Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost | September 13, 2020

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost | September 13, 2020

Worship Service for Pentecost 15

Rev. Gregory Mech | September 13, 2020 | Fifteenth 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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the COVID Committee and Board of Elders.

“The servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.”

Jesus’ words from Matthew 18, the Holy Gospel Reading appointed for today, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. We pray that you will find peace in God’s mercy and forgiveness for Jesus’ sake as you hear God’s Word today. Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.


September 13, 2020 – Divine Service, Setting One

HYMN 496 “Holy Spirit, Light Divine” vs. 1,3,4,2

Holy Spirit, light divine, Shine upon this heart of mine;

Chase the shades of night away, Turn the darkness into day.

Holy Spirit, power divine, Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;

In Thy mercy, pity me, From sin’s bondage set me free.

Holy Spirit, joy divine, Cheer this saddened heart of mine;

Yield a sacred, settled peace, Let it grow and still increase.

Let me see My Savior’s face, Let me all His beauties trace;

Show those glorious truths to me Which are only known to Thee.

Invocation, Confession and Absolution

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. 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 Psalm 103:1-6, 10-12

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

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.

HYMN 822 “Alleluia! Let Praises Ring” vs. 1-3

Alleluia! Let Praises ring! 

To God the Father let us bring 

Our songs of adoration.

To Him, through everlasting days 

Be worship, honor, power and praise,

Whose hand sustains creation.

Singing, ringing: “Holy, holy, God is holy.”

Spread the story 

Of our God, the Lord of glory.

Alleluia! Let Praises ring! 

Unto the Lamb of God we sing, 

In whom we are elected.

He bought His Church with His own blood, 

He cleansed her in that blessed flood,

And as His bride selected.

Holy, holy, is our union and communion.

His befriending 

Gives us joy and peace unending.

Alleluia! Let Praises ring! 

Unto the Holy Ghost we sing 

For our regeneration.

The saving faith in us He wrought

And us unto the Bridegroom brought,

Made us His chosen nation.

Glory! Glory! Joy eternal, bliss supernal;

There is manna 

And an endless glad hosanna.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray: O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all goodness, hear the devout prayers of Your Church, especially in times of persecution, and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 50:15-21

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.”  So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died:  ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.  His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”  But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?  As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.  So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL Psalm 103:7-9

He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.

EPISTLE Romans 14:1-12

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
    and every tongue shall confess to God.”

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. 

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Alleluia and Verse  

Alleluia! Lord, to whom shall we go? 

You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 18:21-35

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

Glory to You, O Lord.

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.  And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’  He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.  When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.  Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN 435 “Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain” vs. 1-3

Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, 

Sinners ruined by the fall;

Here a pure and healing fountain 

Flows for you, for me, for all,

In a full perpetual tide, 

Opened when our Savior died.

Come in poverty and meanness, 

Come defiled, without, within;

From infection and uncleanness, 

From the leprosy of sin,

Wash your robes and make them white; 

Ye shall walk with God in light.

Come in sorrow and contrition, 

Wounded, impotent and blind;

Here the guilty, free remission, 

Here the troubled, peace may find.

Health this fountain will restore; 

They that drink will thirst no more.

Sermon “The God of Peace”

Apostles’ Creed

Prayers and Lord’s Prayer

Benediction – Hebrews 13:20-21

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. 


HYMN 917 “Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise”

Savior, again to Thy dear name we raise

With one accord our parting hymn of praise;

Once more we bless Thee ere our worship cease,

Then, lowly bending, wait Thy word of peace.

Grant us Thy peace upon our homeward way; 

With Thee began, with Thee shall end the day.

Guard Thou the lips from sin, the hearts from shame,

That in this house have called upon Thy name.

Grant us Thy peace, Lord, through the coming night;

Turn Thou for us its darkness into light. 

From harm and danger keep Thy children free;

For dark and light are both alike to Thee.

Grant us Thy peace throughout our earthly life,

Our balm in sorrow and our stay in strife;

Then, when Thy voice shall bid our conflict cease,

Call us, O Lord, to Thine eternal 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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