Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost | August 16, 2020

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost | August 16, 2020

Worship Service for Pentecost 11

Rev. Gregory Mech | August 16, 2020 | Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 10:30 am


Sermon Series with Pastor Mech, based on the Fruits of the Spirit from Galatians, chapter 5.

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Special thanks to all who helped to make this broadcast possible today:
Rev. Gregory Mech, DCE Jason Glaskey, organist Betty Lingenfelter,
the COVID Committee and Board of Elders.

Summer Fruit LOVE. Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost bulletin cover. O woman, great is your faith! Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin, Missouri.

Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

Jesus’ words from Matthew 15, the Holy Gospel Reading appointed for today, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. We pray that you will know Jesus’ great love for you as you hear God’s Word today. In love, Jesus has come to save you! Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.


August 16, 2020 — Divine Service Setting 3

Invocation, Confession and Absolution

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. John 1:12, Mark 16:16


Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, 
 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations upon earth. 
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!

HYMN 893 “Sing to the Lord of Harvest”

Sing to the Lord of Harvest, Sing songs of love and praise;

With joyful hearts and voices Your alleluias raise.

By Him the rolling seasons In fruitful order move;

Sing to the Lord of Harvest A joyous song of love.

God makes the clouds rain goodness, The deserts bloom and spring,

The hills leap up in gladness, The valleys laugh and sing.

God fills them with His fulness, All things with large increase;

He crowns the year with blessing, With plenty and with peace.

Bring to this sacred altar The gifts His goodness gave,

The golden sheaves of harvest, The souls Christ died to save.

Your hearts lay down before Him When at His feet you fall,

And with your lives adore Him Who gave His life for all.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And with Thy spirit.

Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting Father, You give Your children many blessings even though we are undeserving. In every trial and temptation grant us steadfast confidence in Your loving-kindness and mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Kids Talk

OLD TESTAMENT — Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness,
for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed.

“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
    to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
    and holds fast my covenant—
 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
 The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE — Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. 

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 

As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.  For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Triple Alleluia p. 190 

HOLY GOSPEL — Matthew 15:21-28

    The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fifteenth chapter.

Glory be to Thee, O Lord

And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.  And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. 

And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 

But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 

And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 

She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 

Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

  Praise be to Thee, O Christ.


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

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.

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 — Summer Fruit “LOVE”

OFFERTORY Psalm 51:10-12 p. 192

Create in me a clean heart, O God, 

And renew a right spirit within 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.

Prayer of the Church

the Lord’s Prayer

Salutation, Benedicamus and Benediction p. 201

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.

Service of the Sacrament 

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 403 (TLH) “Savior, Thy Dying Love”

Savior, Thy dying love Thou gavest me;

Nor should I aught withhold, Dear Lord, from Thee.

In love my soul would bow, My heart fulfill its vow,

Some offering bring Thee now, Something for Thee.

O’er the blest mercy seat, Pleading for me,

My feeble faith looks up, Jesus, to Thee.

Help me the cross to bear, Thy wondrous love declare,

Some song to raise, or prayer, Something for Thee.

Give me a faithful heart, Likeness to Thee,

That each departing day Henceforth may see

Some work of love begun, Some deed of kindness done,

Some wanderer sought and won, Something for Thee.

All that I am and have, Thy gifts so free,

In joy, in grief, through life, Dear Lord, for Thee!

And when Thy face I see, My ransomed soul shall be

Through all eternity, Something for Thee.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN 334 vs. 1, 4, 5 “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”

O Lord, how shall I meet You, How welcome You aright?

Your people long to greet You, My hope, my heart’s delight!

O kindle, Lord most holy, Your lamp within my breast

To do in spirit lowly All that may please You best.

Love caused Your incarnation; Love brought You down to me.

Your thirst for my salvation Procured my liberty.

Oh, love beyond all telling, That led You to embrace 

In love, all love excelling, Our lost and fallen race.

Sin’s debt, that fearful burden, Cannot His love erase;

Your guilt the Lord will pardon And cover by His grace.

He comes, for you procuring The peace of sin forgiven,

His children thus securing Eternal life in heaven.

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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