Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost | September 6, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost | September 6, 2020

Worship Service for Pentecost 14

Rev. Gregory Mech | September 6, 2020 | Fourteenth 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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bob and pat lamb

FUNERALS AT IMMANUEL: God’s people mourn with the family of Bob and Pat Lamb, who were called to eternal rest less than a week apart last week. Their combined funeral was held at Immanuel on Wednesday, September 2. Watch the service for Bob and Pat here.

We also remember the families of two more church members — Helen Anderson and Rev. Paul Schnelle — both of whom also died in Jesus Christ last week.

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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.

Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Jesus’ words from Matthew 18, the Holy Gospel Reading appointed for today, the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. We pray that you will see Jesus’ great strength and gentleness as you hear God’s Word today. Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.


September 6, 2020 — Divine Service, Setting One

HYMN 791 “All People That On Earth Do Dwell” vs. 1-3

All people that on earth do dwell Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;

Him serve with mirth, His praise forthtell; Come ye before Him and rejoice.

Know that the Lord is God indeed; without our aid He did us make.

We are His folk, He doth us feed, And for His sheep He doth us take.

O enter then His gates with praise; Approach with joy His courts unto.

Praise, laud, and bless His name always, For it is seemly so to do.


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.


Psalm 32:1-6

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
  Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. 

I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. 

Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.

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. 152

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. 

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. 

For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. 

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.


HYMN OF PRAISE “This Is the Feast ” p. 155


This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, 

whose blood sets us free to be people of God.


This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Power, riches, wisdom, and strength, 

and honor and blessing and glory are His.  


This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Sing with all the people of God and join in the hymn of all creation: 

“Blessing, honor, glory, and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.”


This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

For the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign. Alleluia.


   This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray. O God, from whom all good proceeds, grant to us, Your humble servants, Your holy inspiration, that we may set our minds on the things that are right and, by Your merciful guiding, accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Ezekiel 33:7-9

“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.”

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 32:7

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble;
    you surround me with shouts of deliverance. 

Romans 13:1-10

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Alleluia! Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.

Matthew 18:1-20

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

Glory to You, O Lord.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN 845 “Where Charity and Love Prevail” vs. 1,3,4,5

Where charity and love prevail There God is ever found;

Brought here together by Christ’s love, By love we are thus bound.

Forgive we now each other’s faults As we our faults confess,

And let us love each other well In Christian holiness.

Let strife among us be unknown; Let all contention cease;

Be God’s the glory that we seek; Be ours His holy peace.

Let us recall that in our midst Dwells Christ, His only Son;

As members of His body joined We are in Him made one.


“Strong Enough to Be Gentle”





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 to the newly confirmed first, then 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.

HYMN 617 “O Lord, We Praise Thee”

O Lord, we praise Thee, bless Thee and adore Thee,

In thanksgiving bow before Thee, 

Thou with Thy body and Thy blood didst nourish

Our weak souls that they may flourish: O Lord, have mercy!

May Thy body, Lord, born of Mary, 

That our sins and sorrows did carry,

And Thy blood for us plead

In all trial, fear, and need: O Lord, have mercy!

Thy holy body into death was given,

Life to win for us in heaven.

No greater love than this to Thee could bind us;

May this feast of that remind us! O Lord, have mercy!

Lord, Thy kindness did so constrain Thee 

That Thy blood should bless and sustain me.

All our debt Thou hast paid;

Peace with God once more is made: O Lord, have mercy!

May God bestow on us His grace and favor

That we follow Christ our Savior

And live together here in love and union

Nor despise this blest Communion! O Lord, have mercy!

Let not Thy good Spirit forsake us;

Grant that heavenly minded He make us;

Give Thy Church, Lord to see

Days of peace and unity: O Lord, have mercy!

HYMN 637 “Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord”

Draw near and take the body of the Lord,

And drink His holy blood for you outpoured;

Offered was He for greatest and for least,

Himself the victim and Himself the priest.

He who His saints in this world rules and shields,

To all believers life eternal yields;

With heavenly bread He makes the hungry whole;

Gives living waters to the thirsting soul.

Come forward then with faithful hearts sincere,

And take the pledges of salvation here.

O Lord, our hearts with grateful thanks endow

As in this feast of love You bless us now.

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.

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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