First Sunday in Lent | February 21, 2021

First Sunday in Lent | February 21, 2021

Worship Service for Lent 1

Rev. Gregory Mech | February 21, 2021 | First Sunday in Lent | Divine Service with Holy Communion | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 or 10:30 am

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

lent 1. The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God.

A portion of the Holy Gospel from Mark 1, one of the readings assigned for the First Sunday in Lent. May God richly bless you as you hear His Word! Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

First Sunday in Lent

February 21, 2021 — Divine Service Setting Three with Holy Communion

HYMN “When I Behold Jesus Christ” 542

When I behold Jesus Christ, 
True God who died for me,
I wonder much at His love 
As He hung on the tree.

What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there 
For me on Calvary.
What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there 
For me on Calvary.

For me You gave all Your love, 
For me You suffered pain,
I find no words, nothing can 
Your selflessness explain.

What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there 
For me on Calvary.
What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there 
For me on Calvary.

You had no sin, holy Lord, 
But You were tortured, tried,
On Golgotha there for all 
My sins You bled and died.

What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there 
For me on Calvary.
What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there 
For me on Calvary.

What love is this? Greater love 
No one has ever known.
My life with God—this I owe 
To You and You alone.

What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there 
For me on Calvary.
What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there 
For me on Calvary.


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 iniquity 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 25:1–10

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!

Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.


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.


The Lord be with you.
And with Thy spirit.

Let us pray. O Lord God, You led Your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide the people of Your Church that following our Savior we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; 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 22:1-18

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 

And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” 

And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” 

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

EPISTLE James 1:12–18

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

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


Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
And abounding in steadfast love. Joel 2:13

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 1:9–15

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.
♫ Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

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


I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end. 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

HYMN “O Lord, throughout These Forty Days” 418: 1,2

O Lord, throughout these forty days 
You prayed and kept the fast;
Inspire repentance for our sin,
And free us from our past.

You strove with Satan and You won;
Your faithfulness endured;
Lend us Your nerve, Your skill and trust
In God’s eternal Word.


OFFERTORY Psalm 51:10-12

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.



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.


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.



Matt 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor 11:23-25

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

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 “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” 524: 1-4

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, 
And drives away our fears.

It makes the wounded spirit whole
And calms the heart’s distress;
‘Tis manna to the hungry soul, 
And to the weary, rest.

Dear name! The rock on which I build, 
My shield and hiding place;
My never-failing treasury filled 
With boundless stores of grace.

O Jesus, shepherd, guardian, friend, 
My Prophet, Priest, and King,
My Lord, my life, my way, my end, 
Accept the praise I bring.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “O Christ, You Walked the Road” 424

O Christ, You walked the road 
Our wandering feet must go.
You faced with us temptation’s power 
And fought our ancient foe.

No bread of earth alone
Can fill our hungering hearts.
Lord, help us seek Your living Word,
The food Your grace imparts.

No blinding sign we ask,
No wonder from above.
Lord, help us place our trust alone
In Your unswerving love.

When lures of easy gain
With promise brightly shine,
Lord, help us seek Your kingdom first;
Our will with Yours align.

O Christ, You walked the road
Our wandering feet must go.
Stay with us through temptation’s hour
To fight our ancient foe.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “O Savior, Precious Savior” 527

O Savior, precious Savior, 
Whom yet unseen we love;
O name of might and favor, 
All other names above,
We worship Thee, we bless Thee, 
To Thee, O Christ, we sing;
We praise Thee and confess Thee, 
Our holy Lord and King.

O bringer of salvation, 
Who wondrously hast wrought
Thyself the revelation 
Of love beyond our thought,
We worship Thee, we bless Thee, 
To Thee, O Christ, we sing;
We praise Thee and confess Thee, 
Our gracious Lord and King.

In Thee all fulness dwelleth, 
All grace and power divine;
The glory that excelleth, 
O Son of God, is Thine.
We worship Thee, we bless Thee, 
To Thee, O Christ, we sing;
We praise Thee and confess Thee, 
Our glorious Lord and King.

O grant the consummation 
Of this our song above
In endless adoration 
And everlasting love;
Then shall we praise and bless Thee, 
Where perfect praises ring,
And evermore confess Thee, 
Our Savior and our King!

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “I Lay My Sins on Jesus” 606

I lay my sins on Jesus, 
The spotless Lamb of God;
He bears them all and frees us 
From the accursed load. 

I bring my guilt to Jesus 
To wash my crimson stains
Clean in His blood most precious 
Till not a spot remains.

I lay my wants on Jesus; 
All fulness dwells in Him;
He heals all my diseases, 
My soul He does redeem.

I lay my griefs on Jesus, 
My burdens and my cares;
He from them all releases; 
He all my sorrows shares.

I rest my soul on Jesus, 
This weary soul of mine;
His right hand me embraces; 
I on His breast recline.

I love the name of Jesus, 
Immanuel, Christ the Lord;
Like fragrance on the breezes 
His name abroad is poured.  

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