Christ the Son of God | October 11, 2020

Christ the Son of God | October 11, 2020

Worship Service for Pentecost 19

Rev. Gregory Mech | October 11, 2020 | Authority of Jesus: Christ the Son of God | Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 10:30 am

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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

A portion of Psalm 23, a supporting text for today’s sermon from Pastor Mech, entitled “Christ the Son of God” from the “Authority of Jesus” sermon series. May God richly bless you as you are reminded of the heavenly feast that you are invited to because of the loving mercy of Jesus Christ. Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church!

Christ, the Son of God

October 11, 2020

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost — Divine Service, Setting Four

HYMN 537 “Beautiful Savior”

Beautiful Savior, King of Creation, Son of God and Son of Man! Truly I’d love Thee, Truly I’d serve Thee, Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands, Robed in flowers of blooming spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight, Bright the sparkling stars on high; Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer Than all the angels in the sky.

Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations, Son of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, Praise, adoration Now and forevermore be Thine!


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19


Our help is in the name of the LORD, 

Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

If You, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O LORD, who could stand?

But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. Psalm 130:3-4 

We have come to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise. But first, let us consider our unworthiness to do so, and confess before God and anyone with us at this time that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition.  Let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of Almighty God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


INTROIT Isaiah 61:10, Psalm 146b

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;

My soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

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.

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.


Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.


To God on high be glory and peace in all the earth; Good will from God in heaven proclaimed at Jesus’ birth! We praise and bless You, Father; Your holy name we sing— Our thanks for Your great glory, Lord God, our heavenly King.

To You, O sole-begotten, the Father’s Son, we pray; O Lamb of God, our Savior, You take our sins away. Have mercy on us, Jesus; Receive our heart-felt cry, Where You in power are seated at God’s right hand on high—

For You alone are holy; You only are the Lord. Forever and forever, be worshiped and adored; You with the Holy Spirit alone are Lord Most High, In God the Father’s glory. “Amen!” our glad reply.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray. Almighty God, You invite us to trust You for our salvation. Deal with us, not in the severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 25:6-9

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
    a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
    of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
And he will swallow up on this mountain
    the covering that is cast over all peoples,
    the veil that is spread over all nations.
    He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces,
    and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
    for the LORD has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
    “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
    This is the LORD; we have waited for him;
    let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD


EPISTLE Philippians 4:4-13

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness[a] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned[b] and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. John 20:31

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 22:1-14

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the 22nd chapter.

Glory to You, O Lord.

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to You, O Christ.


HYMN 830 “Spread the Reign of God the Lord” vs. 1-2

Spread the reign of God, the Lord, Spoken, written, mighty Word; Everywhere His creatures call To His heavenly banquet hall.

Tell how God the Father’s will Made the world, upholds it still, How His own dear Son He gave Us from sin and death to save.

SERMON “Christ, the Son of God”




Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The LORD bless you and keep you. The LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The LORD look upon you with favor and give you peace.


From Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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