First Sunday in Advent | November 29, 2020

First Sunday in Advent | November 29, 2020

Worship Service for The First Sunday in Advent

Rev. Gregory Mech | November 29, 2020 | First Sunday in Advent | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 10:30 am

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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.

And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

A portion of the Holy Gospel from Mark 11, one of the readings assigned for the First Sunday in Advent. May God richly bless you as you hear His Word and begin preparing your heart for the Christ child at Christmas! Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The First Sunday in Advent

Divine Service, Setting Four — November 29, 2020

HYMN 341 “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” vs. 1-3

Lift up your heads, Ye mighty gates! 
Behold, the King of glory waits.
The King of Kings is drawing near; 
The Savior of the world is here.
Life and salvation He doth bring, 
Therefore, rejoice and gladly sing.
To God the Father raise 
Your joyful songs of praise.

A righteous Helper comes to thee; 
His chariot is humility,
His kingly crown is holiness, 
His scepter, pity in distress.
The end of all our woe He brings; 
Therefore the earth is glad and sings.
To Christ the Savior raise 
Your grateful hymns of praise.

How blest the land, the city blest, 
Where Christ the ruler is confessed!
O peaceful hearts and happy homes 
To whom this King in triumph comes!
The cloudless son of joy is He 
Who comes to set His people free. 
To God the Spirit raise 
Your happy shouts of praise.


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

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:3-4

If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

Since we are here to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of 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, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Psalm 80:1–7 

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might and come to save us!
Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!
O LORD God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
and our enemies laugh among themselves.
Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!

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.

KYRIE p. 204

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


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray. Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


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OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 64:1–9

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at your presence—
as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for him.
You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.
But now, O LORD, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever.
Behold, please look, we are all your people.

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


Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation.
Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.

EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 1:3–9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 11:1-10

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the eleventh chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, O Christ.


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

HYMN OF THE DAY “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns” LSB 348

The King shall come when morning dawns 
And light triumphant breaks,
When beauty gilds the eastern hills 
And life to joy awakes.

Not as of old a little child, 
To bear and fight and die,
But crowned with glory like the sun 
That lights the morning sky.

Oh, Brighter than the rising morn 
When Christ, victorious, rose
And left the lonesome place of death 
Despite the rage of foes.

Oh, brighter than that glorious morn 
Shall dawn upon our race
The day when Christ in splendor comes 
And we shall see His face.

The King shall come when morning dawns 
And light and beauty brings.
Hail, Christ the Lord! Your people pray: 
Come quickly, King of kings!




Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


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.

CLOSING HYMN “Prepare the Royal Highway” LSB 343 vs. 1,4

Prepare the royal highway; 
The King of kings is near!
Let every hill and valley 
A level road appear!
Then greet the King of glory 
Foretold in sacred story:
Hosanna to the Lord, 
For He fulfills God’s Word!

His is no earthly kingdom; 
It comes from heaven above.
His rule is peace and freedom 
And justice, truth, and love.
So let your praise be sounding 
For kindness so astounding:
Hosanna to the Lord, 
For He fulfills God’s Word!

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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