greg Mech | Thursday, March 29, 2018 | Holy Thursday Divine Service | 7:00 pm Meal to Meal: The Passover to the Lord’s Supper This evening, we partake of a meal the Lord God has prepared with His own hands. It is a holy feast that nourishes our faith and restores our souls. It is a rich feast purchased with the costliest coin, the Son of God. Today, we eat and drink and remember and…

Sunday Sermon Palm Sunday

Sermon for Palm Sunday Rev. Greg Mech | March 25, 2018 | Sunday Service | 8:00 am | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, MO Palm Sunday / The Sunday of the Passion Palm Sunday Greeting The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna to the Son of David. Collect for Palm Sunday…
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The Tree Of Life To The Cross

Sermon For Lent Midweek Four Rev. Greg Mech | Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Lent Midweek Four | 4:00 pm Midweek Vespers 4 – Tree to Tree: The Tree of Life to the Cross As We Gather God created man, and man began his journey in the Garden of Eden. In the midst of that garden were two trees more beautiful than the rest. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life—what joy for…
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Out Of Egypt Through The Water

Sermon For Lent Midweek Three Rev. Greg Mech | Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | Lent Midweek Three | 7:00 pm Midweek Vespers 3 – Out of Egypt: Through the Water As We Gather How does one escape from a bad situation? Where does one turn when surrounded by brutality, slavery, and death? We desire to flee, to find refuge. We need to begin a journey that will set us free, but the result of our efforts is nothing more than…
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Sunday Sermon Lent Week 3

Sermon for The Third Sunday In Lent Rev. Greg Mech | March 4, 2018 | Sunday Service | 8:00 am | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, MO Divine Service – Setting 4 Hymn     Thy Word Is a Lamp unto My Feet     Hymn  973 Invocation, Confession and Absolution of Sins     page 203 Psalm 19:1 (antiphon: v. 8) The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing | the heart;*      the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening…
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Mountain To Mountain Mount Moriah To Mount Zion

Sermon For Lent Week Two Rev. Greg Mech | Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | Lent Week Two | 4:00 pm Mountain to Mountain: Mount Moriah to Mount Zion A Thought as We Gather Today, we journey from mountain to mountain. Mountains are amazing and awe-inspiring, but to journey through or to climb them is no easy task. When Abraham saw Mount Moriah, he was neither inspired nor amazed. His heart was filled with fear and dread, for on this mountain…

Sunday Sermon: Lent Week 2

Sermon for The Second Sunday In Lent Rev. Greg Mech | February 25, 2018 | Sunday Service | 8:00 am Divine Service, Setting Four Hymn “Salvation unto Us Has Come” Hymn 555, v. 1,2,5 & 6 Baptism of Stormee Lee Harra (10:30 service) Invocation and Confession (left column)                       page 203 Introit Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,      for they have been from of old.…
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Garden To Garden Eden To Heaven

Sermon For Lent Week One Rev. Greg Mech | Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Lent Week One | 4:00 pm Garden to Garden: Eden to Heaven A Thought as We Gather Gardens are places of beauty. Gardens are places of rest. Gardens are places that bring joy to our hearts as we walk through their midst. The Garden of Eden was such a place—of beauty and perfection, of joy and peace. But man could not resist temptation, and the result…
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Sackcloth And Ashes To Robes Of Righteousness

Sermon For Ash Wednesday Rev. Greg Mech | February 14, 2018 | Ash Wednesday | 7:00 pm Heart to Heart: Sackcloth and Ashes to Robes of Righteousness Sackcloth and ashes—the signs of mourning and repentance in the pages of Scripture. Today, we begin our Lenten journey. Today, we begin our return from exile. This is not a journey that begins with rejoicing and excitement; it begins with ashes. Our Lenten journey begins with ashes on our foreheads, a sign of…