Christ the Teacher of the Way of God | October 18, 2020

Christ the Teacher of the Way of God | October 18, 2020

Worship Service for Pentecost 20

Rev. Gregory Mech | October 18, 2020 | Authority of Jesus: Christ the Teacher of the Way of God | Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 10:30 am

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Rev. Gregory Mech, DCE Jason Glaskey, organist Betty Lingenfelter,
the COVID Committee and Board of Elders.

And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

A portion of Matthew 22, a supporting text for today’s sermon from Pastor Mech, entitled “Christ the Teacher of the Way of God” from the “Authority of Jesus” sermon series. May God richly bless you learn from the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ. Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church!

Christ, the Teacher of the Way of God

Divine Service, Setting Three with Holy Communion — October 18, 2020


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

Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness. Hebrews 10:22

Our help is in the name of the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD,
And You forgave the iniquities of my sin. Psalm 32:5

Almighty God, our maker and redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto You that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against You by thought, word, and deed. Wherefore we flee for refuge to Your infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

O most merciful God, who has given Your only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us and for His sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by Your Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of You and of Your will and true obedience to Your Word, to the end that by Your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us and has given His only Son to die for us and for His sake forgives us all our sins. To those who believe on His name He gives power to become the children of God and has promised them His Holy Spirit. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. Grant this, Lord, unto us all. 

Psalm 96:1-3, 6-9a

Oh sing to the LORD a new song; 
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.


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.

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

♫ Glory be to God on high:
And on earth peace, good will toward men.
We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, 
We glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.
O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. 
O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. 
Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord.
Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 


The Lord be with you.
And with Thy spirit.

Let us pray. O God, the protector of all who trust in you, have mercy on us that with You as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


“Flip a Coin” with DCE Jason Glaskey

OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 45:1-7

Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him 
and to loose the belts of kings,
to open doors before him 
that gates may not be closed:
“I will go before you 
and level the exalted places,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut through the bars of iron,
I will give you the treasures of darkness
and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
For the sake of my servant Jacob, 
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I name you, though you do not know me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other,
besides me there is no God;
I equip you, though you do not know me,
that people may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is none besides me;
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness;
I make well-being and create calamity;
I am the LORD, who does all these things.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL Psalm 121:1-2

I will lift my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

EPISTLE 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 22:15-22

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-second chapter.
♫ Glory be to Thee, O Lord

Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
♫ Praise be to Thee, O Christ.


HYMN 852 “O God of Mercy, God of Might” vs 1,2,3,6

O God of mercy, God of might, 
In love and pity infinite,
Teach us, as ever in Your sight, 
To live our lives in Thee.

And Thou, who cam’st on earth to die
That our lost world might live thereby,
O hear us, for to Thee we cry—
In hope, O Lord, to Thee.

Teach us the lesson Jesus taught: 
To feel for those His blood hast bought,
That every word and deed and thought
May work a work for Thee.

And may Thy Holy Spirit move 
All those who live to live in love 
Till Thou shalt greet in heaven above, 
All those who live in Thee.

SERMON “Christ, the Teacher of the Way of God”

OFFERTORY Psalm 51:10-12 page 192

Create in me a clean heart, O God, 
And renew a right spirit in me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence, 
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, 
And uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.



HYMN OF SUPPLICATION “God Bless Our Native Land” LSB 965

God bless our native land;
Firm may she ever stand 
Through storm and night.
When the wild tempests rave, 
Ruler of wind and wave,
Do Thou our country save 
By Thy great might.

So shall our prayers arise
To God above the skies; 
On Him we wait.
Thou who art ever nigh, 
Guarding with watchful eye,
To Thee aloud we cry: 
God save the state!


The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.

Bless we 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 unto you. 
The LORD lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

Those not partaking of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Table are dismissed with this blessing. Thank you for joining us before God’s altar in fellowship today.


Distribution of the Sacrament will be by family groups, at the direction of the usher. Children may come forward for a contactless blessing. Once you have received the body and the blood of our Lord Christ, depart in peace.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Go to Dark Gethsemane” LSB 436

Go to dark Gethsemane, 
All who feel the tempter’s power;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see, 
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away; 
Learn from Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgment hall, 
View the Lord of life arraigned;
Oh, the wormwood and the gall! 
Oh, the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame or loss; 
Learn from Him to bear the cross.

Calv’ry’s mournful mountain climb; 
There, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time, 
God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished!” hear Him cry; 
Learn from Jesus Christ to die.

Early hasten to the tomb 
Where they laid His breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom. 
Who has taken Him away?
Christ is ris’n! He meets our eyes; 
Savior, teach us so to rise.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” LSB 702

My faith looks up to Thee, 
Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray; 
Take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day be wholly Thine!

May Thy rich grace impart 
Strength to my fainting heart; My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me, 
Oh, may my love for Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be, a living fire!

While life’s dark maze I tread 
And griefs around me spread, Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day, 
Wipe sorrows tears away,
Nor let me ever stray From Thee aside.

When ends life’s transient dream, 
When death’s cold, sullen stream Shall o’er me roll,
Blest Savior, then, in love, 
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above a ransomed soul!

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” LSB 643

Sent forth by God’s blessing, 
Our true faith confessing,
The people of God from His dwelling take leave.
The Supper is ended. 
O now be extended
The fruits of this service in all who believe.
The seed of His teaching, 
Receptive souls reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.
His grace did invite us, 
His love shall unite us
To work for God’s kingdom and answer His call.

With praise and thanksgiving 
To God ever-living,
The tasks of our everyday life we will face.
Our faith ever sharing, 
In love ever caring,
Embracing His children of each tribe and race.
With Your feast You feed us, 
With Your light now lead us;
Unite us as one in this life that we share.
Then may all the living 
With praise and thanksgiving
Give honor to Christ and His name that we share.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving after Receiving the Sacrament

Almighty and everlasting God, I thank and praise You for feeding me the life-giving body and blood of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Send Your Holy Spirit that, having with my mouth received the holy Sacrament, I may by faith obtain and eternally enjoy Your divine grace, the forgiveness of sins, unity with Christ, and life eternal; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

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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